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Honors School

Honors Capstone Project Guidelines

The culmination of the Honor’s curriculum is the Honors capstone project, and the successful completion (achieving a letter grade of B or above) is required in order to graduate from the School.

The capstone requirement serves to lay the groundwork for entry into and success in graduate school. The Honors capstone also gives students entering the professional world a significant advantage by demonstrating their problem-solving, research, and follow-through skills to potential employers.

Students should read and refer to the Thesis/Capstone Guidelines for a comprehensive analysis for the planning, preparation, and presentation of their capstone project.

Guidelines by Academic Year

Senior Year

Engagement with the Thesis process at this time should only proceed for students in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Business.

Honors 495

  1. Weekly meetings with First Reader
  2. Monthly meetings with Second Reader
  3. IACUC and IRB Approvals
  4. Monthly meetings with Honors Thesis Advisor
  5. Midterm rough proposal draft by Week 6
  6. Final proposal draft by Week 12
  7. Final Grade must be “B” or higher
  8. May only retake the course with permission of the Dean

Honors 496

  1. Weekly meetings with First Reader
  2. Monthly meetings with Second Reader
  3. Monthly meetings with Honors Thesis Advisor
  4. Midterm project draft by Week 6
  5. Final project draft by Week 12
  6. Oral, public presentation of the project, using in the Honors Research Conference
  7. Final Grade must be “B” or higher
  8. Project completion is required for graduation from the Honors School

Junior Year

Engagement with the Thesis process is essential at this time for students in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Business.

Honors 494

  1. Identify an academic topic.
  2. Develop a research question.
  3. Develop a hypothesis and abstract (one paragraph).
  4. Find an appropriate faculty advisor.
  5. Outline a possible annotated bibliography (at least eight sources).
  6. Meet with instructor, Honors thesis advisor, and/or Dean of the Honors School

Honors 495

  1. Weekly meetings with First Reader
  2. Monthly meetings with Second Reader
  3. IACUC and IRB Approvals
  4. Monthly meetings with Honors Thesis Advisor
  5. Midterm rough proposal draft by Week 6
  6. Final proposal draft by Week 12
  7. Final Grade must be “B” or higher
  8. May only retake the course with permission of the Dean

 

Sophomore Year

Engagement with the Thesis process is essential at this time for students in the School of Social Work, the School of Education, the School of Science, the Department of Psychology, and all students in a Graduate Degree program.

Honors 494

  1. Identify an academic topic.
  2. Develop a research question.
  3. Develop a hypothesis and abstract (one paragraph).
  4. Find an appropriate faculty advisor.
  5. Outline a possible annotated bibliography (at least eight sources).
  6. Meet with instructor, Honors thesis advisor, and/or Dean of the Honors School.

Honors 495

  1. Weekly meetings with First Reader
  2. Monthly meetings with Second Reader
  3. IACUC and IRB Approvals
  4. Monthly meetings with Honors Thesis Advisor
  5. Midterm rough proposal draft by Week 6
  6. Final proposal draft by Week 12
  7. Final Grade must be “B” or higher
  8. May only retake the course with permission of the Dean
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