Honors Program

The purpose of the honors program in mathematics is to stimulate the imagination and deepen the understanding of students by encouraging independent study, and to provide recognition of exceptional achievements in mathematics. Students who complete the requirements of the program graduate with honors in mathematics. 

Admission. Admission to the Mathematics and Statistics Department Honors Program is granted by the Department, based on the following minimum requirements:

(1) At least 20 credit hours in major related courses, including 9 credits from:

  • MATH 2241 or MATH 2120,
  • MATH 2171 or MATH 2164, and
  • MATH 3163 or STAT 3110.

(2) A GPA of at least 3.25 in all mathematics, statistics and operations research courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.

Interested students must contact the Honors Director of the Mathematics Department for admission to the program. Once the Director verifies the minimum requirements, the student must select a mathematics faculty member who is willing to serve as an honors advisor to develop a research project culminating in a thesis. The student must also choose one or two readers for the thesis. In order to graduate with honors the University requires that students be admitted to honors candidacy at least two semesters before graduation. 

Curricular Requirements. Honors Seminars MATH 3790, MATH 3791.

Enrollment in MATH 3790 indicates that the student is officially enrolled in the Mathematics Honors Program. MATH 3791 must culminate in an honors thesis approved by the advisor and the readers. Please note that MATH 3791 replaces MATH 3689.

Certification Requirements. The requirements for graduation with honors are:

(1) Completion of all requirements for a major in Mathematics or Mathematics for Business with a GPA of at least 3.25 in the major.

(2) Completion of the Senior Honors Seminar (MATH 3791) with a grade of A and a GPA of 3.5 or better in both Honors Seminars.

(3) Oral presentation of the honors thesis.

(4) Recommendation by the Honors Director of the Department that the student can graduate with honors.

Benefits. Besides the distinction coming from graduation with honors in mathematics, honors students have a handful of other benefits, including:

  • Undergraduate research.
  • Priority class registration.
  • Access to honors housing in Levine Hall.
  • Access to scholarships exclusive to honors students.
  • Conference travel support (up to $800 and poster printing).
  • Opportunities and support to study abroad. 

The Application to Candidacy is a two-step process that must be completed by the student, their thesis advisor, first and second (if applicable) reader, as well as program director. ALL honors students must complete these forms in order to graduate with honors and the submission is initiated in DocuSign. 

    • Upon completion of MATH 3790, the students planning to graduate with honors must submit Page 1 of the Application for Admission to Candidacyalong with a Thesis Proposal and Layperson Summary. This process requires review of the proposal by the thesis advisor. 

    When submitting the layperson summary, save the document as follows:  
         Student Last Name, First Name - Layperson Summary  

    When submitting the honors proposal, save the document as follows: 
         Student Last Name, First Name - Honors Proposal

    • Upon completion of MATH 3791, the students must give an oral presentation of the thesis at least two weeks before the last day of classes and revise it if necessary. Then, the student must submit Page 2 of the Application for Admission to Candidacyalong with the Final Thesis and an Abstract. This process requires a review of the proposal by the thesis advisor and reader(s). 

    When submitting the abstract, save the document as follows:  
         Student Last Name, First Name - Abstract  

    When submitting the honors thesis, save the document as follows:  
         Student Last Name, First Name - Thesis FINAL

    For more information, including the form, deadlines, and guidelines, see: https://honorscollege.uncc.edu/current-students/graduation-process

    If you have questions, please contact the Mathematics Honors Director: Dr. Adriana Ocejo (amonge2@uncc.edu).