Senior Honors Project Action Form – due September 4, 2014 Facebook Email Share Fall 2014 SHP Action Plan form Congratulations! You've made it this far in the Honors Program, and you're ready to start preparing your Senior Honors Project. This form is here to help you do just that! This "Action Plan" is intended to help you develop your topic, research question and project plan for your Senior Honors Project (SHP), and to help you put together the pieces that you will need in order to write an excellent SHP proposal (due September 18, 2014). Please complete this form as thoroughly as you can. Take your time. Completing this form with care now will translate into less work at the proposal-writing stage. If there are questions you do not understand, or do not know how to answer, particularly if the questions pertain to your discipline, you should consult with your SHP advisor on those questions before submitting the form. It is understood that much can change in the research process, so many of your answers to questions here will change as you continue work on your project. This is expected. What we are trying to capture, here, is a sense of where your work stands right at this moment, in order to help you avoid future pitfalls where possible. If you have any questions about this form or the SHP requirements, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Karolle-Berg, the Honors Program Director, at 216-397-4677 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SHP page on the Honors Program website for more information about the project. (And stay tuned for the official, brand-new *SHP Handbook*, coming soon for fall 2014!) Name*FirstLastEmail address*Enter EmailConfirm EmailAddress where you will receive mail during the 2014-2015 school year*This address will be used for formal correspondence about your senior honors project. It is important that this mail be able to reach you where you are living. Please indicate your campus mailbox number, if you have one. DO NOT USE an out-of-state address. Street AddressAddress Line 2CityZIP CodeDiscipline in which you intend to write your SHP:*Are you writing the SHP in your:*Major field of study?Minor/concentration?Other discipline? If "other discipline" please explain. Give evidence that you possess the necessary background and skills to complete a major research project in this field. What course will you use to write your SHP?*To receive academic credit for your SHP, you must enroll in a 3-credit capstone or independent research course in the appropriate discipline. For a few students, the appropriate course will be HP 450. DepartmentCourse Number In which semester will you enroll in this course to complete your SHP?*Fall 2014Spring 2015Have you received permission from the Honors Program Director to wait until Spring to write your SHP?*Yes, and I am enrolled in HP 349 for Fall 2014Yes, and I have made other special arrangementsNo; I need to discuss this with the DirectorWho is the primary faculty advisor for your SHP? (Please note that you will be assigned a second reader by the Director of the Honors Program).*Please enter your SHP advisor's email address here:Your advisor will receive a copy of this completed form after it is submitted. Have you already met with your faculty advisor about your SHP?*Yes -- my advisor has agreed to work with me on this projectYes -- my advisor has agreed to work with me and has given me advice about details on this action plan formNo -- I do not have an advisor yetNo -- I have an advisor in mind but have not met with her/him yetPlease note: You must have a faculty advisor at John Carroll in order to complete the SHP. What is your plan for obtaining an advisor for your project?*Please indicate the date of your first scheduled meeting with this advisor:*Please describe the arrangements you have made with your advisor to meet during the course of the semester while you are working on your project.* Have you scheduled regular meetings? At what intervals? Have you set due dates for drafts of your project to be submitted to your advisor for review at certain stages? Have you alerted your advisor that you will be submitting a draft of your proposal to her/him for approval during the first 2 weeks of the semester?Identifying a TopicCurrent working title of your project:*(Yes, of course it will change before you're finished.) Establishing your Research Focus By making the focus of your project more specific from the beginning, you will make it easier to conduct your research in a timely fashion and with greater depth and sophistication. You should be able to provide a good rationale for narrowing your study within the limits that you have chosen. Here's one example of how to narrow your topic - for a project in the humanities: "I plan to study Renaissance art." "I plan to study Renaissance paintings." "I plan to study Renaissance paintings in Florence." "I plan to study Renaissance paintings in Florence, 1450-1600." "I plan to study the theme of the Last Judgment as it appears in the Renaissance paintings in Florence, 1450-1600." Here is another example of how to narrow your topic -- for a project in the sciences: "I plan to study desert plants." "I plan to study the mineral nutrition of desert plants." "I plan to study the mineral nutrition of desert plants growing on and off gypsum soils." "I plan to study the mineral nutrition of desert plants growing on and off gypsum soils in the Chihuahuan Desert." "I plan to study the mineral nutrition of desert plants growing on and off gypsum soils in the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico." "I plan to study the mineral nutrition of desert plants growing on and off gypsum soils in the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico in relation to soil physical and chemical factors." "I plan to study the mineral nutrition of 20 closely related desert plants growing on and off gypsum soils in the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico in relation to soil physical and chemical factors." As in the examples above, please describe how you intend to focus your research topic. Defending your Research Focus You should be able to provide a good rationale for narrowing your study within the limits that you have chosen. Using the "Renaissance art" example above, here would be an example of a defense of your focus: "I have chosen to study the theme of the Last Judgment as portrayed in Renaissance art. "I plan to limit my study to Florentine painters, 1450-1600. "I have chosen Florence because it was of major importance to the development of Renaissance art. "I have chosen the time period 1450-1600 because it was the period in which both Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci were working in Florence under the auspices of the Medicis. It is also the time period that saw the rise to power of Savonarola and the Bonfire of the Vanities. "I will limit my study to paintings because of the prevalence of this theme in particular paintings in this period, including the following examples..." Etc. Notice that in the above example, some preliminary research about the topic is necessary in order to arrive at an appropriate set of parameters for the topic. As in the example above, defend your research focus. Why have you chosen to limit your research in this way?