The Honors Program has limited funds available to support research and scholarly activities of honors students. Requests may be made by faculty mentors for costs that they sustain in supporting a student’s honors thesis research, and by honors students for costs directly related to research, presentation or publication of their honors thesis.
These awards are also distinct from Summer Research support that may be given to pre-frosh, first year, and sophomore students. It is assumed that juniors and seniors conducting summer research are working on their thesis, unless otherwise demonstrated, and any requests for support will come from one of the following accounts.
Faculty Mentor’s Thesis Research Expenses
Awards of up to $500 will be made on a competitive basis to faculty members who are supervising a student conducting honors thesis research. The number and amount of awards given will vary according to availability of funds, which will be announced each semester. Mentors may submit requests over multiple semesters but may not receive more than $500 for each student mentored. Mentors may submit multiple requests for support, one for each student, and these may be combined, but are not to exceed a cumulative total of $1500 per year. Mentors must submit the appropriate form justifying the expenditure by the deadline announced each semester. Typical expenses include materials and equipment essential to the research project that are not covered by other research grants.
Student’s Research and Scholarly Expenses
Awards of up to $500 will be made to honors students for scholarly activities including honors thesis research, travel to professional conferences, and other forms of academic enhancement. Priority will be given to support of thesis research and related activity, and to students in their junior or senior year. Awards will be made on a competitive basis according to availability of funds, which will be announced each semester. Students may submit multiple requests for support not to exceed a cumulative total of $500. They must submit the appropriate form documenting the expense and justifying the expenditure by the deadline announced each semester. Typical expenses include travel and lodging, compensation for research subjects (gift cards not cash), software, specialized equipment, video or audio tapes, conference fees, and materials.
Faculty and students must complete a "Request for Financial Support" form and submit it to the Honors Program by the announced deadline each semester. The form may be used for reimbursement of costs already incurred or for purchase of items by the Honors Program on behalf of the mentor or student. Please keep all original receipts for payments in order to facilitate processing of reimbursements and accurate bookkeeping.