GHS Honors Thesis (GHS:4991)
An Honors Global Health Studies student presenting his thesis research poster
What is the Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies?
The Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies is an academically rigorous research project undertaken under the direct supervision of a University of Iowa faculty mentor. Every GHS Honors Thesis must be approved by a faculty mentor and the Global Health Studies Program, and it must include research, discussion, and documentation of sources. Students should register for GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies when registering for the semester in which the thesis will be completed (this is an independent research experience with meeting times arranged by student and faculty mentor). Students earn 3 s.h. of graded credit for completing GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies. Students also enroll in GHS:4992 Global Health Studies Honors Cohort with the GHS Honors Advisor (for 0 sh/ arranged time) during the semester in which GHS:4991 will be completed.
- GHS:3010 Identifying/ Developing a Global Health Project is a pre-requisite for GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies.
- GHS:4992 GHS Honors Cohort is a co-requisite for GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies.
- The Honors Thesis may be either a 30-50 page thesis paper or a creative research project. Creative projects must be approved by the Global Health Studies Program prior to registration.
- Students may NOT enroll in the Honors Thesis during the summer session.
- Students may combine GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies with another UI thesis or project.
How Do I Find a Topic and a Faculty Mentor for my Honors Thesis?
Students should plan to find a topic and a faculty mentor in the semester prior to registration in GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies. If you would like to discuss finding a topic or faculty mentor, make an appointment with the Global Health Studies Academic Advisor and/or the Global Health Studies Honors Advisor.
Suggestions for finding a topic include:
- Gauge your interest in global health events/debates/issues by reading coverage found in the national and international media.
- Refer to notes, readings, and bibliographies from your Global Health Studies major coursework.
- Enroll in the optional course, GHS:3011 Global Research: Strategies and Skills (1 s.h.).
- Schedule a research consultation at the UI Main Library.
- Complete the required course, GHS:3010 Identifying/ Developing a Global Health Project.
Suggestions for finding a faculty mentor include:
Faculty eligible to supervise GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies include tenured, tenure-track, clinical, or visiting or adjunct faculty at the rank of lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor.
- Consider faculty with whom you’ve taken classes—they already know how great you are!
- Peruse the Global Health Studies faculty/staff directory on the Global Health Studies website, and the Global Health Studies track faculty list on the International Studies website.
- Read faculty bios on their home department's website. Learn more about their current research interests to see if they are an appropriate mentor for your topic.
- Read “Information for Faculty Mentors” so that you are prepared to answer any questions that a potential faculty mentor might have about the Honors Thesis process.
- Contact faculty members by email, providing a brief description of yourself, the Global Health Studies Honors Thesis requirement, and your specific research project. Let them know that you plan to visit them during their upcoming office hours to discuss things further in person. (If you don’t know their office hours, contact the faculty's department to find out when their office hours are BEFORE writing the email).
- Meet with your potential faculty mentor. Take a preliminary Honors Thesis Research Proposal and be prepared to discuss initial ideas for your research project. Also take a copy of “Information for Faculty Mentors” to your meeting. Be prepared to tell the faculty member how your topic relates to their work. Ask her or him to scan your list of references and give you suggestions on other resources to consult to further define your research question. Expect that your research question will continue to evolve as you delve deeper into your topic.
PLEASE NOTE: Any honors thesis which involves "human subjects" must be reviewed by the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the project. Proof of the determination/review process must also be submitted to the Global Health Studies Program. Read a summary of the IRB process on the International Programs website. For all questions contact the IRB at 319-335-6465; or complete the IRB determination form to find out if your research meets the definition of human subjects research.
How Do I Enroll in GHS:4991 Honors Thesis
in Global Health Studies?
- Complete the Registration Preapproval Form.
- Have your faculty mentor sign your Registration Preapproval Form.
- Email your Registration Preapproval Form, and your Honors Thesis Research Proposal (completed during GHS:3010 Identifying/ Developing A Global Health Project) to the Global Health Studies Program.
- Receive an email from the Global Health Studies Program that you now have permission to enroll in GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies on MyUI by choosing your faculty mentor from the list. If your faculty mentor is not on the list, contact the Global Health Studies academic advisor. Additionally at this time, enroll in GHS:4992 GHS Honors Cohort with the GHS Honors Advisor for 0 sh/ arranged time.
- PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit the Registration Preapproval Form and Honors Thesis Research Proposal is 4:30 pm on the final day that MyUI can be used to enroll in semester-length courses each session. MyUI course deadlines can be found here.
- To add GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies after the deadline to add on MyUI email the Registration Preapproval Form, Honors Thesis Research Proposal and an add slip signed by your faculty mentor to the Global Health Studies Program. The academic advisor will sign your add slip then email you when you can pick it up and submit it to the UI Service Center.
Are There Additional Requirements for Completing GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies?
- If you plan to graduate the semester in which you are completing your honors thesis, carefully read "Graduation and Commencement Information." All graduating students must submit an Application for Degree in MyUI / Student Information (the deadline to avoid a late fee, and to ensure that the student will be identified as graduating with Honors in the Major for commencement is the Friday of week six in the fall and spring semester). Students graduating with Honors in the GHS major must verify on the online form that they plan to complete Honors in the Major requirements. Contact email@example.com with questions about applying for a degree or about commencement ceremonies.
- Discuss with your Faculty Mentor the best formatting style for your thesis (i.e. discipline-specfic formatting styles). Your thesis must include a title page, an abstract (400 words or less), careful citation (footnotes or in-text citation), and a bibliography.
- You are required to give an oral or poster presentation of your Global Health Studies honors research findings.
How Do I Submit My Completed GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies?
Discuss with your Faculty Mentor the best formatting style for your thesis (i.e. discipline-specfic formatting styles). Your 30 - 50 page Honors Thesis must include a title page, an abstract (400 words or less), careful citation (footnotes or in-text citation), and a bibliography.
Honors Thesis Submission Instructions
(students are advised to keep a copy of all Honors Thesis materials for their records)
- Faculty Mentor: Turn in one copy of your thesis to your Faculty Mentor for grading. Be sure to communicate with your mentor about an appropriate deadline that will give her/him time to review your final draft so that she/he can then sign your Global Health Studies Honors Thesis Cover Sheet. You must also discuss the Submission Agreement Form with your mentor. NOTE: The Global Health Studies Honors Advisor is Dr. Waltraud Maierhofer.
- Global Health Studies Program: Before 4:30 pm on the Friday before finals week:
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org a final draft of your 30 - 50 page Honors Thesis along with the following materials: a GHS Honors Thesis Cover Sheet (signed by you and your Faculty Mentor), a title page, an abstract (400 words or less), citation and bibliography.
- Students who are completing a creative project for their Honors Thesis must contact the GHS Honors Advisor in advance of the submission deadline to discuss how their project will be submitted.
- Students receive an email from the Global Health Studies Program on the Tuesday of finals week that their GHS Honors Thesis has either been approved, or that they must meet with the GHS Honors Advisor to discuss options.
- Iowa Research Online: All students completing honors in the GHS major have the option of submitting their thesis materials to the Iowa Research Online repository. Please refer to the CLAS "Honors Thesis or Project Submission" website for detailed instructions. Submission requires a Submission Agreement Form completed online by the Faculty Mentor (the faculty person with whom you worked on your thesis), and the GHSP Honors Advisor (i.e. Dr. Waltraud Maierhofer). Once the form is completed online, the thesis can be uploaded to the repository. The deadline to submit thesis materials to the repository is 11:59 p.m. on the Wednesday of Final Examination Week. Contact email@example.com with questions.