Last updated September 8, 2020
Welcome to the Honors Program!
Following campus administration guidance, our staff are working remotely. Please visit our Contact Us page for instructions on how to reach us. We look forward to assisting you!
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SPRING 2021 THESIS REGISTRATION:
The due date to register for a Spring 2021 defense is October 6th at 4pm. Forms should be downloaded and filled out by the student, then emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students, please be sure to complete the following steps:
- Completely fill out the registration form, following all instructions on the form. Be sure to sign it at the bottom, either via handwritten or electronic signature.
- You are welcome to secure committee member signatures via DocuSign; however, we recognize that this is not always possible. In lieu of signatures from your Thesis Advisor and Honors Council Representative, please have your Thesis Advisor email email@example.com stating that they have approved your project and agree to serve as Thesis Advisor. While you should contact your Honors Council Representative to confirm that they will serve, we will contact them to verify in lieu of a signature. Outside Readers do not require a signature.
- If you have the ability to combine your registration form into the same PDF file as your prospectus, timeline, and bibliography, with the registration form as page one, it is greatly appreciated but not required. Please title your document(s) with your last name, first name, then a description of what's contained in the document. For example, "Rodriguez Michael Registration Packet" if it's all in one file, or "Rodriguez Michael Registration Form" and "Rodriguez Michael Attachments" for two separate files.
- Please call 303-492-6617, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with Janelle Henderson via Microsoft Teams with any questions.
Some of you have asked about issues with lab access and how that might affect your ability to complete your thesis project on time. If you are unable to complete your lab work, and therefore unable to complete your thesis in the semester that you're scheduled to defend, you do have the option to defer your defense to a future semester. You do not have to carry a full load of classes, or enroll in any classes at all, to defend; however, you will need to postpone your graduation. The Honors Program is authorized to award Latin honors to undergraduates only, so this is a key step. The last day you can notify us to defer is the last day you can defend, so, for example, if you're registered to defend in Fall 2020, the last day you can change your mind and defer to a future semester is November 4, 2020. Please see FAQ topics "What do I do if I need to defer my thesis project or no longer want to defend my thesis?" or "I'd like to defer my graduation in order to finish my thesis. Do I have to be enrolled in classes?" on our Honors Thesis FAQ page for more details. Here is the link to the FAQ page: https://www.colorado.edu/honors/graduationfaq Please email email@example.com if you have questions or decide to defer.
Please check back here periodically for updates.
FALL 2020 THESIS DEFENSE:
Many students have been asking whether defenses will be conducted in person or remotely this fall. Since we do not yet know what operational mode the campus will be in when it is time to defend, we have not yet determined the answer to this question. If groups of 10 or less are still permitted to gather, it will likely be up to the student and their committee members whether they defend in person or via some remote means such as Zoom. If the campus moves from Expanded into Limited or Remote operational mode, students will need to conduct their defense remotely. Students, please coordinate with your Honors Council Representative to determine what remote technology might be utilized, and to schedule a remote or in-person defense with your committee. If you decide to schedule an in-person defense, it may be beneficial to have a backup plan in place in case operational modes change. Please be aware that the oral, interactive nature of a thesis defense will still be required; the only difference is that it will be held via remote technology instead of in person.
In regards to turning in your defense copy, at this time we are only accepting electronic submissions in PDF form. You should turn in your defense copy as soon as you've defended, or by November 4th at 4pm, whichever is sooner. All defenses must be complete by the end of the day on November 4th (this can be after 4pm, but your defense copy is due by 4pm). Please be sure to have your first and last name in the title of your defense copy PDF, preferably in the format "Lastname Firstname Defense Copy". If your PDF is too large to attach to an email, please us OIT's large file transfer feature and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the link: https://oit.colorado.edu/services/file-transfer-storage-infrastructure/large-file-transfer
Deferring your defense:
If you are having difficulties completing your thesis project and/or defending, you may wish to defer your defense and graduation to a future semester to give yourself more time. You do not need to be enrolled in classes in order to defend. Here are the steps you need to follow to defer:
- Check with your Department's Honors Council Representative for approval, and notify the Honors Program of your plans by emailing email@example.com
- See your regular advisor to make sure all requirements have been met for graduation
- Change your graduation to a future term via the Buff Portal
- Make sure that all members of your thesis committee are aware of the deferral, and confirm they are available to continue their participation on your committee with the new defense deadline. If they are not, and you need to make changes to your committee, be sure to notify the Honors Program so that your registration packet can be updated.
- If you don't plan to take classes during the semester you defend, but would like access to certain university benefits (such as an EcoPass, the ability to check out books from the library, etc.), please complete the LOA Optional Benefits Application on the Office of the Registrar's website
- You may also need to check with Financial Aid to make sure that your enrollment status does not affect any student loans or other financial aid you receive if you plan to enroll in less than a full load of classes.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or decide to defer. If you wish to withdraw your defense, please let us know via email as well.
Please check back here periodically for updates.
Since we were unable to celebrate our students' amazing accomplishments at our in-person Convocation ceremony this semester, please visit our Latin honors awardees recognition page and our Honors Scholars recognition page. We are proud of all our Honors students, and are excited to share recognition of their accomplishments!
Prospective students and parents
All on-campus visit programs have been suspended as of Monday, March 16th. We are happy to speak with you over the phone or via Zoom regarding our Honors Program, however! Please contact Janelle Henderson, Program Coordinator, at 303-492-6617 or email@example.com to schedule a virtual visit.
The Honors Program joins Ethnic Studies on their Statement about Anti-Asian Harassment and the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus
The COVID-19/novel coronavirus continues to spread in the United States. As people take precautions to stay healthy, the Honors Program wants to also acknowledge the rise of anti-Asian (especially anti-Chinese) harassment that many Asian Americans (particularly those who look East Asian) are experiencing. As the Honors Program focuses on welcoming diversity and inclusivity, we want to be very clear that harassment of Asians due to fears of the coronavirus are not only unwarranted but sadly part of a longer history of stereotypes associating Asians, especially Chinese, with disease. We stand firm in rejecting anti-Asian bigotry in the guise of people expressing fear of COVID-19. We also urge people to find resources that will educate them about staying healthy, as well as why their prejudices/biases in assuming all Asians have the coronavirus are rooted in a history of Yellow Peril rhetoric, xenophobia, and anti-Asian racism. For more, please see this open-source syllabus on resources for addressing anti-Asian bias associated with the coronavirus. And please remember: Frequent handwashing and wearing a mask, not anti-Asian stereotypes/harassment are your best means of staying healthy.
Don’t Ignore It:
CU Boulder policy prohibits discrimination and harassment based on protected-class identity. All members of the campus community should report any acts involving unfair treatment, abusive words or expressions, or intimidating behavior aimed at any member of the campus community based on an aspect of identity. For additional resources and reporting options go to colorado.edu/dontignoreit/.