* Crafting a Research Question Every good research project should be designed to answer a specific question. What question are you trying to answer with your SHP? Returning to the "Renaissance Art" example, above -- a good research question might be, "Did the political and religious upheaval of Florence in this time period lead to more intense or specific depictions of the Last Judgment in the Florentine paintings of the period?" As described above, what is the research question your SHP will attempt to answer?*(This is another thing that may change as your research progresses -- but you need to start somewhere.) Planning your ProjectWhat kind of research will you use to complete your project? Choose all that apply.**Unclear about the difference between a PRIMARY and a SECONDARY source? Please refer to the brief explanation here. Mathematical calculationsOriginal analysis of existing data set(s) or of previously collected dataYour own laboratory or field researchYour own research on human subjects (including surveys and interviews)Your own research on animal subjectsPublished works - primary sources*Published works - secondary sources*Other (please describe below)Please describe in more detail the kind of research you will be conducting.*Identify the sources you plan to use to conduct your research. Be as specific as possible. If you plan to analyze data collected by others, now is the time to verify that such data exists and establish where and how you will access it. Estimate how much of your research is already complete, and how much remains to be completed over the course of the next few months.What citation style will you use in your SHP? *Your citation style should be discipline-specific. If you are unsure about what citation style to use, please consult with your advisor. What reference guide will you use to help you with correct citation style?*Please include the URL or book title of your chosen style guide here. What preliminary research must you complete this summer before you can submit a proposal for approval to your advisor?*Remember that your proposal (approved and signed by your advisor) is due to the Honors Program Director by Thursday, September 18, 2014 (with the exception of students enrolled in EC499 or HP 349 this fall). Which elements of your project remain unclear to you? Have you identified others who can help you nail down the missing pieces? Who are they? What questions are still unanswered?Action Steps and DeadlinesIn the following section, please give your estimated timeline and deadlines for the steps you will need to complete this project. Use this form as an opportunity to plan out your project for yourself, making note of areas where you may encounter obstacles. You are encouraged to keep a copy of this form and refer to your schedule regularly, adding to it and changing it as you go forward. In this section, please pay close attention to the following: Compare your plan against the dates in the academic calendar, your class schedule, and other obligations for the semester. Don't schedule your first draft for the same day you have a major paper due in another class! Schedule specific days and times to meet with your advisor; Build in time for multiple revisions of both your proposal and final version; Plan for exigencies by building a ‘cushion’ of extra time into your plan; Adhere to all deadlines for submission of proposal and drafts. PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolled in EC499 and in HP349 this fall should disregard the deadlines in this section. You will receive a slightly different timeline and deadlines for your projects when you receive your course syllabi in September. If this applies to you, please just fill out what you can in the section below. July - August 2014 - preliminary research You should be using the summer months to prepare the material you will need to put together your proposal in early September. September 2014 - proposalSept. 4: final deadline to submit this Action Plan form online Sept. 18: Final draft of project proposal, signed and approved by advisor, due to Honors Program DirectorOctober 2014 - research and writingOctober 2: Students who will be conducting research on human or animal subjects must receive approval for their proposed research from the appropriate governing committees -- IRB or IACUC -- by this date. November 2014 - research and writingNote that you should build in time here to submit multiple drafts of your project to advisor, writing center, and others who you may wish to review it before submitting your final draft. Your advisor must sign off on a finished draft before it goes to your second reader. December 2014 - final version completeDecember 4: final draft of your SHP, approved by your advisor, due to HP director and second reader.Spring semester 2015 - archiving and disseminationDuring the second part of the academic year, you should be seeking out opportunities to disseminate your completed research. These may include: undergraduate conferences, public presentations, submitting your research to academic or professional journals, or others. Dissemination is a requirement of the SHP. January 15, 2015: Final version of your SHP, approved by advisor and second reader, due to Carroll Collected archive in Grasselli Library. April 13-17, 2015: Celebration of Scholarship! All Honors Program seniors are encouraged to present their SHP research at this campus event in either a poster or a paper/panel presentation format. Students who are not disseminating their research in any other way (journals, conferences, etc.) are required to participate in Celebration of Scholarship! in order to meet the dissemination requirement.Is there anything else that we should know about your SHP plans? Please indicate them here. Next steps: choose one. *I need some help. Please contact me to schedule a meeting with the Honors Program director about my SHP. I am in good shape with my research and will be ready to submit my proposal on time!