Deadline Dates – Fall 2016Filing an application –Wednesday, October 26
Submitting the completed project – Thursday, December 17
Honors Contract Project (HCP) offers individual students the opportunity to design and carry out a substantial research project, preferably in an upper-level course within a discipline, with the support of a faculty member who is an expert in the field. A completed HCP results in a final product, such as a paper, a portfolio, an original artwork, a computer program, a video recording of a performance, etc. The HCP usually involves writing a typed paper, minimum of 2,500 words (i.e., approx. 10 pages), using Times New Roman, 12-point font, with documentation appropriate to the discipline, or preparing a visual or performance project with a 2-page written summary of the project’s learning outcomes.
Honors Contract Project application
Honors Contract Project Timeline
*Please use this as a tool to stay on track with your HCP progress*
What to Do
Mon – Fri9am – 5pm
Visit the Honors House in M377 to review model Honors Contract Projects.
Samples of outstanding HCPs are published each term in the Kingsborough Honors Journal,
Distinctions. Copies are available for review in the Honors House or online.
On or around 9/19/16
Confirm Your Eligibility. You must have received a grade of “B” or higher in ENG 12 and/or ENG 24, AND must have completed 12 or more credits at KCC and earned the following cumulative GPA in order to do one or more contracts during the semester:1 Contract – 3.30 or higher GPA2 Contracts – 3.50 or higher GPA3 Contracts – 3.70 or higher GPAStudents who do not meet these criteria and still want to do a contract should visit the Honors House to meet with the Honors director to see if any other steps can be taken to certify their ability to complete a contract.
On or around 9/28/16
Complete page 5 of the HCP Application.
Meet with your professor and receive approval to conduct an HCP in that course.
On or around 10/12/16
Complete page 6 of the HCP Application.
Develop an HCP research topic and choose up to four primary resources for your research with your professor.
On or around 10/19/16
Complete page 7 of the HCP Application.
Confirm at least three appointments with your professor and a Writing Fellow respectively. These appointments are for consulting and revising HCP drafts.
Once you complete pages 5-7,
submit the HCP Application form to the Honors House in M377. A final review will be done by the office staff to make sure everything is in order.
Confirm access to the Honors Contract Course on Blackboard. Once your application is filed, you will receive notification about how to access the Honors Contract Blackboard website, resources about citations and plagiarism, deadline reminders, and the Writing Fellows schedule. If you haven’t received Blackboard notification by the date indicated here, contact Honors House staff for assistance.
On or around 11/29/16
Meet with a Writing Fellow and your professor for a final review at least two weeks prior to the HCP deadline. After you’ve completed your final review,
review the HCP Checklist (page 4) to be sure that you have completed
all the previous steps
before submitting your completed project.
Upload the completed Honors Contract Project to Blackboard via SAFE ASSIGN and notify your Professor and Honors Academic Liaison that your HCP is ready for evaluation.OR (if submitting work that can’t be uploaded digitally)
Submit a copy of your graded contract and page 10 with the complete signatures to the Honors Office.
Listing of Honors Academic Liaisons by Department
Behavioral Sciences and Human Services
Communications and Performing Arts
Health, Physical Education and Recreation
History, Philosophy and Political Sciences
HongTu "Eric" Yan
Physical SciencesTourism and Hospitality
Patrick LloydTanya Johnson
The above professors can be reached by email: First name.Last
Extension Request: Students who have done a significant amount of work on the HCP but find that they are unable to meet the final submission deadline, may request an extension form at the Honors House. The faculty mentor and department Honors Academic Liaison must both give approval for the extension. The form must be filed at the Honors House no later than the last day of classes.
Plagiarism: SafeAssign is used to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. Once students submit their paper on Blackboard, they can see details regarding the percentage of text in the submitted paper that matches existing sources. It allows students to go back and fix mistakes.
Cancellation: Students who find they cannot complete an HCP are required to notify the HonorsHouse staff as soon as possible by calling 718-368-5365 or by visiting M377.
Honors Symposium and Honors Journal
The Honors Program offers two opportunities to acknowledge students who have done outstanding work on a contract:
Honors Symposium: Held once a term, the Symposium is an event that gives students the chance to practice public speaking in a round-table setting while talking about their contract – i.e., what question was researched, what methodology was used, what were the findings, what would you do as a follow up to this project, what were the challenges you faced while doing the contract, etc. Participants receive a certificate of recognition and their names/presentations are printed in the symposium booklet along with that of their faculty mentor. Contact Helen-Margaret Nasser in the Honors House for details.
Distinctions: A “referred” Honors Journal consisting of ten to twelve scholarly articles and creative works, usually honors contracts, is published each term. Submissions are accepted from September through May. Contact the editor Robert Blaisdell (contact listed below) or visit the Honors House. An awards ceremony occurs at the end of each term during which the students and their professors speak briefly about their work and a certificate is awarded.
Professor Robert BlaisdellRoom Ffirstname.lastname@example.org