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Honors Project

The Honors Project Experience

The Honors Project Experience is either a one or two semester creative activity that produces a final document and/or portfolio of work referred to as the Honors Project. A wide range of Honors Projects are possible. For example, a team-based engineering design capstone, a graphic artist’s marketing display, a business plan, a computer program, a memoir, a creative piece of fiction, a service-learning project, or a musical composition can all serve as the basis of an Honors Project. Students pursuing an Honors Project may link existing requirements of their major to their Honors Project.  However, such linkages also need to include a measurable added value component. Students may also enroll in one or two semesters of independent study to work on their honors project. The goal of the Honors Project is either to solve an applied problem or to build an artifact.  

The Honors Project Grant 

The Honors College will grant up to $500 for materials and/or activities (including travel) related to the Honors Student’s Project. The number of grants awarded will be determined by available funding. To be eligible to apply, a student must be a member in good standing of the Honors College and must be working on an Honors Project. There is no deadline for applying for this grant, but you must have at least one more semester at UMass Lowell in order to receive the funding. 

Honors Project Proposal Should include:

  • The semester(s) in which you are completing your project
  • The courses (capstone, independent/directed study, senior research, etc.) you will be using to satisfy your H7/H8 requirements
  • A project overview
  • A project rationale/justification
  • The format your project presentation will take
  • The format of the archivable 

Honors Mentor Form Deadlines


Cross 84 Credit Threshold After Summer Session
Cross 84 Credit Threshold After Fall Semester
Cross 84 Credit Threshold After Spring Semester
File Honors Mentor Form (with or without mentor's signature)
Sept. 15
Jan. 31
Sept. 15

Honors Thesis/Project Deadlines


Two-semester Thesis/Project 

(Commencing Summer Season)

Two-Semester Thesis/Project
 (Commencing Summer Session)
Two-Semester Thesis/Project
(Commencing Fall Semester)
One-Semester Project
(Commencing Fall Semester)
One-Semester Project
(Commencing Spring Semester)
Refile Signed Mentor Form Declaring Mentor (if filed earlier without Mentor) Jan. 31
Sept. 15
Sept. 30
Sept. 15 Jan. 31
Complete H7 Spring Semester Summer Session Fall Semester
Fall Semester
(Can be concurrent with H8)
Spring Semester
(Can be concurrent with H8)
Find Committee Member(s)
Spring Advising Period
Late March
Sept. 15
Fall Advising Period
(Mid October)
Sept. 30 Jan. 31
File Proposal with Honors College March 31 Sept. 15 Oct. 31 Sept. 30 Jan. 31
Complete H8 Fall Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester Fall Semester Spring Semester
Present Honors Thesis/Project to Mentor Present By Fall Reading Day Present By Fall Reading Day Present By Spring Reading Day Present By Fall Reading Day Present By Spring Reading Day