Because Honors College students are actively engaged in academic research, they have
the following advantages:
More competitive graduate school applications
Deeper understanding of chosen academic fields
Gain confidence and experience in research, writing and presentation skills
Receive honors academic credit for your research and honors thesis
Develop meaningful relationships with faculty
Many Towson University faculty members are leading researchers and scholars in their
fields of study; therefore, there are many opportunities for undergraduate research.
Research courses eligible for Honors Elective/Experiential and Advanced Learning credit
include: Independent Study (1-3 credits), Directed Readings, and Thesis. You may take
these courses under a department code (e.g. BIOL 499; POSC 499) or under the HONR
code. In both cases you must get approval from the Faculty Director of the Honors
College and then submit a completed, signed syllabus and 10-item annotated bibliography
to the Faculty Director by the end of the Change of Schedule period for the semester
of enrollment. Syllabus templates for each course are updated each semester and are
available at the Forms, Handbooks & Online Resources page. These templates must be used, even if you are registering under a department
How Do I Get Involved in Research?
Contact the Honors College Faculty Director to receive approval for your project and
a list of requirements
Students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry may contact Dr. John Sivey at jsivey AT_TOWSON for information on research opportunities in the Chemistry Department.
University-Level Research Funding
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry supports undergraduate research
and creative activities under the mentorship of TU faculty members. All original scholarly
and creative activity appropriate to any discipline at our university is eligible for competitive funding. This includes, for example, research in natural and social sciences, artistic performances,
and works of art.
Presenting and Publishing Your Research
Celebration of Scholarship and Learning: Each term the Honors College hosts the Celebration of Scholarship and Learning where
all students who have completed a research project, internship, service-learning project,
or who studied abroad in the prior semester present their experience.
Research & Creative Inquiry Forum: Each spring, the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry sponsors the
annual Research & Creative Inquiry Forum (formerly the Undergraduate and Graduate
Research and Performance Expo). Students from all disciplines are asked to share their
work with the university community.
National Collegiate Honors Council: Annual conference usually held in early November, with applications due in early
spring. Contact the Faculty Director for more information.
Northeast Regional Honors Council: Annual conference usually held in early April, with applications due in December.
Contact the Faculty Director for more information.
Undergraduate Journals and Conferences Directory: The UJCD lists journals, electronic and paper, and conferences, that will consider
undergraduate student essays, research papers, poetry, short fiction, photography,
cartoons, art, etc., for publication.