Conducting field work. Spending a summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using an on-campus archive. Making a film. Creating a business plan. Planning an exhibition. Collaborating in a capstone design seminar. Going in-depth with an expert mentor. Gaining skills essential for graduate and professional education.
When they matriculate at the state’s flagship research university, honors students enjoy the extraordinary benefit of working directly with leading scholars in their chosen field of study. UT faculty members excel in the classroom, but they are also nationally respected members of their discipline making contributions to the discovery of knowledge and advancement of culture.
Every honors student must complete an Honors Thesis project, a 3-credit-hour course involving original, independent, faculty-mentored scholarship. Honors Thesis projects are usually presented at the annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievement and/or at the annual statewide meeting of the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council and/or at regional, national, and international meetings of academic and professional societies.
Honors Thesis projects are also displayed at the annual Chancellor’s Honors Program Graduation Brunch, archived online through UT's online repository, Trace, and may be selected for publication in Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate research at the University of Tennessee. UT offers $100,000 annually in grants to support honors students' research and creative work for Honors Thesis projects.
Past Honors Thesis projects include: “Nutrition Education in the Preschool Setting,” “A Study of After-Pulsing and Magnetic Field Effects in Photodectors,” “Long Exposure Night Photography on Color Film,” and “Detection of Differently Expressed Genes Involved in Immune Function.”