Honors Summer Fellows may be engaged at any stage of their thesis work, from exploration of a thesis topic to advanced research at the core of an established project. Applicants will typically be third year students advancing to their senior year. In many departments, they will have already declared an Honors major, though in others this will not yet have happened. In some cases, students advance rapidly enough to begin serious thesis research after their second year. Applicants who have just finished their second year should be sure to explain why they feel they would benefit from this program at an unusually early stage.