CURO Thesis Course:
This course offers students who have pursued research through at least one CURO research courses the opportunity to expand upon their research and earn 4000-level Honors course credit for completing a thesis under the direction of an experienced faculty mentor.
To enroll in a 4990H course, regardless of course prefix, students must have completed one of the CURO Research Courses (4960H, -70H or 80H or ECON 5960H)*. The thesis course should expand upon research, analyses and writings from previous CURO research course(s).
*Students who have not previously taken a CURO research course, or who wish to pursue a thesis that is not connected to a prior CURO research course, must be approved by the Associate Director of CURO, Dr. Martin Rogers.
Fine Arts Theses:
Students working in creative disciplines may prepare a document that illustrates its development in connection with creative work. Both will serve as a CURO creative thesis. In general, the written document supporting a creative work should contain a description of the work, influences affecting the creation of the work, and the theoretical background of the work. This document must conform to the standards of style in the faculty mentor's department.
Producing a Thesis
All students enrolled in a 4990H or ECON 5900H must produce a thesis by the last day of classes during the semester in which they are enrolled in the course. The thesis is the basis for the grade in the course. The thesis must be submitted to CURO by 5pm on the final day of classes. Please see "Thesis Submission Deadline" below for additional information.
Each thesis must have a faculty member to serve as thesis director. Faculty leading these courses should have a research track appointment. Exceptions will be considered. Please contact the Associate Director of CURO, Dr. Martin Rogers, regarding exceptions.
Each thesis student must have a reader, who fulfills a role similar to the that of committee members on a Masters or PhD student's committee, re-enforcing the concept of peer-review in formal academic writing. The reader provides an extra set of "eyes" and additional feedback on the writing. A faculty member working in the field or a graduate student working with the same mentor may serve as the reader.
Thesis Course Application:
CURO Thesis Courses are only available during Fall, Spring, Summer Through, and Summer Extended Sessions. Applications are due by the third day of drop/add during the semester for which the student is applying.
Students may not take a 4960H, -70H or -80H in the same semester as a 4990H or ECON 5900H course, unless approved by the Associate Director of CURO.
- Complete a Thesis Course Application with their mentor's assistance.
- Have their thesis director and reader sign the application on the appropriate signature line.
- Obtain the signature of the appropriate undergraduate coordinator (UC). This will be the UC from the department whose prefix the student listed.*
*HONS prefixed courses do not require the signature of an undergraduate coordinator.
- Submit the application to 203 Moore College by the third day of the drop/add period.
- CURO will review the application, provide the associate director's signature and give access to the course.
- Each student will receive an e-mail notifying them to enroll in the course.
Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Ms. Eleana Whyte, CURO Administrative Associate (email@example.com) or 706-542-5871.
As part of completing the application, students are required to provide the four letter course prefix (e.g. BIOL, ENGL, HIST, et al.). Please consult the UGA Bulletin to determine if a department offers these courses.
Course Credit Hours
4990H and ECON 5900H courses are set at 3 credit hours.
Draft Due Dates
To ensure completion of the thesis on time, CURO requires each students to provide the following as part of the 4990H/5900H application:
Thesis Submission Deadline and Printing:
Each 4990H/ ECON5900H student must submit the following by 5pm on the final day of classes to the CURO office (203 Moore College):
1. a pdf of the final, approved version of the thesis which includes the Honors thesis title page (see template under "Downloads" below)
2. three signed copies of the Honors signature page (see "Downloads" below)
3. a filled-in, electronic copy of the "Thesis Exit Interview" form (see "Downloads" below)
CURO will provide three bound copies of each thesis: one for the student, one for the thesis director, and one for the Honors Program. This will only be provided if the student submits an approved, correctly formatted pdf of the thesis with a thesis title page, and three signed copies of the signature pages to the CURO office no later than the 5pm on the last day of classes.
Students must pay for any additional copies beyond the three provided by CURO.
Formatting and Copyright:
Thesis Formatting Requirements
- Margins: 1” top, bottom, and right. The left margin should be set at 1.5".
- Header/Footer: 0.5”
- Page numbers: Bottom middle, beginning on the first page (1, 2, 3, etc.).
- Font Size: 12”
- Figures: Figures must fit within the margins and must be identified. Figures must be uniquely numbered, using consecutive numbering throughout the thesis/dissertation (e.g. Table 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.). Figures must have a caption and the number and caption of a figure must be placed below the figure.
- Tables: Tables must fit within the 1” margins and must be identified. Tables must be uniquely numbered, using consecutive numbering throughout (e.g. Table 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.). Tables must have a caption, and the number and caption must be placed above the table.
Thesis Copyright Information
The University of Georgia respects the intellectual property rights of students and faculty. Students should discuss copyright protection with their faculty research mentor. Information on applying for copyright protection can be obtained at the Library of Congress site. Questions regarding copyright should be directed to the student’s mentor.
This pdf template must be completed, saved, and submitted with an approved, correctly formatted pdf of the thesis by the last day of classes. Instructions are included on the form.
Three copies of this pdf must be completed, printed on 100% cotton rag paper (white), and submitted with an approved, correctly formatted pdf of the thesis by the last day of classes. Instructions are included on the form.
This document must be completed and submitted as an electronic copy with the thesis by the last day of classes.
Thesis Writing Resources:
UGA Writing Center: http://writingcenter.english.uga.edu/
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/