2017-2018 EOS Honors Program Schedule

Earth and Oceanographic Science Department Honors Program information, including details on materials for project milestones below: Honors Guidelines (PDF)

Below are some firm deadlines and milestones to be discussed with your advisor:

  • September: Meet with advisor and advisory committee. Additionally, the Department will coordinate a meeting with the cohort of advanced independent research students on the honors track. This group will meet throughout the year.
  • Mid-November: Oral presentations to the EOS department and advisory committee members
  • First week of December: Thesis sections to advisor
  • Second week of December: Thesis sections to advisory committee members
  • Monday following March break: Deliver complete thesis draft to advisor
  • Mid-April: Deliver revised thesis to advisory committee members
  • End of May: Oral presentations of completed thesis
  • Friday, May 18, 2018: Thesis submitted to Librarian of the College no later than 5pm


In addition, all EOS honors candidates must present externally at a recognized meeting. In the past, students have presented at these conferences:

NorthEastern Geological Society of America (abstract due December)
Geological Society of Maine (abstract deadline around Spring Break)
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (abstract due December)
New England Estuarine Research Society (abstract due early March)
Geological Association of Canada/Minerological Association of Canada
Opportunity to practice presentations: HCURA National Collegiate Research Conference

Juniors: For those considering honors projects for their senior years, please consult with potential advisors in the spring prior to summer fellowship deadlines (typically March 1) and fall semester course registration (mid-April).

Student Fellowship & Research Application information: The office for Student Fellowships & Research can provide you with information on funding for research and travel to professional conferences during the academic year, as well as summer research fellowships.

Archive of Earth and Oceanographic Science Honors Projects: All theses that have earned Department Honors, are bound, cataloged and reside in the the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives of the Bowdoin College Library.

Explore the catalog of EOS Honors Projects housed in the Bowdoin College Library.