Mathematical Sciences Senior Honors Thesis - Forms and Timelines

  • If you plan to graduate with honors in Mathematical Sciences, you must: (1) complete at least 9 hours of honors coursework in the Mathematical Sciences [three of these hours must be for your Senior Honors Thesis] and (2) have a GPA of 3.45 or greater in your Mathematical Sciences coursework.

  • If you plan to graduate with honors in Mathematical Sciences AND with university honors, additional requirements apply. Please consult the Honors College Website for information concerning university honors.

Applying for the Thesis

  • This short Mathematical Sciences Senior Honors Thesis Application form asks you to identify your advisor, give a brief description of your project, and give a brief timeline for your work.  Please return the form to Vicky Klima (WA 335) before you register for MAT 4510.

Completing the Thesis

  • Content: A senior honors thesis in the mathematical sciences should have significant mathematical content. Although many theses will not contain proofs of new theorems, a thesis should contain a proof that is in some way original, or a detailed exposition of an application of known results. 

  • Writing Style: The thesis should be well written. In particular, mathematical definitions and statements should be clear. Notations must be consistent throughout the paper. Spelling and grammar must be perfect.  Unlike many other disciplines, mathematics does not have a reference style that is consistent across all journals.  Thus, you have some flexibility in choosing a style. Most importantly, once you choose a reference sytle, you should be consistent in your application of that style.  You can find advice concerning formatting references for matheamatical writing at

  • Formatting Guidelines:  Your thesis should be formatted according to the honors college guidelines, which can be found by following the appropriate link from

Presenting the Thesis

  • You must give a public presentation of your thesis work and this defense must be completed at least two weeks prior to the last day of final exams in the semester in which you plan to receive credit for MAT 4510.   If you wish to present your work as part of our Departmental Colloquium series please contact Dr. Klima to arrange a date.

Approving the Thesis

  • Your advisor, the departmental honors director, and the department chair (for departmental honors) or the honors college director (for departmental and university honors) must indicate their approval of your thesis by signing your thesis coverpage. Your coverpage should be formatted according to the honors college template which you can find by following the appropriate link from If you are only completing departmental honors (and not also university honors) please replace Leslie Sargent Jones' signature line with one for Dr. Mark Ginn, Mathematical Sciences Department Chair.  The cover pages must be printed on watermarked paper, which you can obtain from Dr. Klima, WA 335.

  • Deadline: You need to give all cover page  signatories ample time to review your work before asking for their signature. The signed cover pages and a final electronic copy of your thesis are due to Dr. Klima by the last day of classes for the semester in which you receive credit for MAT 4510.

Printing and Binding the Thesis

  • Printing:  Each copy of your thesis must be printed on ASU watermark paper.  You do not need to purchase this paper from the bookstore, our department will supply the paper for you.  Your advisor should contact Vicky Klima or Sandy Hicks to obtain the paper for the printing of your thesis.

  • Binding: The department of mathematical sciences would like to pay for the binding of one copy of your thesis as our gift to you.  The library will pay for the binding of copy of your thesis to keep for their holdings.  Thus, you should submit at least two copies of your thesis to the honors college for binding.  To do so please contact the honors college to make an appointment to deliver all copies of your thesis as well as the completed thesis payment form which can be found by following the appropriate link from  The form also contains instructions on how to pay for the binding and shipping of any additional personal copies of your bound thesis.  You must submit your printed thesis to the honors college by the first day of final exams for the semester in which you plan to receive credit for MAT 4510.



Mathematical Sciences
342 Walker Hall
121 Bodenheimer Dr
Boone, NC 28608
828-265-8617 fax

Department Chairperson
Dr. Mark C. Ginn

Assistant Chairperson
Dr. Rick Klima


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