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George H Cook Scholars Program

Timeline for Seniors

Seniors Invited into Program
Date Action
September Preliminary project presentations, Cook Campus Center: All Seniors present a 2 slide, 5 minute presentation describing 1) their question and objectives and 2) their approach. Project advisors are asked to be present. Readers are optional.
November Special Permission Numbers for 11:554:488 GH Cook Honors Program are emailed to the Scholars for spring registration.
January 29 Candidates submit a digital copy of their Project Progress Report showing results to date and remaining work. All Progress Reports must include a scanned or photographed Cover Page with project advisor's signature.
Late February An email from the office asking students to verify their name, title of their thesis and their project advisor's name as they would like it printed in the commencement program printing is sent. Prompt reply is needed.
March The Director creates the presentation schedule for the G.H. Cook Scholars Symposium; office emails the schedule to all participants. Any problems with scheduling such as class conflicts have to be brought to the attention of the office as soon as possible. (
Early April Candidates submit a Draft Honors Thesis for review by their Project Advisor, Reader, and Co-Advisor (where applicable). Candidates are strongly advised to submit their Draft Thesis to their Project Advisor at least a week prior to the deadline to assure ample time for his/her review, your revisions/corrections and their subsequent approval.
Note that errors in manuscript mechanics (spelling, grammar, typos) or general carelessness in manuscript preparation will be as unacceptable to the Committee as errors in measurement or data.
April 16, 2021 G.H. Cook Scholars Symposium Candidates give 20 minute oral presentations of their work. The Project Advisor or Co-Advisor should be present at the talk. The Reader, other interested faculty, parents, students, as well as the public are invited to attend. Candidates are divided into Sessions (based on topic) and all students in each session are asked to attend the duration of that session, if possible, to support their fellow students.
May 7, 2021 Candidates submit their Final Honors Thesis, including any revisions as a pdf document. Honors cords and tassels can be picked up from the Program office (104 Waller Hall) after the final thesis has been submitted.

G. H. Cook Honors Thesis Format

The formal requirements and length of the thesis should be discussed thoroughly with the Project Advisor, since they vary considerably according to discipline and the kind of project undertaken. The Honors Committee, however, requires the following standardization of the format of the thesis:

  1. All text must be typed, double-spaced, in Times or Arial font, on 8.5" x 11" (letter-sized) pages, with 1" margins;
  2. The thesis must include a Thesis Cover Page (19k Word file), signed by the Project Advisor and the Reader;
  3. The thesis must include an abstract page, indicating the title of the thesis, the author's name and a single-spaced abstract (summary) of no more than 200 words;
  4. Subsequent pages must be numbered, beginning with 1;
  5. All tables and figures must be on separate pages at the point of discussion or gathered at the end, according to the practice of the candidate's field;
  6. All references must be cited parenthetically in the text and included in REFERENCES or BIBLIOGRAPHY section at the end of the thesis; all cited sources must include complete information (authors, year, title, journal, volume, pages);
  7. Discursive notes (if any) may be listed at the bottom of the page or gathered at the end of the thesis;
  8. Supplementary documents (APPENDICES) must be gathered at the end of the thesis, following the REFERENCES.