Honors Project Process


The honors project leading to graduation with distinction is a four-semester program of original research directed by faculty in the student's academic major. The time spent enrolled in an honors project will consist of four semesters, at least three of which shall be in the fall and spring terms.

Eligibility

  • The project must be in the student's major.
  • 60 hours must be completed by the start of the first semester of the project, not necessarily at ETBU (this allows transfer students the opportunity to participate).
  • The student must have 6 hours completed within the chosen field.
  • An overall GPA of 3.50, maintaining a GPA of 3.50 overall, and a 3.75 in the student's major is required.

Time Line

The student and the Project Supervisor may appeal to the Honors Committee in writing for exceptions from these guidelines and policies. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Initiating the Honors Project

  1. Project supervisor verifies the student's eligibility for an Honors Project.
  2. Supervisor obtains the first semester syllabus from the website and adapts it to the student's project, being sure to include a week-by-week plan. (Semester I Syllabus can be found here)
  3. With consultation from the student, the Project Supervisor selects a Project Committee consisting of a Second Reader within the department and an Outside Reader from a different academic department.
  4. The student completes the Honors Course Registration Form. The student will take this form endorsed by his or her academic advisor and the academic dean, along with a syllabus for the course, to the Registrar's Office in order to register for the course. (Honors Course Registration Form can be found here)

Semester I

  1. The student and Project Supervisor establish meeting times and deadlines throughout the semester.
  2. The student works on a project proposal between Weeks 1 and 10 under the Project Supervisor’s guidance.
  3. The Project Supervisor determines if a Library Consultant will be required.
  4. Once the proposal is completed, the Project Supervisor obtains an Originality Report from turnitin.com to be submitted to the Honors Committee along with the proposal.
  5. The student distributes one copy of the project proposal to each member of the project committee for review no later than the Friday of the tenth week of the semester. (Proposal Evaluation Form can be found here)
  6. The Project Committee reviews the proposal, then meets face to face with the student to discuss the proposal. Following this “defense,” the committee may give the student approval to carry on with the project by signing the Proposal Signature Page. (Proposal Signature Page can be found here)
  7. The student submits the signature page with his or her proposal to the department chair no later than the Friday of the twelfth week of Semester I. The Department Chair, along with the Academic Dean, will also sign the signature page.
  8. Once the chair and dean have signed the signature page, the student submits the project proposal, signature page, Project Committee evaluation forms, and originality report to the Chair of the Honors Committee for approval no later than the Friday of the fourteenth week of Semester I.
  9. The Honors Committee will complete its review and notify the Project Supervisor when the project is approved. This will be done no later than the Friday of the first week of Semester II.
  10. The Project Supervisor submits a semester grade (scale of A-F) to the registrar's office for the student’s work during Semester I.
  11. The Project Supervisor will be paid $125 per semester of enrollment at the end of the academic year if his or her contract load is met.

Semester II

  1. The Project Supervisor verifies that the student is still eligible to pursue an Honors Project, prepares the syllabus for Semester II, and gives it to the student.
  2. The student and Supervisor establish regular meeting times and deadlines throughout the semester.
  3. The student works on the Honors Project throughout the semester under the guidance of the Project Supervisor.
  4. The Supervisor submits a semester grade (Scale of A-F) to the registrar's office for the student’s work during Semester II.
  5. The Project Supervisor will be paid $125 per semester of enrollment at the end of the academic year if contract load is met.

Semester III

  1. The Project Supervisor verifies that the student is still eligible to pursue an Honors Project, prepares the third-semester syllabus, and gives it to the student.
  2. The student and Supervisor establish regular meeting times and deadlines throughout the semester.
  3. The student works on the project under the guidance of the Project Supervisor. The project is to be completed by the tenth week of the semester.
  4. The student distributes one copy of the completed project to each member of the Project Committee no later than the Friday of the tenth week of Semester III.
  5. The members of the Project Committee review the project, then meet face to face with the student to discuss it. Following this “defense,” the Project Committee gives the project one of the following designations: “Passing,” “Pass with Corrections,” or “Not Passing.” The project committee must give its decision no later than Friday of the fifteenth week of Semester III. (Project Evaluation Form can be found here)
  6. The Project Supervisor submits a semester grade (Scale of A-F) to the registrar's office for the student’s work during Semester III.
  7. The Project Supervisor will be paid $125 per semester of enrollment at the end of the academic year if contract load is met.

