Honors Research Proposals
Guidelines for Submission
Date of Submission:
Research Proposals must be submitted to the Honors Program Committee
(through either Dr. Kerwin or Richards) by the last class day before
the Spring Break vacation. Grades are submitted at the end of the
Style of Proposal:
The Proposal will generally consist of 8-10 double-spaced
pages (~2,500 words) under the following format:
This page should contain a statement of the form below with your research advisor's original signature:
"I agree to supervise Mary Smith in carrying out the research project described in this proposal."
Prof. Ima Genius
Facilities & Source of Funds
Estimate of Research Timetable
References (This section is exclusive of the page and word limits)
In preparing your Proposal, please keep in mind the evaluation criteria
that the Honors Committee will be using, including the following:
Last Reviewed: July 1, 2008
- Is the proposal well written?
- Are there any typographical/grammatical errors ? (if so, indicate
these on the proposal for editing by the student)
- Is sufficient background information presented to put the proposed work in context?
- Is the proposal well referenced with up-to-date, relevant citations?
- Are the goals or specific aims clearly stated?
- Is the proposed work described in sufficient detail and does it address
the specific aims of the proposal?
- Do you think the proposed project is worthy of honors credit?
- Is the scope of the project appropriate for honors work?
- For projects in which the Honors Student is part of a group or
team working on the project, is the role of the Honors Student identifiable?
- Do you think the project can be completed in two semesters?
- Is the timetable provided reasonable?
- Is there a clearly indicated milestone(s) that could serve as stopping point(s) if
for some reason the project can not be completed in full?
- Has the student reported any preliminary results that would indicate the
feasibility of completing the work within the given timetable?