The Founder’s Day Honors Convocation, held annually since 1990, serves as an opportunity for the University of Central Florida to recognize outstanding faculty, staff, and student accomplishments for the preceding year. Since 1999, Honors in the Major students have been selected annually to receive the Honors in the Major award for Outstanding Thesis.


The following requirements must be met in order for student to be nominated for the Outstanding Thesis award:

  • Successful completion and publication of their Honors in the Major thesis
  • Successful completion of the Honors in the Major program, which includes the completion of every Directed Readings and Thesis requirement and also the achievement of the minimum GPAs and credit hours necessary for Honors in the Major certification on their diploma and transcript
  • Graduation from the University of Central Florida with their baccalaureate degree in the previous calendar year (e.g. for nominations in 2016, students must have graduated from UCF in 2015)

Students who receive the Outstanding Thesis award will be notified prior to the Founder’s Day Honors Convocation. Both students and their Thesis Chairs are encouraged to attend this event, which is held on the UCF main campus during the spring semester.

Thesis Chair Nominations

The call for nominations is sent electronically through email to faculty and college/campus coordinators in January.  Faculty thesis chairs who are interested in nominating students who meet the eligibility requirements must draft a letter of support that is addressed to “The Members of the Honors Selection Committee”.  All letters of support must then be forwarded to the appropriate college or campus coordinator.  For a complete list of faculty college and campus coordinators, please reference the list at the bottom of this page.

Prior to 2015, students could only be nominated for one of two categories.  Starting in 2015, thesis chairs may nominate each student’s thesis for award consideration in one of four categories: (1) Social Sciences, Business, and Education; (2) Natural Sciences and Health Sciences; (3) Engineering and Technology; (4) Arts and Humanities.  One student will be selected to receive the Outstanding Thesis award in each category, and the selected students will receive a $500 stipend.