Research Thesis Handbook
Table of Contents
- CHP Honors Research & Thesis Requirements – Description and Guidelines
- General OverviewFor many students, research is the one CHP requirement with which they have the least experience outside of the Humanities Core or Writing 39C research paper; hence, it is often seen as the biggest hurdle and may cause some anxiety. This handbook is designed to clarify procedures, expectations and deadlines, explain your options, list the various campus resources available to you, and reduce some of that anxiety. Your research/thesis experience should prove to be one of the most rewarding parts of your education at UCI. It has been for the majority of our graduates!The capstone work you do for the Campuswide Honors Program will be a faculty-mentored, undergraduate research or creative experience that culminates in the writing of your honors thesis. In this handbook, we refer to your final paper as a “thesis,” but the terms “project” and “report” (used by some of the upper-division, school or major-specific honors programs), are interchangeable and acceptable. You are encouraged to think about your interests, research topics, and possible faculty research advisors, from the day that you enter the university, but if you are just starting to do so during your junior year (or early in your senior year), then it is still not too late to have a positive research experience. More often than not, students will finish their honors thesis during their senior year.
- Minimum RequirementsThe honors project will require students to spend a minimum of two quarters on research. Students conduct their research under the direction/advisement of an approved faculty advisor (who is tenured or tenure-track) within their chosen discipline. Many students devote three or more quarters to their research project, and within some disciplines, we have had honors students participate in research over all four years at UCI! Before you graduate, you must write up your research experience in a publication-quality paper, which we call your “honors thesis.” Most honors thesis papers are 25-65 pages in length. Although there is no page requirement, a CHP advisor will be able to tell you what an appropriate length is for a thesis in your area of study.Some majors (for example, those in Dance, Music, Art, ICS, Engineering), might elect to do a creative work for their honors project. For these types of projects, you must submit written documentation of your creative process and summarize your final piece/work – that write-up will constitute your “honors thesis.” It would be appropriate to include a CD/DVD, photographs, code, etc., which physically capture the aspects of your final project.
Honors projects should address questions or issues for which no known or generally accepted answers exist. Students must think independently and creatively to design and carry out the exploration of their hypothesis/proposal. They work with primary materials, synthesize existing information and theory, and analyze the result of the experiment/study. The thesis should demonstrate the student’s command of the research techniques, conceptual frameworks, and intellectual skills appropriate to the field or fields within which the topic falls. Significant individual effort may involve laboratory research, library research, or field research.
Opportunities exist to work with faculty from across the campus. Most commonly, the project will usually relate to the subject matter in your major. Interdisciplinary areas of research may be desirable for the student who has an interest in more than one field and has developed the understanding and background at a depth needed to complete a worthwhile project.
When to begin your research/thesis experience is a matter of judgment, determined not only by various deadlines and application processes, but also by the educational preparation and readiness of each student and the availability of an appropriate faculty advisor. There are several advantages of starting early: 1) you can usually develop a close working relationship with your faculty research advisor, who is then able to provide a strong letter of reference for graduate/professional school and/or scholarship applications; 2) if your research is well underway, or even nearing completion early in senior year, this strengthens those applications and may even turn out to be an important topic during admission or job interviews; 3) you could enjoy the research process more and get more out of your experience; and 4) you might finish early, which can lessen your stress levels in your final quarter prior to graduation. We encourage you to meet with a CHP advisor right before you start looking for research, as they have advice and experience that will be helpful.
There are a few other questions you might want to consider, as they can impact how and when you will do your final honors project. For example, do you want to do research on/off-campus? While studying abroad? These options often require advanced planning and sometimes special approval from the Honors Program Director in order to meet the CHP graduation requirements.
- Getting Course Credit for Honors Research/Thesis and Upper-division Honors Programs at UCIMost CHP students get course credit of some kind for the work they do on their thesis. This makes sense because a good thesis can easily require 200-300 hours or work, i.e., 5-10 hours a week during the academic year. Students choose to enroll in either an upper-division, school/major specific honors program, or in independent study courses (usually 199) with their faculty advisor.Please note that CHP does not require students complete a thesis in their declared major; you can do your research/thesis in any field at UCI that is interesting to you. However, depending on the discipline and your preparedness, it may not always be possible to do research outside your major (for example, if you wish to work with the creative writing faculty to write a novel for your thesis, but have limited creative writing experience/completed course work at UCI, then this might not be an appropriate choice for you, and you will have difficulty finding an approved faculty advisor). Furthermore, if you plan to participate in a school/major-specific honors program, you will most likely need to do research/thesis in your school/major.
- Upper-division honors programsUCI offers upper-division, school/major-specific honors programs for almost all majors. CHP students are strongly encouraged to consider completing the appropriate upper-division honors program in their school/major as well as the CHP. When you submit a copy of the final, approved thesis to the CHP from a school/major-specific honors program, it will automatically be accepted as meeting the research/thesis requirements for the CHP. Please note that you must turn in a copy of your school/major-specific honors thesis to the CHP Office by the appropriate deadline, including all supporting paperwork required by the CHP.Most upper-division, school/major-specific honors programs require a research experience and completion of an honors thesis/project/report prior to graduation. Individual program descriptions and requirements are included in the General Catalogue sections of each academic unit, and additional information is available through the appropriate academic advising/student affairs office as well as online. The Division of Undergraduate Education also maintains a list of school/major honors programs, including their faculty directors and staff contacts.
Most schools have also created at least one course in their upper-division honors program curriculum that will satisfy the upper-division writing requirement. However, there are a few exceptions (for example, ICS and some of the arts disciplines do NOT have a required research/thesis course that has been approved for upper-division writing), so be sure to double check with your major advisor to determine what will be the best way for you to satisfy the upper-division writing requirement.
Some of these upper-division, school/major-specific honors programs have application processes and deadlines that occur before senior year, minimum GPA requirements, and/or required coursework that could begin sophomore or junior year, so PLAN AHEAD and investigate these options as early as freshman year, when you put together your CHP course plan.
Students who are certified as completing both the CHP and their school/major-specific honors program will receive the University Honors notation on their final UCI transcript.
- Independent studyStudents who decide not to complete an upper-division, school/major-specific honors program will need to work with their faculty advisor to determine the appropriate way to get credit for the work they are doing, set goals and deadlines, agree on expectations, establish standards and a method for evaluation, etc. Students in this case are STRONGLY encouraged to consider enrolling in an independent study course (often 199) for 1-5 units (depending on the amount of time that will be spent weekly doing research) for a letter grade or Pass/Not Pass. Most schools offer this course option. Students will need to work with their advisor to determine what is appropriate in their individual situation as well as the process for enrolling.A partial list of campus courses (including both independent study and school/major honors programs) can be found in Appendix G.
Additionally, the CHP Director occasionally leads a research/thesis seminar (Uni Studies H176A/C, 2 units, Pass/Not Pass, Fall/Spring) course for CHP students not participating in an upper-division, school/major specific honors program. Please note that the CHP research/thesis seminar does not count towards the research requirement, but it intended to supplement the research already being done by students. Contact the Honors Office for more information about this class as well as for authorization to enroll.
