Community College of Rhode Island

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Contact Information

Dr. Lynne Andreozzi Fontaine
Psychology Dept.
Knight Campus
Room 3093
Tel: 401-825-2222
landreozzifont@ccri.edu

Dr. Karen Kortz
Physics Dept.
Website Content Manager
Flanagan Campus
Room 1374
Tel: 401-333-7443
kkortz@ccri.edu

Honors FAQs

General Information

Am I eligible?

At the beginning of each semester, emails are sent to each eligible student. The requirements are 12 credit hours and a GPA of 3.25. If you do not meet these requirements but wish to do an Honors project, you may talk to a faculty member and see if they will recommend you, and you can do a project.

How do I participate?

Approach a faculty member (one with which you are currently taking a course) about doing an Honors Project with them. Together, determine the scope and depth of the project, fill out an Honors Application, get the chairperson's signature, and turn it in to an Honors Coordinator. During the semester, work on your project and complete it, and your faculty advisor will give you a grade.

What are the deadlines?

The deadlines for the application and for dropping the Honors Section are given in Deadlines.

Why should I participate?

The best answer is personal satisfaction. Completing an Honors Project will enhance your education at CCRI and allow you to work with members of the faculty who you normally wouldn't be able to work with. It won't hurt your transcript either, since all Honors Courses are listed on your transcript. Participating in the Honors Program will enhance your transfer appeal to other universities. In addition, if you complete four Honors Projects, you become an Honors Program Graduate, an honor recognized at graduation and during the awards ceremony, and noted on your transcript (and it looks good on your resume!). Also, participating in the Honors Forum will give you similar benefits.

Can I do an Honors Project in any of my classes?

Yes! You can do an Honors Project in any class that you find interesting and want to investigate in more depth. The class does not need to be in your major, or during the day, or with a full-time faculty member.

What is an Honors Program graduate?

A graduating individual who completed at least four honors projects. Honors Program graduates get special recognition at awards night and graduation.

What is the Honors Forum?

The Honors Forum is a showcase of Honors Projects at the end of each Spring semester. The projects are shown during the reception after a talk by an invited speaker. It is a chance for you to present and show off your Honors Project that you put so much time into.

Why should I participate in the Honors Forum?

First of all, you get to display the hard work that you did on your Honors Project over the course of the semester. It give you a good opportunity and practice to learn to present your ideas to others and discuss and defend them. You can see what other students did as well. The speaker is of general interest, you can bring your friends and family, and refreshments are served. Also, participation is a good addition to your resume.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please contact the Honors Coordinators with any questions you may have. We are here to help you! Email is generally the best way to get hold of us.

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Application

Is it possible to do an independent study with Honors?

Yes. Sometimes students want to do a project with a professor they are not currently taking classes from, and sometimes students want to do a project that is well above and beyond the regular Honors requirements. In either case, you can sign up for an independent study course with a faculty member, where you create a whole new course. Remember, though, that you will be expected to do the extra work required of 1 or 2 or 3 or more credits. To do this, you will need to complete an independent study application (through the academic deans, found on the Independent Study Webpage) and a separate Honors application to do an Honors project with that independent study.

How do I fill out the application form?

The directions are given under Application Form. The most common reasons approval is delayed is because the application is missing the student identification number, the CRN, a complete enough description of the project that the coordinators can evaluate it, and/or the chairperson's signature.

How do I turn in my application form?

After getting the department chairperson's signature you can hand the application to one of the Honors Program Coordinators (Lynne Andreozzi Fontaine in Room 3093 at the Knight Campus in Warwick; Karen Kortz in Room 1374 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln) or leave the application in their mailbox. You can also mail it to them through campus mail (your faculty advisor can help you with that).

Can I turn in the application late?

The application deadline is set so all the paperwork can be done in time. Please contact the Honors Program coordinators if you have extenuating circumstances.

Can I fax in the application?

No. We need the original signatures of you, your faculty advisor, and the department chairperson.

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School Paperwork

What if I change my mind during the semester and don’t want to do an honors project?

You must let the Honors Program Coordinators know before the "last day to withdraw and receive a W" as designated by the registrar each semester (listed in Deadlines). If you do not let the coordinators know before this date, you will need to officially petition the college to drop the honors portion of the class.

Do I need to pay extra tuition because of the extra 0.5 credit?

