Best Practices in Developing an Honors Proposal
Congratulations on considering an honors contract. Here is a simple suggestion and a few thoughts to assist you in being “committee” approved with the initial submission.
The committee decision will be based upon your description of each of the following components - which are included on the honor proposal/contract. A complete answer to each of these components creates a very positive outcome.
- The research focus, process, and level of critical analysis;
- How the project is different from traditional classroom expectations;
- The faculty mentoring component;
- The learning objectives;
- The type and length of project and how/if the results are shared with others (paper, presentation, publication, community involvement/service, etc.)
- The # and type of resources to be used;
A Few Thoughts:
- Typing your proposal/contract is not required but VERY much appreciated.
- If you have multiple outcomes stated in your proposal/contract, (a paper and a presentation, for example) ALL components must be successfully submitted before honors credit will be awarded. If it is in the proposal/contract, a partial submission does not equal honors credit. So, be sure and ask yourself if the outcome is reasonable.
- If your proposal/contract is a presentation or power-point, specify when you will see/hear the presentation before it is presented to the class… proposing a class presentation as a contract should include a time that you will pre-approve the presentation before the honors candidate presents to your class.
- The best proposed contracts “name” the faculty mentoring piece. How often will you meet with the student? State the deadline date of the project.
- An added layer of approval through the IRB committee will be necessary if the honor proposal/contract includes a survey/questionnaire. Be sure to attach the survey/questionnaire and the populations/classes which will be included in the research to your proposal.
Have fun! Think outside the box. You are cultivating excellence!