Honors Research Conference

Honors Research Conference

(Thesis Demonstration)


1)      Help Honors students better understand the thesis process

  • Allow students to witness a simulated thesis defense appropriate to their college,
  • Inform students about scholastic, creative and experiential tracks (where relevant)
  • Showcase posters that illustrate examples of thesis work

2)      Help faculty members new to Honors to understand the thesis process

Individuals Involved:

1)      Honors directors to present their honors thesis process in general

2)      Current/graduated honors students to present a mock defense and share their posters

3)      Faculty to serve as committee members for mock defense

4)      Faculty to answer student questions at reception

5)      Honors Dean to welcome

6)      Associate Dean to wrap up

7)      Honors staff to assist where needed

Targeted Attendees:  Honors students of all years from all colleges who have not yet completed their thesis process. Invite fall Honors UP classes and solicit second, third and fourth year students with help of honors directors. Faculty members who are considering mentoring students for the first time.

Date:                     Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time:                    12:30-3:30pm

Location:             Arkansas Union; Poster Session – Union Ballroom; Mock Defenses – Fifth floor rooms

Schedule:            12:45-3:30

12:30-12:55        Arrive at Ballroom

                                    (Check in table in front of ballroom with faculty name tags and event map)

12:55-1:00           Dean Coon welcome

1:00-1:45              Poster Presentation (mingle).

Organize each college to an area of the ballroom. Each will have a table for handouts from Honors programs if desired (e.g. lists of recently completed thesis titles; important dates in the honors programs, etc.). Target 6-8 posters/presenters from each college.

The goals are to showcase examples of well-developed posters highlighting research methods and results; and allow current students to talk with those who completed posters about process and presenting elsewhere (conferences, etc.)

1:45                        Dean Coon announces movement into breakout rooms. Announce locations for each of the simulated oral defenses.

1:50-2:00            Make way to one of 8 areas on interest: Traditional Scholastic defenses for ARCH, COHEP, FULB, AFLS, ENGR; Creative defenses for FULB and AFLS; WCOB presentation on scholastic defense and upcoming internship opportunities

2:00-2:15            Honors Directors (and others as needed) welcome students and describe the process of the defense in general (committee selection, timing of any paperwork, timing for defense etc.; whatever is important to your college). Mention the three types of research experience. Then turn focus to type of presentation for the mock defense or other focus for the remaining time.

2:15-2:55            Research and Creative Project Panel Discussion followed by a Q & A period

          • Discuss project requirements and expectations
          • Examples of scientific and creative project ideas
          • Walk through the process of conducting research
          • Discuss defense formats and expectations of each represented discipline

2:55                       Return to common area of the Union Ballroom

3:00-3:30           Associate Dean to facilitate wrap up. Recap what students learned.  Talk about next steps for those students early in the process. Plug HC research grant workshop grants to take place  Spring 18. Invite faculty and students to enjoy light refreshments and to mingle among those in their individual colleges. 


Honors College Leads:  Jennie Popp, Jason Blankenship, Chelsea Hodge and Katie Wilson