No, the 0.5 credit for each honors project is a gift from the College and does not count towards tuition payment. However, if you do an independent study course and attach the Honors project to that, you will need to pay for the independent study course, since it is signing up for another class.

How does the paperwork work?

Once you fill out the application form and get it signed by the department chairperson, you turn it in to one of the Honors Coordinators. The Honors Coordinators will review the application to make sure it is complete and satisfies the requirements of an Honors project. We will send you an email within two weeks of the deadline letting you know the status of your application. The coordinators will then send completed and approved applications to the registrar, who will create and add you to a new 0.5 credit Honors course. Because of these steps involved, it might takes until after mid-term grades for the changes in your course to be reflected on your schedule on MyCCRI.

Do I need to turn in anything to the Honors Program Coordinators?

Other than the application, no, although we always love to see finished projects!

Do I get a separate grade for the honors portion of the class?

Yes. You will receive 2 grades, one for your normal classwork, and one for your Honors project.

What happens if I transfer?

The CCRI Honors Program has articulation agreements with the RIC and the URI Honors Programs. You may be accepted into their honors program, provided a portfolio assessment.

Can transfer credits to CCRI count towards the 12 credits needed for eligibility to the program?

Yes. Please contact the Honors Program Coordinators if this applies to you.

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Projects

How much time should the project take me?

Using the extra 0.5 credits as a guideline, you should spend about 20 hours on your project. Most students spend more time on their project. This means that you cannot do your project the night before it is due or even during the last week. It is something you should work on throughout the semester.

What are some project formats people have done?

Examples of project formats include but are not restricted to research papers, PowerPoint presentations, poster presentations, displays of artwork, teaching lesson plans, computer programs, lab experiments and write-ups, evaluation of survey results, etc. You can use any format, provided it is appropriate for the project you are doing. We strongly encourage you to participate in the Honors Forum at the end of the Spring semester.

What are some example projects?

You can look at approved projects from previous semesters to see some example projects. Other projects are listed in example projects.

What are some examples of projects that have been rejected?

Not many projects are rejected, and those that are rejected are generally given advise on how to change the project so it can be approved. For example, for an Honors project, a student wanted to tutor other members of his class. While this is a wonderful thing to do, it is not a significant academic undertaking. It was suggested that the student research ways to learn the material and write a manual on how to better study and learn the subject for the class.

Can I do one project for two courses?

Each Honors project must be its own project, with a separate final product. However, you can have a project that continues from one semester to the next, as long as there is a final product for each individual Honors project.

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Other Questions

How do I know if my project is approved?

We send out an email to you and your faculty advisor with either notification of approval of the project or questions that must be answered before the project can be approved. The most common reasons approval is delayed is because the application is missing the student identification number, the CRN, a complete enough description of the project that the coordinators can evaluate it, and/or the chairperson's signature. Emails are usually sent out within two weeks of the Honors deadline, unless the application was received late for extenuating circumstances. If you have questions, you can also feel free to contact the Honors Coordinators.

How many honors projects can I do per semester?

You can do up to two honors projects during the Spring and Fall semesters. During the Summer semester, you can do one project per session.

Can I do a project without a faculty advisor?

No, you need a faculty advisor.

What if my professor doesn’t want to participate?

This can happen as many professors do not feel they can devote enough time to you to make your project worth while. Although not ideal, it is possible to have a faculty advisor who is not your professor. So, if this happens, you can ask your professor for a recommendation of another professor who they think might do it, or you can ask the department chair for any recommendations.

Can I do a honors project in a summer course?

Yes! However, because of the compressed schedule, you need to be sure to start at the beginning of your course. The application is due on Monday of the second week of classes.

What happens if I don’t complete the project?

If you talk with your professor, you may be able to arrange to receive an incomplete for the Honors class. This way, you will have the opportunity to finish the project on your own time. Standard college rules for an incomplete apply. However, if you do not talk to your professor, because you did not satisfy the requirements for the Honors project, your professor may instead give you an F or W. It is important to keep in contact with your advising professor!

Are there any recognitions of my work?

The Honors courses you have completed are are noted on your transcript. If you do four Honors Projects, you will be an Honors Program Graduate and get a special medallion and recognition during the awards ceremony and for graduation. Participants in the Honors Forum receive a certificate of recognition. You can list all this on your resume.

Is the Honors Program affiliated with Phi Beta Kappa?

No, they are two separate entities, although they share many students.

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Last Updated: 3/4/14