Students who participate in the University Honors Program complete an Honors Senior Independent Project over the course of their junior and senior years. This original undergraduate research or creative project is undertaken with the guidance of a faculty sponsor.
The Honors Academic Festival is held during the Spring semester, usually in April. Seniors in the University Honors Program are invited to deliver a presentation describing their Senior Project to Honors faculty, students and the university community. The 2010 Academic Festival involved 11 presentations over two days.
The format of each presentation may vary depending on the nature of each Senior Project. While many traditional research or scholarly theses have involved Power Point displays, it is not unusual to students to include musical performances, dramatic readings of original work, explanations of research methods and psychological analysis of historical figures.