- Other optionsStudents who don’t enroll in independent study courses or upper-division honors programs should still do the same amount of research work and be held to the same standard as students who were doing research for a grade in a class.Please note that essays, assignments, group projects, etc. completed in the normal course of earning credit for a typical upper-division class are not usually acceptable CHP thesis projects. However, the thesis may expand upon research or ideas initiated as a part of a class.
- Upper-division honors programs
- School/Academic Unit Policies and GuidelinesAll schools/academic units have established guidelines and policies for their majors, pertaining to the honors research/thesis requirements. These are described in the sections below.It is YOUR responsibility to know and understand these guidelines, processes, and deadlines, and to identify an appropriate faculty member to supervise your research/thesis experience.
- Claire Trevor School of the ArtsSchool of the Arts students will engage in creative activity (examples include the production of a performance, exhibition, choreographic work, or a recital) or research suitable to their major for a minimum of two quarters under faculty supervision culminating in an honors project. Project proposals must be approved by the faculty member supervising the project, the department chair of the major, and Campuswide Honors Program director.CHP students are welcome to direct any questions regarding completion of the research and thesis to Amy Kim, Director of Student Affairs in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the final report or documentation of creative activity, a signed Thesis Approval form, a paper reflecting on the creative process and evaluating the final activity, and the abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program office by the deadline for your graduating term.
- Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological SciencesBiological Sciences students may complete the Excellence in Research Program in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences to fulfill the CHP honors research and thesis requirements. The Excellence in Research Program is the vehicle in which the student produces a final, capstone project from research taken in a Biological Sciences 199 course. Successful completion of the Excellence in Research Program is a requirement for eligibility in the Biological Sciences Honors Program. Sponsored by the faculties of the Ayala School of Biological Sciences and the College of Medicine, the Excellence in Research Program paired with the Bio Sci 199 Research Program has approximately 250 faculty available from which students are able to select a faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to consider the possibilities for research early in their college career. Although students are required to be enrolled in at least four quarters of research in the same Bio Sci 199 project for the Excellence in Research Program, the length of the average project over the years has been almost two years. At the start of the academic year in which the student is eligible to participate in Excellence in Research, s/he must attend a mandatory, informational workshop. At that time an information packet that details eligibility, deadlines and all formal requirements for the program is available on line.Eligible students are required to, according to program standards, attend a mandatory workshop, write a scientific paper, present a ten minute scientific talk, and present a research poster. Based on the quality of the students’ work in its entirety, “Excellence” is determined and awarded by the Honors Committee. If “Excellence” is awarded, papers are published in the school’s on line Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences.
Students who would like advice and assistance in starting their research experience under Biological Sciences 199 are invited to contact Biological Sciences Student Affairs Undergraduate Counseling Office. Further details about this research opportunity and the Excellence in Research Program can also be found in the Biological Sciences section of the UCI General Catalogue and on their website at http://students.bio.uci.edu/undergraduates/research.html. Questions can be answered by Carolyn Willmann, the Biological Sciences Honors Counselor (824-5318).
A copy of the final paper, a signed Thesis Approval form, and the abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program Office by the deadline for your graduating term.
- The Paul Merage School of BusinessCHP Business Administration majors can complete their CHP research by enrolling in at least two quarters of Business 199 Individual Research. In general, honors research is faculty-supervised and independent, resulting in a capstone project that takes a multidisciplinary approach to education and explores quantitative and/or qualitative aspects of business. UCI business faculty are leaders in their fields and at the forefront of current research and business practices. Honors research provides a unique opportunity to do in-depth study in the academic area that most interests you with a top-notch faculty advisor.Students are responsible for seeking out their own faculty advisor and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Students will work with their faculty advisor to develop a plan for research and thesis.
Students who would like advice and assistance in starting their education research experience are invited to contact the Honors Advisor in the Paul Merage School of Business Office of Undergraduate Programs http://merage.uci.edu/Undergrad/Content/Contact-Us/256. Students can also familiarize themselves with current research being undertaken by education faculty via http://merage.uci.edu/Faculty/AcademicAreas/index.aspx.
A copy of the final thesis report, a signed Thesis Approval form, and the abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program office by the deadline for your graduating term.
- School of EducationCHP Education majors can complete their CHP research by enrolling in at least two quarters of Education 199 Individual Research. Honors research is faculty-supervised and independent, resulting in a capstone project that takes a multidisciplinary approach to educational themes such as Learning, Cognition, Development; Educational Policy and Social Context; or Language, Literacy, and Technology.Students are responsible for seeking out their own faculty advisor and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Students will work with their faculty advisor to develop a plan for research and thesis.
Students who would like advice and assistance in starting their education research experience are invited to contact Denise Earley, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, at email@example.com. Students can also familiarize themselves with current research being undertaken by education faculty via http://education.uci.edu/research/index.php.
A copy of the final thesis report, a signed Thesis Approval form, and the abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program office by the deadline for your graduating term.
- Henry Samueli School of EngineeringEngineering students conduct faculty-supervised, independent research during their junior or senior year. The CHP individual research is in addition to the senior project (group project) required for all engineering degrees – in most cases H199 research will count toward technical elective credit. Students are encouraged to consider the possibilities for research early in their college career. Review the department website and faculty research descriptions, then talk with faculty in the areas of your interest. Students are responsible for choosing a faculty advisor for the project whose research interests are similar to their own. By spring quarter of your junior year, you should have consulted with the faculty member you wish to work with and begin to develop a plan for the senior research and thesis.Students will complete a minimum of 8 units on one project by enrollment in 4 units of H199 (Honors Research) and 4 units of H196W (Honors Thesis). In general, during the first quarter of the project, students will sign up for 4 units of H199 under the faculty who has agreed to serve as the research advisor for the project. During the second quarter of the project, the student will sign up for 4 units of H196W under the direction of the same research advisor.
You will need to go to the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office to get the course code numbers for the H199 & H196W courses. The course codes for HONORS sections must be individually assigned once you have determined your faculty advisor. If you have any questions concerning the signup procedure for courses related to the project or the thesis, please contact Laurel Bartenstein, Engineering Honors Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon completion of the project, students submit their research papers to their faculty advisors. If the faculty advisor chooses, the honors research paper can be submitted for review for the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Program. Successful candidates will present their work at the UROP sponsored UCI Campuswide Research Symposium and have their papers published in the School of Engineering Journal of Undergraduate Research.
The proposal for Individual Study form with a copy of the abstract must be submitted to Engineering Student Affairs. A copy of the final thesis report, a signed Thesis Approval form, and the abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program office by the deadline for your graduating term.
