Intent statement/finding your topic

The purpose of the College of Human Sciences Honors Program Project Intent Statement form (doc) is to assist you in selecting your project topic and keep you on track for project completion and presentation.

Project topic

You are responsible for choosing a project topic. The topic should further your educational goals and relate to your career plans. You might choose a specific topic area within your major or relative to your major that you wish to explore more in depth. If there is a faculty member with whom you would like to work, they may be willing to work with you on a topic of mutual interest. You also currently may be involved in ongoing research in your field with a faculty member (or know of a faculty member conducting a larger research study). If this is true, there might be a part of the larger study that can become your honors project.

Finding a research project and faculty mentor

Take steps to find College of Human Sciences faculty with mutual research interests.

Step 1

Explore faculty interests.

  • Talk to College of Human Sciences faculty who you have enjoyed in class. Ask them what they are researching - maybe it will interest you, too.
  • Use the faculty directory to check out faculty profiles to see what their research interests are.
  • Make an appointment to talk to those faculty members whose research interests you share and ask whether they have research programs where you could assist.
    • - Talk to them about their current research and gain an understanding of the topic.

Step 2

Identify a faculty member to work with.

  • The following questions will help prepare you for searching for a project and adviser. 

    • Where am I headed? Do I intend to follow my degree with graduate school?
    • What are my interest areas?
    • How much time do I have to commit to this project?
    After meeting with faculty, determine who you may want to work with.
  • Politely ask them if they would supervise you as a faculty mentor for your project.
  • Complete the project intent form as early as possible to be sure you have enough time to complete the project.

Deadline

  • If you plan on presenting your poster in the fall, you need to submit your Project Intent Statement by September 21 of the academic year prior to the poster presentation.
  • If you plan on presenting your poster in the spring, you need to submit your Honors Project Statement of Intent form by February 21 of the academic year prior to the poster presentation.

Previous project advisers

Complete and submit the project intent form

  1. Complete the Project Intent Statement form (doc). Include several research questions. Remember, the College of Human Sciences Honors Committee is looking for projects that stretch your educational experience and will help you reach your education and career goals, including graduate school.
  2. Review the form with your adviser and get his or her signature. Your project adviser's signature verifies to the committee that the intent, scope, and time commitment of this project is considered scholarship in the field.
  3. Submit it to honors coordinator in 131 MacKay Hall.

Changes

If you change your project you must complete another Project Intent Statement form.

If your project adviser leaves Iowa State University, you will need to complete another Project Intent Statement form.