Honors Research Project

The Honors Research Project is an integral part of the UA Honors experience, and every Honors College student must complete an acceptable Honors Research Project.

  • See also the web page answering Frequently Asked Questions about the Honors Research Project. 
  • A database of Honors Research Projects from previous UA Honors students is accessible through this link.

Interdisciplinary, creative projects are encouraged, and your project could be any one of the following types:

  • Research Thesis - original scholarship investigating a significant question
  • Research Report - a formal written presentation of technical, laboratory, or investigative research
  • Artistic or Creative Performance or Production - in the fine arts, applied arts, or performing arts; a written report, introduction, or commentary is required.
  • There are many important areas to keep in mind while planning and completing your Honors Research Project:
    • Guidelines
    • Due Dates
    • Funds
    • Abstract Format
    • Signature Page Format
    • Registration Course Numbers
    • FAQs

The project must meet high standards of scholarship. The student must also meet any additional department of college requirements for this project, such as prerequisite coursework or experience, qualifying examination, or oral presentation. Study abroad or field experience may be accepted, with the approval of the student's Honors Faculty Advisor, as part of the project.

The student must have attained senior standing or approval of the proposal from one of the Deans of the Honors College,, and the approval of your Honors Faculty Advisor before enrolling in "Honors Research Project" for credit. The credit hours allowed for the Honors Research Project will depend on the nature of the project and the policies of individual departments. Usually students enroll in two-three hours per semester up to a total of six hours. The minimum number of credits is two.

Submitting the Proposal for your Honors Research Project

Students should be planning for the Honors Research Project during the junior year.  Serious work on the project should begin at least one year prior to your graduation date.  It is best if you submit the proposal during the semester in which you will be completing 96 or more creditsThe proposal due date for those graduating in a spring semester is October 1 of the previous calendar year.  Download a copy of the proposal form.

Due dates for proposals for representative graduation dates are given below.  For the graduation date given, the proposal should be in the Honors Office by 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Summer 2014 graduates--Due: December 1, 2013
  • Fall 2014 graduates--Due: Mar. 1, 2014  
  • Spring 2015 graduates-- Due: October 1, 2014
  • Summer 2015 graduates-- Due: December 1, 2014

Your academic records will be put on hold if you do not submit the proposal by the indicated date.

Submitting your Honors Research Project to the Honors Office

Final submission of your project (including your Abstract) to the Honors College office

  • Summer semester graduates, 2014, Due: August 1, 2014
  • Fall semester, 2014, Due: November 28, 2014
  • Spring semester, 2015, Due: April 17, 2015 

Your research project must be submitted to HonorsSA1@uakron.edu electronically.  Please scan the completed signature page and submit the signature page electronically as well.


English Department Honors Advisor

Dr. Heather Braun

See the English Department Honors Project Guidelines here.

Honors Research Project- Abstract Format

Your abstract (200 words maximum) should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

  • In your first few sentences, define your project indicating its purpose, scope, and limits.
  • Then describe, as concisely and clearly as you can, what you did, what you found, and what made it worth doing. In this part you summarize your research methods and design, your major findings and conclusions, the significance of your investigation and so forth.
  • If your project has involved creative work (art, music, dance, film, etc.), your abstract should describe the process and the product, and it should identify the form of documentation you have submitted with the written part of your project (photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, manuscripts, etc.).
  • The final version of the title for your project should include, as appropriate to your field of study, the subject words with which it would be located through a scholarly index.

The abstract must be perfect in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax. Please type it double-spaced and forward a copy to dgannon@uakron.edu

Abstract Format:

The abstract will also appear in the honors graduation booklet. Click here to download a sample of the Abstract Format.

[Name] (in bold)
Project Sponsor:
Number of credits:
[Full title of project] (centered and bold)

Type abstract at this point in paragraph form, double-spaced, 12 point font, maximum of 200 words. Save as a Microsoft document and send by e-mail to the above address.


Honors Research Project Signature Page Format

Signature Page

Please include this page as a cover page with your project, when you submit your final project to the Honors College. (Please include lines for signatures and lines for printed names of those listed):

Click here to Download a Word copy of the following.

[Full Title of Your Project]
[Your Full Name]
Department of [Your Major]
Honors Research Project

submitted to: The Honors College


_____________________________ Date ______
Honors Project Sponsor

_____________________________ Date ______

_____________________________ Date ______


_____________________________ Date ______
Department Head

_____________________________ Date ______
Honors Faculty Advisor

_____________________________ Date ______
Dean, Honors College

Note that all signatures are required (except that of one of the Honors Deans) when you turn in your final project.


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