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Frequently Asked Questions about the Honors Case Study Challenge

Who can enter?

The Honors Case Study Challenge is open to Phi Theta Kappa members and chapters.

Can I do this on my own?

Phi Theta Kappa members may conduct an Honors Case Study on their own or may work as a team with other members of their Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

Do I have to subscribe to different newspapers?

Participants are not required to subscribe to newspapers for this project; however, the project is based on developing a compilation of articles to develop a case study. Therefore, it would be helpful to scan newspapers daily to spot and track trends and issues. You may also contact your college or local library to find out what newspapers are available for your reference.

How do I select a topic for my Case Study?

Read the newspaper daily and watch for trends related to the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.” Over the course of several months, you will notice recurring topics. For example, you may read an article about the privatization of space travel. Weeks later, you may read an article about debates about NASA’s budget. Keep reading and you will soon have your topic such as "Celestial Frontiers: Public or Private Enterprise."

Should all the articles I select relate to the same topic?

Each Case Study should be based on four to five articles taken from newspapers of varying viewpoints between January 1 and November 3, 2014. All of the articles should relate to the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Study Topic. As you read the newspaper, select a recurring topic in the news that is interesting to you and watch for articles that explore that topic from various perspectives. Copies of the articles do not have to be included in the entry.

Can I use articles from Internet versions of newspapers?

Yes, Internet articles may be used for this Challenge as long as you can get all of the required citation information from the web version.

Do I have to send the articles in with my entry?

No. All you have to submit is the article headlines, bylines (reporter(s)' names), publication dates, section names (New, Money, Life and Sports), and page numbers.

What types of resources for additional study will be considered?

Each Case Study should suggest up to six resources for additional study. The best resources are scholarly resources, such as journal articles, chapters from scholarly volumes, books, etc. Websites and articles from other newspapers are also accepted. Ideally, you should suggest a variety of resources for further study.

How do I format my entry?

Follow the template provided. Just type your entry in Microsoft Word.

Where do I send my entry?

You may send your entry via email to honors.programs@ptk.org. You will receive confirmation that your entry has been received and can be opened.

When do I start?

Your Honors Case Study must be received by November 3, 2014. However, articles may be taken from newspapers between January 1 and November 3, 2014. The best entries contain articles taken from newspapers over time, so don't wait until the last minute.

What is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline is 5:00 p.m. (CST), November 3, 2014, via email to honors.programs@ptk.org.