- School of HumanitiesThe Humanities Honors Program invites CHP members to participate in their program beginning in the junior year and continuing through the senior year. Students will attend the three-quarter Honors Proseminar, whose purpose is to allow students to work closely in a personalized and stimulating learning environment with some of UCI’s brightest undergraduates. It creates an opportunity for students to get to know their professors personally and to share the excitement of intellectual discovery with classmates. Students meet with the Director of the Humanities Honors Program to discuss thesis topics and format, and the choice of a thesis advisor. In the senior year, CHP students will take, along with the Humanities Honors students, Humanities H140-H141-H142W, designed to culminate in the senior thesis.
- Humanities H140 is directed by the Humanities Honors Thesis Advisor. It is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and research strategies and to begin the process of writing the senior honors thesis. Instructor will guide students in the initial stages of the thesis, bibliography, narrowing down the topic, prospectus, research, and outline.
- Humanities H141 continues the work begun in H140. Students work closely with their faculty advisors to produce a first draft of the thesis by the end of the quarter.
- Humanities H142 continues small group discussions as the students prepare the final draft of the 30-50 page thesis by the middle of the quarter.
If you want general advice and assistance in arranging for the project, you may contact the Humanities Honors Program Director.
A copy of the final report, a signed Thesis Approval form, and the abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program Office by the deadline for your graduating term. Another copy of the final thesis must be submitted to Erica Green in the Humanities Undergraduate Counseling Office by the end of the spring quarter.
Humanities CHP students who join the Humanities Honors Program and complete the junior year Honors Proseminars in addition to the senior year Honors Thesis classes will have the notation “Completed Humanities Honors Program” added to their transcripts.
- Donald Bren School of Information and Computer ScienceCHP students majoring in ICS should enroll in ICS H197 Honors Seminar (2 units) in the Fall quarter of their sophomore or junior year. ICS H197 provides an orientation to research in ICS and includes talks by ICS faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.ICS H197 is followed by a research project involving two or more quarters of CS H198 or IN4MATX H198. (The completion of two CS H198 or IN4MATX H198 courses give students credit for one project course required of the ICS major, provided that the second project course is taken in a different area.) H198 signifies the student is working on independent research work that culminates in a final research project that is supervised by a faculty research advisor. Students are responsible for seeking out and selecting a faculty advisor AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.
Before beginning the research, students should submit an “Initial Plan” or project proposal, outlining the project and any course work that will be taken. The proposal must be signed by the faculty advisor and submitted both to the ICS Honors Program advisor and ICS academic counselor (currently Professor Richard Lathrop and Jessica Shanahan, respectively) and to the Campuswide Honors Program Office. (Students who are also in the ICS Honors Program should follow these policies as well.)
Students are encouraged to begin their research project in their junior year, and have the research completed and thesis written by the end of winter quarter of their senior year (or one quarter before they graduate). The thesis is submitted to both the ICS Undergraduate Student Affairs office and the Campuswide Honors Program. A copy of the final thesis report, a signed Thesis Approval form, and the abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program office by the deadline for your graduating term.
Students are encouraged to seek advice or assistance from the ICS undergraduate counselors or from the ICS Honors Program Advisor. The ICS counseling office is located in Computer Science 352. Their phone number is 824-5156.
- Program in Nursing ScienceCHP Nursing Science majors will work the faculty in their major to determine their research topic and advisor. In general, CHP nursing students will complete their CHP research requirement during their senior year. Students should read carefully all emails they receive from nursing faculty regarding honors research and should respond in a timely manner. CHP nursing students receive a lot of support in the research/thesis process from their faculty advisor and will work closely with their faculty advisor to develop a plan for research and thesis.Honors research is faculty-supervised and independent, resulting in a capstone project that takes a multidisciplinary approach to health and explores quantitative and/or qualitative aspects of nursing and/or health.
A copy of the final thesis report, a signed Thesis Approval form, and the abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program office by the deadline for your graduating term.
- Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesCHP Pharmaceutical Science majors can complete their CHP research by enrolling in at least two quarters of PHRMSCI 199 Individual Research (or the equivalent) or by participating in Honors Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PHRMSCI H199). In general, pharm sci research is faculty-supervised and independent, resulting in a capstone project that will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of your research focus; enhance your writing, communication, and leadership skills; and make you a more competitive applicant for graduate school.Students interested in participating in Honors Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences must complete their research in a pharm sci faculty research lab at UCI. Eligible students much have three prior quarters of research before enrolling in PHRMSCI H199 as well as a recommendation from their faculty advisor.
In general, students are responsible for seeking out their own faculty advisor and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Students will work with their faculty advisor to develop a plan for research and thesis.
Students who would like advice and assistance in starting their pharm sci research experience are invited to contact the Honors Advisor in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Affairs Office http://www.pharmsci.uci.edu/undergraduate/StudentAffairs.php. For more information about Honors Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, please see (http://www.pharmsci.uci.edu/undergraduate/HonorsResearchinPharmSci.php).
- School of Physical SciencesPhysical Sciences will provide senior thesis opportunities in Chemistry, Mathematics, Earth System Science, and Physics. Projects undertaken under the Chemistry H180/H181, ESS 199/198W/H198, Mathematics 199, or Physics H196 series of supervised theoretical or experimental research courses will lead to theses written in a form suitable for publication in a scientific journal. Many CHP students choose to participate in the Honors in Chemistry, Honors in Earth System Science, Honors in Mathematics, or Honors in Physics programs, which require a slightly greater commitment—the same thesis can be used to satisfy both CHP requirements and departmental honors requirements.The CHP student should initiate contact with suitable faculty members no later than the Spring Quarter of the junior year. Students should plan to propose a project which they and the faculty member are in agreement will lead to a thesis. The proposed project then should be approved by the department involved. Faculty contacts are: (for Chemistry), Prof. A.J. Shaka (email@example.com), 231A RH, 824-8509; (for Earth System Science) Prof. Julie Ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org) 3313 CH, 824-9411; (for Mathematics) Prof. Alessandra Pantano (email@example.com), 440B RH, 824-9438; and (for Physics), Prof. Daniel Whiteson (firstname.lastname@example.org), 3168 FRH, 824-2108.
- Program in Public HealthCHP Public Health majors can complete their CHP research by enrolling in at least two quarters of PUBHLTH 199 Individual Research or by successfully completing the Public Health Honors Program (PUBHLTH H192A-PUBHLTH H192B-PUBHLTH H192C along with PUBHLTH 199). Honors research is faculty-supervised and independent, resulting in a capstone project that takes a multidisciplinary approach to public health and explores quantitative and/or qualitative aspects of public health.Students are responsible for seeking out their own faculty advisor and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Students will work with their faculty advisor to develop a plan for research and thesis.
Students who would like advice and assistance in starting their public health research experience are invited to contact the Honors Advisor in the Public Health Student Affairs Office http://publichealth.uci.edu/ph/_undergraduate/student_services. For more information about the Public Health Honors Program, please see (http://catalogue.uci.edu/programinpublichealth/#HonorsResearch). Students can also familiarize themselves with current research being undertaken by faculty and students in Public Health via http://publichealth.uci.edu/ph/_documents/show_form/ug_faculty_research.
