Substantive, scholarly research is an integral part of the Elmhurst College Honors Program.
As an Honors student, you can work closely with your faculty mentor to design and complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice. One student recently conducted an in-depth psychology literature review. Another wrote an original musical score for an independent film maker. A third worked with GIS software to produce a new world map. Ultimately, you can present or publish your work in a public, scholarly venue such as the Elmhurst College Research and Performance Showcase, the Honors Council of the Illinois Region or the National Collegiate Honors Council Conferences.
If travel, equipment or other expenses are connected with your work, we’ll help you apply for funding. The Swords Scholar Grant, for instance, is available exclusively to Honors Program students working on independent research projects.
For details about research criteria, see Guidelines for Independent Research Projects.