Semester IV

  1. The Project Supervisor verifies that the student is still eligible to pursue an Honors Project and goes over the remaining steps of submitting the completed project with the student.
  2. If the project has been given the designation “Pass with Corrections,” the student works on implementing the changes recommended by the Project Committee under the guidance of the Project Supervisor. A revised draft is due to the Project Committee no later than the Friday of the fourth week of Semester IV.
  3. The Project Committee must review the revised project and give it a designation of “Passing” or “Not Passing” no later than the Friday of the sixth week of Semester IV. If the project passes, the committee signs the signature page. (Project Signature Page can be found here)
  4. Once the project passes, the Project Supervisor obtains an Originality Report from turnitin.com for the completed project to be submitted to the Honors Committee.
  5. The student submits the signature page with his or her project to the Department Chair within one week of receiving a passing designation from the Project Committee. The Chair, along with the Academic Dean, must sign the signature page and return it to the student no later than the Friday of the eighth week of Semester IV.
  6. The student will submit the project to the University Reviewer for grammar and formatting corrections within one week of receiving approval from the Department Chair and Academic Dean.
  7. The student must make the corrections prescribed by the Reviewer, with assistance from the Project Supervisor if necessary, no later than Friday of the tenth week of Semester IV. The University Reviewer must give approval to the student no later than Friday of the eleventh week of Semester IV.
  8. As soon as the student has received approval from the University Reviewer, he or she must submit the completed, corrected project to the Chair of the Honors Committee, along with a "portfolio" of the following documents:

    •    Project Proposal
    •    Proposal Signature Page
    •    Proposal Evaluation Forms from Project Committee (3 total)
    •    Project Syllabi for Semesters I-III
    •    Project Signature Page
    •    Project Evaluation Forms from Project Committee (3 total)
    •    Originality Report from turnitin.com

  9. The Honors Committee will review the project, along with the documentation provided by the Project Committee, and make its recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs about whether the student has earned Graduation with Distinction through his or her project. The Honors Committee’s decision must be made no later than Friday of the thirteenth week in Semester IV. If the Project Committee and/or the student disagrees with the decision of the Honors Committee, s/he has three business days to appeal in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  10. The Project Supervisor submits a grade (Scale of A-F) to the registrar's office for the student’s work during Semester IV.
  11. The Project Supervisor will be paid $125 per semester of enrollment at the end of the academic year if contract load is met.
  12. The Project Supervisor assists in "hooding" the Honors Student at graduation.

Proposal Requirements

The formal written proposal should include the following:

  • An introductory section, which
    • provides background information,
    • articulates the purpose of and need for your project, and
    • poses a hypothesis, research question, or thesis statement
  • A literature review or annotated bibliography
  • A research methodology section
  • A discussion of feasibility, which will include
    • an account of the project’s timeline and scope
    • a list and description of research materials needed
  • An outline of the structure and presentation of the final project as required within the specific discipline

Notes

  • Of the four terms of directed study, three must be either spring or fall terms.
  • Appeals for exceptions must be made to the Honors Committee.
  • If the student fails to meet the deadlines or expectations of the Committee, the student will be dropped from the program.
  • If the student drops from the program, he/she may be allowed to enroll in a directed study in a subsequent term if the student wishes to complete the project. The supervising faculty must agree. Any student dropped for failing to meet deadlines or expectations, whether they finish the project or not, will not be eligible for recognition at the commencement ceremonies.

 Additional Requirements

  • Department of Behavioral Sciences – an “A” in MATH 2316 and PSYC/SOCI 2332
  • Department of Communication – pre-requisite or co-requisite of SPCH 3300 for the first semester of Honors Project (SPCH 3190)