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What are the Program Requirements?

The program has five requirements, all intended to enhance the senior thesis experience for Fellows and to enhance the visibility of the thesis process within the Honors Program.

  • All Fellows will spend the 10 weeks of the program engaged in disciplined pursuit of their theses.
  • All Fellows will be active participants in weekly two-hour meetings of the Fellows cohort, providing insight and support to other Fellow’s work. Fellows must be in residence in Ann Arbor for the program's duration.
  • All Fellows will attend a three day kickoff retreat, Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31, 2020.
  • Each Fellow will make two short presentations to entering Honors freshmen attending orientation.
  • During the summer, Fellows will reflect on the thesis process and their progress in a manner intended to make explicit the tacit knowledge which characterizes expertise. This will include producing:
  1. A polished thesis proposal – a modest but thorough document describing the background and your plan for your thesis.
  2. A well prepared and delivered research presentation – this will be done in a format appropriate for a scholarly conference in your discipline, and recorded as digital video.
  3. A piece of public scholarship describing your project – something suitable for explaining the the content and importance of their research to a lay audience.