At minimum, the following criteria must be met for admission into the Honors Thesis program*:
- 60 completed hours of college credit
- 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
**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.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, submitting the HUT eligibility form does not serve as a binding agreement to become an active HUT student. Submission of the eligibility form allows eligible students to receive the HUT admission agreement and course registration, which are formal program admittance requirements.
If your plans change and you wish to begin the program earlier or later than previously indicated on the eligibility form, email HonorsResearch@ucf.edu to update your eligibility request.
Yes, all students who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply and join HUT! Students have the option to complete original research or creative work in their major in a traditional, Honors in the Major Thesis or outside of their major in an Interdisciplinary Thesis.
Most majors may even allow the use of HUT courses to count towards major requirements or electives. Contact your major's department/academic advisor for more information on scheduling HUT into your academic plan.
Finding a Faculty Mentor
Finding a faculty member to mentor you and chair your thesis committee is one of the most important aspects of success in the Honors Undergraduate Thesis program. Your faculty mentor is the person with whom you will be working most closely over the course of your research or creative project. It is important that you select a mentor whose interests and expertise correspond with your own so that they can best help you develop your project.
The Honors Thesis Chair must be tenured or tenure-track (titles: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) or have an appointment as Lecturer in the Department/School in which the thesis discipline is housed. Non-tenure-track faculty must possess a terminal degree in their discipline* and be a subject matter expert in the discipline in which the student intends to write a thesis. (*Exceptions may apply to departments or colleges with specific agreements with the Burnett Honors College.)
Projects and mentors can be found in a variety of ways. Below are some suggestions. For best success, try several of these methods.
The UCF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) maintains a campus-wide research database. Faculty and graduate students post a wide variety of research positions to this database that would benefit from the assistance or inclusion of an undergraduate researcher. In order to access this database, students must receive permission through the following on-campus offices and resources:
- Virtual peer advising in the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research
- Attending an Office of Undergraduate Research “How To: Get Started in Undergraduate Research” workshop
Please note that access is not granted through an informal request (such as e-mail or a phone call). Students must meet with a staff member or attend a workshop to be given access information.
Want to learn more?
The Office of Honors Research hosts various information sessions throughout the Fall, Spring, and Summer. 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!
Do you have questions about the HUT program? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the Request for Contact Form. An Honors Research staff member will be happy to assist you.