Honors in the Major Thesis

The Honors in the Major (HIM) Program, is designed to encourage the best juniors and seniors to undertake original and independent work in their major field. Established in 1989, Honors in the Major is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate research program at UCF. It is the only undergraduate research program on campus in which students are required to undertake original and innovative research as principal investigators. In this program, students research, write, defend and publish an original Honors thesis that serves as the capstone product of their undergraduate career. This thesis is published through the university library and is available to researchers worldwide through electronic databases.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

• At least two semesters remaining prior to graduation at the time of application
• 60 completed overall credit hours
• 12 completed upper division credit hours
• 3.500 major GPA

All student applicants must also identify a faculty thesis chair from their declared major prior to submitting applications.

Application Deadlines:

Applications for the Honors in the Major program must be obtained from Vanessa McRae in the Office of Research and Civic Engagement in The Burnett Honors College (BHC) room 102.

For additional information, visit the HIM website or please contact the Office of Research and Community Engagement at HonorsResearch@ucf.edu or (407) 823-6402.

Physics Majors in the Honors in the Major Program:

Tyler Townsend / Currently enrolled –  Dynamical Spin Injection in Superconducting Materials.
Directed by Enrique del Barco, Department of Physics

Coleman Cariker / 2014 –  Pressure and Temperature Response of a Stimuli Responsive Polymer Probed with Raman Microscopy.
Directed by Alfons Schulte, Department of Physics
Founders Day HIM Thesis Award

Kristy Kormondy / 2010 – High Yield Assembly and Election Transport Investigation of Semiconducting-rich Local gated Single walled Carbon Nanotube Field Effect Transistors
Directed by Saiful Khondaker, Department of Physics

Juan Carlos Gonzalez Pons / 2008 – Geometrical Control of the Magnetization Direction in High-Aspect Ratio PdNi Ferromagnetic Nano-Electrodes.
Directed by Enrique del Barco, Department of Physics
Runner-up / Founders Day HIM Thesis Award

Adrienne Rowe / 2007 – Age of the Gliese 569 Multiple System.
Directed by Humberto Campins, Department of Physics
Runner-up / Founders Day HIM Thesis Award

Pontus Ahlgvist / 2007 – Modified Einstein Hilbert Action and the Resulting Field Equations.
Directed by Costas Efthimiou, Department of Physics

Sohang Gandhi / 2006 – Topological Generalizations of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Relation
Directed by Costas Efthimiou, Department of Physics

April Pope / 2005 Near Infrared Raman Spectroscopy of Chalcogenide Waveguides and Application to Evanescent Wave Spectroscopy of Bio-Assembles.
Directed by Alfons Schulte, Department of Physics
Runner-up / Founders Day HIM Thesis Award