What is Honors Research?
Based on RIT’s strategic focus on research, the Honors Program requires all honors students to successfully complete at least one semester of research before graduation. Research is understood broadly to include investigative, exploratory, creative and innovative works. The requirement is flexible so that students and faculty can determine how the student’s work contributes to fulfillment of the research requirement.
The Honors Research requirement provides opportunities for honors students to work closely with faculty to determine the nature of their research and to acquire the skills necessary for engagement in more advanced research at RIT or elsewhere. This research can take the form of preparations for theses, capstone projects and other culminating senior level requirements.
Students have the flexibility to either conduct their own exploratory investigation or to work on existing research, under the supervision of RIT faculty. At the end of the semester, students are expected to present their research outcomes at an appropriate forum. Honors Research counts towards fulfilling the Honors Program requirements. Students are directed to contact their college honors advocate or Honors Curriculum Committee representative for examples of courses and other works that fulfill the research requirement.