What are Honors Projects?

The faculty of Lawrence University grants honors at graduation both to encourage students to do superior academic work and to recognize superior performance. Those who have completed significant independent projects may submit their work for evaluation for Honors in Independent Study.

Honors Projects are coherent programs of independent work carried out by students, usually in their senior year, on subjects or problems of more than ordinary difficulty in areas that they have studied in considerable depth, usually in their majors or closely related areas. An Honors Project may also be a work of creative, visual or performing art.  Successful Honors Projects received Latin Honors in Independent Study at graduation in three grades: cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude.  These levels are awarded by vote of the faculty acting on the recommendation of the university Committee on Honors. Honors are indicated in the Commencement program and on official transcripts.

Summary of Deadlines, Spring, 2020


Spring Term, Week 1

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4:30 pm in the Seeley G. Mudd Library Rm. 401: Spring term Honors Roundtable, an informational meeting arranged by the Honors Committee and intended to provide information for students currently working on honors projects and juniors contemplating honors projects in their senior year.

Anyone who is planning to defend an Honors project this year and cannot attend is encouraged to contact Professor Powell (antoinette.powell@lawrence.edu). There will be a roundtable early in the Fall, 2020 term for people planning to defend their projects in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Friday, April 3, 2020 (by 3:00 PM): If you wish to defend your Honors Project in the Spring, 2020 term, a signed copy of the Statement of Intent Form must be submitted to Prof. Antoinette Powell in the Seeley G. Mudd Library, room 116 (first floor.)

Spring Term, Week 6

Monday, May 4, 2020 (by 11:55 PM): The final version of the projects loaded into the Honors Moodle page. Advisors and members of the examining committees will have access to these projects to download/print them.

Spring Term, Weeks 7-8

Monday, May 11 through Sunday, May 24, 2020: Oral examinations are scheduled.

Spring Term,  Week 9

by Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Advisers have returned the Committee Signature Page and also the Committee Report signed by all examiners and detailing the findings of the Honors Examination Committee to Prof. Powell. Representatives of the Honors Committee have returned evaluation reports on oral examinations to Prof. Powell.

Friday May 29, 2020: Honors Committee meets to determine/approve levels of honors. As soon as this meeting has been held, the Honors Committee will inform advisers of its actions, give them permission to inform candidates of the Committee's recommendations, and permission to discuss with each candidate the strengths and weaknesses of his/her or her project, paper, and oral exam.

Spring Term, Week 10

Wednesday June 3, 2020: (between 1 and 3 p.m.) Students deposit paper copies of the projects with Prof. Powell in the Library. This good, clean, single-sided copy of the written portion is to be unbound. It may be submitted in a campus mail envelope or any other clasp envelope. Any accompanying material (images, audio or data discs, music scores, etc.) must also be included. Students will also upload their Honors Projects into Lux, Lawrence University's institutional repository.

Spring Term, Exam Week

Friday, June 12, 2020: Honors Committee meets to determine/approve levels of Honors in Course.