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.
Interdisciplinary, creative projects are encouraged, and your project could be any one of the following types:
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.
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Natural Science Division
Social Sciences Division
The Proposal must be received by the Honors office according to the schedule given in the following section.
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 credits. The 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:
Your academic records will be put on hold if you do not submit the proposal by the indicated date.
i) Initial drafts to your research sponsor
You should be updating your research sponsor every couple of weeks as you meet to discuss your project. Expect revisions to be requested as you submit written work. You should have a fairly final draft of the project submitted to your research sponsor by the 11th week of the semester.
ii) Subsequent drafts to your two readers
Be sure to keep your readers informed of progress on your project throughout the semester. Send them copies of your work at regular intervals. Expect revisions based on your readers' comments. Once you've incorporated changes from your readers, your sponsor needs to approve the final copy. The due date for your project to be with your readers is the 12th week of the semester. It is your sponsor who gives you the grade for the formal coursework.
iii) Submission of your abstract to the Honors College office electronically
The abstract of your project will be included in graduation materials. Please prepare the abstract according to the guidelines listed below. Electronic submissions or abstracts are welcome- send them to this address. You can use the abstract in your project as the abstract you submit to Honors. The abstract is due on the same day as the completed project-- the 13th week of the semester. If you don't submit your abstract by this date, it will not appear in the graduation booklet.
iv) Final submission of your project to the Honors College office