Undergraduate Honors Schedule

  • No later than fall of Junior year -- complete GSF 199: Thinking Gender: An Introduction to Feminist Theory.

  • No later than spring of Junior year – complete two to three additional GSF core courses (typically taught at the 300 level).
  • No later than mid-spring semester of junior year -- discuss tentative plans with the GSF (regular) advisor, the GSF Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), or the GSF Honors Program Director.
  • No later than the bookbagging period in spring of junior year – meet with potential thesis advisor(s).
  • By April 1 of junior year – Submit the honors thesis application (see Nomination Requirements and Application for instructions and portal).
  • By May 1 of junior year – Assuming the application is approved, meet with the thesis advisor to agree on written summer research workplan.
  • No later than June 1 between junior and senior year – If the research involves “human subjects,” contact the IRB office at Duke to determine if their approval is required or if the research is “exempted.” If it is not, submit an application for IRB approval immediately. Details here: https://campusirb.duke.edu/campus-institutional-review-board. Under the FORMS menu item, use the option for research conducted by undergraduates.
  • Summer before senior year – complete literature review or field/archival research based on the advanced guidance of thesis advisor.
  • By mid-September of senior year – submit work from summer to the thesis advisor and meet with them for discussion, feedback, and to plan the remainder of the term.
  • By early December of senior year – Submit two chapter drafts to the thesis advisor and the Honors Program Director: the paper written in the Senior Seminar and the paper written within the Independent Study sponsored by the thesis advisor.
  • By mid-December of senior year – Work with the thesis advisor to solicit a faculty reader.
  • By mid-January of senior year – Meet with thesis advisor to make a workplan agreement for the remainder of the term.
  • By January 20 of senior year – Submit to the thesis advisor and faculty reader (1) the revised two chapters originally submitted in early December, following instructions for improvement; (2) a third chapter draft (10-15 double-spaced pages); (3) an updated complete, accurate and polished consolidated reference list of all sources used, following a formally recognized academic style; and (4) a two-page document with the working title of the thesis, each chapter title and a 200-300 word abstract of each chapter.
  • By end of January – Student receives written comments from thesis advisor and reader on the submitted material; a substantive meeting with the reader is recommended at this point.
  • March 1 – Draft of entire thesis is due in full to the supervisor and reader.
  • No later than Monday after Spring Recess -- Student receives substantive comments and guidance from the supervisor and reader on the entire thesis.
  • Second Monday in April – Final revised thesis is due to thesis supervisor, reader, and the Director of the Honors Program by attachment for final evaluation.
  • Mid to late April – Public presentation of project(s).
  • No later than third Friday in April – Students are notified of GSF evaluation.
  • No later than May 20 -- Students are invited to submit the final approved thesis to DukeSpace. Send it as an attachment (in MS Word and PDF) to the GSF Director of the Honors Program. Before doing so, save as "Last Name, First Name GSF Thesis Month Year of Graduation [Blake, Kara GSF Thesis May 2020]". The final thesis should include a polished Cover Page (check DukeSpace for undergraduate thesis examples), followed by a 300 word Abstract and a Table of Contents. The thesis is expected to meet the highest standards of formal citation and reference quality and completeness.