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Senior Honors Project

The Honors College

What your Honors Project should demonstrate:

  • Your ability to complete a significant independent project
  • Your ability to locate and evaluate information
  • Your ability to think critically
  • Your ability to situate your work in the appropriate critical, creative, and ethical conversations
  • Your ability to communicate your ideas effectively in both a written project and an oral presentation

Successful Honors Projects come in many shapes and sizes but they all should:

  • Display a high level of knowledge, creativity and intellectual ability in a specific area (usually related to your major).
  • Be conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.
  • Represent effort equivalent to a least three credit hours of independent study (using the standard 3 hours outside of class for every hour in class, this means that you should plan on spending about 12 hours a week on this project over the course of a semester).
  • Have a substantial written component (typically 30 to 40 pages).
  • Be presented publicly, either at Fall Semester’s Honors Round Table or Spring Semester’s Undergraduate Research Day.

How to get started:

  • Identify your area of interest. This should be something you are passionate about.  Typically, your topic stem from the course work in your major, but it does’t have to.  However, you will need to have sufficient course work in or knowledge of your chosen field to have the tools needed to complete a significant project.
  • Identify a mentor. Your mentor should be an expert in your chosen field who you are comfortable working with. 
  • Complete this initiation form online: Initiation Form
  • Have your faculty mentor complete this form online: Faculty Mentor Inititation Form
  • Read previous projects in your field; this will give you an idea of what a successful Honors Project in your field looks like.
  • Begin your research (if you are working on a creative project this step will look a little different; but remember that you will need to place your original work in its historical and contemporary context).
  • Identify a question, a problem, a gap in knowledge, an issue or theme that your project will address.


  • 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, and provide a calendar for the completion of its various stages.
  • Get to work. Meet regularly with your mentor for feedback.
  • Complete a draft of the project in plenty of time to conduct significant revisions.
  • Prepare and practice your presentation’
  • Polish your project.
  • Get your mentor’s final approval and have him/her fill out the project rubric form.
  • Turn your project in through UWYO Libraries Repository.


Suggested Timeline

  • Three semesters before graduation: By the end of this semester identify a topic and a mentor (keep in mind that if you want to apply for summer research funding these deadlines will be in February and March.) Turn your project initiation form into the Honors Program Office. If your project requires IRB approval, now is the time to do it.
  •  The Semester before you plan to graduate: With your mentor’s guidance begin your research and focus your project. Turn in a literature review and proposal by the end of this semester or the very beginning of Spring Semester.
  • The semester you plan to graduate:
    • Register for an Honors or Departmental independent study (if desired).
    • Meet with your mentor regularly to go over your work. You should be producing drafts of your project.
    • By 5 weeks before the end of the semester: have completed any research and laboratory work and a draft of your entire project.
    • Over the next 5 weeks, REVISE your written project and prepare your presentation.
    • End of the semester: Undergraduate Research Day or Honors Round Table
    • Finals week:  Make your final revisions.  Ask your mentor to fill out and turn in the assessment form. 
    • Turn your completed project into the Honors Program
Contact Us

The Honors College

Guthrie House

1200 Ivinson St.

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-4110

Fax: 307-766-4298


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