New York City College of Technology (City Tech) encourages students who have demonstrated high academic achievement to undertake Honors-level work in any appropriate course. Honors work normally involves substantial independent research and/or projects in addition to the normal requirements of the course. Specific expectations for this contract must be negotiated between the student and professor and approved by both the department chairperson and the Honors Scholars Program Director. Honors credit is noted on the official transcript as “HONORS PROJECT” followed by the course and semester.
The Contract for Honors Credit in a Regular Course (PDF) should be completed and signed by the student and professor as soon as possible. The original contract needs to be submitted four weeks after the first day of class to the Honors Scholars Program Coordinator. Copies should be retained by both professor and student to avoid any misunderstanding about the expectations for Honors credit. Upon completion of the course the professor should report satisfactory performance of this contract, with a grade of B or better, to the Honors Scholars Program Director in order for Honors credit to be placed on the student’s transcript.
Students who complete a Contract for Honors Credit in a Regular Course are required to complete three online modules, present the Honors project to the class, submit a final copy of the project by the deadline, participate in an Honors Scholars Panel or the Dr. Janet Liou-Mark Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholars Poster Presentation, and receive a grade of B or higher in the course. Please refer to our Events page for the dates of the online modules and poster presentation.
According to a study conducted in 2020, completing an Honors Project in a regular course increased student’s academic self-efficacy by 28%.
In this series of modules designed for City Tech Honors Scholars, you will be provided with information about academic conference presentations. You can expect to learn how to present your project and research to others. Important logistics are included (e.g., poster formatting and public speaking).
The modules are organized in sequence, starting with an overview of conferences and effective communication. The overview is then followed by modules that describe how to convey your experience and the information you have gathered. You can expect advice on what to include in your presentation as well as tips for getting started. There are required quizzes to test your knowledge after each module, as well as a survey before and after the modules to provide us with your feedback.
According to a study conducted in 2020, after completing the module series, students felt 69% more prepared for their presentation; and 87% more confident about obtaining resources to complete their project.
“The 3 modules really helped me to better understand what is needed from me to have a successful panel discussion.”
“The modules were very informative. I appreciate the flexible nature of being able to watch a video and then take a quiz.”
Link to Online Modules: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/groups/honors-scholars-program-modules/
City Tech offers Honors courses each semester. Specially-designed honors courses emphasize critical thinking, verbal skills and creative problem-solving. Honors Students report that they enjoy the atmosphere of these classes, which provide opportunities to pursue ideas in ways they cannot in traditional classes. Most students find that honors courses stimulate them to be more responsive and creative.
Enrollment in the honors sections requires special permission. Check the schedule of classes for the day(s) and time(s) of Honors courses. Note that Honors sections have an “H” after the course number. To search for Honors sections, be sure to include the H after the course number in the search box.