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Early engagement in research

Honors students frequently get involved with undergraduate research and present at regional and national conferences for their disciplines.

The First-Year Research Experience was launched in 2018 as a program for first-year students to work one-on-one with faculty on various research projects. While not exclusive to the Honors College, many Honors students participated then and again in 2019, when we had an amazing 90+ faculty express their desire to work with first-years. That kind of faculty passion for working with students is not something you find everywhere, but it's one of the best parts of UNCW.

Whether or not a student participates in FYRE, there are many opportunities throughout a student's undergraduate career to work in labs or conduct Directed Independent Study for class credit. Some students even publish research as co-authors with faculty, either during or after their time as an undergraduate.

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All Honors students complete an honors thesis during their final semesters at UNCW. This project is an independent inquiry, where students work closely with a faculty supervisor of their choice to investigate a phenomenon or problem that interests them. This project looks different in every major: It might be a survey of consumers to evaluate attitudes regarding a certain marketing strategy. It might be a data analysis of the stomach content in hundreds of flounder in water with different salinity levels. It might be critically evaluating the message and narrative in a TV show and how it impacts viewers. It might be a literary analysis of modern or classical texts. It might be the production of a film, the writing of a manuscript, or the showcase of an art exhibition. Regardless, students complete this passion project as the capstone Honors experience. It also serves as a great preparatory experience for graduate school, for those students who pursue it.

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