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, Fall, 2020


Fall Term, Week 1

Friday, September 18, 2020 (by 3:00 PM): If you wish to defend your Honors Project in the Fall, 2020 term, a signed paper copy of the Statement of Intent must be submitted to Honors Chair Antoinette Powell, Mudd Library, room 116. If you cannot submit a paper copy. please complete the form electronically, including your Honors project advisor's signature, and email it to antoinette.powell@lawrence.edu.

Fall Term, Week 6

by Monday, October 19, 2020 (by 11:55 PM): The final versions of the projects are submitted via the Honors Moodle page. Advisors and members of the examining committees will have access to these projects to download/print them.

Fall Term, Weeks 7 and 8

Monday, October 26 through Sunday, November 8, 2020: Oral examinations are scheduled.

Fall Term, Week 9

by Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Advisers have returned their reports detailing the findings of the Honors Examination Committee and signed by all examiners (if members of the examining committee wish) to Prof. Powell. Representatives of the Honors Committee have returned evaluation reports on oral examinations to Prof. Powell.

Fall Term, Week 10 Monday, November 16, 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 to discuss with each candidate the strengths and weaknesses of his/her project and oral exam.


Students who have earned Honors in Independent study submit the final versions of the projects via OneDrive before the end of the term.