Fall 2016 Update for Honors Advisors

Honors at Iowa is excited to announce the roll-out of the Honors at Iowa Thesis Repository! The Honors Program will now accept and store all honors theses/projects electronically, and will no longer accept hard copies. Please see Honors in the Major for detailed information.

What does the new procedure look like?

  1. Students will still submit an Application to Graduate with Honors in the Major
  2. Students will then submit the Honors Thesis/Project Submission Agreement (this replaces the title page and can be submitted with the application)
  3. Once the agreement is received, the student is able to submit their thesis electronically at http://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/ and must do so by the submission deadline (always the Wednesday of finals week)

Faculty mentors have the ability to request an embargo on the submitted work just like the Graduate College allows for theses and dissertations. This means faculty mentors can restrict access to the thesis/project for a specified amount of time or indefinitely by indicating this on the Submission Agreement. We understand the importance of protecting you and your student’s work and will make every effort to respect confidentiality.

If a student uploads their thesis without turning in a submission agreement, their thesis will not be published and we will follow up with the student.


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Honors in the Major Overview

Honors in the major is different from University Honors. While the Honors Program administers honors in the major awards at graduation, it is the major departments' responsibility to:

  • identify and enforce the requirements to earn honors in the major,
  • advise students pursuing honors in the major,
  • assist with verifying/processing honors in the major graduates.

Each department has identified a faculty or staff member to serve as the honors advisor who oversees honors within the department. This person is the main contact for both students and the Honors Program for all things related to honors in that major.

Honors Advisors should familiarize themselves with:

  1. How students become members of the University Honors program (membership is not required to graduate with honors in the major*)
  2. The difference between University Honors and honors in the major
  3. The honors thesis process

Questions? Contact the Honors Advising Director Holly Yoder (holly-yoder@uiowa.edu) with questions related to advising honors students. Contact the Honors Director Dr. Art Spisak (art-spisak@uiowa.edu) regarding honors in the major requirements and teaching honors.

*Membership in the University Honors Program is not a requirement for students to earn honors in their major.  Individual departments or colleges may determine if Honors Program membership should be required for students who wish to earn honors in their major.


Approving Honors in the Major Graduates

Advisors in CLAS and the College of Education:

  1. The Honors Program will send a list of students who have applied to graduate with honors in the major to the honors advisor assigned to that department about one week after the degree application deadline.
  2. If there are any students missing from the list, the advisor should notify the student(s) to submit an Honors in the Major Application as soon as possible.
  3. After grades post, the Honors Program will send an up-to-date list of students to each advisor asking them to confirm that each student has satisfied the department's requirements.
  4. After receiving confirmation, the Honors Program will notify the Office of the Registrar who has earned honors in their major. This will be noted on the students' transcript and diploma.

Advisors in Nursing, Business, and Engineering:

  1. As soon as the degree application deadline passes, the honors advisor sends a list of students eligible to graduate with honors in their major to Sara Sullivan (sara-c-sullivan@uiowa.edu), Registrar Services Coordinator. If the advisor has the ability to clear students in MAUI they should do so at this time.
  2. After grades post, the Honors Program will send an up-to-date list of students to each advisor asking them to confirm that each student has satisfied the department's requirements.
  3. After receiving confirmation, the Honors Program will notify the Office of the Registrar who has earned honors in their major. This will be noted on the students' transcript and diploma.