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, 2021


Spring Term, Week 1

There will be no Spring term Honors roundtable.

Anyone who is planning to defend an Honors project this term is encouraged to contact Professor Antoinette Powell (antoinette.powell@lawrence.edu).

Friday, April 2, 2021 (by 3:00 PM): If you wish to defend your Honors Project in the Spring, 2021 term, a signed paper copy of the  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 antoinette.powell@lawrence.edu. Ask your Honors advisor to also email confirmation that he/she has approved your project or sign the form electronically..


Spring Term, Week 6

Monday, May 3, 2021 (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 10 through Sunday, May 23, 2021: Oral examinations are scheduled.



Spring Term,  Week 9

by Wednesday, May 26, 2021: 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 28, 2021: 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.



Exam Week

Friday, June 11, 2021: Honors Committee meets to determine/approve levels of Honors in Course.


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