writing a thesis abstract
First and foremost, make sure that you read your assignment’s instructions carefully. Your instructor may have guidelines for how long your abstract should be, how it should be formatted or what information it should include.
Abstract writing varies a little from discipline to discipline — an abstract for a scientific report will be different from an abstract for a history research paper, for example. SAGE Research Methods’ Project Planner has a nice Writing Up section that will link you to abstract tips in different disciplines: look for How do I write my abstract?
Your abstract briefly summarizes the content of your thesis. A good abstract will concisely present the objective, method, results, and conclusion of your research. It will omit unnecessary background information and references to other works. An undergraduate Honors thesis abstract should be limited to 150 words.
The following links connect to documents containing recent Honors thesis abstracts. Use these documents as
- a guide to writing your own thesis abstract;
- an indicator of the type of thesis you can write;
- a directory of professors in various departments who have mentored theses;
- a way to discover the diversity of interest found in the Honors Program.
2020 Honors Thesis Abstracts (.pdf)