Honors project proposal
The College of Human Sciences Honors Project proposal process consists of two steps:
- Complete and turn in the CHS Honors Program Project Proposal form (doc).
- The honors committee will review all proposals after the deadline. Comments, suggestions, etc. will be emailed to you.
Your honors project proposal must be submitted and approved in a timely manner. It is important that you give yourself time to complete the project. You may be asked to make changes to your project proposal during the brief presentation. Therefore, it is important that you plan ahead!
- If you are participating in the University Honors Program Poster Presentation in the fall, you must submit your Project Proposal Form by February 21 of the prior academic semester.
- If you are participating in the University Honors Program Poster Presentation in the spring, you need to submit your Project Proposal Form by September 21 of the prior academic semester.
Project proposal form
Do not turn in (or sign) the Project Proposal form until you have read the following instructions:
Work with your project adviserWork closely with your project adviser to define your project before you write the project proposal. Many project proposals are not approved because of procedural or descriptive flaws, even though the proposal has the project adviser's signature.
Consider your audience
Write your proposal as if you were writing for a committee of faculty members outside your discipline who do not know anything about the area of work you are doing. In your description be sure to include all of the requested information.
Complete all of the proposal components
Complete in detail each of the proposal components. (The form must be typed.)
- Introduction: Explain how this project meets your goals as an honors student and how it relates to your major and/or career.
- Purpose and Learning Objectives: Explain the purpose of this project and what you hope to learn by doing it.
- Significance of the Project: Explain the background and why doing this project is important.
- Application of Results: Explain how the results of your project will be applied.
- Hypothesis or Research Question
- Procedures and Methods: Explain how you will approach/structure the project. Be specific.
- Assessment of Learning: Explain how you will evaluate what you learned from the project.
Part of larger project? If your project is part of a larger research effort, explain the larger project and its significance and clearly explain what your specific role or contribution will be. Make sure any bibliography you include is formatted properly in accordance with an accepted style sheet. Check your spelling! Explain all abbreviations or technical terminology.
Does your research involve human subjects? If your research involves human subjects (surveys, interviews, focus groups, research subjects), you will need to seek IRB (Institution Review Board) approval if you or your project adviser plan to publish or display your results outside the ISU campus. If your research is solely for your honors project and poster presentation, approval is not needed. If you have questions about the IRB role or process, talk to your adviser. Information on IRB requirements can be found on at the Office for Responsible Research site.
Submitting the proposal
The project proposal must be typed. Once everything is completed, have your project adviser sign the form, and then submit the proposal in both of the following ways:
- Submit the signed hard copy (with the necessary attachments) to Student Services in 131 MacKay.
- Submit the form and the attachments electronically to the Honors Coordinator listed on the Honors Committee page.
If you have any questions about the presentation or process, please see your departmental representative to the College Honors Committee.
Honors project presentation
The poster presentation is the culminating experience of your honors project. For specific information about the poster presentation, refer to the University Honors Program web site.
Posters are typically created using PowerPoint and printed at the CTLT (Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching) in N031 Lagomarcino Hall. CTLT charges a small fee. Up to $20 can be reimbursed by the University Honors Program.
The College of Human Sciences awards three $200 awards annually for outstanding posters and presentation. Posters are judged at each poster session (fall and spring) by members of the CHS Honors Committee and usually awarded in the late spring.