Program-specific Guidelines

Programs in the list below have provided additional guidelines and information for their students.

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Humanities Division

Natural Science Division

Social Sciences Division

Fine Arts Division 

LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education

College of Business

College of Engineering

College of Health and Human Sciences

General Guidelines

  • You must receive a grade of "B" or higher on your Honors Research Project to graduate as an Honors Scholar. If you do not achieve this grade you may still meet the requirements to graduate as an undergraduate student in your major. Please contact your Honors Advisor for more information.
  • When there are multiple students involved in an Honors Research Project, each student should be included as authors on the final report, even if they are not part of the Williams Honors College. Every student should receive the proper recognition for thier contributions.
  • Every committee must be composed of a Sponsor and two Readers. More information on these roles is available here.
  • Students expecting to work on an honors project involving the use of human subjects should be aware that such projects may need to be evaluated by the University of Akron Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews all proposals for research involving human participants to insure appropriate ethical and safety standards are observed. Depending on the nature of the proposed research, IRB review and approval may be required prior to moving forward with your study. In the same way, any research involving live animals will require review by the University of Akron Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC). Please communicate with your project sponsor regarding the need for IRB or ACUC consideration as it relates to your specific project. Information concerning research applications and review procedures can be obtained via the University of Akron Office of Research Administration (ORA).

Confidential and Proprietary Information

The publication requirement for Honors Project Reports may be waived with permission. For example, research materials or data may be protected by a privacy agreement, or the authors may submit their research or creative work for publication elsewhere. In such cases the full Honors Project Report may not be published through IdeaExchange@UAkron.

Students should consult with their project sponsor and/or the Senior Associate Dean for guidance on any of these potential issues before submission. When a waiver is granted students will be expected to submit an Executive Summary of the work performed to IdeaExchange, and should note that the full report has been withheld.