This form should go to your departmental academic advisor. A typical prospectus is 3-5 pages in length, and should include a brief bibliography.
The prospectus is meant to help you narrow the focus of your project before you begin the work.
Karen will notify you via email when an Honors reader has been chosen to serve on your committee.
All these steps should be completed before you register for 3399H.
The prospectus should serve as a contract or plan-of-action for your thesis. Your first reader should be able to help you identify a second reader.
The second reader will need to approve your prospectus and then read the final version of your thesis for the defense.
In this case you must show proficiency in both fields and find a faculty member who will direct your thesis as an interdisciplinary work. Even if they are not working in your discipline, they will be the best source for understanding the process from your side. The MD Anderson Library and The Honors College have copies of previous theses from your department.
You should look at as many in your field as you can in order to understand the level of work that is expected, and to see how previous students have interpreted the form of the Senior Honors Thesis.
It is essential that you adhere to the timeline that you create for completion. Second Semester, Senior Year: Register for 4399H (or equivalent) “Senior Honors Thesis” in your major.
This will keep you on track and ensure you complete the project in time to meet the binding deadlines set by your college. Remember that the Honors Thesis is a major time commitment and you must begin early if you expect to finish on time. For most majors, you will need to complete a General Petition Form. Other” and ask your thesis director to sign the form as your Advisor/Instructor.