National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 4. Copyright 2008 National Collegiate Honors Council.


Understanding the competitive nature of applications to graduate programs, Ferrari and Davis (2000) surveyed psychology faculty to discover their level of awareness of resources for undergraduate research publication. They found that most of the psychology faculty members they surveyed were unaware of such resources. Their finding made me curious about how many honors directors, faculty, and advisors are aware of such resources for their students not only in psychology but in all disciplines across the curriculum. Most of us realize the importance of helping our students become competitive for graduate work, and we know that publication and/or presentation of research may add to their chances for acceptance into the program of their choice. For many of our honors students, the capstone project in their major, which is also typically their honors project, may represent opportunities for increasing their marketability in graduate and professional arenas.