Proposal Guidelines: Portfolio

Proposals need to be 10-12 pages (minimum) typed, double-spaced. Use the citation and formatting styles typical for your discipline.

Proposals for the Honors Proposal need to have the following components:

  1. Approval from the student’s home department and Mentor that the portfolio is allowable for the student’s project;
  2. A working title that is descriptive of the work;
  3. A clear statement of the goals or purpose or work of the portfolio and why the portfolio form is the most appropriate form to showcase the student’s work in the major;
  4. The significance of the portfolio (why it matters);
  5. A clear description of the portfolio’s component parts/artifacts
    • The work proposed for an Honors Portfolio must demonstrate the equivalence in rigor and effort as an Honors Thesis, and must justify why an Honors Portfolio is the best framework for the work.
    • The artifacts that reflect student work equivalent to the Honors Thesis (at least 2-3 of the items below). An artifact is a piece of evidence (written, audio, visual) that represents an aspect of your portfolio. These artifacts must demonstrate how the student’s learning in these experiences go above and beyond the requirements for the major AND constitute a coherent overall project.
    • EXAMPLES:
      • A report or paper resulting from a UROP, ASUH or other funded project of a one-semester duration related to the student’s major;
      • A substantive experiential learning activity culminating in a formal presentation, published paper, policy project, etc.;
      • A collaborative project from HON 485/486 “Design Thinking” that showcases how you deployed knowledge from your own major;
      • An engineering design project that has been extended past course requirements;
      • Papers or projects that began in a course, but have been substantially built on and improved.
  1. Any necessary background or definitions for understanding the topic of your study;
  2. A literature review that is relevant to the portfolio’s overall theme/arc and which describes the field(s) to which the artifacts of the portfolio are contributing (should be substantive and demonstrate the student’s exploration of the topic);
  3. A description of the student’s role:
    • Documentation of student’s training in the protocols for the research, or the component parts of the project as needed (e.g. methods course, draft interview protocol, surveys, certification for biohazard, animal research training, etc.);
    • Description of the role the student is playing in the component parts of the portfolio;
  4. Research Ethics Statement, if needed;
    • Clearance from Institutional Review Board, if applicable
  5. Detailed Timetable for the Portfolio (from present to graduation);
  6. Resources and Materials available to the student in order to carry out the project.