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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 code.

How Do I Get Involved in Research?

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 Conference for Undergraduate Research: A national organization that provides opportunities for students with research projects to present their projects at national gatherings.
  • Attend workshops and conferences: The Colonial Academic Alliance sponsors an annual research conference. Workshops are also offered.
  • 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.
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