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Thesis and Capstone Guidelines

To complete your Honors coursework at Southern Polytechnic State University, it is important that you complete your thesis or capstone paper in a timely manner using the proper format.  You must also take part in an Honors poster session.  Below you will find handouts that will help to ensure that all goes well.

The Guidelines for the Thesis or Capstone Paper. This link leads you to all of the important information that will help you to ensure your paper is correctly formatted for binding in the library.

Check Sheet for Final Paper.   Make sure your paper meets the final guidelines for publishing by using this check sheet.

Avoid Plagiarism. The handout associated with this link was given to all SPSU professors who may work or who are working with students on capstone papers or theses. Blatant plagiarism on your capstone paper or thesis will earn you an "F" for the class as well dismissal from the honors program.

Set Up a Timeline. Follow this timeline to help ensure your paper is turned in on time.

IEEE Honors Template: Tianyi Li, an Honors Graduate, created the following Engineering template when he was working with Dr. Thain. For those of you who are studying in the engineering fields, you may want to download it and use it. For those of you who are working in other fields, you can download it and modify it to meet the needs of your field. There is a Pdf file as well as a word document file. The Pdf file is available in case someone attempts to alter the actual word document.

Honors Engineering Template (word)

Honors Engineering Template (pdf)

The Signature Page. This link leads you to a Microsoft Word document set up for the cover page of your thesis or capstone paper.

A Statement to Borrowers.This link leads you to a Microsoft Work document set up as to ensure borrowers of your work know they must cite and acknowledge your work if they use any part of it in their own writing.

Create Your Poster Presentation. This links provides guidelines on setting up your poster for the poster presentation that occurs at the end of the semester.