Sample Capstones

Due to the unique nature of a student’s interest in the context of their discipline, there is no specific form that all Capstone projects take. Here are some examples of what Honors Capstones might look like:

  • A traditional Honors thesis. A student identifies a faculty mentor (with or without a thesis committee) to develop a thesis topic, engages in significant research related to that topic, prepares a written thesis, and submits to an oral defense of that thesis. Course registrations could be HON 498 and HON 499; or similar courses in the student’s major.
  • A department may already require a senior thesis for its majors, but that may involve only a one-semester course registration. A UHP student would engage in a more significant project, perhaps registering in the departmental thesis course one semester and a UHP course in the other.
  • A departmental Honors culminating research or other experience (e.g., ALS 498H and ALS 499H in the CALS Honors Program).
  • An expanded senior design project. Many UHP students are required by their major to complete a senior design project. This could be submitted as an Honors Capstone, with documentation (developed in consultation with a faculty mentor) justifying how this senior design project satisfies the spirit of an Honors Capstone. Generally, the course registrations for this option would be those used for senior design projects in the department; if that project is only one-semester, a student will need to expand the project to include a second semester, which would involve HON registration.
  • Involvement in a major course-design and implementation effort.
  • A significant, high-level service-learning experience.
  • An expanded Study Abroad experience. A thesis or similar document could be developed from a prolonged Study Abroad experience, and may or may not involve HON registration.
  • An expanded HON 397 experience. You may have entered an HON 397 experience as a one-semester endeavor and it turned into a major project that could be presented as a Capstone.
  • An advanced plan of study, perhaps involving independent study in the discipline (guided problem sets, tutorials on significant questions in a discipline) and advanced courses (500 level and above).
  • An educational portfolio, in effect a retrospective reflection on your entire undergraduate career, compiling evidence of your development as a student over the years, and tying it all together with a substantive reflection paper on your undergraduate experience.

Sample Capstone projects

  • “Transportable Treatment Process for the Destruction of the Chemical Warfare Agent Sarin,” Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • “Sensory Substitution Device to Enable Human Echolocation,” Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • “Investigating the Modulatory Role of Mu Opioid Receptors in the Ventral Tegmental Area on the Mesolimbic Dopamine System,” Chemistry
  • “The Role of Polyketide Synthases in the Banana Pathogen Mycosphaerella fijiensis,” Plant & Microbial Biology
  • “Probablistic Interpretation of Evolutionary Times,” Mathematics
  • “The EdemaBand: Empowering Patients to Monitor Their Cardiovascular Health,” Biomedical Engineering
  • “Comparison of Two Methods of Vowel Format Measurement,” Communication
  • “Productive Distractions: A Digital Initiative to Reduce Stress Among Young Female Professionals in the Workplace,” Graphic Design
  • “Glottal Stop Insertion in Yucatan Spanish,” Foreign Languages & Literatures
  • “Comparison of APC and Beta-catenin Mouse Models for Colorectal Cancer,” Genetics
  • “Quantifying the Arsenic Adsorption Capacity of Alcan AAFS50 for Its Use in Household Treatment of Well Water,” Soil Science
  • “Finite Size Source Effects and the Correlation of Neutrino Transition Probabilities through Supernova Turbulence,’ Physics
  • “The Effects of Incubation Conditions on the Nutrient Digestibility of Broilers,” Poultry Science
  • “Quizard: Web-based Accessibility in the Classroom,” Computer Science
  • “A Deweyan Approach to Teaching Foreign Language,” Education
  • “Temperature Dependence of Mechanical Properties of LORD’s Acrylic Adhesives,” Materials Science & Engineering
  • “Associations Between Psychiatric Symptoms and Negative Outcomes for Justice-Involved Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses,” Psychology
  • “Human-Animal Relations in Latin American Literatures,” English
  • “Prosthetics for All: Cultural and Technological Progress in Post-World War II America,” History
  • “Economic Implications of Pooling Oil and Gas Rights,” Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • “Compensatory Growth as a Common Means of Coping with Costly Prey,” Biological Sciences
  • “Traditional Embroidery Techniques,” Art & Design
  • “Modeling Highly Complex Models of Disease Risk,” Statistics
  • “Wireless Livestock Tracking,” Engineering Entrepreneurs Program
  • “Scale Up of Lignin Modification Process,” Forest Biomaterials