Policies for Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

Who Can Submit

Undergraduates (also referred to as "authors") at the University of Iowa who:

1. Are in good academic standing

2. Have submitted their Degree Application and their Departmental Honors Application accessed at https://honors.uiowa.edu/current-students/honors-in-the-major

3. Have completed an honors thesis or project as part of the requirements to graduate with honors in their major under the supervision of a University of Iowa faculty member

4. Have submitted their Honors Thesis/Project Submission Agreement to the Honors Program

Author Review

Be sure that your honors thesis or project is ready for public distribution upon submission because authors do not have an opportunity to approve submissions prior to them becoming publicly available on the site.

Updates and Removal

An honors thesis or project may be updated or removed from public view by emailing a request to honors-thesis@uiowa.edu. Include your full name, Hawk ID, graduation session, and major department along with your request to update or remove your honors thesis or project. Please note a citation to the original version of your thesis/project will always remain on the site.

If you publish your honors thesis or creative work (or a revised version) elsewhere, for example in a journal, please send the citation of the new version to honors-thesis@uiowa.edu. We will be able to inform repository users about the new version.

Rights and Permissions

Before submitting an honors thesis or project to the repository, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure all necessary rights and permissions have been cleared by submitting a completed Honors Thesis/Project Submission Agreement to the Honors Program. You retain the copyright to your thesis/project and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere.


If any of the foregoing is unacceptable because you are preparing books, research articles, or patents, you may request an embargo of your honors thesis or project. Such embargoes are granted for finite periods of time.

A University of Iowa embargo may be placed on the release of an honors thesis or project. To request an embargo, the student’s thesis mentor requests the delayed release and outlining the circumstances upon which this request is based on the Honors Thesis/Project Submission Agreement. The request from the mentor must be received by the Honors Program before the submission is made. Once the embargo has expired, the thesis will be published.