- School of Social EcologyStudents majoring in one of the four majors in the School of Social Ecology are able to fulfill the senior thesis requirement through the Social Ecology Honors Program. CHP students need to apply for acceptance to the program in the spring of their junior year. The actual deadline will be communicated by e-mail via Social Ecology Broadcast (student listserv). They should be prepared to submit a brief research proposal, an unofficial UCI transcript, and a letter of support from a Social Ecology faculty member who agrees to serve as their mentor. In addition, students must have achieved an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and 3.5 GPA in a minimum of four upper-division major courses by the end of winter quarter of their junior year.To meet the obligations of the Social Ecology Honors Program, a student must commit to enrolling in all three classes of the Honors Program sequence during their senior year: SOCECOL H190A, SOCECOL H190B, and SOCECOL H190W. Questions regarding the program should be directed to the faculty director. More information can be found here: http://students.soceco.uci.edu/pages/social-ecology-honors-program.
- School of Social SciencesCHP students in the School of Social Sciences who wish to fulfill the CHP honors research and thesis requirement should apply to the honors program in their major. The honors program may involve a slightly higher commitment in terms of course completion as well as faculty-supervised, independent research project to be conducted in the junior or senior year. Most honors program in the School involve a 4 quarter unit honors seminar and a 4-12 quarter unit senior thesis. Students are responsible for choosing a faculty advisor for the project whose interests are similar to their own.Students should begin thinking about the honors program toward the end of the second year/beginning of their junior year since most applications will be due around this time. Students should think about a research project in the end of their junior year, and should plan to have the research completed and the thesis written by the end of the winter quarter of their senior year (or one quarter before they graduate). CHP students are welcome to direct any questions regarding completion of the research and thesis requirements in the School of Social Sciences to Helen Morgan, Director, Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office at email@example.com.
A copy of the final thesis, a signed Thesis Approval form, and an abstract must be filed with the Campuswide Honors Program office by the deadline for your graduating term.
- Claire Trevor School of the Arts
- Suggested CalendarA suggested calendar (or timetable) for the research/thesis process is included in this handbook (Appendix B). Remember, you can start earlier if you want.
- Mandatory Meeting with Honors Advisor during junior yearDuring fall or winter of your junior year, all CHP students MUST meet with an Honors Advisor to complete the CHP Graduation Survey, submit your resume, update your final year course plan, verify plans to complete any remaining CHP course and GPA requirements, and go over your plans to meet the research/thesis requirements.Regardless of the status of your research/senior year plans, this meeting will provide useful information for junior and senior year. CHP students are encouraged to schedule this 45-minute meeting with a CHP advisor as soon as they are ready to start doing their own research project, and no earlier than sophomore year. Students who plan to study abroad during junior year are encouraged to have their meeting during sophomore year, or as soon as possible after they return from studying abroad.
These are typically individual meetings; however, it is possible to schedule this meeting with up to two of your friends in your major (although it is not required to meet in a group). If you do wish to meet in a group, please consult with your friends prior to scheduling a meeting to determine several times that work for the entire group, and indicate that you wish to meet in a group when working with the front desk to set up an appointment.
- Finding a Faculty AdvisorA good faculty advisor is very important to a successful research experience. You will want to find “a match” with someone you can talk to/work with over the next two or more quarters. When choosing a faculty advisor, you are encouraged to remember that the research project must be mutually acceptable to both you and the faculty member. There is no guarantee that the first faculty member approached will say yes, so you should understand the research/thesis process and identify a faculty advisor and a topic before you begin your senior year.Acceptable faculty advisors should hold a tenure-track position at UCI (assistant, associate, or full professor). If they are not tenure-track, and have not been previously approved (by working with a CHP student before you), you will need to submit documentation about your potential faculty advisor to the Honors Director for approval. Send an email message to Ted Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org), and include information on your proposed faculty advisor (highest degree held and from what school, prior experience working with undergraduate research projects, interest/expertise in the area you plan to study, and anything else you think might be helpful in his review of your request).
In order to identify a suitable faculty research advisor, find out something about their background and current research interests. Look them up on their departmental website. Each school maintains information on each of their faculty members, the current research interests, etc. on their departmental websites. You can also check if prospective faculty research advisors are part of any of UCI’s various research centers (www.research.uci.edu/centers-institutes/index.html). Finally, you can see if they have a profile on www.faculty.uci.edu (the UCI Faculty Research Profiles) or a listing on the www.urop.uci.edu (check out their “On-campus opportunities listings”).
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) website in general can be a very useful research resource. You can review their “Researchers’ Handbook.” which has useful faculty information and helpful ideas on how and when to approach a potential faculty advisor, how to conduct yourself throughout this process, and how to work successfully with your advisor. The section about “How to Get Started” is a must read before beginning your search for a faculty mentor. You can also explore the various research and creative on-campus opportunities with faculty or off-campus opportunities with industrial partners, national labs, and other universities.
Also, talk to other students who are currently doing research, or see one of the Honors Advisors, to find out more about specific faculty and the kinds of research CHP students have done in the past. The CHP has a list of faculty research advisors, which is available in the CHP Office during regular business hours.
Finally, if you have difficulty finding an appropriate faculty advisor, the school honors advisors, department chairs, UROP counselors, and other faculty may be able to refer you to a potential faculty advisor.
When you go to talk to potential faculty advisors, be as clear as you can as to why you are interested in working with them and their particular area of research. Bring a copy of your transcript and resume with you, in case they ask to see them.
If you have questions or concerns (for example, how many hours a week will you be expected to work in a lab, or whether you’ll be getting a letter grade or P/NP for your work each quarter, or what deadlines will be used?), jot them down beforehand, and discuss them with potential faculty advisors before you make a final decision.
Encourage your potential faculty advisor to talk to the Honors Director if he/she has any questions or concerns of their own. Some students may feel they need two faculty advisors (from different departments/schools), and in certain cases, this might be very appropriate. Make sure both advisors are aware of this arrangement and agree to work “together” with you. Talk about how grades will be given, who is responsible for reviewing and approving your final honors thesis, and who will sign the Thesis Approval form.
- Thesis ProposalStudents are encouraged to identify a faculty advisor and a thesis topic as soon as they are ready to begin research. Once you have identified a faculty advisor and a topic/area you plan to do your research on, the next step is to write up a thesis proposal for approval. Some academic units/upper-division honors programs have developed specific forms and deadlines for this purpose. In those situations where no such form is available, a suggested format for the CHP thesis proposal is included in Appendix F. Unless otherwise directed by your school or upper-division honors program, you should prepare your thesis proposal, submit it first to your faculty advisor for approval, and after it is approved, turn in a copy to the CHP Office. Remember to keep a copy for yourself. The thesis proposal should be filed with the CHP Office as soon as an agreement has been made between you and your faculty advisor. You are encouraged to have your advisor sign the thesis proposal. The student and faculty member should have discussed how often and when they will meet throughout the research/thesis process, as well as what the final expectations are (for both student and faculty advisor). The thesis proposal is, in essence, a plan or “contract” for the research/thesis experience. Many of you will file your thesis proposal during fall quarter of your senior year. Individual schools/honors programs may have other deadlines and procedures, so it is the student’s responsibility to clarify what applies to you. Your honors thesis proposal MUST be filed with the CHP Office no later than three quarters before you anticipate graduating. For June graduates, the deadline would be the end of 2nd week, fall quarter, in the year you plan to graduate. Exceptions to this deadline should be discussed promptly with an Honors Advisor.
