Honors Program Project
Honors student Marianne Marcotte talks about her Honors project, which involved testing the effectiveness of drugs used by brain cancer patients.
For his project, Mason Blankenship developed artificial intelligence software that can play the trading card game, Magic the Gathering.
The Honors Program project is the capstone of the Honors experience and provides a unique opportunity for students to explore an area of study about which they are passionate. Projects can take many forms depending on the topic - ranging from laboratory research to performances or artwork. Students utilize their projects to launch interests they have for graduate study or to help them expand their resumes for employment. Honors students will be encouraged (though not absolutely required) to select a topic before the end of their junior year and to make contact with a professor who is willing to act as faculty supervisor of the project. Formal proposals MUST be submitted no later than October 1 of the senior year. Proposals should include a one-to two-page description of the research or creative project the student intends to complete, along with the official proposal form. The project description should be signed by both the student and faculty supervisor. Projects may fall in the following categories:
- Projects that are unrelated to the senior thesis/research project/production, etc., being done by the student as part of their major requirements.
- Projects that are an expansion of the student’s senior thesis, etc., in their major (typically amount to an additional 20 percent of work).
- Projects that are identical in subject matter and scale to the senior thesis, etc., in the major but that are of a higher (honors-level) quality than the typical project in that major (as determined by the department).
Honors projects must be presented on campus, although students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to present elsewhere also. The Honors Presentations will take place in a conference format in early April of the senior year. Presentations are to be 15-20 minutes in length. The written work that is part of the project is due at the time of the presentation and must have been evaluated by the supervising faculty member.
Occasionally, funds from the Honors Program may be available to help cover expenses associated with a project. Students should retain all receipts for expenses associated with the Honors project. Funding from the Honors Program is limited, however, and can’t be guaranteed.
Note: Students graduating at the end of a fall semester should inform the Honors Program of their intended project topic before the beginning of the preceding spring semester and must submit a formal project proposal by March 1.