Electronic Thesis Submission

The final version of the thesis should be electronically submitted to the Library Archives. Formatting requirements and upload instructions are provided on the LTS website.

Senior theses can now be submitted to the Brandeis Institutional Repository. Please note that only the final version is to be submitted electronically; electronic submission is a parallel option to submitting a paper copy of the thesis to the University Archives, upon approval from each department or program. Click here for full details.

Please also email your final thesis to nejs@brandeis.edu

2014-2015 Deadlines

It is each student’s responsibility to adhere to these deadlines. If they are not met, the student may forfeit the right to defend the thesis and to graduate with departmental honors.

Oct. 10, 2014
Topics due in writing

Jan. 23, 2015
Committee of three readers chosen

March 13, 2015
Thesis draft to advisor

March 27, 2015
Final date to submit thesis draft to committee

April 21, 2015
Final date for thesis defense

May 4, 2015
Copy due to LTS
Grade due to Registrar by advisor

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Guidelines

All students who complete their junior year with a cumulative index of 3.25 or higher in NEJS (including Hebrew courses) are eligible for enrolling in NEJS 99d in their senior year.

Reminder: Students with a general cumulative index above 3.8 can graduate with summa cum laude only if they have received departmental honors, i.e., an accepted Senior Honors Thesis.
 
All students who desire to graduate with honors in NEJS must register for NEJS 99d (Add/Drop form) for both fall (by 9/11/14) and spring (by 1/26/15) semesters.  Students who choose to do a dual-honors thesis with another department must inform their NEJS advisor and the Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH) in writing, enroll in 99d course, and satisfy the requirements of both departments.

NEJS 99d may count as two courses toward the nine NEJS courses for the major.

It is permissible for other departments to count NEJS 99d toward their own honors requirement, if they wish.

All students enrolled in NEJS 99d must write their thesis with a NEJS faculty member, who must sign their NEJS 99d course instruction form. That person shall be considered their thesis advisor, and if desired may also become their NEJS advisor.

All students enrolled in NEJS 99d must present their thesis advisor with a one- to three-page proposal of the topic by Oct. 10, 2014. There is no standard format for this proposal. The final NEJS 99d project should typically be between 50-100 pages in length and must follow standard academic conventions (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style).

Every thesis must be defended before three faculty members, one of whom must be the thesis advisor. The other two readers should have first-hand knowledge of the thesis topic, and may be from NEJS, though any faculty member at Brandeis or another academic institution is acceptable. The second and third faculty members should be chosen through consultation among the advisor, the UAH, and the student. The second and third readers should be chosen by Jan. 23, 2015, at the latest, and be officially asked to join the committee by the advisor (not the student writing the thesis). The student is encouraged to discuss the thesis with the second and third readers at all stages of its composition, and to share drafts of the thesis with them.

The student must give his/her advisor a completed draft of the thesis (in paper) by March 13, 2015, and all three members of the committee must receive the final draft of the thesis (in paper) by March 27, 2015.  Each thesis is given a letter grade by the thesis advisor, which is independent of the defense; this grade must be submitted by the deadline for senior grades in courses with no exams, and is the grade for NEJS 99d.

A student may defend a thesis only on the recommendation of the student’s thesis advisor. The thesis must be defended no later than April 21, 2015. The defense should typically last between 30 and 50 minutes, and should be chaired by the student’s thesis  advisor. The student should then leave, while the three readers confer on the outcome: (“Highest Honors,” “High Honors,” “Honors” or “No Honors”). The student then returns to the room, is told the level of honors, and is given a frank appraisal of the work by the committee, and suggestions for improving it before depositing it in the Library. To facilitate this, the three members of the student's committee are urged to make extensive comments on spelling, style, content, methodology, bibliography and the like on the text of the thesis before returning it to the student.

The Thesis Defense form must then be signed by all three members of the committee. The committee may also determine that the thesis is not eligible for honors, in which case the student does not graduate with honors, but does receive course credit, assuming the thesis receives a passing grade.