Senior Thesis Summer Research Grants

What are the Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grants?

These grants enable students to undertake more demanding and extensive senior thesis research projects than might otherwise be possible. Besides recognition of an excellent thesis proposal, grant recipients are awarded a stipend of up to $3000 to cover research-related expenses. Such resources may enable students to travel to archives or research sites, arrange participant interviews or initiate other research activities that require special funding. All students who receive an Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant will be asked to submit a copy of their completed thesis to the L&S Honors Program, where it will be bound and placed in the Washburn Observatory library. Applicants to the Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant will also be considered for the Mark Mensink Senior Honors Thesis Grant and the Barry Popkin Senior Honors Thesis Grant.

Who is eligible to apply?

You can apply for an Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a currently enrolled L&S Honors Student (HLA, HM, or Comprehensive Honors) who plans to graduate with the Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major, or Comprehensive Honors degree in May (or August) of the following academic year, or earlier.
  • Your cumulative GPA is at least 3.0 (Most awardees have GPAs of 3.3 or higher)
  • You do not plan to register for summer courses that do not directly relate to your thesis research during the summer session. If you wish to do so, you must obtain permission from the Honors Program director.

Please note that in most cases you may not receive an Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant if your thesis has been or will be supported by another university undergraduate research grant (e.g., the Hilldale Undergraduate Fellowship, the Hughes Grant or the Trewartha Grant).

How are recipients chosen?

Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant recipients are selected by members of the L&S Faculty Honors Committee. They will evaluate your application based on the following:

  • Strength of academic record
  • Progress towards completing your Honors in the Major or Comprehensive Honors degree(s)
  • Strength, rigor, and clarity of your proposal and of the Honors Senior Thesis research project to be funded
  • A clearly defined and justifiable budget

What is the application process?

The following materials must be submitted online:

  • The application available each spring at
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from your Honors Senior Thesis advisor to support your application (submitted through
  • Your official or unofficial transcript, uploaded at

When is the application due?

The application deadline usually falls in late March or early April. Please refer to The Washburn Observer, the L&S Honors newsletter, for details in the spring semester.

Award status notifications are usually mailed to applicants within 4-5 weeks of the application deadline.

If you have additional questions about the Honors Senior Thesis Summer Grant award, please contact the Honors Program at