Honors Program

Research. Service. Leadership.

The Maskless Raccoon (both written and illustrated by Danielle Rueger '13) is a children's book focused on the story of Phillip (a raccoon born with no mask), who learns that it's not only okay, but sometimes great to be different. 

Student-Directed Research

As one of three pillars of the Honors Program, our focus on student-directed research is about empowering students to learn to ask their own questions and seek sophisticated answers. With numerous options available, Honors students pursue research in every discipline with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Honors Senior Thesis

Every Honors Program student will culminate their college experience with a thesis project tailored to their needs and interests. While many projects take the form of a traditional thesis focused either on laboratory or text-based research, other students choose creative or technical projects. Recent Honors Thesis examples include:

Adam Bianchi ’13, Film Studies and Computer Science: First Time Here: Japan, a travel show filmed while Adam was on Semester at Sea. 

Elise Wallis ’13, Political Science and Public Health: The Decision-Making Process Behind the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS.
Danielle Rueger ’13, Digital Media and Design: Writing The Maskless Raccoon: A Review of the Process of Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Book

Honors Options

With flexibility and self-direction in mind, Honors Options allow a student to turn any non-honors course into an Honors experience by adding an additional project. Recent examples include:
Aubrie Powell ’14, Music Composition: For an Acting Shakespeare course, Aubrie wrote a new musical score to accompany the class production of All’s Well that Ends Well and directed her fellow students in the musical production.
Amanda Koberling ’15, Theater and Arts Management: As an addition to an internship with the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennesee, Amanda wrote a manual for managing the festival’s online database.

A Wealth of Opportunities

Additional opportunities to pursue research and produce original creative work abound at BW, many of which can generate Honors credit. Honors students frequently participate in Summer Scholars, a competitive, funded, summer research program. Others work during the school year on collaborative research or creative projects through Faculty/Student Collaborative Research courses. Students who have completed research projects are able to get support from Honors to present their research at academic conferences in their areas of study, or can go with Honors to present at the Mideast Honors Association conference each spring.


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