About Senior Honors Research
The Senior Honors Research program was established in 1930 and was the first such program in a Virginia college or university. The program is intended to encourage students to conduct independent research at a level well beyond the ordinary demands of a classroom course. The results of a student's successful completion of the program are increased learning in a subject area of special interest, improvements in the student's abilities to conduct academic research and to write about the work, the presentation of a substantial paper on that research, the addition of that paper to the Library's permanent collection, and an enhancement of his or her application to graduate school or for immediate post-graduation employment. Students who successfully complete the program are publicly recognized at graduation for their exceptional academic achievement. Senior Honors Research is formally a two semester, six-credit-hour, student-initiated, non-classroom research project. Senior Honors Research is usually done during the student's senior year.
To be eligible to register for Senior Honors Research, a student must have:
- a strong interest in doing independent research
- a 3.0 overall grade point average on work taken at Longwood
- a 3.0 average in courses taken at Longwood for the major
- agreement of a faculty member to serve as sponsor
- permission of the chair of the sponsoring department
- permission of the SHR Committee
Note: A student may NOT be registered for Senior Honors Research during the same semester in which he or she is registered for student teaching or for more than nine credit hours in an internship program. However, at the discretion of the Senior Honors Research (SHR) Committee, a student's two Senior Honors Research semesters may surround a semester of student teaching or such internship.