Undergraduate Research & Distinction

Students have the opportunity to follow their own investigational instincts through undergraduate research. This requires a collaborative effort between the student and faculty. Research that culminates in the production of an undergraduate research thesis allows the student to receive the designation of “With Research Distinction” or “With Honors Research Distinction” on their diploma.

For additional details regarding these levels of distinction including requirements, timelines, scholarship, and proposal writing, please thoroughly review the Undergraduate Research Informational Packet.

Proposal Submission

Students who wish to complete an undergraduate research thesis must first submit a proposal. Your proposal for undergraduate research must include a recommendation letter from the Project Advisor who will supervise it. The proposal will also identify the planned research course credits and projected schedule.


Submit Research Distinction Proposal








Submission Deadlines

Autumn = 6th Friday

Spring  = 6th Friday

Summer = 2nd Friday

  • Note: Summer Deadline changed from 3rd Friday to 2nd Friday starting Summer 2019

Please submit your proposal no later than three terms prior to your graduation term to ensure that you have enough time to complete your project and the distinction requirements, while having a worthwhile and beneficial experience.  For example, students graduating during Spring Semester should submit their proposal no later than the previous Summer Term.  You should talk to your faculty advisor or Honors Committee Representative if you require special permission to submit a proposal later than this.