In my current place of work, the undergraduate students who are following a Honours Degree in the field of CS should submit a thesis as a requisite for their graduation. This thesis should be also defended in front of a group of lecturers of the faculty,

This thesis is focused at the undergraduate level, so the contribution to knowledge is limited, but it has happened that some students have managed to discover interesting facts that were described in a research paper and submitted to a conference. So that means that in the process of doing their undergraduate thesis, or almost when they were finishing it up they wrote an article and submitted to a peer-review conference.

The question that I have is how and where these students, the ones that manage to make a publishable academic work, should mention that as a fruit of their thesis writing process they manage to write and get accepted a research work in a conference?

The issue is that faculty asks for a level of novelty in the thesis work, but this situation has happened in parallel (submitting an article and writing the thesis).

How to deal with this situation without being accused of plagiarism or something similar?

closed as unclear what you're asking by jakebeal, Enthusiastic Engineer, Anyon, scaaahu, Jon Custer Oct 7 at 20:48

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    I don't understand why you think it might be plagiarism. Certainly they can cite their own conference paper in the thesis (or the other way round depending on which comes first). The fact that their work is published doesn't make it less novel. – Buffy Nov 14 '18 at 12:59
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    If you know any of these graduates, why not go check their thesis out and see how they incorporated it? The library should have them all. Talking to your supervisor would also be helpful. In most cases (though I am not in CS), having parts of the thesis published before even finishing the degree is perceived very positively. If the publication is dated after the starting date of the degree and formal work, no one would suspect that you're repackaging old works to cheat a degree. – Penguin_Knight Nov 14 '18 at 14:19
  • I am voting to close as unclear, since this seems like a strange dilemma that may be dependent on missing information about faculty requirements. – jakebeal Oct 6 at 11:20