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Applying for the Honors Degree: The Capstone Project

Scholars apply for candidacy for the Honors Degree early in the senior year (November 1 for May graduates; March 1 for January graduates). To be approved as a candidate, a student must

  • be recognized as a Global Honors Scholar for at least three semesters
  • have completed one lab science course and one year of foreign language courses
  • have accumulated at least 9 hours of Honors credit
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher

At the time of application, the Honors Degree candidate proposes an honors
project or thesis. The project or thesis is subject to close supervision of
a faculty member and must be judged to be of exceptional merit by an examining

The Capstone Experience

Global Honors Scholars are frequently recognized for outstanding senior projects
such as these:

  • “Birds”: Fashion in Flight, Brecken Geiman
  • A Philosophical Argument for Genocide Intervention, McCall
  • Neuroendocrine Differentiation in a Cellular Model of Prostate
    Cancer Progression,
    Melissa Hankee
  • Disparities in the Utilization of Mammography Screening among
    Latina Women Age 40 and over in the Central Shenandoah Valley,
    Posadas Turrubiarte
  • Thin-Film Inductors in Power Converters, Marissa
  • PCR-Based Analysis of the Prevalence of Avian Malaria in Red-Eyed
    Vireos at Differing Latitudes,
    Dara Young
  • The Booker T. Washington Homework Program, Cheyenne