Advisor’s Responsibilities

Thank you for agreeing to serve as a thesis director, comittee menber, or honors thesis advisor for an honors student. Without you, this experience would not be possible for your mentee. The thesis director, much like a master's advisor, is the ultimate agent of quality control for the technical aspects of the thesis. Your responsibilities are straightforward and are as follows:

  • Guide and provide continuing feedback for the student
  • Serve as instructor of record for thesis course(s)
  • Help the student select another subject matter specialist for the committee and an honors college representative for the committee.
  • Ensure research ethics and university rules are adhered to. This includes insuring that IRB and IACUC approvals (if you have questions on that see http://www.orc.msstate.edu/). If first person interviews or writing are used in the student's thesis, written permission for use must be obtained.

The thesis director will run the defense during Thesis Week, which will be determined for each spring and fall term. In justified cases, defenses may be scheduled at other times.

  • A 90 minute space will be allocated for the defense in Griffis or Nunnelee Hall, though the total time rarely exceeds 75 minutes.
  • There will be a public presentation of the thesis followed by questions from the public.
  • All non-committee members will then leave for questioning of the student by the committee.
  • The student will be sent from the room while the committee deliberates and will then be informed of the committee’s decision.

For more detailed information about the Honors Thesis, please refer to the Honors Thesis Handbook.

Honors Thesis Handbook


If you have questions regarding the Honors Thesis, please contact Dr. Anastasia Elder at aelder@honors.msstate.edu or 662-325-8503.