Students interested in applying to the HUT Program must complete the online eligibility form by the posted deadline.
Eligibility Form Submission Deadline:
July 31, 2020 for Fall 2020 Start


Honors Undergraduate Thesis Program

The Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) program provides juniors and seniors from all disciplines the opportunity to engage in original and independent research or creative activity as principal investigators and independent scholars. Over the course of two to four semesters, students work closely with a faculty committee to research, write, defend, and publish an original thesis that serves as an honors capstone product of their undergraduate career. This thesis is published through the university library and is available to researchers worldwide through electronic databases. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn the Honors distinction by selecting one of the three thesis options:

Program Support 

The HUT program is structured in a way that allows students to explore a research topic or creative project, draft a proposal of their work, and then edit and finalize that work. We help students by providing program deadlines, support groups, and various workshops. Students can review major program milestones with our HUT Student Checklist.

Program Benefits

  • Earn Honors in the Major, Honors in Research, or Honors in Creative Inquiry Distinction on diploma and transcript
  • Be a part of the Burnett Honors College
  • Earn upper level research credit (xxx4903H & xxx4970H)
  • Eligibility for HUT scholarships as well as all Honors scholarships
  • Reduced-cost poster printing
  • & more!

Eligibility Criteria

At minimum, the following criteria must be met for admission into the Honors Thesis program*:

  • Sixty (60) completed hours of college credit
  • Twelve (12) completed upper division hours of college credit
  • 3.4 or higher UCF GPA or Overall GPA
  • Two or more semesters remaining prior to graduation

* In some cases, departments or colleges have additional requirements for students who are pursuing the HUT program. These majors include Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, English, and Psychology.

**Biomedical Sciences requires a 3.4 Overall GPA. Nursing requires a 3.4 Nursing Major GPA. Psychology requires a 3.5 Psychology Major GPA. Students pursuing a thesis in English will be expected to submit an additional application to the English Department HUT Liaison.


The Office of Honors Research hosts various information sessions throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters. These information sessions cover the Honors Thesis eligibility requirements, program benefits, and an overview of the steps to complete an Honors Undergraduate thesis/creative project. During these sessions students can ask questions and fill out the Honors Thesis Eligibility Form to get started in pursuing original and independent research. Join us!