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Senior Honors Project

Honors Program

Senior Honors Project Information

Introduction to the Project

Every honors senior develops an independent project of research or creative activity – uniquely suited to their interests and their major – in order to graduate from the honors program.

Your project will be something you care about deeply, something you know very well, and something that represents you at your very best. Your topic may be Australian aborigines, N-scale locomotive engines, the ratings of mutual funds, gene splicing, or original settings of traditional hymns for a brass choir. Your audience will learn something new and interesting about our world and will see a knowledgeable, capable, articulate learner who is well prepared to take on new challenges.

It is important to get started early, so below are a series of instructions to help complete this project.


Getting Started

  • Identify your area of interest. This is typically a topic within your major, but is not a requirement.
  • Choose a mentor.
    • Your mentor should be a UW faculty member you know you can work well with.
    • Your mentor does not have to be from within the Honors Program, but they should be experts in your field.
  • Submit your Project Initiation Form to the Honors Office.
  • Identify a question, a problem, a gap in knowledge, an issue, or theme that your project will address.


Click here for a list of submissions from previous years to help give you an idea of a successful project in your field.


WHAT TO DO NEXT, Recommended guidelines.

  • Prepare a literature review and project proposal. This proposal should:
    • identify your question/problem
    • place it in the critical, scientific or creative conversation
    • state your methodology
    • outline the project
    • provide a calendar for the completion of its various stages
  • Start work on your project. Meet with your mentor regularly.
  • Complete a draft.
  • Prepare and practice your presentation.
  • Receive approval from your mentor, and have him/her complete the evaluation process:
    • Please have your mentor use one of the attached rubrics to guide their comments and evaluation and indicate where the project falls in the rubric (unsatisfactory, pass, high pass).  They may either email the completed rubrics and comments to or bring them to the Honors Office.
    • Creative Based Projects Rubric: Click Here
    • Research Based Projects Rubric: Click Here
  • Submit your project.  An upload link will be provided every semester for students to upload their projects to the UW Libraries Repository.





Get Started: 3 semesters before graduation.

Prepare Project Proposal: 2 semesters before graduation (includes research).

Revise, Practice: semester of graduation.


For more information regarding the Senior Honors Project (guidelines, suggested timeline, resources, and more), please go to the “Senior Project” module in the WyoCourses page for Honors juniors and seniors.


If you have any more questions about the project, please email us at, visit us at the Honors Red House (room 116), or contact your mentor.


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