2014/2015 Honors Study Topic Introduced

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Phi Theta Kappa is excited to kick off a new year with the introduction of the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration. The topic will serve as the focus of the Honors in Action program for the next two years, January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2015.

The 2014/2015 Honors Program Guide

The topic goes beyond the traditional ideas of frontiers and exploration and delves deep into the spirit of discovery surrounding everyday life. The topic is divided into nine themes:
-    Theme 1: Nature of the Quest
-    Theme 2: Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers
-    Theme 3: Quests of Human Expression
-    Theme 4: Exploring the Natural Environment
-    Theme 5: Celestial Frontiers
-    Theme 6: Frontiers of Temporal & Spatial Physics
-    Theme 7: Health and Medicine as Frontiers
-    Theme 8: Exploring the Political Economy
-    Theme 9: Borders and Boundaries

“We are thrilled to introduce this new Honors Study Topic, and we cannot wait to see what inspirations our chapters draw from it,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. “This is an Honors Study Topic that truly lends itself to the scholarly research of previously unexplored areas of interest surrounding a chapter and its college campus and community. We are excited to see the discoveries our chapters make as they delve deeper into the Honors Study Topic.”

Honors in Action is Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Program and is designed to engage honors students in actions that foster student success and help fulfill the mission of the Society. Participation in Honors in Action contributes to personal, academic and career development and affords students the leadership and service-learning opportunities that have an impact on their campuses and in their communities.

The Honors in Action process is broken down into eight steps:
1. Read the Honors Program Guide and choose one of its nine themes.
2. Develop a research plan and objectives.
3. Explore several sources about the Honors Study Topic theme to narrow your focus.
4. Investigate the specific research questions/focus of theme.
5. Analyze research and develop conclusions.
6. Develop a plan of action that includes leadership opportunities to address the specific need identified.
7. Carry out the plan.
8. Write the results.

The findings of the research and the resulting Honors in Action Project may be submitted to the Hallmark Awards Program for recognition during Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention. Participation in the Honors in Action program can also help fulfill levels of the Five Star Chapter Plan.

NerdNation 2014 speakers — explorers Alison Levine and Dr. Robert Ballard — will address the new Honors Study Topic in their presentations during the Annual Convention April 24-26 in Orlando, Florida. Honors Institute, to be held June 16-21 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, is a weeklong exploration of the Honors Study Topic featuring guest speakers and small group discussions. Look for more details about the 2014 Honors Institute to be announced soon.

All chapters will receive the new Honors Program Guide sometime in January. The guide details the new Honors Study Topic, outlines the nine themes, and provides a sample Honors in Action project for each theme. View the 2014/2015 Honors Program Guide now.