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Students will complete a Senior Project most likely during the last two semesters of their program, though planning should begin during the Junior year. As of 2020, all Senior Projects will be completed in conjunction with an Honors Independent Study, which can be scheduled during any semester during our Junior or Senior year.

Though the timing of the Honors Independent Study may result in completing your project ahead of schedule, the Fall senior semester typically includes research, preparation, and partial drafts. The Spring senior semester includes completion of the work and presentation at the Ramapo College Honors Symposium and one outside conference if possible. Each student will select his/her own Faculty Sponsor who will guide the work. This sponsor will also be the Independent Study Professor. The student and Sponsor will also select one additional faculty Reader whose expertise is complementary to the Project. Students should consult with the Director during their Junior year in order to discuss selection of a Faculty Sponsor and the project proposal.

Your graduation with Honors depends upon the approval of your project by your Sponsor, Reader, and the Honors Director. Having a well-developed idea before the end of your Junior year ensures you have time during the summer and school year to complete the project.

A strong Senior Project represents the culmination of your college career, in which you have developed the skills to carry out advanced research or creative work in your discipline(s). It often makes an excellent writing sample to submit for publication or alongside graduate school applications, or a compelling example of your skills to discuss during job interviews.

Following is a year-by-year breakdown of the typical process:

First Year:

Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the Senior Project and what is involved in the process. The earlier you are aware of it and comfortable with the parameters, the easier it will be for you to complete. By the end of your first year, you should be narrowing the field in which you might conduct your research or creative work. You will also be invited to the Honors Lunch with a Professor each year. You should plan to attend and invite a professor you may be considering to be your sponsor. You should also attend the Honors Symposium in April to get a sense of what completed projects and presentations look like.

Sophomore Year:

Begin seriously considering what field of study you will choose for your Senior Project. By the end of your sophomore year, you should be well into the core of your major and thereby giving serious thought to which of your interests you would like to explore for your project. You should also have an idea of which semester you would like to schedule the Honors Independent Study. You should meet one-on-one with the Director at least once by the end of your sophomore year to discuss your progress in the Honors Program and ideas for your Senior Project. Should you choose to schedule the Independent Study Junior year, you will need to have chosen a sponsor and prepared the paperwork prior to the add/drop deadline of the semester in which you would like to schedule it. You might also have applied to an Honors conference (NRHC or NCHC) by this point or be planning to apply to a future conference. You should attend the Honors Symposium in April to get a sense of what completed projects and presentations look like.

Junior Year:

At this point, you might consider starting your Senior Project to offset the workload during your senior year. Most students will spend this year determining the subject of their project and then seek out a Faculty Sponsor. Your Senior Project Idea Form is due by October of Junior Year. You must submit a Senior Project Proposal Form by May 1 of your junior year. Should you choose to schedule the Independent Study Fall of Senior year, you will need to have chosen a sponsor and prepared the paperwork prior to the add/drop deadline of the Fall semester. For students graduating after May 2020, you will need to schedule thoughtfully to determine when to complete your 2-4 credit Honors Independent Study, which you and your faculty sponsor will design so as to significantly advance or even complete your senior project. Students completing an Independent Study must fill out a Contract for Honors Independent Study and an Independent Study Registration Form, which must be submitted to the Registrar’s office. You should also attend the Honors Symposium in April to get a sense of what completed projects and presentations look like.

Senior Year:

Most Honors students spend their senior year completing Senior Projects. The Honors Program requires that you develop a timeline with your advisors and adhere to it throughout the year. We will monitor check-ins with your Sponsor and Reader on a consistent basis and see to it that you’ve completed the Project Completion Form by the spring deadline. You will be required to give a brief oral presentation or present a poster of your research at the Symposium to your family, your peers, and the Ramapo faculty, staff, and administration. It is at this time that you will receive your Honors medal and certificate. It should also be noted that the Application for Graduation with College Honors is due by the end of January your senior year or the end of September if you are graduating in January.

For forms and documents related to the Senior Project and the Honors Independent Study, visit the Documents page.

Ramapo

Spring 2019

On our Eleventh Annual Symposium!

On April 3rd, 2019, the College Honors Program celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major.

Spring 2018

On our Tenth Annual Symposium!

On April 4, 2018, the College Honors Program celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major.

Spring 2017

On our Ninth Annual Symposium!

On April 5, 2017, the College Honors Program celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major.

Spring 2016

On our Eighth Annual Symposium!

On April 6, 2016, the College Honors Program celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major.

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To view the list of presentations, click here.This year we celebrated the work of 25 graduates in College Honors.

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(from left to right) Dr. Susan Hangen, Robert and Ann Hiden, Dr. Marta Vides. Robert and Ann Hiden were recognized for their tremendous generosity in contributing to the Honors Program Study Abroad initiative.

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Dr. Susan Hangen handing an Honors medal to new graduate Lauren Schmidt during the Regalia Ceremony.

Spring 2015

On our Seventh Annual Symposium!

On April 9, 2015, the College Honors Program celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major.

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To view the list of presentations, click here. This year we celebrated the work of 24 graduates in College Honors.

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President Peter Mercer (left) stands with new Honors graduate Gabe Makar (center) and his faculty sponsor, Dr. Joost Monen.

Spring 2014

On our Sixth Annual Symposium!

On April 9, 2014, the College Honors Program celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major.

 

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To view the list of presentations, click here. This year we celebrated the work of 10 graduates in College Honors.

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Dr. Peter Campbell with a student who has just received her Honors medal.

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The Executive Board gives a brief presentation before the Regalia Ceremony.

Spring 2013

On our Fifth Annual Symposium!

On April 10, 2013, the College Honors Program celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major.

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To view the list of presentations, click here. This year we celebrated the work of 18 graduates in College Honors.

Spring 2012

On our Fourth Annual Symposium!

On April 4, 2012, the College Honors Program celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major.

This year we celebrated the work of 28 graduates in College Honors.

Celebrating students – Provost Beth Barnett , Dr. Peter A. Campbell, Incoming Director 2012,
and Dr. Marta Vides Saade Director 2008-2012

The 2010-2012 Advisory Board celebrated the work of students and their faculty mentors on Senior Projects in the Major. Dr. Jacqueline Braun, Dr. Bernard Langer, Dr.William Frech, Dr. Marta Vides Saade, Dr. Bernard Roy, Prof. Edna Negrón and Dr. Art Felix.

Celebrating their work together – Ms. Karin Colquitt, Program Assistant and then- Director, Dr. Marta Vides Saade.