Graduating with University Honors is one of the highest honors granted by Bowling Green State University and it is the expectation that every Honors student enrolled in the College will graduate with University Honors. To graduate with University Honors, students must perform well in a range of Honors and non-Honors courses and demonstrate their attainment of the four learning outcomes essential to the Honors College:
(1) the ability to think critically
(2 and 3) the ability to convey ideas clearly and persuasively both orally and in writing, and
(4) the ability to integrate ideas across disciplines
A significant part of the Honors College curriculum is the Honors Project experience that all students who aspire to graduate with University Honors must convince and execute. The Honors Project is a self-designed, capstone experience intended to showcase the breadth and depth of a student's learning within a fairly narrowly-defined area of interdisciplinary study. All projects are grounded in research and must be reflected in a written paper. This includes creative and applied projects, regardless of major. Final projects must be submitted electronically to the Honors College for publication on ScholarWorks. The written paper portion of the project that is uploaded to ScholarWorks must include
o an introduction to the problem and guiding research questions
o a review of the literature
o a description of the methods used to solve the problem
o a description of the results
o implications for future research and practice
The oral defense component of the Honors Project Course: HNRS 4990 is required for all Honors students who joined the Honors College starting Fall 2015 and after.
Honors Project Requirements
Honors Projects only have three requirements:
1. Original Scholarship
Original scholarship means the student needs to produce something that is new for their field. Given the wide range of majors and scholarly fields across the campus, it is hard to define this specifically. It is not the summary and collation of existing knowledge in novel ways, as might be appropriate for a paper assigned in a class. Original scholarship requires that the student develop, synthesize, and/or create ideas in new and different ways and allows the students to apply what they have learned across a number of different courses to a specific idea. Original scholarship should involve inquiry-based learning and, depending on the field, may involve experimental or library research.
2. Interdisciplinary Connections
An Honors Project may focus on any topic of the student’s choosing. Each project must, however, be interdisciplinary; that is, it must make use of the bodies of knowledge and methodologies of two different fields (One of these is typically the student’s major field, though it need not be.). Projects have been produced by students in almost every department of the University.
3. Justification of the Theory
This part of the project simply explains why students have chosen certain methods or creative endeavors for their projects and is described fully in a literature review.
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Each spring we recognize and celebrate students graduating with University Honors at the Honors Senior Recognition Ceremony. Family and friends are invited to join as we recognize your accomplishment. At this event, students graduating with University Honors will recieve the Honors medallion and will officially become Honors College alumni. The event features an alumni Keynote speaker and individually recognizes each of the gradutes. Students will share the title of their Honors Project and their future plans. We look forward to celebrating the next group of students graduating with University Honors!
The Mayeux Awards are given each year to one or more students who have completed outstanding Honors Projects. The money for the prizes comes from an endowment created in honor of Patricia Mayeux, long-time employee and friend of the University. Mayeux Award winners are chosen by a committee of Honors faculty, chaired by the Honors Dean.
To be eligible for a Mayeux Award, a student must submit
- Submit a recorded presentation of your project by 12:00 PM on April 15, regardless of the semester in which you completed the project.
- The recording can be of a previous presentation related to this project or specifically created for scholarship consideration.
- Generally, this will be a separate, shorter presentation from the Honors project Defense.
- Presentations can contain up to 8 PowerPoint slides and last up to 8 minutes in length.
- Submit recording to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Large files may need to be shared using Microsoft OneDrive and a shared link, rather than as an attachment.
Submit a final copy of the completed project to ScholarWorks by 12:00 PM on Monday of finals week during the semester in which you are enrolled.
- Faculty advisors must submit a final grade in their Faculty Center by 12:00 PM on the Monday of finals week.
- Earn an “A” for HNRS 4980 and HNRS 4990
Updated: 09/20/2023 12:20PM