CLASS 2017 This document outlines the standard timeline for honors students completing the senior honors project in sociology and criminal justice and is designed for students who are pursuing a four-year course of study. Students following nonstandard graduation timelines are expected to consult with the Honors Director about how this timeline can be adapted to fit their circumstances.
JUNIOR YEAR: SPRING SEMESTER
I. Initial Steps
By no later than February 15, 2016, every junior honors student should secure the agreement of a faculty member to serve as honors project mentor. A one-paragraph anticipatory abstract of the envisioned project should be submitted to the mentor.
II. Project Proposal
A project proposal should be prepared in consultation with the mentor and submitted by e-mail to Dr. Jennifer Staiger (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15, 2016. The project mentor should be copied on this e-mail.
The proposal must be 2–4 pages in length and should include the following elements:
Brief explanation of the relation between honors project and the senior majors project (if applicable)
If your proposed project deals with human participants or animals, a separate proposal must be submitted for approval to the Institutional Review Board prior to beginning your study. The necessary materials can be found at http://irb.robertkeefer.us.
The proposal will be reviewed and evaluated by the Honors Committee according to the following criteria:
Green Light: This means that the proposal has been judged acceptable by the committee. It has convinced the committee that the subject to be handled in the project is worthy of investigation, that the project can be brought to completion within the allotted time, and that the project is consistent with the mission of the university.
Yellow Light: If the committee is concerned that the subject to be handled in the project is not worthy of investigation, or that the project might not be able to be brought to completion within the allotted time, or that it conflicts with the university’s mission, the proposal will be given a yellow light. A yellow light will also be given if any of the elements specified above are missing or are inadequate in some way. In the case of a yellow light, a revised proposal should be submitted by the resubmission deadline (given below).
Red Light: If, in the judgment of the committee, the project as proposed is not viable, the proposal will be given a red light. In that case, if the student wishes to continue with the senior honors project, a completely re-worked proposal, perhaps on an entirely different topic, should be submitted by the resubmission deadline.
III. Resubmission (if necessary)
If the proposal has received a yellow or red light, a new or revised proposal, developed in response to the Honors Committee’s feedback on the original proposal, may be submitted. The new proposal should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Staiger (email@example.com) no later than April 15, 2016.The project mentor should be copied on this e-mail.
Special Advising Note: You must enroll in SOHP or CJHP 470 (3 credits) for the fall of the senior year. You will not be charged for this course, regardless of how many credits it gives you. SENIOR YEAR: FALL SEMESTER Students must be enrolled in SOHP or CJHP 470 (3 credits). An initial grade of “P” (pass) will be given upon completion of this course in December. The final grade for this course will be determined at the end of the spring semester on the basis of an overall evaluation of the competed project. At that time, the grade for SOHP/CJHP 470 will be changed to match the grade received for the spring-semester course (SOHP/CJHP 471).
I. Initial Progress Report
An initial progress report should be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Staiger (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 1, 2016. The project mentor should be copied on this e-mail.
The report must be at least five pages in length and should include the following elements:
Abstract or summary of the project
Tentative introduction to the paper or elaboration of the project based on the progress of summer research (2 page minimum)
Detailed plan of action (in outline form), including dates
Literature review (2 page minimum). Note: This is not simply a bibliographical listing but should contain some discussion of individual sources, including an indication of their usefulness for the project.
Where applicable, an explanation of the precise relation between the honors project and the senior project for the sociology (or criminal justice) major, detailing which work is intended to count toward the honors project and which toward the senior majors project (7 credits in total).
The progress report will be reviewed and evaluated by the Honors Committee according to the following criteria:
Green Light: In the judgment of the committee, the project is viable and consistent with the mission of the university; all the required elements for the report are present in adequate form. Work may proceed on the project.
Yellow Light: This means that the committee has concerns about the project described in the report while still finding it to be viable, or that one (or more) of the required elements is missing or is inadequate in some way. Students receiving a yellow light will be given the opportunity to submit a revised version of the report. Approval must be received from the Honors Committee before the final progress report can be submitted.
Red Light: In the judgment of the committee, the project described in the report is not viable. Work on the project should not proceed, and the student should withdraw from SOHP/CJHP 470.
You must enroll in SOHP/CJHP 471 (1 credit) for the spring semester. You will not be charged for this course, regardless of how many credits it gives you.
If you decide during the fall semester not to complete your honors project and to exit the Honors Program, you must withdraw from SOHP/CJHP 470 by the withdrawal deadline. Failure to withdraw by this date will result in a grade of “F” for SOHP/CJHP 470.
II.Final Progress Report (Rough Draft)
A final progress report should be submitted bye-mail to Dr. Staiger (email@example.com) by December 15, 2016. The project mentor should be copied on this e-mail.
The report should be arranged in two sections:
An abstract or executive summary of the project of no more than 200 words
A full rough draft (20–25 pages) of the project, in term paper form.
The project mentor must also send a “letter of confidence” to Dr. Staiger (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating (1) that the quantity of the work completed thus far is satisfactory and (2) that the project shows sufficient promise at this stage to warrant an expectation that the student will produce a final project worthy of public presentation at the SPARC Festival.
The final progress report and mentor’s letter will be reviewed by the Honors Committee, which will determine whether the project should proceed to the final stage. The report will be evaluated by the Honors Committee according to the following criteria:
Green Light: The committee believes the project can be brought to a successful conclusion in time for public presentation to the university community at SPARC.
Yellow Light: The committee has concerns about the project as described in the report while still believing that it can be brought to a successful conclusion in time for public presentation at SPARC. A yellow light will also be given if a required element is missing or inadequate. Students receiving a yellow light will be given the opportunity to submit a revised version of the report. Approval must be received from the Honors Committee before the project can proceed to the final stage.
Red Light: In the judgment of the committee, the project as presented in the report cannot reasonably be expected to be completed successfully in time for public presentation at SPARC. Work should not proceed on the project; the student must withdraw from the honors project and exit the Honors Program.
SENIOR YEAR: SPRING SEMESTER Students must be enrolled in SOHP or CJHP 471 (1 credit) during the spring semester. The grade for this course will be based on the mentor’s evaluation of the completed project (75%) and an evaluation of the public presentation (25%); the latter evaluation will be divided equally between the mentor and a member of the Honors Committee. The final grade assigned to SOHP/CJHP 471 will also be assigned retroactively to SOHP/CJHP 470, as described above.
I. Deadlines for revisions of Final Paper
A. Jan 15, 2017:mentor’s response (due to student)
The mentor will provide a thorough response to the rough draft.
B. April 18, 2017: presentation rehearsal
A rehearsal of the presentation with the mentor should occur no later than this date.
C. May 3, 2017:final version of paper due to mentor
II. Project Presentation / SPARC Festival: April 25-27
During this time, all senior honors students will present their projects to the Mount community. Presentations should last roughly 25 minutes, followed by a five-minute question and answer period. A podium, projector, computer, and screen will be available.
III. Final Paper Submission
The final paper must be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Staiger (email@example.com) in .pdf format by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017. The project mentor should be copied on this e-mail. Papers received after the deadline will be considered late. Late papers will be assessed a penalty of a 10% grade deduction.
IV. Senior Honors Banquet
At the Senior Honors Banquet, we will celebrate your success! Graduating seniors will receive certificates and medals for completing the Honors Program. Details about the date and time of the banquet will be announced as the date approaches.
Important Note: If you decide to withdraw from your honors project and the Honors Program during the spring semester, you must withdraw from SOHP/CJHP 471 by the withdrawal deadline. Failure to withdraw by this date will result in a grade of “F” for SOHP/CJHP 471.