Develop transferable skills Whether you choose to stay in your field of study or not, the process of developing and crafting a feasible research project will hone skills that will serve you well in almost any future job.After all, most jobs require some form of problem solving and oral and written communication.
Writing an honors thesis requires that you: Work closely with faculty mentors At large research universities like Carolina, you’ve likely taken classes where you barely got to know your instructor.
Writing a thesis offers the opportunity to work one-on-one with a with faculty adviser.
Still, you should set your own goals for meeting those deadlines.
Here are a few suggestions for goal setting and time management: Start early.
Look for examples from the previous year in the Carolina Digital Repository.
You may also be able to find past theses collected in your major department or at the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library.
Some goal-setting will be done for you if you are taking a required class that guides you through the honors project.
But any substantive research project requires a clear timetable. Find out the final deadline for turning in your project to your department.
Keep in mind that many departments will require that you turn in your thesis sometime in early April, so don’t count on having the entire spring semester to finish your work.
Ideally, you’ll start the research process the semester or summer before your senior year so that the writing process can begin early in the fall.