Honors Program

The Quantitative Sciences Honors Program allows exceptional students to engage in in-depth scholarly work that extends beyond the curricular requirements of the Quantitative Sciences major. The honors thesis is considered a culmination of intellectual development in the QSS major and should reflect a synthesis of quantitative theory, methodology, and the accompanying substantive (track) curriculum in the major. Students will work closely with scholars in their chosen field to conduct research and write a thesis of original scholarship that exemplifies theory-driven, methodologically sound, data-based inference and application in that field. Students may apply to participate in the program for their last two semesters before graduation.

Students who meet the minimum requirements for consideration may submit materials to IQTM@emory.edu no later than April 15th of the year preceding spring graduation or November 15th of the year preceding winter graduation. Please see the "Requirements" section for eligibility rules and the "How to Apply" section for detailed instructions about the application process.

Admission will be given to qualified students within one month following these deadlines. Meeting the minimum requirements for applying does not guarantee acceptance into the honors program. Requests for late admission to the program require a petition to the QSS Honors Director and Honors Administrator explaining the request for late admission.

Honors Director (2017-18): Dr. Jeremy Jacobson

Honors Administrator: Ann Powers

Requirements

For Admission into the Honors Program

  • A declared QSS major by the end of the first semester of student's junior year
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.5
  • A minimum QSS GPA of 3.7
  • A specific, well-defined project developed under the direction of a committed faculty supervisor 

For Completion of Honors

  • Successful completion of QTM 495A: Honors Research 
  • Successful completion of QTM 495B: Honors Research 
  • Successful completion of a graduate-level course or 400-level senior seminar 
  • Researching and writing an Honors Thesis
  • Successful completion of an oral examination on the student's Honors Thesis
  • 54 credit hours (inlcudes 50 credit hours associated with the BE degree and four additional credit hours associated with writing the thesis)
  • You must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA and 3.7 major GPA to successfully complete the QSS Honors Program

How to Apply

  • Review the admission requirements above
  • Identify the faculty member who will chair your honors thesis committee 
  • Work with your faculty supervisor (the committee chair) to develop a well-defined project for your thesis
  • Fill out the Quantitative Sciences Honors Program application form and have it signed by your honors thesis committee chair
  • Submit the form no later than April 15th of the year preceding spring graduation or November 15th of the year preceding winter graduation to IQTM@emory.edu 

Admission will be given to qualified students within one month following these deadlines. Meeting the minimum requirements for applying does not guarantee acceptance into the honors program. Requests for late admission to the program require a petition to the QSS Honors Director and Honors Administrator explaining the request for late submission.

What Your Senior Year Will Look Like (Schedule)

The following schedule assumes a May graduation.

Fall Semester

  • You will complete QTM 495A: Honors Research (4 credits), which includes addresses methodological issues and offers practical guidance in thesis design and research.
  • You may choose to take a graduate-level course or 400-level senior seminar in the fall or spring semester. This course must be a minimum of 3 credit hours on a topic relevant to the thesis.

Spring Semester

  • You must assemble an honors thesis committee that includes your faculty advisor (the committee chair) and two other Emory faculty members.*
  • You will complete QTM 495B: Honors Research (variable credit, up to 8 hours), which includes the thesis writing portion of the QSS Honors Program. 
  • You will take a graduate-level course or 400-level senior seminar if you did not take one in the fall semester.
  • You will defend your thesis orally before your honors thesis committee, and will submit the thesis to the College Honors Committee by the deadline established by that committee.

*The committee must include a minimum of one QuanTM faculty member and one substantive track faculty member. The third committee member is unconstrained. The QuanTM faculty member must chair the committee. The substantive committee member is encouraged to co-chair. The committee must be approved by the Honors Program Director three months in advance of thesis completion.

Level of Honors

Successful completion of the program will include a public presentation of the thesis and an oral examination. Examiners will recommend the degree of honors—honors, high honors, or highest honors—to the Honors Committee according to College specifications, on a document that certifies the status to the registrar for printing in the commencement program and on the student diplomas. Fourrageres indicating the degree of honors are presented to successful candidates by the college and are worn at commencement. 

Honors (cum laude) represents satisfactory completion of the program, with an overall average of 3.50.

High Honors (magna cum laude) represents completion of the program with outstanding performance, including an overall average of 3.50 and a thesis of quality sufficient for oral presentation to scholars in the candidate's field.

Highest Honors (summa cum laude) represents completion of the program with exceptional performance, including an overall average of 3.50 and a thesis of a quality suitable for publication.