The Honors Program curriculum culminates with Honors in the Discipline. This coursework – usually in thesis or project form – allows upper-class students the opportunity to carve out a research initiative under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Such a project pulls together both the skills acquired to undertake the project with a particular topic of interest. For example, a recent project included original document research in libraries in both Washington, DC and in Prague where one of our students put traditional archival research skills to work along with language skills. Another student spent time in Panama, working on a National Science Foundation undergraduate grant and living in the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute while studying ants. Many projects, however, are closer to home, sometimes undertaken in sites in the metropolitan Boston area, where recently one student studied gorilla tool-building strategies at the Franklin Park Zoo.
The requirements for Honors in the Discipline are defined by each college. It can take nearly any form: a thesis, multimedia presentation, performance, website, or another format appropriate to your field. Upon completion, students will receive Honors Distinction in Major at graduation.
As each college has specific requirements for this initiative, students should review their college’s website for further information.
For strategies on how to find a faculty mentor, develop a proposal, apply for research funding, and submit the project for on-campus research events like the annual Experiential Education Research Expo and the Honors Evening, contact Sheryl O’Brien at the Honors Program Office.
Browse Completed Honors in the Discipline Projects
Students may review past projects at the Snell Library through IRIS, the Institutional Repository System. IRIS is a great resource for viewing projects completed in your field. The link for IRIS is included below. After entering IRIS, search for the Honors Program, which will have a link to view past projects. All students who complete a project are required to send the Honors Program a PDF copy of their paper to be posted on IRIS. The Honors Program has also worked with the University Library to archive over 15 years of projects. The University Archive Hours in the Snell Library basement are Monday-Friday, 9am-4 pm.
Students who are approved for a research thesis or similar activity as juniors or seniors may apply for funding to help support their research through the Provost Undergraduate Awards and, if eligible, the Honors Program’s Honors in the Discipline Grants.
Please follow this link to see completed Honors Projects:
Institutional Repository for Honors in the Discipline Projects
Please follow the link to submit your Honors Project:
Honors in the Discipline IRIS Submittal Form