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CURO Thesis Course Application link: 

Thesis Course Application 

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About the CURO Thesis Course:

Students who have pursued research through at least one CURO research cours are eligible to enroll in a thesis course under the direction of a faculty mentor. The thesis should take the form of a publishable article within the subject discipline.

CURO Thesis Courses can satisfy various degree program thesis requirements (History, Economics), Honors Capstone requirements, and can count towards Honors Program graduation requirements.


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 Dr. David S. Williams, associate provost and director of Honors and CURO (dwilliam@uga.edu).

Fine Arts Theses:

Students working in creative disciplines may prepare a written documentation of their creative process. 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 submit their thesis to the CURO office by 5pm on the last day of finals during the semester in which they are enrolled in the course. The thesis is the basis for the grade in the course. Please see "Thesis Submission Deadline" below for additional information.

Thesis Director

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 Dr. David S. Williams regarding exceptions.

Thesis Reader

Each thesis student must identify a reader who 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.

Completing and Submitting the Thesis Course Application

CURO Thesis Courses are only available during Fall, Spring, Summer Thru, 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.

  1. Complete a Thesis Course Application with their mentor's assistance. 
  2. Have their thesis director and reader sign the application on the appropriate signature line.
  3. 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.

  1. Submit the application to 203 Moore College by the third day of the drop/add period.
  2. CURO will review the application, provide the associate director's signature and give access to the course.
  3. Each student will receive an e-mail notifying them to enroll in the course. 

Questions? Contact Ms. Jami Gilstrap, CURO Program Coordinator (jgilstr@uga.edu) or 706-542-4053.

Course Prefix

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

Course credit hours are determined by the course prefix, but generally 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 student to provide the following as part of the 4990H/5900H application:

First draft due to mentor (MM/DD/YY)
First draft due to reader (MM/DD/YY)
Final draft due to mentor (MM/DD/YY)
Final draft due to reader (MM/DD/YY)
Final Meeting where thesis will be approved and signature pages will be signed (MM/DD/YY)

Thesis Submission Deadline and Printing:

Each 4990H/ ECON5900H student must submit the following by 5pm on the last day of finals to the CURO Program Coordinator (208 Moore College):

1. a pdf of the final, approved version of the thesis

2. two signed copies of the Honors Title/Signature page (will be provided by CURO)

3. a filled-in, electronic copy of the "Thesis Exit Interview" (see "Downloads" below)

If the thesis is submitted correctly by the deadline, CURO will provide two bound copies of each thesis: one for the student and one for the thesis director. Students must pay for any additional copies through Tate Print and Copy.

Thesis Formatting Requirements

The following formatting is required for all thesis:
  • 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.


The Thesis Exit Interview document must be completed and submitted as an electronic copy alongside the thesis.

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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.

Thesis Writing Resources:

The thesis should take the form of a publishable article within the subject discipline. Students should ask their thesis director about the requirements of the discipline (e.g. citation style standards) and consult published articles.

Here are a few useful writing resources:

The UGA Writing Center: http://writingcenter.english.uga.edu/. The writing center provides links to various writing guides, including guides about citation styles, grammar, etc: http://wip.uga.edu/resources/links/. Students can also make appointments with writing center staff to review their writing.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers information about writing styles, citation styles, grammar, etc: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ (click on the online writing lab)

UNC Writing Center tips and tools: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/