Honors Program

Honors Research Award

The Honors Research Award recognizes Honors students who conduct outstanding research in an Honors course. The Office of the Dean in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Library offer the award annually to undergraduate students at the end of the academic year. 

Submission guidelines and requirements

  • Research must be completed in an Honors course during either the fall or spring semester of the current academic year.
  • Traditional research papers will be accepted, but students may submit ANY creative or scholarly work conceived and developed through research.
  • The submitted work must include an annotated bibliography of all sources used in the research using the style standard required in the course (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.). You can find a guide to writing annotated bibliographies at Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL).  More tips on citing and annotating are available at this Columbia College Library Research Guide.
  • Organization, clarity of thought, and overall quality of work will be evaluated.
  • Quality of resources used will be considered, including any or all of the following: books or portions of books; scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles; popular periodical articles; Web sites; archives and special collections; and other resources, including liner notes, interviews, field notes, digital collections, etc. In particular, the Award Committee will look for evidence of use of resources drawn from the Columbia College Chicago Library.
  • Collaborative research projects are acceptable, but no more than four authors/creators can be credited on each entry.

Deadline and prizes

The deadline to submit your entry is the last Friday of the academic year at midnight. For the 2014-15 Academic Year, this will be Friday, May 15.

The Award Committee will endeavor to identify two deserving recipients from each year’s entries, but is not obligated to grant any award. The cash award will be $200.00. For collaborative entries, the monetary award will be divided equally among the authors/creators of the work.

Winners will be notified by email before the end of June. The winning work(s) will be publicized, and the research document(s) housed in the College Archives, with appropriate attribution to the author(s).

How to submit your entry

Submit the following electronically to honorsresearchaward@colum.edu:

  • A copy of the assignment by attachment or an active web link for audio, video, or performance works.
  • An annotated bibliography of all sources used in the research using the style standard required in the course (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.) – either with the assignment or as a separate document.
  • A copy of the original instructions for the assignment.
  • Be sure to include your name(s), full contact information, the name of the course, and the name of the instructor for whom the assignment was completed.

Former winners

Fall 2013/Spring 2014

First Place: Emma-Claire LaSaine (Fiction '17). Her paper, “Angel or Poet: Education, Marriage, and the Woman Question in Victorian Poetry,” written for Dr. Kenneth Daley's Honors course "Victorian Illustrated Poetry," examines the Domestic Angel in Victorian-era poetry. 

Second Place: Trevor McCulloch (Cinema Art + Science '15). His paper, “Blurred Lines: Socially Engaged Art and Performative Spectatorship,” written for Amy Mooney's Honors course "The Art of Civic Engagement," examines participatory art shows and how they can be both confrontational and inclusive.


Fall 2012/Spring 2013

First Place: Emily Graves (Film & Video '15). Her paper,
“Symbolism in Sunnydale: the Complex Characters and Monstrous Metaphors of Buffy the Vampire Slayer," written for Annette Dolph's Honors course "Writing and Rhetoric II," analyzed the themes and character archetypes at work in the popular television series.

Second Place: Brianna Baurichter (Fine Arts, '13). Her paper, “Paris/New York: 20th Century Shifts,” written for Dr. Dominic Pacyga's Honors course "History of the American City" defines the role of art, architecture, and design in New York's rise to prominence. 


Fall 2011/Spring 2012

First Place: Scarlet Sheppard (Theatre ’14). Her paper, “The Actor’s Emotional Mind,” written for Dr. Rami Gabriel’s Honors course “Emotions,” explored Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Method through the lens of Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Management and made connections between the science of psychology and the creative process of acting.

Second Place: Steven Haas (Television ’12). His paper, “Fairness and Justice in the Affordable Care Act,” written for Dr. Rojat Avsar’s Honors course “Economic Policies, Morality, and Ideology,” analyzed the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) through varied (and sometimes conflicting) schools of ethical thought.


Fall 2010/Spring 2011

First Place: Zachary Berinstein (Music ’12). His paper, “Music and Participation: Contemporary Modes of Musical Engagement,” addressed the various ways we engage in music, how this engagement changes over time, and how musical communities are formed.

Second Place: Sarah Kaddatz (Audio Arts and Acoustics ’13). Her paper, "Julius Moessel and The Story of Food Plants,” explored the work of artist Julius Moessel, with a particular focus on a mural he created for the Field Museum in Chicago.