honors program

300 Lippitt Hall, 5 Lippitt Rd., Kingston, RI 02881

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University Honors Program

Honors Project

The Honors Project offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a research and creative endeavor of mutual interest. This arrangement fosters intellectual growth and provides the capstone experience for students completing the Honors Program requirements. Students present their completed projects at the annual Honors Undergraduate Conference. For students graduating in December, special arrangements are made to give them an opportunity to present their projects. Grant funding for projects is available through the Honors Program and Office of the Provost on a competitive basis and for selected topic areas.

Holly Krohn presents her Honors Project during Research Day 2009

For their Honors Projects, students have produced videos; mounted photography, sculpture, and art exhibits; written poetry manuscripts and scientific papers; practiced nursing in the Dominican Republic; done field research in California and explored topics from hunger to the unsolved mystery of the yawn. A complete description of the project requirements can be found in the Honors Project Handbook. Be sure to look at the abstracts linked below for great ideas and inspiration!

Before you can start working on your Honors Project, you must download, complete, and submit a hard copy of the Honors Proposal and Application to the Honors Program Office in Lippitt Hall, Room 300

Review the following resources for more information:

Contact Us

General inquiries:

Honors Director:
Lynne Derbyshire, 401.874.4732

Associate Director:
Cheryl Foster, 401.874.4022

Associate Director:
Carolyn Hames, 401.874.2813

Assistant Director:
Kathleen Maher, 401.874.5875

Program Coordinator:
Deborah Gardiner, 401.874.2303

Program Specialist:
Caitlin Green, 401.874.9483

Honors Lecturer/Advisor:
Nancy Caronia, 401.874.2267

Pre-Health Lecturer/Advisor:
Brian Clinton, 401.874.2576


Morgan Breene, '14, an Anthropology and History major who earned a highly prestigious Marshall Scholarship to continue her studies of underwater archaeological sites in the UK. (Watch this short video to learn more!)

Alyssa Neill, '14, a Nutrition & Dietetics major and Honors student was one of only 61 juniors nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship in 2013. Selected for her academic achievement, leadership ability and commitment to a career in public service, Alyssa received a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study, attended a Truman leadership institute, and has joined the ranks of a global network of Truman Scholars.

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