- Quotes/Advice from other CHPersThese quotes are taken from CHP research surveys and exit interviews:
“START EARLY!” (This is THE most often-expressed advice we hear from graduating CHPers!)
“Lots of hard work, but so worth it!”
“Above all, I feel that the Honors Thesis process was the most valuable thing I did during my years at UCI. Doing an honors thesis has prepared me for grad school, beyond what my class work has done. It also gave me a paper that I could submit to various Ph.D. programs when I was applying. It was an invaluable experience.”
“The thesis was the most valuable. It tested me mentally. (I) did something ‘extra’ that I could be really proud of. ”
“I wish I had done more research before deciding on a project. I could be open to more possibilities.”
“Research was by far the most beneficial experience I’ve had, as I’ve taken away a number of skills and experiences which I’ll surely rely upon in my future career.”
“Research was the most beneficial. I explored a subject that is not readily available to undergraduates. Felt that I was able to contribute from my research as well.”
“Doing research requires a serious commitment. The quality of your research is completely up to you – your dedication, patience, etc.”Describe your research experience overall.
“Imperative. Classes alone didn’t cut it. THIS was interesting. I got to choose what to do. I knew that the blood sweat and tears that I put into it one quarter would carry over to the next, so there was much more incentive to do well.”
“Phenomenal. It is important to realize that research has vicissitudes ranging from unavoidable failures to unimaginable successes. Embrace this reality and have a blast riding the rollercoaster that is research.”
“Fabulous. My first research project was technically flawed but was a good learning effort. I was more comfortable with independent research by my 4th year.”
Would you do anything different, if you had to do it over again?
“Take my time, spread it out over more time, instead of rushing so hard at the end. Also, don’t ever be afraid to ask to talk with your professor. This includes quick check-ins, and even admitting that you haven’t pulled your own weight this week. Get the problem fixed before it builds up and explodes.”
“An amazing journey. It was hell at times. But I am glad to put myself through it. Honestly, if you told me two years ago that I would write a paper like this, I would have never believed you. Not only did we produce a paper, but it was accepted as-is for a usable security conference, and I was asked to present the paper at the conference.”
- Funding and other support for your Research and Thesis Efforts (UROP, SURP, etc.)You are strongly encouraged to seek the financial assistance and support of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program for your honors thesis project.UROP has two “Calls for Proposals” each year, with the goal of providing student funding support for research project-related expenses. These calls are sent to all faculty and students via e-mail, in early October (for the fall call), and in early April (for the spring call). The guidelines and proposal cover sheet are all online, and deadlines for submission are early November (for fall), and early May (for spring).UROP provides workshops on how to write an effective proposal, and has samples of previously funded proposals for your review.
When putting together your itemized budget that is a required part of the UROP application, consider the entire research project, from beginning to end. Include all anticipated costs, which may include the cost of materials (such as chemicals, electrical components, or lab animals), postage, photocopying, photographs, colored charts, overheads, poster boards, and even a cover/binding for your final thesis. If you hope to present your research at one of the undergraduate research conferences offered in Southern California or elsewhere, you should include conference registration fees and other related costs as part of your UROP proposal. In rare instances, UROP funds might be able to cover partial travel costs.
Many faculty have grants which support their research and related activities. You should discuss your budget with your faculty advisor and ask about the availability of their research support funds. You can talk with other students who have done or are currently engaged in research, or are in special research programs on campus. They may have information/knowledge of other sources of support. Some schools may have research money available for their undergraduate students. The bottom line — if you need financial support for the costs of your research/thesis efforts, you should explore ALL your options.
UROP also offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). This program provides funding for UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting summer research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty members. It offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic full-time for a ten-week period, or the equivalence of 400 hours. Student applicants need to have been involved for at least one quarter of faculty-mentored undergraduate research/creative activity. SURP Fellows receive up to a $3,000 stipend for their time and efforts over the summer.
- Research Resources
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)The mission of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is to help undergraduates find, fund, and showcase their research. UROP offers several programs that can help you locate on- and off-campus research opportunities and help you secure research funding. This office also coordinates the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium, the UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). Director Said Shokair, and his team, are located in Student Services II, Suite 2300. Phone number is 824-4189, email is email@example.com, and their website is www.urop.uci.edu.
- UCI Center for Statistical ConsultingThis Center serves the statistical needs of UCI’s main campus, College of Health Sciences, and general community. The Center’s primary function is to provide statistical design and analysis. They also offer education and consulting about a variety of statistical software including the use of statistical software. Their website is http://statconsulting.uci.edu/ and the office is located in Donald Bren Hall #2054; their phone number is (949) 824-9637. They do charge a consulting fee, and info regarding their fee structure is located on their website. If you anticipate needing help with statistical analysis, include the cost as part of your project’s budget.
- Human Subject/Animal Subjects Research Review BoardsIf your research necessitates you doing research on/with human or animal subjects, you should see if you are subject to the regulations of these respective research review boards. Talk with your faculty advisor about this, as well as look up the application and review process. Information on these Research Review Boards (IRB) is online at (http://www.research.uci.edu/compliance/index.html). If students join an already existing research group or project which has received approval for its research protocol, a student can be covered by this as well, but MUST have his/her own name specifically added to the approved faculty research protocol. Failure to do so can result in difficulties and perhaps penalties later on in the research experience.
- UCI Libraries' Research Consultation ServiceThrough this service, you may schedule a consultation with a reference librarian to focus on your research needs. Appointments should be scheduled in advance by submitting a request online (www.lib.uci.edu/services/rcs/research-consultation-request-form.html). You may also email or call the subject librarian in your area for questions about your research topic (http://www.lib.uci.edu/subject-librarians).
- Library borrowing privilegesCHP students have extended borrowing privileges, equivalent to those of graduate students. This comes in handy during the research process, as it will allow you to spend extra time with the books that you may need to reference. Do not abuse this privilege and please respond to any recall contacts you receive from Library personnel. For more information about special CHP library privileges and how to access them, please see the CHP Student Handbook.
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
- Presenting Your ResearchUROP sponsors the annual campus Undergraduate Research Symposium each spring quarter (usually held in May, on the Saturday after the 6th or 7th week of the quarter). This annual event allows UCI undergraduates the opportunity to present their research results in a professional setting. Copies of research abstracts are usually printed in the Research Symposium Program and are available online. The day’s activities include student research presentations, student performances, a keynote speaker, roundtable discussions, and an awards ceremony. Students present their in-progress work orally or in a poster format to invited faculty, students, and other guests. In-progress means that your research should be close to completion, but your final thesis does not have to be finished. For more information, stop by the UROP Office in 2300 Student Services II Building, or call them at 824-4189.CHP students are expected to present their honors research at this Symposium, or via some other alternative. Unusual circumstances that prevent students from this experience should be discussed with an Honors Advisor. Non-presenting CHP students are encouraged to attend and even volunteer to help that day. It’s fun to see and hear what others are doing and helps prepare you for future presentations of your own.
