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Honors Independent Research Proposal


What is Honors Independent Research?

Honors Independent Research allows students to engage in research, creative activities or in-depth study of a specialized topic under the direction of a faculty sponsor. It is very important that the Honors Independent Research course provides an Honors academic experience that does not easily fit with traditional course work or goes beyond it in some significant way.

Honors Independent Research may be taken as a lower-level (HON 203) or upper-level (HON 303), depending on the needs and experience of the student and sophistication of the research. Honors Independent Research may also be taken for 1 to 3 credit hours, based on similar considerations.

Honors Independent Research may be used to prepare for the CE/T, but it cannot count as CE/T hours. Honors Independent Study will count as a lower or upper-division Honors elective.


How do I create and enroll in an Honors Independent Research class?

As Honors Independent Research will only count as elective Honors hours and will not count towards your major or minor, you need to be sure that you have the right academic needs for structured independent research. If you believe that you do, you should discuss these needs with a faculty member in your area of interest to gauge the potential benefit of this research/activity for your overall academic/career goals.

If you move forward with your project, then this faculty member will likely become your Faculty Director for the Honors Independent Research course. You will need to develop with your Faculty Director the specific topic, project, goals, method of evaluation and other information that will be part of your syllabus. Please see the Honors Independent Research Application for the specific information required.

You should also meet with the Honors College Academic Adviser to discuss how Honors Independent Research hours affect your plan for completing the Honors College curriculum. As you meet with your Faculty Director and Honors College Academic Adviser, discuss whether you should enroll for one, two, or three hours. These choices will be determined by the complexity of the proposed project and by the time you are planning to devote to the project.


What is the deadline to submit the Honors Independent Research Application?

Students should contact the Honors College's Academics Director during the priority registration period to begin the application process to enroll in an Honors Independent Research course for the following semester. The application form with all required information and signatures must be submitted to the Honors College one week prior to the last day to enroll in a course in the given semester you would like to enroll in the Honors Independent Research course. This deadline for each semester will be on the Honors College website and will be sent to all students via their campus email.


Download the Independent Research Proposal Form

Mahurin Honors College at WKU

CE/T Forms and Resources


After you have read the handbook and have spoken with your research project mentor, you can now begin the CE/T process.  These forms are in the order that you will need them.  Start with the CE/T Proposal Form. 


CE/T Proposal Form

This form is turned in to begin the CE/T process. You will not be permitted to register for HON 403 or HON 404 until you have an approved proposal form on file with the Mahurin Honors College.


CE/T Notification of Intent to Defend Form

Submit this form within the first two weeks of the semester you will defend. The NID form tells the Mahurin Honors College that you will defend by finals of that semester and that you are ready to be assigned a third reader.


CE/T Document Template

Please use this template for writing and formatting your CE/T document. Any questions regarding the template can be send to cet.advisor@wku.edu.


CE/T Draft Approval Form

The Draft Approval Form is turned in to the Mahurin Honors College two weeks prior to the defense date with a digital copy of your CE/T draft sent to  CE/T Advisor (cet.advisor@wku.edu). All three readers and the Mahurin Honors College will receive a digital copy of your CE/T draft. The first and second readers sign this form telling the Mahurin Honors College that your CE/T is ready to defend. You will also attach documentation of your approved conference presentation to the Draft Approval Form. You should allow all of your readers two weeks to review your CE/T draft before your defense.

No CE/T defenses will be scheduled during the last week of classes or finals week.


CE/T Final Evaluation Form

This form should be filled out by the student, printed and taken to the defense. At the defense, the CE/T committee will fill out the form and a member from the CE/T committee will bring the form to the Mahurin Honors College.


CE/T Personal Copy Printing

All professional printing and bindery services of CET's are provided online by The HF Group.  This can be done only after we have reviewed and finalized your document. You can request the finalized electronic copy of your project by sending an email to honors@wku.edu . The cost is $18 per book plus $0.06 per page printing charge (black & white only). Shipping and color printing are additional charges. More information can be obtained from the HF Group website. You can upload the file at http://wku-grad-studies.thesisondemand.com/ and place your order. 

Typically, the Mahurin Honors College uses #182 Red for the book cover and white for the text color.  Font on the cover is in uppercase. The first name, last name, defense year, and the department are typically printed on the spine of the book. This information is included in the special notes section as - V: First Name Last Name Defense Year, V: Department.  The paper color/type is 60# white and is printed single sided. Please note that students are free to print according to their preferences.


CE/T TopScholar Copyright Form

This form should be filled out, signed and delivered to the Mahurin Honors College by the student after the defense, when the final draft is ready. This form allows us to publish the CE/T on WKU's Library server, TopScholar.


CE/T Final Submission Form

This form should be submitted online to the Mahurin Honors College. It allows us to know that the project draft has been reviewed and finalized for updating on TopScholar and is ready for printing. This form also serves as a final "checklist" for the student.


CE/T Third Reader Roles

PowerPoint tutorial on the responsibilities of third readers.


CE/T Evaluation Rubric

The rubric by which student CE/T projects will be evaluated.


CE/T of the Year Nomination Form

This form should be filled out by the student turned into the project advisor who will then submit the form along with a letter of support to Dr. Keller.

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