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Academic Regulations & Procedures

Honors in Independent Study

Outstanding independent work may be cited for "Honors in Independent Study" at Honors Convocation. Such recognition is based solely on the excellence of the special project and is considered independently of a student's academic average or other qualifying factors. The independent study project need not be in the student's major field and is available to all students in any class, not just to seniors.

Work submitted for consideration for Honors in Independent Study normally would have been done under the rubric of independent study as listed in the Academic Catalog. This means that course papers, comprehensive projects, etc., would not ordinarily be eligible for consideration; they receive other awards.

For a student to be considered for this recognition, the faculty supervisor and one other faculty member must recommend the project to the Student Fellowships Committee.

Students wishing to present a project for consideration can consult with major advisers and the supervisors of the independent study project. To be considered for this recognition, however, the project must be recommended for honors by the faculty supervisor of the project and one other faculty member. Departments and individual faculty members may specify their own deadlines between the beginning of winter term and the last day of exams winter term for completion of projects to be considered for honors.

By that date, the faculty sponsor should notify the Dean of the College office of the:

  1. name of the student whose work is to be considered;
  2. nature and title of the work to be considered;
  3. name of the additional faculty member recommending the project; and
  4. name, address, and telephone number of a qualified person who has agreed to read and evaluate the work. This evaluator should live in the United States so that mailing of projects will not delay decisions.

No later than one week after the last exam, the faculty sponsor should submit to the Dean of the College office:

  1. two copies of the Honors in Independent Studies paper, having already been endorsed by another member of the faculty, usually the chair of the department in which the project was done;
  2. a letter of nomination to the Fellowship Committee (c/o George Shuffelton, Associate Dean of the College):
    • detailing the merits of the project;
    • providing information about its genesis in Independent Study, or as summer research with a faculty mentor, and, as appropriate;
    • confirming that the project is not work which is an integral part of a student's integrative exercise (comps project).

Work done in connection with a Carleton summer fellowship, such as a Larson, is eligible provided that such work is recommended by a department of the College.

Last revised June 25, 2013
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Last Reviewed: Jul 17th, 2014

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