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Graduation with Honors in Statistics

Every graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with an upper-division grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 or better receives at least a cum laude (honors) designation on his or her diploma; students not meeting this GPA criterion are ineligible for honors designations. (“Upper-division GPA” is defined as the the GPA computed from all non-S/U courses taken at UF starting with the first semester in which the student enrolls after he/she has completed 60 hours. The courses themselves may be at any level.)

To be eligible for the designation magna cum laude (high honors), statistics majors must write a thesis in addition to meeting the GPA criterion of 3.50 or better. To be eligible for the designation summa cum laude (highest honors), statistics majors must write a thesis and earn a GPA of 3.75 or better if earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, or earn a GPA of 3.50 or better if earning a Bachelor of Science degree. The Undergraduate Coordinator will make the final decision on the honors designation in consultation with the student’s thesis supervisor and the Undergraduate Program Committee.

General Guidelines

Complete guidelines are available here.  A brief overview is provided below.

The thesis must be neatly typed and formatted. The Graduate School’s thesis style is recommended as a target for the quality of the format. The thesis should be grammatically correct and without spelling errors. The thesis must be mathematically correct, and must represent independent work by the student. Mathematical results need not be original, but the sources for unoriginal results must be clearly referenced. An abstract is required and it should begin with a definitive statement of the problem or project treated by the thesis. The purpose, scope, limits, and significance of the thesis should be clearly delineated, and the research methods, design, major findings, and conclusions should be described as concisely as possible.

It is not permissible to submit the same thesis to multiple departments.

Past Honor’s Theses can be located at the UF Undergraduate Honors Theses Collection.

Remark: Students who begin working with a faculty mentor early enough in their academic careers are encouraged to apply for the Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP).  There is a University program as well as a CLAS program.  The USP application deadline is usually in February, and only students who will graduate no earlier than May of the following calendar year are eligible to enter the program. A single research project may be used to satisfy the requirements of both the honors thesis and the USP.

Timeline and Submission Process

It is highly recommended that the student begin work on their thesis at least one semester prior to their final/graduating semester.  The student must agree to adhere to the following deadlines and procedures:

  1. The Undergraduate Coordinator of the department in which the thesis is to be submitted shall be notified in writing (or email) of the intent to submit a thesis between the first day of classes and no later than the last day of add/drop of the graduating semester. Attached must be an abstract of the work to be submitted.
  2. An Honors Thesis Submission Form must be submitted according to the instructions and deadlines found under CLAS Advising Graduation and UF Libraries Honors Theses.
  3. A copy of the thesis, accepted by the supervisor as a final draft, must be submitted to the Undergraduate Coordinator no later than
    • April 6th for spring semester graduates,
    • July 20th for summer graduates, and
    • Nov 23rd for fall semester graduates.
  4. The Undergraduate Program Committee will then review the thesis and provide the student with a list of required and/or recommended revisions (if any). The student must complete all revisions and submit the revised thesis no later than
    • April 18th for spring semester graduates,
    • August 2nd for summer graduates, and
    • December 7th for fall semester graduates.
  5. A final version that is in accordance with the guidelines of CLAS Advising Graduation and Honor’s Program of the thesis must be submitted to the UFLibrary no later than
    1. May 4th for spring semester graduates,
    2. August 10th for summer graduates, and
    3. December 21st for fall semester graduates