The University of Wyoming Honors Capstone is an independent or collaborative undertaking involving research, creative, or entrepreneurial work that represents the culmination of your undergraduate studies. Most Honors students
complete their capstone projects in their senior year, though you may apply to do
The Honors capstone may be completed in your major or build on work in your major/
minor but also does NOT have to be related to your major or minor. All Honors students
will work on a significant capstone project while at UW. If they do this within their
home department, then Honors will accept the home-department project for the Honors
capstone as long as the capstone project meets the learning outcomes of the Honors
The Honors capstone project must be completed under the direction of a capstone mentor.
The capstone mentor can be anyone on faculty at the University of Wyoming or a member
of the community with relevant expertise related to your capstone project. Their role
as a mentor is to guide your project, provide feedback on your work, and attest the
project meets the requirements. If you are a capstone mentor, see our Guidelines for Capstone Mentors to learn more about how to support your students.
What problem do you want to solve? What interests you most?
What were the results of your project? What impact did it have on you or others?
Were the Honors Capstone Learning Outcomes met by your project?
Students will define a question that their project will address, responding to a problem, concern, or
need. (The project can be scholarly, creative, service-oriented, or entrepreneurial).
Students will develop a plan for carrying out the project that incorporates the following elements, as
appropriate to the nature of the project: relevant skills, methodologies, bodies of
knowledge, and field-specific and/or interdisciplinary conventions.
Students will analyze and interpret the material in their project, whether this be data, evidence, creative output, etc.
Students will engage in a process of sharing work with their mentor/s, receiving feedback, and incorporating
feedback in the development of the project.
Students will create a tangible product that demonstrates critical thinking and insight in responding
to the initial question.
Students will communicate their project at an Honors-approved venue (usually Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
Day) through an oral presentation addressing the nature and significance of the project,
as well as its implications/impact.
Students will reflect metacognitively on the project (i.e. articulate what they learned and how they grew
from doing the project).
Brainstorm an idea that has the potential to make an impact that is a research, creative,
community-engaged, or entrepreneurial project.
When choosing a pathway ask yourself the following question, "What kind of impact
do I want to make in the classroom, in the world, or in the community? How do I achieve
Choose a capstone mentor.
This could be any faculty mentor or a community member with relevant expertise that
agrees to mentor you.
Unsure who to ask? Meet with the Capstone Coordinators Joslyn Cassady and Tom Grant
by emailing email@example.com or explore our Capstone Community of Support.
Complete the Honors College Capstone Initiation Form.
After you submit the form, your proposal will automatically be emailed to your capstone
mentor for their approval.
Complete your Capstone Project.
Do you plan to graduate in the semester in which you complete your capstone? If so,
please complete the required "Intention to Graduate Form" which confirms for us that
you intend to complete your capstone project in time for graduation.
Present your Capstone Project in an Oral Presentation.
Completed project due to capstone mentor for review.
Your capstone mentor will use the Capstone Mentor Evaluation Form to evaluate your
project according to the Honors Capstone Learning Outcomes.
Dr. Joslyn Cassady and Dr. Tom Grant co-coordinate the Honors Capstone program. They assist and mentor students throughout
the entire process, from brainstorming ideas and helping students understand Honors
Capstone requirements to making the finishing touches on a Capstone project. Do you
need help getting started on your capstone project? Please reach out to Dr. Cassady
and Dr. Grant.
CAPSTONE CO-COORDINATORBiohonorscapstone@uwyo.edu Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cassady
Virtual appointments available.
CAPSTONE CO-COORDINATORBioGuthrie House 212 | firstname.lastname@example.org Schedule an appointment with Dr. Grant
In-person and virtual appointments available.
Examples of Capstones
Frequently Asked Questions
Meet our Capstone Community
Capstone Mentor Resources
University of Wyoming1000 E. University Avenue Laramie, WY 82071 Phone: (307) 766-1121