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Undergraduate Research & Writing a Thesis

Paul Knox, Dean of the Honors College, facilitates a discussion among students in the program.

The Honors College encourages its students to seek out research opportunities as part of their undergraduate experience. Undergraduate research provides students with an opportunity to contribute to their discipline in the spirit of Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Students apply classroom concepts in real-world situations to advance their discipline and build relationships with faculty.

Students who entered the Honors College prior to Fall 2017 have the option to select a thesis-based honors diploma. The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is an excellent resource for students that choose a thesis-based diploma and provides students with opportunities to explore their interest in research, locate research opportunities, perform their research, write a thesis, and publish their findings. The resources listed here are good places to start.    

Departmental Honors Programs

Some departments have their own set of requirements for Honors College students who perform research and write a thesis. Find those individual pages below.

Please note: students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program should contact their advisor, Dr. Leslie Pendleton.

Writing a Thesis

Avoiding Complexity in Your Writing