Honors Projects Process for Faculty


 Procedures for the Project Supervisor, the Honors Project Committee, the University Reader, and the Library Consultant

The student and the Project Supervisor may appeal to the Honors Committee for exceptions from these guidelines and policies. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

PROJECT SUPERVISOR:

Initiating the Honors Project

  1. The Project Supervisor verifies the student's eligibility for an Honors Project
  2. Obtain the first semester syllabus from the website (See Syllabus here) and adapt it to the student's project being sure to include a week-by-week plan.
  3. The Project Supervisor, working closely with the student, helps select a Project Committee.
  4. The Project Supervisor helps the student create an Honors Course Registration Form (Found at http://www.etbu.edu/Forms/ under "Registrar"). The student will take this form along with a syllabus for the course to the Registrar's Office in order to register for the course.

Semester I

  1. The Supervisor, in cooperation with the student, establishes meeting times and deadlines throughout the semester.
  2. The Supervisor works closely with the student to write a proposal and determine if a Library Consultant will be required.
  3. The Project Supervisor submits the proposal to the Honors Committee for approval by April 15 (spring terms) or November 15 (fall terms). See information at the end of this document for proposal requirements.
  4. The Honors Committee will complete its review and notify the Project Supervisor when the project is approved. This will be done within one month of the project's submission.
  5. The Project Supervisor submits a semester grade (scale of A-F) to the registrar's office.
  6. The Project Supervisor will be paid $125 per semester of enrollment at the end of the academic year if his or her contract load is met.

Semester II

  1. The Supervisor verifies that the student is still eligible to pursue an Honors Project.
  2. The Supervisor prepares the second semester syllabus and gives it to the student.
  3. The Supervisor, in cooperation with the student, establishes meeting times and deadlines throughout the semester.
  4. The Supervisor works closely with the student until the project is completed.
  5. The Project Supervisor submits a semester grade (Scale of A-F) to the registrar's office.
  6. The Project Supervisor will be paid $125 per semester of enrollment at the end of the academic year if contract load is met.

Semester III

  1. The Supervisor verifies that the student is still eligible to pursue an Honors Project.
  2. The Supervisor prepares the third semester syllabus and gives it to the student.
  3. The Supervisor, in cooperation with the student, establishes meeting times and deadlines throughout the semester.
  4. Once the student and Supervisor determine that the project paper is nearing completion, the Supervisor distributes one copy of the completed paper to each member of the Project Committee. This draft is due April 1st (spring terms) or November 1st (fall terms).
  5. The Supervisor continues to work closely with the student until the project is completed.
  6. The Project Supervisor submits a semester grade (Scale of A-F) to the registrar's office.
  7. The Project Supervisor will be paid $125 per semester of enrollment at the end of the academic year if contract load is met.

Semester IV

  1. The Supervisor verifies that the student is still eligible to pursue an Honors Project.
  2. The Supervisor prepares the third semester syllabus and gives it to the student.
  3. The Project Supervisor will ensure that content of the paper receives a grade (scale A-F) from the Project Committee by February 1st (spring terms) or September 1st (fall terms).
  4. If the project passes with corrections, the Project Supervisor will assist the student with the corrections specified by the Project Committee.
  5. After all content related corrections are completed the Supervisor will submit the paper to the University Reader for grammar and form approval prior to February 15th (spring terms) or September 15th (fall terms) and a presentation may be scheduled (if required).
  6. The Supervisor receives corrections from the University Reader and sends them to the student by March 15th (spring terms) or October 15th (fall terms)
  7. The Supervisor will assist the student in making any corrections specified by the University Reader and will submit the completed paper to the Project Committee by April 1st (spring terms) or December 1st (fall terms).
  8. At midterm and at the end of the semester, the Project Supervisor submits a grade (Scale of A-F) to the registrar's office.
  9. The Project Supervisor will be paid $125 per semester of enrollment at the end of the academic year if contract load is met.
  10. The Project Supervisor assists in "hooding" the Honors Student at graduation.

