An important part of an Honors student's program of study is the independent study project for academic credit. It is designated as a departmental 490H course, is usually done for 3 to 6 credits, and these credits must be listed in the proposed program of study (on the degree audit form) submitted as part of the application for full membership. The Honors Project Proposal form is required.
You are responsible for finding a project topic and a project advisor. This topic does not need to be chosen at the time you apply for full membership. However, you should choose your topic and have it approved by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honors Committee before you begin work. In general, the topic should further your educational goals. Some suggestions are listed below:
Though there can be many goals that can be achieved in completing your Honors project, the principal one is to be able to plan, execute, and complete a project on your own. It is self-directed, and you set the deadlines.
Your Honors project advisor(s) may be any person (or group of persons), inside or outside the University, but must include at least one faculty member, who will be responsible for assigning the grade. Your advisor(s) should be willing and able to provide significant guidance during the term of the project. Some examples would include:
Funds are available for you to use with your Honors project. The University Honors Program has several opportunities to compete for the limited funds that are available to support Honors research projects, including University Honors grants and Stewart Research Awards.
Guidelines have been established for eligibility, application, and award, including a list of items that may be funded. For further information, pick up a copy of the guidelines at the Honors Building.
The number of credits for the project is to be determined by you and your project advisor(s). You and your project advisors should work together to decide the amount of input required for the credits to be earned, depending on the scope and complexity of the project. Your project advisor(s) will be responsible for assigning a grade for the project.
There are three required outputs associated with your Honors project and each has a deadline:
Papers need to be typed and double spaced (no larger than 12 point font), excluding references and title page. ALL margins should be no more than 1 inch. The title page should include the title of your Honors Project report as it will appear on your poster and your name.
Make sure you have all your references listed on the last page of the paper and that the references match the source cited in your paper.
Though the exact form of the paper may vary due to the variability of the subject covered, it should follow a technical report format and must include an abstract of not more than 200 words on a separate page. Sample reports are available for examination at the Honors Building.