Honors College Capstone Project

About the Capstone

Purpose of the Capstone Project

Capstone Requirements

The Capstone Project consists of two components: (1) a written portion and (2) a presentation of the research in a public academic, professional, or creative forum.

1. Written Portion

2. Public Presentation

Roles of the Project Supervisor and the Honors College Fellow

Research Involving Human Subjects - Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Team Projects

Registration and Paperwork - HON 322

Recommended Capstone Timeline

Capstones in Specific Disciplines/Areas of Study

Coordinating Capstone with Major Requirements

See information on how to coordinate your Capstone project with your major requirements.

Discipline-Specific Information

See discipline-specific information for your Capstone.

Useful Resources

Students may explore faculty expertise and find a match for their area of interest by visiting the Undergraduate Research Experience website. Students interested in science projects may also consult UICollaboratory Research Profiles.

Examples of presentation venues include:

Recently Completed Capstone Projects

Each spring, the Honors College Convocation program booklet lists the titles of all graduating students’ capstone projects. Open these program PDFs and do a digital search to find projects that overlap with your areas of interest. These can be an inspiration to students just starting on the capstone journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the purpose of the Capstone requirement?
2. What types of projects are considered suitable Capstones?
3. I am working on an advanced undergraduate research project for departmental distinction; can I use that for the Honors Capstone?
4. I understand the written requirement. Why should I present the project in public?
5. What are some possible public forums where I can present my Capstone?
6. Must I register for HON 322 for two semesters?
7. When should I start working on the Capstone?
8. Do I need to turn in a completion/progress report form even if I have not finished the project?
9. Can I change the project supervisor and the project after one semester?
10. Does my research need to be approved by IRB?
11. Whom should I contact when I have more questions about the Capstone project?

Study Abroad and Capstone

There are numerous ways to coordinate a study abroad experience with the Capstone Project. SIT Study Abroad programs are one option. These programs have a set curriculum and are based on the Kolb theory of experiential education, i.e. they require students to integrate what they learn outside of the classroom into their standard academic experience. The Independent Study Project is one way they do this in a credit bearing module. Examples of independent research projects completed by students within these programs can be found on the SIT website. (Projects are listed alphabetically by country).

For more information on the SIT Study Abroad Programs and other study abroad programs, visit the Study Abroad website.


Take the Capstone 101 quiz to see if you’re ready to start thinking about your Capstone Project!