Honors Program


These Honors Program students presented their Honors Project research and findings at UNC-Greensboro's 20th Annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium on February 28:

LaDonna Brown, a BIO 111 Sea Phages Hunter, was masterful in her discussion of the bacteria she discovered, tested, and named Alilah. Her research was conducted in her Sea-Phages Biology course with Dr. Fogarty and Dr. Ward.

Joyce Gresock presented two projects. The first one was on mental illness in women's writing, including the work of Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Sylvia Plath. This was the research she conducted for her American Literature course with Dr. Kris Weberg. Her second project was on the removal of religious practices in Cuba under the rule of Fidel Castro, which she worked on for her Spanish 211 course with Professor Mauricio Garcia-Vargas.

Justin Hall: presented the culmination of his research in American Literature II with Professor Sonny Haynes, focusing on socialism in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

Maya Gilliom: one of our Middle College students, presented her History research for Dr. DePalma on the attitudes and prejudices Chinese immigrants faced in Hawaii, echoing the fear and displacement citizens feel when immigrants enter their country - fears that we encounter even today.

Elizabeth Ekstrand: also a Middle College student, examined the perceptions of John Brown and his abolitionist activism through violence during his time. This was an Honors project she completed for History with Dr. DePalma.

To be eligible for the Honors Program, students must:

  • Have an overall GPA of 3.2.

  • Have completed all developmental coursework prior to the semester in which they attempt an Honors option.

  • Not have been reported for academic dishonesty during any of their academic work.

  • Submit a project proposal (approved by instructor) to the directors of the Honors Program by the end of the third week of the semester via the Honors Program web page.

  • Submit two academic recommendation forms to the directors of the Honors Program via the Honors Program web page: one form needs to be completed by a former instructor, and the second form needs to be completed by the Honors Options instructor.

Honors Designations

Students that successfully complete an honors project receive an honors designation on their transcript. Those who complete 12 credits (4 courses) of honors work receive designations, distinction of Honors Scholar, and a medal for graduation. The top nine scholars will receive a check for $100.


The deadline for submitting both the project proposal contract and the reference form for Spring Semester 2020 is Friday, January 31.  All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the Honors Program directors and a committee of faculty.

Please review the Honors Program application and recommendation form. You may also wish to review sample Honors Project Proposals as a guide.

How to Participate

To participate, students must:

  • Contact an instructor offering Honors Options by the first week of the semester; if there is no Honors Option course on the student’s list, the student should approach any one of his/her instructors and request if he/she can commit to an Honors project; the final decision is up to the instructor.

  • Submit a recommendation form from an instructor/teacher who can vouch for the student’s academic excellence; the form must be submitted via the Honors website by the third week of the semester.

  • Request that the Honors Options instructor also submit a recommendation form on student’s behalf.

  • Collaborate with the instructor to design an Honors proposal; proposals are due three weeks into the semester, along with the two recommendation forms.

  • Present Honors project either as an oral presentation or as a poster presentation before administration, faculty, staff, and students.

  • Earn a final grade of A or B in the course in order to receive an Honors designation, which will be determined by the instructor.

Benefits of Participation

  • Opportunity to do in-depth research

  • Presentation of research at the Honors Symposium

  • "Honors” indication on transcript

  • Special recognition at graduation

  • Enhanced transfer opportunities

  • Participation in Honors Program functions

  • Competitive edge on applications for transfer

  • Personalized letter of recommendation by the Director of the program (upon request)

Violations & Restrictions

  • Students accused of plagiarism will be removed from the program and will not be able to apply again for an Honors course. This is non-negotiable

  • Students who do not complete at least one activity per semester will be under review by the directors and the instructor

  • Students who attempt but do not complete an Honors project/section will be under review by the directors and the instructor

  • Students who do not maintain the required GPA of 3.2 will be put on under review by the directors and the instructor; if they do not meet the required GPA of 3.2 by the following semester they will be removed from the program


Since 2015, scholars have been invited to UNC-Greensboro’s Undergraduate Honors Symposium. Students have the opportunity to compete by presenting their research with and in front of peers and faculty from across the state of North Carolina.

Currently, this program has four Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with several four-year colleges and universities. These partnerships allow Durham Tech students to transfer their honors credits and continue in that college’s Honors Program.

These four-year institutions are:

  • UNC Asheville
  • UNC Wilmington
  • Appalachian State University
  • UNC Greensboro