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Honors Reading and Research Credit

 
Students usually have more questions about Honors Reading and Research than any other aspect of the Honors curriculum. The following information should help you prepare for the reading and research experience.
 
Honors students are urged to make an appointment with Dr. Carolyn Morgan (325-5291) early in their junior year to ensure successful planning for this project.
 
Honors reading and research provides an opportunity for honors students to engage in a project of scholarly research or creative activity in a mentoring relationship discipline. This project is letter graded by the faculty member and the final report is filed with the Honors College Office (as your senior thesis).
 
There are two ways to complete the reading and research requirement:
               
               1) Enroll in honors reading for two or three hours in one semester, and in honors research with the same professor for the remaining three hours the next semester.
               
               2) Waive your honors reading and count your required research-oriented senior capstone course as two hours of your reading requirement. Combine that course with an additional three hours of honors research enrollment to complete the honors requirement. Honors students who are not taking a research-oriented senior capstone course are required to complete a total of five hours of enrollment in reading and research.
 
The approval form for Honors reading and research is available in the Honors College office. This form is completed in consultation with the professor and returned to the Honors College by the end of the add/drop period. The form must be signed by the student, the professor, either the department chair or honors coordinator, and by the Associate Dean of the Honors College. Following the Director’s approval, the Honors College office will issue the student electronic permission to enroll. At the end of each semester, the professor will receive a grade sheet and report the letter grade earned.
 
The best time frame for accomplishing the honors project varies across disciplines, depending in part on the scheduling of any senior capstone courses within this discipline. We have found that honors students benefit from beginning the honors project in the spring or summer of their junior year or the fall of their senior year. This allows students to use the honors project as part of their resume, portfolio, or application packet when they seek admission to graduate or professional schools or when they interview for jobs.
 
PLEASE NOTE:   HONORS STUDENTS IN ZOOLOGY ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THREE HOURS OF ZOO 3960 AND FOUR HOURS OF ZOO 3980, DEFEND THE HONORS PROJECT BEFORE THREE FACULTY, AND BE QUIZZED ON KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAJOR. OTHER DEPARTMENTS MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL HOURS. CHECK WITH YOUR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS COORDINATOR.

 
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