There are other venues for students to present their research. Some of these include presenting your research to your school/department/lab (i.e., the Bio Sci Excellence in Research Symposium); presenting at regional/national/ international symposia relative to your discipline; presenting at other undergraduate research symposia (i.e., the UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium in May, the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conferences, the Golden Key Annual conference in August, or the conferences sponsored by the Council for Undergraduate Research), to name a few options. In addition to these options, many CHP students present their research at the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research.
For information about how to present your research at a conference or symposium, please see https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/752/03/ and http://www.urop.uci.edu/symposium/Symposium%20guidelines.pdf.
- Publishing Your ResearchYou are encouraged to submit your final approved honors thesis/report for publication. This is a great idea to talk to your faculty advisor about, and publishing your research by the time you complete your undergraduate degree is an accomplishment that can help you stand out when applying for graduate or professional schools.There are several options available to you. The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal, produced by UROP, is an annual compilation of outstanding research papers completed by UCI undergraduate students. It showcases the high caliber of research being conducted at UCI and reflects the University’s dedication to undergraduate education. Works from all schools and disciplines are included. The UROP Student Editorial Board handles the regulation, initial review of papers, and production of the Journal. Final research papers are judged and chosen by the UROP Faculty Advisory Board. All CHP students involved in faculty-mentored research are encouraged to submit their papers for possible publication, or apply to become part of the Journal Editorial Board. Papers are accepted during the Spring Quarter and the deadline is usually late June. Guidelines are available via http://www.urop.uci.edu/journal/Paper%20Submissions%20Guidelines.pdf.
There are also professional journals which publish research relative to your discipline, and quite a number of undergraduates have had papers published as 1st or 2nd author. Several websites (upd.mercyhurst.edu and www.cur.org/ugjournal.html) list a number of journals/publications which publish outstanding undergraduate work, regardless of a student’s institutional affiliation.
- Wrapping up your Research/Thesis Experience and Submitting your ThesisIn order to be certified as completing your CHP thesis, please submit the following items by the deadline (determined by your graduation term):Submitted to the CHP Office in a like-new folder, binder, or protective cover**:
- Final Approved Thesis
- Thesis Abstract (may be included as part of your thesis paper)
- SIGNED Thesis Approval Form (available on the CHP website: http://honors.uci.edu/resources/handbooks/research-thesis-handbook/). We need the wet signature, not a scanned or faxed version.
**Students are charged $1 for theses without a like-new protective cover
- Via EEE Dropbox (Winter 2015): Electronic copy of thesis, including abstract
- Via EEE Survey: CHP Exit Interview
- Via EEE Survey: CHP Research Survey
- Via http://tinyurl.com/78lp7y9: CHP Thesis Input Form (you will need to activate your UCI Gmail, or make sure you are logged in with your UCI Gmail account, in order to access this form)
Fall graduation: January 10
Winter graduation: April 10
Spring graduation: June 30
Summer graduation: October 1
In addition, students should give a copy of the completed thesis to their faculty advisor, and file other copies as directed by their school/major upper-division honors program. Suggested format for the honors thesis (Appendix I), abstract (Appendix J), and the Honors Thesis Approval Form (Appendix K) are all available through this online Handbook. Copies of all completed theses filed by CHP graduates are kept in the Honors Office.
- General Overview
- Senior Year
- OverviewThe CHP summer mailing, which is sent to all CHP students, always includes special information for all students who are expected to graduate in the upcoming year. An email is sent late winter/early spring quarter, with more specific information regarding spring events. Graduating CHP students should have met with an Honors Advisor the previous fall/winter quarter (junior year), to talk about their research/thesis & post-graduation plans. The Honors Thesis Proposal should be filed by the end of the 2nd week of Fall quarter, as well as a copy of an updated senior year academic plan and current resume. Extensions of this deadline should be requested promptly by talking with an Honors Advisor. Fall quarter of senior year is a very busy and important time. Deadlines for graduate and professional school applications, as well as those for fellowships and prestigious scholarships come quickly, some as early as October 1. These applications usually require standardized test scores, letters of reference, and personal essays/goal statements. Students should not wait until the last minute to start working on them. In fact, it is recommended to begin some of these application processes the year before you plan to graduate.
- Campus ResourcesThe Career Center, academic units, and the CHP sponsor many activities designed to prepare you for whatever your “next step” after graduation will be. Note important deadlines on your calendar and take advantage of the information and help the various workshops/programs provide.
- Career CenterThe UCI Career Center www.career.uci.edu is a very valuable resource to students getting ready to graduate. Their services are designed to help you explore options, connect with opportunities, and succeed no matter what your career aspirations are. Take advantage of their services early and often to:
- Explore careers (through job shadowing programs and informational interviews available online via the Anteater Career Network)
- Create resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles (through workshops, walk-ins, and one-on-one appointments)
- Prepare for interviews (through practice interviews and workshops)
- Find internships and jobs (through Career & Internship Fairs, the UCI Internship Program, a comprehensive internship platform known as Zotlink/Handshake, on-campus interviewing, workshops, and internship resources)
- Gain admission to graduate or professional school (through workshops, walk-ins, and one-on-one appointments)
For students who plan to work after graduation but think that maybe they might apply to a graduate or professional school at a later date, we strongly recommend attending the Career Center’s workshop on Applying to Graduate and Professional Schools. Just being aware of the process is a good idea, and you’ll get helpful information that you can refer to later on.
- Graduate Resource CenterThe UCI Graduate Resource Center is a branch of the Graduate Division and is charged with helping current UCI undergraduates to prepare for graduate school through workshops and individual consultations regarding the graduate school application process, funding opportunities (including applying for fellowships), academic career planning, etc.
Graduate Division staff hold weekly 20 minute appointments to address undergraduate questions about graduate school. This support includes exploring graduate school options, navigating the application process, understanding funding options, and building research experience. This service is available by appointment. Contact the GRC (GRC@uci.edu) for availability.
- Scholarship Opportunities ProgramThe Search for Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships/Grants
Many CHP students apply for, and win, prestigious scholarships and fellowships, as well as grants, for post-graduate research and/or graduate study. At UCI, the Scholarship Opportunities Program is a useful resource for students interesting in applying for such scholarships/fellowships as the Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Fulbright, Schwartzman, Goldwater, National Science Foundation, etc.
Because these scholarships/fellowships are so prestigious, it takes a substantial effort to prepare a competitive application. The Scholarship Opportunities Program advises competitive undergraduate UCI students on their applications, including conducting outreach and managing the campus-level application and endorsement processes. In many cases, applicants cannot apply directly to the funding agency.
