Apply to Honors Research Experience


Honors Research Experience is for transfer students, sophomore, junior and senior students who want to complete an independent project in a specific field. It is open to all transfer students, sophomores, juniors and seniors meeting the admissions criteria; students do not have to complete Honors Foundation in order to complete Honors Research Experience.

Admission Quick Facts

Honors Research Experience is open to all transfer students, sophomore, junior and senior students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for students continuing Honors Foundation as well as new applicants to Honors Research Experience). Interested students will be required to submit an online application and identify a supervising faculty member. Faculty members will be asked to complete an online faculty form and submit an online letter of recommendation.

Application deadlines are November 1 for spring semester and March 15 for fall semester. Application should be submitted the semester before you plan to begin Honors Research Experience. In certain circumstances, an application may be considered past these deadlines.

Why Should I Complete Honors Research Experience?

Applying for graduate school or interviewing for your first career position is stressful, and it can be overwhelming to find creative ways to stand out among a stack of résumés. Honors Research Experience can help by providing you with the opportunity to build a bridge between your academic study and work in the field.

During Honors Research Experience, you will work closely with a faculty member who will help guide you through the construction your project. Along the way, you will encounter complexities inherent to non-structured academic tasks and learn to navigate them by setting your own schedule, taking initiative, and discovering resources within yourself. These experiences will help prime you for graduate work and make you more marketable for future career opportunities.

Along with the Honors Research Experience recognition on your transcript, completion of the Honors Program will provide you with an enriched undergraduate experience and help prepare you for the professional world.

During Honors Research Experience, you will complete the following courses:

Honors 301 (3 credit hours) *pre-requisite for Honors 401
Honors 401 (2-4 credit hours)

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How to Apply
NOTE: You do not have to complete Honors Foundation in order to complete Honors Research Experience.

Application deadlines are November 1 for spring semester and March 15 for fall semester. Application should be submitted the semester before you plan to begin Honors Research Experience. In certain circumstances, an application may be considered past these deadlines. 

> Attain a recommended cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for students continuing from Honors Foundation as well as new applicants for Honors Research Experience)

> Identify a St. Ambrose University faculty member who agrees to supervise your Honors Cumulative Experience (Honors 401). Meet with this faculty member and discuss ideas for your Honors Cumulative Experience. This will be your primary advisor for Honors 401.

> Prepare your essay for the student application and share this with your primary advisor.
Please attach a statement (2-4 pages) of intent addressing the following:

  • A clear description of the work that you intend to produce
  • Your motivations behind completing Honors II
  • A clear description of how you are qualified to carry out an independent scholarly project
  • The ways in which Honors II will help you achieve your goals in your major and in your career


> Complete the online student application

> Have your primary advisor complete the online faculty recommendation form

> For most Honors Culminating Experiences, one primary advisor is necessary. Though not required, you may identify a second advisor who would be willing to consult on the project as necessary. If the project is interdisciplinary, establish one main advisor and a secondary advisor, each representing a discipline in your Honors Culminating Experience. If you have a secondary advisor, ask him/her to complete a second online faculty recommendation form. If you do not have a secondary advisor, ask a second faculty member to submit a letter of recommendation.

Courses

What Is Honors 301?

Honors 301* focuses on the methods of inquiry and the role that research plays in different disciplines. 

In Honors 301, you will:

  • Read and critically analyze primary sources
  • Conduct a literature review
  • Begin preparing for your Honors culminating experience

*This course is a pre-requisite for Honors 401 and will assist you in developing a research proposal or scholarly project for Honors 401.

What Is Honors 401?

Honors 401: The Honors Project is the culmination of your undergraduate work. This project allows you to work closely with a faculty member to create a scholarly or creative project that builds on your knowledge and interest.

What this means exactly will vary from discipline to discipline. It could include a project demonstrating a mastery of a specific subject matter; a traditional independent research project; an art exhibition; a theater or dance performance; a marketing plan; a software program...the possibilities are endless!

For most Honors Project culminating experiences, one primary advisor is necessary. You may identify a second advisor who would be willing to consult on the project if necessary. If the project is interdisciplinary, establish one main advisor and a secondary advisor, each representing a discipline in your Honors Project. Honors 401 can be completed in your junior or senior year.

Honors 401 Presentation Rubric

Honors 401 Thesis Rubric

Honors Research Experience Course Schedule
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Junior Honors 301 (3 credits-WI)

*WI=Writing Intensive

(Fall or Spring)

Honors 301

(3 credits)

*WI

Junior or Senior Honors 401: Honors Thesis (2-4 credits). In consultation with a faculty mentor in their major, students will engage in scholarly research by developing a new idea through the formulation of theory and research, conducting a literature review, collecting data and analysis if appropriate, and articulating their conclusions in written form. In addition, the student will present their findings to a panel of faculty.

(Fall or Spring)

Honors 401

(2-4 credits)

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