As the senior capstone of the overall Honors experience, the Project of Excellence is required of all students who graduate from the Honors Program. The project provides each student the opportunity to design and implement work unique to his/her own major and/or interests. It consists of a paper, performance, or presentation of research results typical of professional work in the major field.
Honors Junior Seminar culminates in a proposal for the Project of Excellence and selection of a mentor. The proposal must be approved by your mentor, the Honors Head, and the Honors Council. The proposal must be approved by the Honors Council and your mentor. Results of the Project of Excellence are defended orally before an examining committee upon completion and housed permanently in the Honors Program office.
To ensure that students receive feedback and guidance during the entire process, students will meet in Senior Honors Seminar for 1-2 hours each week with the Honors Head to review drafts, discuss research, and assess results.
The project proposal must include the following:
The Honors Head designates a three-faculty examining committee to evaluate the Project of Excellence. Typically the examining committee will consist of the Honors Head, the faculty of record, and a faculty member who also serves on Honors Council. Oral defenses are usually held during the Fall and Spring Honors Symposia. Defenses are ordinarily held to 30 minutes: 10-15 minutes student presentation; 10-15 minutes committee examination; and any remaining time for audience questions.
The specific method of evaluation is detailed on the Project of Excellence Assessment Form provided to the examining committee members. The Honors Head will notify students of the outcome of their defense. Students will not, however, have access to individual committee votes, comments, or notes.