Students who wish to apply for a prestigious scholarship/fellowship should contact the Scholarship Opportunities Program during junior year.
You can also work with the UCI Graduate Resource Center as well as the graduate/professional schools to which you are admitted regarding funding.
- Center for Excellence in Writing and CommunicationThe Writing Center offers a variety of tutoring services and workshops in the areas of writing and communication, and is also home to the Scholarship Opportunities Program. A full-time professional Writing Specialist will work with you to develop you as a writer and can help you with every step of the writing process for your CHP thesis as well as your graduate/professional school personal statement/statement of intent/statement of purpose.
- Resource Centers in the Academic UnitsMany academic units have their own resources for students in their major which can help students obtain the appropriate information to select a career and/or graduate school program, generate professional contacts, and learn how to gain a competitive edge during their undergraduate years. Contact your major advisor and/or review your school’s website for more information.
- Career Center
- Graduation ApplicationGraduation is not automatic. You MUST file an Application for Graduation no later than the deadline set by your school (this may be at least two quarters prior to the date you wish to graduate, during your first quarter of your senior year, etc.). This application is available online at www.reg.uci.edu/access/student/. Filing deadlines, which vary from school to school, should be verified with your school’s academic counseling office. If you are completing double majors, you may need to submit more than one application (one for each school). Applications may sometimes be accepted after these deadlines by academic units, but the penalties for being late can vary widely between academic units. Some of those possible penalties are: students might not be considered for Latin honors; they might not be included in the Honors Convocation/Commencement programs; or they might not be approved for graduation until the follow quarter! Our advice is: apply early!!!
- Graduate ChecklistThere is an online Graduate Checklist at http://commencement.uci.edu/grad-checklist.html. This Web site also includes important information regarding cap & gown orders, Commencement ticketing, graduation announcements, awards and honors, etc. General Commencement information and the Commencement calendar can also be found via http://commencement.uci.edu/.
- Grad ExpoThe Grad Expo is usually held in April/May. This event is scheduled for graduating students, so they can take care of many of those items listed in the Graduate Checklist mentioned above (for example, placing cap & gown orders; voting for a class gift; and ordering graduation announcements & class rings). Alumni and Commencement staff may also available to assist graduating seniors with any tasks they need to accomplish.
- CommencementThe University sponsors several separate commencement exercises at the end of Spring quarter only. Faculty, campus staff and administrators, students and their families gather together to congratulate and recognize the graduates. Students may apply to be the student speaker or a singer of the National Anthem at their respective commencement ceremonies. An informational mailing is sent out in spring quarter to all prospective graduates and copies are also available from academic counselors at that time. Additional information is available from the Commencement Office.
- Honors at Graduation (Latin Honors)Students may graduate with academic/Latin honors regardless of whether or not they complete an honors program at UCI. Latin honors are summa cum laude (the top 1% of graduates); magna cum laude (the next 3%); and cum laude (the next 8%). The selection criteria used by each school are included in each academic unit’s section of the General Catalogue. One general criterion is that students must have completed at least 72 units in residence at a University of California campus in order to be eligible for Latin Honors. Additional criteria (such as no incidents of academic dishonesty) are determined by each School. The student’s cumulative record at the end of the final quarter is the basis for consideration for awarding Latin Honors.
Students’ honors may be listed in various places, such as the UCI Commencement Program, their final UCI transcript, and their UCI diploma. The Commencement Program will include awards and honors from summer through spring quarters. Students who are graduating in summer, fall, or winter, will have their awards and honors listed in the subsequent Commencement Program.
- School Awards/Prizes, and Honors SocietiesOther awards, prizes, and scholarships are given by various academic units on campus. Undergraduate students may be nominated to Honors Societies (such as Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Lambda Upsilon – the Chemistry Honors Society, or Tau Beta Pi – the Engineering Honor Society) or may apply for the prestigious UCI Chancellor’s Award of Distinction. A list of the Honors Societies with chapters on this campus is included in Appendix L. There are also School awards and prizes (such as the Social Sciences Order of Merit, the Humanities Scholastic Merit Awards, and the Bio Sci Excellence in Research Award). Many of the School awards and prizes are listed in the General Catalogue sections for each school. Students should consult their undergraduate counseling offices, usually in winter quarter, to see what they might be eligible for and which of the awards require an application.
- Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the United States, which celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The top 5% of graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in a broad range of academic pursuits are invited to join. Nomination to this honors society is considered a very prestigious award, one that is recognized through the U.S. and the world.
- Honor CordsAll graduating CHP students are eligible to receive one complimentary honor cord. If you are eligible for school or Latin honors, be sure to pick up your honor cord from your school. This will be your complimentary cord. More information should follow from your school.
CHP cords will also be available for purchase at the end of the quarter by students who qualify for school or Latin honors but aren’t able to attend the CHP Banquet. Cost $5. If you don’t qualify for school or Latin honors, then you will receive your complimentary cord from the CHP at the end of the quarter. ALL graduating CHP seniors who attend the CHP Banquet will receive a complimentary honor cord. More information to follow in CHP News.
- DiplomasDiplomas are typically available in the Registrar’s Office three to four months after students’ final quarter at UCI. Degrees are posted on official transcripts approximately six to seven weeks after the end of the quarter in which they are conferred.
Students will be notified by the Registrar when diplomas can be picked up. Arrangements may also be made to receive one’s diploma by mail for a fee. Students should make sure their permanent address on Student Access remains up-to-date after you graduate.
If a student is a dual major within a single school with the same degree type, then the student will be awarded one degree and issued one diploma which lists both majors. Students with a dual major within a single school with different degree types (B.A. and B.S.) will be awarded two separate diplomas. Students who are dual majors in two schools will be awarded a degree from each school and issued a diploma from each school. Minors are not noted on diplomas, but are posted to academic transcripts.
Undergraduates who have graduated with Latin or Campuswide Honors will have this noted on their diploma beneath the University Seal. Latin and Campuswide Honors are also noted on the transcript.
- CHP AwardsGraduating seniors are eligible to apply for two awards conferred by the CHP:
- UCI Libraries’ Nellie Ansley Reeves & CHP Research/Thesis Award recognizes outstanding honors thesis projects by graduating seniors. Up to four $250 awards will be given.
- The McWilliams Renaissance Award recognizes one honors student who demonstrates a passion for learning (not restricted to academic fields), expertise in a number of different areas, and universal curiosity.
More information and how to apply for these awards will be sent out in CHP News. Application deadlines are usually early to mid-May.
- CHP BanquetGraduating seniors should plan to join us for the CHP Banquet & Senior Celebration. At this event, which graduating CHP seniors attend for FREE, all graduating seniors will be recognized and honored for their accomplishments. ALL graduating CHP seniors who attend CHP Banquet will receive a FREE CHP Yearbook and a FREE honor cord. Come share a meal, be entertained, watch the end-of-the-year video, and celebrate! Student must sign up in the CHP Office in advance; information about sign-ups will be sent out in CHP News.
