The faculty of Lawrence University grants honors at graduation to recognize and encourage superior academic work. 

What are Honors Projects?

Honors Projects are well organized and purposefully designed independent projects that examine challenging subjects or problems with considerable depth. They may also be a work of creative, visual, or performing art.

If you are considering an Honors Project, it will usually be completed during your final year at Lawrence.

How are Honors Projects recognized?

If you successfully defend an Honors Project, at graduation you will be awarded Latin Honors in Independent Study at one of the following levels:

  • cum laude
  • magna cum laude
  • summa cum laude

Levels are awarded by vote of the faculty with recommendation of the Honors Committee.

Honors are also indicated in the Commencement program and on your official transcript.

Spring Term 2022 Deadlines

Friday, April 1, 2022 (by 3 p.m.)
A signed, paper copy of your Statement of Intent form must be submitted to Prof. Antoinette Powell in the Seeley G. Mudd Library, room 116 (first floor). 

If you cannot submit the paper form, you may email it to Ask your Honors advisor to also email confirmation that they have approved your project or sign the form electronically.

Monday, May 2, 2022 (by 11:55 p.m.)
The final version of your project must be uploaded to the Honors Canvas site. Advisors and examining committees will download your project for review.

Monday, May 9 through Sunday, May 22, 2022
Oral examinations are scheduled.

By Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Advisors must return Committee Signature Page and Committee Report, with signatures from all examiners and detail findings of the Honors Examination Committee to Prof. Antoinette Powell.

Representatives of the Honors Committee must return evaluation reports on oral examinations to Prof. Powell.

Friday, May 27, 2022
Honors Committee meets to determine and approve level of honors. After meeting, Committee will inform advisors of its actions. Your advisor will inform you of recommendations, and discuss strengths and weaknesses of your project, paper, and oral exam.

Friday, June 10, 2022
Honors Committee meets to determine and approve level of Honors in Course. If you've earned Honors in Independent Study, submit the final version of your project via OneDrive before the end of the term.


If you are planning to defend an Honors Project this term, you are encouraged to contact Prof. Antoinette Powell, Chair of the Committee on Honors, with any questions or concerns.

Past Honors Projects

All Honors Projects created since 2011 are archived digitally in Lux, the digital home for scholarly and creative works of Lawrence students, faculty, and staff. Access to these projects (available on open web, on-campus only, or embargoed) is determined by the authors. 

Honors Projects from 1970 to 2011 are microfilmed and housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Library, first floor microfilm area. Most earlier projects are available in University Archives.

Bibliographic descriptions of all Lawrence University Honors Projects can be found the library catalog. Search for "honors paper" or "honors projects".