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Important Dates

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While the Thesis Committees have the responsibility of judging whether the student’s work meets the standards and expectations of the particular major or majors, Newcomb-Tulane College also exercises oversight over the thesis project through a series of required forms:

  • Prospectus: A full statement of the topic for the thesis, with an attached 3-5 page discussion of relevant research in the area, the scope and/or methods, and the importance of the project. It should have first and second reader signatures for approval.
  • First Chapter and Progress Report: A draft of a chapter (10-15 pages) or equivalent portion of the thesis. This will vary across disciplines; students should consult with their first reader (thesis director) to determine the appropriate format and length of the submission. It should have first, second, and third reader signatures for approval.
  • Second Progress Report: At this point, one third of the thesis should be submitted to the readers, and this form must be signed to signify their approval of the work in progress. It should have first, second, and third reader signatures for approval.
  • Oral Examination Form: A document signed by the first, second, and third readers recognizing successful completion of the Oral Defense and indicating any revisions that must be made before final submission of the Honors Thesis. 
  • Honors Thesis 



Prospectus: Friday, September 3, 2021 Friday, September 17, 2021

First Chapter and Progress Report: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Second Progress Report: Monday, January 24, 2022  Monday, January 31, 2022

Oral Defense: Friday, April 22, 2022

Honors Thesis submitted: Friday, May 6, 2022



Prospectus: Wednesday, January 26, 2022  Wednesday, February 2, 2022

First Chapter and Progress Report: Monday, April 11, 2022

Second Progress Report: Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Oral Defense: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Honors Thesis submitted: Monday, December 12, 2022


*Deadlines have been adjusted due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida and the Omicron variant. 

Beyond this schedule, it is the responsibility of the student to keep in touch with readers and present them with work-in-progress in a timely fashion. Students are strongly urged to arrange with their thesis advisor a regular schedule of meetings, submission of work-in-progress, and the expected date for the submission of the final draft of the thesis. This helps ensure the continued progress of the research and prevents misunderstandings about the scope and direction of the study.  It is recommended that students discuss with all readers the criteria that will be used to evaluate interim work and the completed thesis.

All due dates are subject to change in the event of adjustments to the Tulane academic calendar.