Trewartha Senior Honors Thesis Research Award

This grant recognizes excellent research proposals and enables honors students to undertake more demanding and extensive senior Honors thesis research projects than might otherwise be possible.

Applicants must be declared in the L&S Honors Program and be pursuing Honors in the Major (for an L&S major), Honors in the Liberal Arts, or Comprehensive Honors. Applicants must also be enrolled in a senior Honors thesis sequence.

Up to 18 Trewartha awards can be made each year. The standard award is $1,500.

All applications will be evaluated by the Faculty Honors Committee. The committee makes award decisions based on the overall quality of the application.

More information can be found on the L&S Honors Program website (

L&S Honors Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please enter the proposed title of your thesis.
  2. Are you able to attend or did you attend a Q&A session or info session about the Trewartha Grant? Attending a session is not required, but can help you with your application!
  3. I understand that incomplete applications will not be considered and that all supporting materials and the application must be submitted by the deadline.
  4. If awarded a Trewartha Undergraduate Research Grant, I understand and would agree to the following:
    • I will complete the requirements for an Honors degree in the College of Letters & Science (Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major, or Comprehensive Honors)
    • I will participate in the Senior Honors Thesis Symposium in late spring 2024 (or arrange an alternative with approval by Honors Program).
    • I will submit a PDF copy of my completed Honors thesis to the Honors Program Office.
  5. If the proposed study involves human subjects research, do you have an approved IRB protocol that will cover the study?
  6. Please select which semester you expect to graduate from UW-Madison.
  7. If you answered "Other" to the question above, please clarify.
  8. Are you employed at UW-Madison?
  9. If you are employed at UW-Madison, what is the name of the employing unit?
  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 upload your project proposal in PDF format. Your last name should be part of the file name, and please limit your responses to a maximum of four (4) pages of single-spaced text (not including references, figures, tables, and/or images). 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. Address the following areas:
    1. Project title
    2. An abstract of the proposed research (200 words or less, may be single-spaced)
      1. This may include the research problem (goal, aim, purpose, etc)
    3. What procedure(s) or approach(es) will you use (methodology, experimental design, etc.) and/or what variables do you plan to evaluate?
    4. Describe and explain your previous experience and background relating to the proposed research.
  13. The standard award amount is $1500. If your project requires financial support above $1500, please upload a detailed budget and brief written description of how the funds would be used. Pending availability of funds and your justification, you may be considered for a larger award.
  14. What other university funding, if any, have you received to support your senior Honors thesis research?
  15. If you selected "Other" as a funding source, please clarify.
  16. Please enter your faculty mentor's First and Last Name.
  17. Enter your faculty mentor's email address.
  18. Enter your faculty mentor's department.
  19. Please request a letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor. Note that this letter must be submitted (not just requested) by the application deadline.
  20. Upload a current transcript (official or unofficial is acceptable). See for instructions on retrieving a transcript.
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