Types of Projects
Direct, Hands-On Research (lab, on-site, field)
The student's project may be based on the research of an off-campus advisor, or it may come out of research related to an internship or study abroad program.
- In many cases, the student works directly in a research laboratory, so that the project derives directly from the off-campus experience.
- The student completes the data collection and develops the thesis after returning to UM-Flint.
Internships, study abroad programs, and conferences
In the case of an internship, a study abroad program, or a professional conference, the topic of the student's thesis does not necessarily need to be related specifically to the focus of the actual off-campus experience.
- In these cases, students should choose a research topic in consultation with the advisor in the major and with the honors director. As long as the research topic is considered acceptable by the advisor and the honors director, it is a legitimate topic for the thesis.
- For example, a student in computer science may complete an internship using his or her computer skills but may select a topic that is related to computer science, but not specifically related to the off-campus study.
If the internship, study abroad program, or the conference permits, then material for the thesis project may be drawn directly from the off-campus experience.
- In some cases, for example, students undertake an internship that allows them access to particular records or data on which they can base a paper. One student researched tax fraud while working for a governmental organization that investigates such matters.
Foreign languages present a similar case to internships, study abroad programs, and conferences.
- The foreign language student in Honors generally undertakes a language study program in the target country in order to improve language skills.
- The off-campus experience is designed not to provide direct research or collection of data, but instead to provide the skills necessary to undertake a more advanced research project based the study of a foreign literature, or of a foreign culture.
- The thesis topic is choosen in consultation with the advisor in the major and the honors director.
The student may develop a creative work, such as a work of art, music, or literature, in conjunction with the off-campus experience.
- In this case, the off-campus experience may consist of a workshop in the student's field, a course of study, or work with an individual expert in the field.
- The creative work must be approved by both the advisor in the major and the honors director.
- The creative work substitutes for the written thesis, so that no formal written thesis is required.
Serious research projects agreed upon as appropriate by the Honors Advisor, the Honors Director and the Honors Council and conforming to the guidelines for off-campus safety.
Because of satefy concerns, no student may travel alone without a specific site, mentor, school, or other formal contact.