George H Cook Scholars Program
Time Line



(September 30, 2016) All Seniors present a 2 slide, 5 minute "Mini-Presentation" of their project (1 slide depicting the topic of their thesis; 1 slide explaining the results they hope to achieve) in the Cook Campus Center. Project advisors and readers are asked to be present in the audience


3–4 classes are offered (1 each week) in the evening to assist students in planning their thesis – pizza offered


Special Permission Numbers are emailed to the Scholars for spring registration

Office sends out an email regarding Grant Information


(January 17, 2017) Candidates are required to submit a Working Draft/Project Update of their thesis the first week back from winter break. Since the cover sheet needs your advisor's signature, you will need to drop off your draft in the Honors Office in person or scan it and send via email (Loree, Rm. 40).

This should be considered a rough draft of the thesis. Use your original proposal as a guide. The introduction and literature review should be completed in this draft. The "Materials and Methods," "Procedures" and anticipated "Results" (with time of completion) should be as complete as possible at this time.

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 needed.

Late March

The Director creates the Presentation Schedule; 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 are required to submit a final draft of their Honors Thesis to their Project Advisor to be reviewed and signed (Example attached) then submitted to the Director, Reviewer and Co-Advisor (where applicable), for their review and approval. Candidates are, therefore, strongly advised to submit a final draft 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. (April 7, 2017)

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.


Presentation Day/Dinner(April 25, 2017) Candidates are required to make a 15-20 minute oral presentation of their work (a "defense" of their thesis or general discussion of their project) to the Honors Committee, Project Advisor(s), Reviewers, other interested faculty, parents, students, as well as the public are invited to attend.

Each room will have an LCD projector and laptop. Presentations should be brought on a flash drive for use with the equipment provided. Candidates are divided into Sessions (based on topic) and all students in each session are asked to attend the duration of that session to support their fellow honor students' presentations, unless you have class.
Dinner for Scholars, parents and project advisors will follow in the evening at Cook Campus Center, MPR–C – certificates presented (6:00 p.m. April 25, 2017)


All final Honors Thesis, after any revisions, are due in the office by the last day of class – Honors cord and tassel will be received when final thesis is handed in to secretary
(May 1, 2017) (Janice Geiger, Loree Building, Room 40)