HONORS PROJECT COMMITTEE:

Semester I

  1. The Project Committee is made up of three ETBU faculty members including the Project Supervisor. No more than two of the three should be members of the department associated with the project.
  2. In consultation with the student, the Project Supervisor selects the Project Committee. The Project Committee is approved by the Honors Committee as part of the proposal which is submitted April 15th (spring terms) or November 15th (fall terms).
  3. The Committee members sign the project proposal indicating their willingness to participate in this project by April 15th (spring terms) or November 15th (fall terms).
  4. Members of the Project Committee meet with the student as needed. They serve as consultants, readers, and research advisors throughout the process.

Semester II

  1. Members of the Project Committee meet with the student as needed. They serve as consultants, readers, and research advisors throughout the process.

Semester III

  1. Members of the Project Committee meet with the student as needed. They serve as consultants, readers, and research advisors throughout the process.
  2. Once the student and Supervisor determine that the project paper is nearing completion, each member of the Honors Project Committee receives one copy of the project to be graded. This draft is due April 1 (spring terms) or November 1 (fall terms).

Semester IV

  1. The Committee will read and grade the paper for content (scale A - F) and return it to the Supervisor by February 1st (spring terms) or September 1st (fall terms).
  2. The Project Committee must approve all projects for content with a grade of "A" prior to submission to the University Reader.

UNIVERSITY READER:

  1. The University Reader is appointed by the Honors Committee.
  2. The University Reader receives the Honors Project on or before February 15th (spring terms) or September 15th (fall terms).
  3. The Reader provides a list of corrections and designates each paper as approved or approved pending corrections.
  4. The Reader then returns the project to the Project Supervisor for corrections to be completed by March 15th (spring terms) or October 15th (fall terms).
  5. At the end of the year, the University Reader will be paid $50 per Honors Project graded (if contract load is met). The Chair of the Honors Committee will notify Academic Affairs to initiate payment.

LIBRARY CONSULTANT:

  1. A Library Consultant will be assigned to projects if necessary.
  2. The Library Consultant's primary purpose will be to assist the student with intensive research required for the project.
  3. Students will have extended check out times for research materials.

Prior to registrationSemester IAscertains that student is registered in xxxx 3190

  • Meets with student and/or other committee members.
  • Submits proposal to Honors Committee

Timeline for Project Supervisor

Semester

Registering

Duties

Date Due

Initiating the Project

 
  • Verifies the student's eligibility
  • Obtains the first semester syllabus from the website and adapts it to the student's project
  • Helps select a Project Committee

As necessary

April 15 or November 15

Semester II

Ascertains that student is registered in xxxx 3191

  • Meets with student and/or other committee members.

As necessary

Semester III

Ascertains that student is registered in xxxx 4190

  • Meets with student and/or other committee members.
  • Distributes one copy of the completed paper to each member of the Project Committee to be graded

As necessary

April 1 or November 1

Semester IV

Ascertains that student is registered in xxxx 4191

  • Receives graded project from the Project Committee
  • Gives corrections to student
  • Submits corrected and completed project to University Reader
  • Receives corrections from University Reader and gives corrections to student
  • Submits completed and corrected project to Honors Committee

Beginning of the semester

February 1 or September 1

February 15 or September 15

March 15 or October 15

April 1 or November 1

Proposal Requirements:

The formal written proposal should include the following:

  • Review of literature or annotated bibliography.
  • As applicable within discipline, one of the following:
    • Hypothesis
    • Research question
    • Thesis statement.
  • Project overview (as applicable within discipline) including:
    • Methods of research.
    • List and description of research materials.
  • Outline of the structure and presentation of the final (as applicable within discipline).
    • Include the scope of paper.
    • Include plans for performance or presentation.
  • Project Committee - Names with signatures.
  • Human Subjects Research Review Committee Approval (if applicable) – Names with signatures
  • Dean's signature - indicating support for the faculty member supervision assignment and the requisite load assignment.

Notes:

  • Of the four terms of directed study, three must be either spring or fall terms.
  • Appeals for exceptions must be made to the Honors Committee.
  • If the student fails to meet the deadlines or expectations of the Committee, the student will be dropped from the program.
  • If the student drops from the program, he/she may be allowed to enroll in a directed study in a subsequent term if the student wishes to complete the project. The supervising faculty must agree. Any student dropped for failing to meet deadlines or expectations, whether they finish the project or not, will not be eligible for recognition at the commencement ceremonies.