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HONORS CONTRACT PROJECT

Deadline Dates – Fall 2015
Filing an application – Friday, October 9, 2015
Submitting the completed project – Tuesday, December 15, 2015

An 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*

Deadline

What to Do

 

Available:
Mon – Fri
9am – 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.

 

 

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 GPA
2 Contracts – 3.50 or higher GPA
3 Contracts – 3.70 or higher GPA
Students 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.

 

9/8/15 – 9/22/15

Complete page 6 of the HCP Application. Meet with your professor and receive approval to conduct an HCP in that course.

 

9/8/15 – 9/28/15

Complete page 7 of the HCP Application. Develop an HCP research topic and choose up to four primary resources for your research with your professor.

 

9/28/15 – 10/8/15

Complete page 8 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.

 

10/9/2015

Once you complete pages 6 – 8, 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.

 

10/26/15

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.

 

11/30/15 – 12/9/15

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 5)  to be sure that you have completed all the previous steps before submitting your completed project.

 

12/15/15

Upload the completed Honors Contract Project to Blackboard 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 9 with the complete signatures to the Honors Office.

 

 

Listing of Honors Academic Liaisons by Department

Realize Your Potential

Department

Room

Ext

Liaison

Office

Ext

Art

S155

x5718

Valerie Sokolova

S261

x5906

Behavioral Sciences and Human Services

D309

x5630

Beth King

D303

x5647

Biological Sciences

S244

x5502

Sherrye Glaser

S222

x5748

Business

M355

x5555

Theresa Mastrianni

M331

x5515

Communications and Performing Arts

E309

x5591

Marvin Williams

E305

x5519

Computer Science

F309B

x5931

Eileen Lichtenthal

F108

x5478

English

C309

x5849

Jane Weiss

C116

x5535

Foreign Languages

E309A

x5403

TBD

---

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Health, Physical Education and Recreation

G201

x5696

Nicholas Skirka

G305

x5290

History, Philosophy and Political Sciences

D309A

x5417

Megan Brandow-Faller

M309

x4822

Mathematics

F309B

x5431

Elie Feder

F326

x5228

Nursing

M401

x5522

Barbara Gattullo

M426

x4775

Physical Sciences

S243A

x5746

Patrick Lloyd

S316

x5774

Tourism and Hospitality

V226

x5143

Tanya Johnson

V229A

x5809

The above professors can be reached by email: First name.Last name@kbcc.cuny.edu (Example: Valerie.Sokolova@kbcc.cuny.edu)

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.

HCP Cancellation: Students who find they cannot complete an HCP are required to notify the Honors House staff as soon as possible by calling 718-368-5365 or by visiting M377.

 

Honors Symposium and Honors Journal Distinctions

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. 

Honors Journal Distinctions:
 A “referred” Honors Journal consisting of ten to twelve scholarly articles and creative work, usually honors contracts, is published each term.  Submissions are accepted from September through May. Contact the editor Robert Cowan (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 Blaisdell
Room F-315
718-368-5898
Robert.Blaisdell@kbcc.cuny.edu



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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