- CHP Graduating Seniors' YearbookEach spring, CHP students publish a Graduating Seniors’ Yearbook. It includes all CHP students who graduated/are graduating during that academic year and is usually distributed at the CHP End-of-the-Year Banquet. Graduating seniors who attend CHP Banquet will receive a CHP Yearbook free of charge. A small fee is usually charged of all other students interested in purchasing a CHP Yearbook, to help with cost of printing. Be sure to read CHP News for information for graduating seniors about updating their pictures and autobiographical information.
- Graduation Application
- Final Thesis Paperwork
- CHP Exit Interview
CHP Exit interviews provide constructive feedback about our students’ personal experiences in the Honors Program and at UCI. Students’ candor and thoughtful comments are very much appreciated. Exit interviews may be completed online through EEE. The CHP office will send the link to graduating seniors via email during the quarter they intend to graduate.
- CHP Research Survey
As you reach the end of your research/thesis experience, we ask each of you to share feedback via the CHP Research Survey. This information may be shared with future CHP students who might be considering a specific research advisor or lab or area of research. You should complete this survey around the time that you submit your final honors thesis paperwork. The CHP office will send the link to the research survey to graduating seniors via email during the quarter they intend to graduate.
- Your Final Thesis
In order to be certified as completing the CHP, your final thesis paperwork is due to the CHP the quarter you graduate, by the specified deadline:
Fall graduation: January 10
Winter graduation: April 10
Spring graduation: June 30
Summer graduation: October 1
*Please note that these are internal CHP deadlines. You are responsible for communicating with your faculty to ensure that your final approved thesis is ready prior to the deadline. This may mean setting an earlier date for your advisor to review your final draft and provide any final feedback for you to incorporate in order for them to approve your thesis. If you wish to turn your thesis in early as many students do, please plan accordingly. If you are participating in a school/major honors program that has an earlier deadline, make sure your thesis is ready in time for the earlier due date.
The following paperwork must be submitted to the CHP Office in a like-new folder,
binder, or protective cover**:
- Final Approved Thesis
- Thesis Abstract (may be included as part of your thesis paper)
- SIGNED Thesis Approval Form (http://honors.uci.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2015/02/researchthesishandbookapxk.pdf). We need the wet signature, not a scanned or faxed version.
**Students are charged $1 for theses without a like-new protective cover
Suggested formats for the abstract, the final thesis, and a copy of the Thesis Approval form are included as Appendices in this handbook. Copies are available to download from the CHP website or they can be picked up in the Honors Office. Copies of all completed theses and abstracts are kept on file in the Honors Office.
The following paperwork must be submitted online:
- Via EEE Dropbox (All Quarters > Winter 2015 > CHP thesis 16-17 > Assignment Submissions): Electronic copy of thesis, including abstract
- Via EEE + SCOUT Survey: CHP Exit Interview
- Via EEE + SCOUT Survey: CHP Research Survey
In addition, students usually give a copy of their final thesis to their faculty advisor; some schools also require that a final copy of the thesis be filed with their academic counseling office (see School/Academic Unit Policies and Guidelines earlier in this handbook).
- Transcript and Diploma Notations and Certificate of Completion
All students who satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Campuswide Honors Program will have a notation placed on both their final UCI transcript and their diploma. Students must meet the campus filing deadlines published for the transcript and diploma notations in order to receive this certification. If a final honors thesis is received after a campus deadline, the transcript and diploma notations cannot be made, but the CHP (upon request) will be able to certify completion through the issuance of a formal letter.
Students who complete their school/major honors program in addition to the Campuswide Honors Program will receive an additional notation on their final UCI transcript of “University Honors.”
CHP students’ completion of honors research and thesis will also be indicated on their degree audit.
- CHP Exit Interview
- The Alumni Connection
- UCI Alumni AssociationThe UCI Alumni Association (UCIAA) was founded in 1968 as a separately incorporated nonprofit organization to advance and assist the interests of UCI and its graduates. The Association assists in recruitment and recognition of students and alumni, provides financial and moral support to the university, and disseminates information about the university and its objectives. Through its various chapters and in corporation with other campus organizations, the association seeks to provide alumni with a lasting bond to the university.Membership in the UCI Alumni Association provides valuable benefits and services to all members. An annual membership costs $50, or you can purchase a lifetime membership for $500. There is also an installment plan for purchasing a lifetime membership. For further details about the benefits of membership and how to join, see their website at www.alumni.uci.edu. The phone number for the UCI Alumni Association is (949) UCI-ALUM (824-2586). We encourage graduates to consider purchasing the lifetime membership, because it is a great way of staying in touch with and informed about their alma mater.The UCI Career Center offers services to UCI Alumni, which include individual career counseling, workshops, career assessment, career library materials, and career fairs. Recent UCI graduates have a six-month free period of continued use after graduation. UCI Alumni are charged $20.00 for six months of ZotLink access (members of the UCI Alumni Association get a 20% discount off the Alumni Compass and One Pass).
- CHP Alumni ChapterThe CHP Alumni chapter is a recognized chapter of the UCI AA. The current chair is Jason Low (’96) and he is assisted by an Executive Board of CHP alumni. For more information, you may contact him at JLow@aqmd.gov.According to the chapter bylaws, all students who participated in the CHP, even if they were unable to complete the CHP graduation requirements, may join this chapter.The CHP maintains updated contact information on our alumni, and sends out occasional email messages about current events. In addition, we send a semi-annual newsletter through the regular postal service. We also publish electronic newsletters on our website.We routinely ask for updates in all of these contacts, because we want to know how our alums are doing, both professionally and personally. Updates may be submitted online at www.honors.uci.edu/alumniupdate.php.Alumni who wish to make a donation to support the activities and development of the CHP may do so online at https://sweb.nacs.uci.edu/honors/donation.php.Some CHP alumni, especially those who work or are enrolled in academic programs on-campus or live nearby, have asked to be added to the “chp-news” (our electronic newsletter for current students) subscribers list. That way, they can hear how things are going in the CHP and also about upcoming special campus events and activities (i.e., Bren Lectures or special arts events). Many have enjoyed attending coffee hours, special faculty lectures, Battle of the Brains, the camping retreat, and beach BBQs). Our CHP alumni are always welcome.
- UCI Alumni Association
- Appendices (sample formats, downloadable forms, relevant guidelines, and helpful online links)
- Honors Programs at UCI & Program Contact Information
- Suggested CHP Research/Thesis/Graduation Timeline
- How to Identify and Cultivate a Faculty Mentor
- Suggestions for Contacting and Meeting with a Prospective Faculty Mentor
- Strategies for a Successful Undergraduate Research Experience
- Suggested Format for CHP Thesis Proposal
- List of Possible Research/Thesis Courses
- Faculty Frequently Asked Questions about the CHP Research/Thesis Project
- Suggested Format for CHP Honors Thesis
- Suggested Format for CHP Research Abstract
- Thesis Approval Form
- Honors Societies with Chapters at UCI
- Alumni Update Form