L&S Honors Senior Thesis Grant

The Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant enables students to undertake more demanding and extensive senior thesis research projects than might otherwise be possible. Besides recognition of an excellent thesis proposal, grant recipients are provided a cash stipend of up to $3,000 to cover research-related expenses. For example, these resources may enable students to travel to archives or research sites, or to initiate other research activities that require special funding.

Eligibility Criteria
Currently enrolled L&S Honors students (Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major or Comprehensive Honors) who plan on graduating with the Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major or the Comprehensive Honors degree in May of 2023 or earlier
Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
Award winners may not register for summer courses that do not directly relate to their thesis research during the summer session without permission of the Director of the Honors Program, as the intent of these awards is to enable students to focus on their honors senior thesis research over the summer.

How to Apply
Please go to wisc.academicworks.com to apply.
The deadline for submission is Monday, April 11, 2022.

Selection Criteria
Strength of academic record
Progress toward the completion of the Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major OR the Comprehensive Honors degree(s)
Strength, rigor, and clarity of the proposal and of the senior thesis research project to be funded

Conditions of Award
Notification of award status will be emailed to applicants usually within four weeks of the application deadline. Recipients of these awards must submit a copy of the completed thesis to the Honors Office where it will be bound and become part of the Honors thesis resource library. Recipients should also present their findings at the Senior Honors Thesis symposium, held in April each year.

NOTE: Students may not receive an Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant for their research if the same research has been or will be supported by another university undergraduate research grant (e.g. the Hilldale Undergraduate Fellowship, Hughes Grant, Trewartha Grant, etc.).

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L&S Honors Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please enter the proposed title of your thesis.
  2. I understand that incomplete applications will not be considered and that all supporting materials and the application must be submitted by the deadline.
  3. Are you able to attend (or did you attend) an informational workshop on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Zoom? (This is not required but will probably help you!)
  4. I understand that it is extremely important to consult with my faculty mentor as soon as possible if my research involves human subjects. A Human Subjects Protocol may need to be submitted and approved by a UW Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to award/release of any funds. In certain circumstances an exemption may also be obtained or your research may be covered under your thesis advisor's existing protocol. More information can be obtained at: https://irb.wisc.edu/ Does your research involve human subjects?
  5. Please check off which semester you expect to graduate from UW-Madison.
  6. If you answered "Other" to the question above, please clarify.
  7. Are you employed at UW-Madison?
  8. If you are employed at UW-Madison, what is the name of the employing unit?
  9. I agree that if awarded a Letters & Science Honors Program Summer Senior Honors Thesis Research Grant, I will complete the requirements for the Honors degree in the College of Letters & Science including the senior Honors thesis and will submit a copy of my Honors thesis to the Honors Program Office. I also understand that I will be required to participate in the Senior Honors Thesis Symposium in April 2024.
  10. How many Honors credits have you completed to date?
  11. How many Honors credits are you registered for in the current term?
  12. Please give a concise description of your project. Please follow the format below. (Plan on completing your description outside of the scholarship system and uploading the finished document, which should have your last name as part of the file name.) Remember that the Faculty Honors Committee members reviewing your application may be from outside your academic field and therefore unfamiliar with the specialized terminology of your discipline. Limit your responses to a maximum of four (4) pages of text, single-spaced (not including references cited, figures, tables, and/or images). Address the following five areas:
    1. Project title
    2. State the major question to be investigated.
    3. What is the research problem (goal, aim, purpose, etc)?
    4. What procedure(s) or approach(es) will you use (methodology, experimental design, etc.) and/or what variables do you plan to evaluate?
    5. Describe and explain your previous experience and background relating to the proposed research.
  13. Upload a current transcript (official or unofficial is acceptable). See https://registrar.wisc.edu/transcript/ for instructions on retrieving a transcript.
  14. Please request a letter of recommendation from your senior Honors thesis advisor.
  15. Please enter your faculty mentor's First and Last Name.
  16. Enter your faculty mentor's department.
  17. Enter your faculty mentor's email address.
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