Current Project Examples
This year’s junior and senior honors program members have worked incredibly hard to put together a number of unique, interesting projects related to their fields. Each project is either a thesis or a major project that is undertaken by the student and guided by a senior faculty member and second reader. Below are a few of the exciting projects put forth by students. Also, to help you start your project, you can download and print the proposal and registration forms.
Senior Project Proposal Form
Senior Project Registration Form
Tonya is a senior English Major who is composing two original short stories with Black Hills State University's resident author, Kent Meyers. To read more about Tonya's project or see an example of how to write a proposal for your project, click the link below.
Jovan is an Elementary Education and Secondary English Education major. She is concerned with the importance of understanding how to use strong teaching practices. Her project is intended to help her understand the practical implementations of such practices in schools with students of diversity. In short, this project examines the effect of culture on education, and the effect of education on culture. Jovan has visited Little Wound Middle School in Kyle, SD for a week to observe education on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. In addition to this, she is doing a literature review. Her research is funded by a grant from the Chiesman Foundation.
Amanda's paper provides a qualitative review of 38 published sources concerning the unique effects of music therapy, the situations surrounding care for Alzheimer’s patients, and how music therapy is a proven tool for people with Alzheimer’s type dementia. The reviewed information includes research findings, methodological issues, and future research suggestions. Music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients appears to be a valid positive therapeutic intervention.
Joanna examined genetic variation in two serotonin system genes in relation to decision-making. Her project was part of a larger study on impulsivity and health-risk behaviors, which is being conducted by Dr. Stoltenberg and his research team. Dr. Bergey and Dr. Nag also assisted with the project. They plan to submit her paper for publication in a scientific journal.