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The Honors Program

Students with a college GPA of 3.0 and an AMES program average of 3.5 are eligible to apply to the AMES Honors Program. Applications require a proposal developed in consultation with the AMES faculty member who has agreed to supervise the student's honors thesis. The proposal should describe the thesis project in detail and relate it to the overall design of the student's AMES major. (see Guidelines for Honors Thesis Proposals below)

The honors program consists of a two-course sequence (AMES 85 and 87), normally undertaken in consecutive terms. The deadline for proposal submissions for students undertaking a fall/winter sequence is the fifth week of the spring term of the junior year. For winter/spring sequences, the deadline is the fifth week of the fall term of the senior year.

The final draft of the honors thesis should be submitted to the faculty advisor no later than the seventh week of the last term of the sequence. Honors students are also required to present an oral summation of their thesis during the final term of the two-course sequence.

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research provides funding for students writing honors theses. AMES honors students should apply for funding to conduct research abroad during the winter or spring breaks. Information on these programs is available at: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ugar/undergrad/


Guidelines for Honors Thesis Proposals

Honors thesis proposals should include the following:

  1. The name of the faculty adviser
  2. A clear statement of the research questions the student intends to address in her/his honors thesis
  3. A review of publications related to the research topic
  4. A discussion of principal methods and sources the student plans to utilize when addressing the research questions. Note: research involving human subjects must have prior approval from Dartmouth's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects.
  5. A work schedule organized like a course syllabus with weekly readings, writing assignments, and meetings with faculty advisors. The work schedule should include both courses of the honors sequence and any research conducted abroad during the winter or spring breaks
  6. A description of the student's curricular or other preparation for the project
  7. A bibliography of proposed readings organized to reflect various facets of the project
  8. Resources for students preparing thesis proposals include:
    Honors thesis proposal(PDF)

AMES also keeps a collection of competed honors theses in the program office. Make an appointment with Ann Fenton, the AMES Administrator, if you wish to examine these.


Administrator, Ann Fenton
Last Modified October 9, 2013