Distinction in Research

Rice University Distinction in Research and Creative Works

Please complete and return the following form to the Office of the Provost, MS-2, by October 11, 2016. Information submitted on this form will be binding for the 2016-17 academic year and distributed in all publicity related to promotion of the award for Distinction in Research and Creative Works. Please use identical language in all departmental publicity.

Department:

Department of History

Contact person: 

Erin Baezner - Ext 4947

Department’s Definition of “Above and Beyond” Standard Set by the Faculty Senate Document:

The history department presently requires that students complete two 400-level capstone seminars that each involve a significant amount of historical research.  Students who go above and beyond this requirement by completing and defending a honors thesis of extraordinary quality may be considered for the honor “Distinction in Research and Creative Works.”  Non-thesis students who have completed research projects of extraordinary quality beyond the major requirements may also be considered for the honor.  Application is by portfolio which will include either a thesis, 2 to 3 seminar papers of 15-25 pages, or other work of similar length showing demonstrated excellence.

Department Requirements (A department may define one set of requirements or offer multiple options. Please number options.)

Option 1:  By March 10, 2017, members of the department’s thesis-based honors program must declare by letter their intention of having their completed theses considered as a part of the material required for the awarding of the honor “Distinction in Research and Creative Works.”  In order for a thesis to be officially considered, upon completion of the project the student’s advisor, the director of undergraduate studies, or some other faculty member must nominate the project by letter addressed to the department’s Undergraduate Committee.  Nominated projects should exceed the already high expectations for history honors theses in depth of primary source research, sophistication of research design, analyses of historiography, cogency of argumentation, and quality of prose.  The department’s undergraduate committee will vote concerning “Distinction in Research and Creative Works” at the same time that it determines general history honors. 

Option 2:  Students who are not members of the department’s thesis-based honors program may also be considered for the honor “Distinction in Research and Creative Works.”  Such students will announce their intention to apply for distinction by a letter addressed to the director of undergraduate studies (due on March 10, 2017).  In order to have their work officially considered for the honor, students must subsequently deliver a research portfolio to the history department office no later than March 31, 2017.  The portfolio should be accompanied by a sealed letter of nomination written by the student’s advisor, the director of undergraduate studies, or some other member of the history department faculty.

The decision concerning “Distinction in Research and Creative Works” under Option 2 will be made by applying the same criteria as the thesis-based route, and work awarded distinction in this manner should be equivalent in scope and overall excellence to that of a thesis awarded distinction via Option 1.

Are students required to declare their intent to apply for Distinction?  Yes

If yes, what is the deadline? March 10, 2017

What are the required application materials?

Research  portfolio, along with a letter of nomination from a member of the history department faculty.

Deadline for Final Submission of Required Materials:  March 31, 2017