Honors Case Study Challenge

Phi Theta Kappa chapters and individual members are invited to participate in the Honors Case Study Challenge. Take the challenge for an opportunity to WIN $500!

To encourage scholarship while promoting civic engagement among college students, Phi Theta Kappa has issued the Honors Case Study Challenge. The Challenge provides chapters with the opportunity to supplement their Honors in Action research based on the Honors Study Topic, with the use of newspapers of varying viewpoints. The Challenge also provides members an enhanced learning experience through the use of newspapers, print or online, and encourages them to stay abreast of current events.

The Challenge:

Phi Theta Kappa challenges you to read online or print newspapers daily and create an Honors Case Study based upon your reading of newspapers over time that are related to our current Honors Study Topic.

The Reward:

  • Be one of the winners of $500!
  • Be recognized at PTK Catalyst 2023 in Columbus, Ohio!

The Rules:

  • Read online or print newspaper articles of varying viewpoints between January 1 and November 1, 2022.
  • Select five newspaper articles with varying viewpoints on a single topic related to the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Study Topic, The Art and Science of Play.
  • Record the newspaper name, headline, byline (reporter’s name), section name, publication date, and page number(s) for each article selected.
  • Write a one-page (maximum 500 words) Case Study summary of the topic, how it relates to the current Honors Study Topic and why the topic was chosen. The summary should outline your topic, any issue or controversy about this topic and how the case study examines these issues.
  • Write an essay (maximum 200 words) on the future implications of the Case Study topic. The essay should include how you predict this topic will influence society in the future and/or what result or outcome you anticipate.
  • Pose three to five open-ended discussion questions (maximum of 75 words total for all questions) related to the topic. Questions should be thought-provoking, open-ended and use critical thinking skills to examine this topic from different perspectives.
  • Suggest up to six academic resources for additional study and provide formal citations for each of these sources. Sources can include books, videos, websites (include URL) and /or articles.
  • Submit by 5:00 pm CST, Monday, November 7, 2022.

You may also use online newspapers for the Challenge.

With many online newspapers (i.e., USA Today, New York Times) you can determine the section of the paper from which the articles comes. That is more difficult with page numbers, but some newspapers include those as well. We recommend copying the URL from which you pull the article, so someone reading the challenge can easily find the article. Whether you use MLA or APA citations, check to see how to include this information. Here is the APA example:

How to Cite a Newspaper Online in APA (These citations look different online. If the citation goes to more than 1 line, please indent the second and subsequent lines by 10 spaces.)


Last, F. M. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Newspaper Title, pp. Page(s). Retrieved from URL.


Bowman, L. (1990, March 7). Bills target Lake Erie mussels. The Pittsburgh Press, p. A4. Retrieved from http://www.pittsburghpress.com

Meier, B. (2013, January 1). Energy drinks promise edge, but experts say proof is scant. New York Times, p. 1. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

Challenge ends November 7, 2022!

The Resources

Check out Citation Machine for help generating citations.

For more information about the Honors Case Study Challenge, contact us.

2021 Honors Case Study Challenge Winners

Anti-Discriminatory or Authoritarian? How House Bill 324 and Critical Race Theory Illustrate Issues Over the Ownership of Truth in Education
Beta Lambda Alpha Chapter
Montgomery College, Rockville Campus
Rockville, Maryland

Polarized America: The Diverse Views of the January 6th Incident
Beta Nu Eta Chapter
Citrus College, Glendora Campus
Glendora, California

Reparations and Equity Amidst a Global Pandemic
Oliver Kipp
Alpha Gamma Pi Chapter
Austin Community College
Austin, Texas

The Impact of Inclusive Hands-On Learning
Alpha Chi Nu Chapter
Southern Maine Community College
South Portland, Maine

2021 Honors Case Study Challenge Honorable Mention

Declining Enrollment at Two-Year Colleges
Alpha Omicron Epsilon Chapter
Georgia Military College, Milledgeville Campus
Milledgeville, Georgia

Global Inequality of COVID Vaccinations
Lindsay Webb
Alpha Mu Rho Chapter
Forsyth Technical Community College
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

How Constructed Environments Effect the Natural Structure of the Indian River Lagoon
Lambda Chi Chapter
Eastern Florida State College – Cocoa Campus
Cocoa, Florida

The Legacy of the Game: Inclusion for All
Jordan Harris
Alpha Beta Omega Chapter
Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown Campus
Middletown, Virginia

2020 Honors Case Study Challenge Winners

Impact of a Career in the Vocational Trades on the Community, Economy, and Gender Integration
Alpha Tau Rho Chapter
Coastal Carolina Community College
Jacksonville, North Carolina

Life and Death
Angelina Bonilla
Santa Fe College
Gainesville, Florida

Building a New Reality: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Constructed Environments
Jason Durgala
Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, North Carolina

Empty Pedestals: Life After Monuments
William Tucker
Beta Sigma Phi Chapter
Central Carolina Community College
Sanford, North Carolina

2020 Honors Case Study Challenge Honorable Mention

The Healing Potential of Juvenile Justice
Tyler Allen
Alpha Gamma Tau Chapter
Northland Pioneer College
Show Low, Arizona

Stress Test: Strive to Minimize Educational Disparity
Alpha Iota Nu Chapter
Norwalk Community College
Norwalk, Connecticut

2020 Honors Case Study Challenge Honorable Mentions

The Healing Potential of Juvenile Justice
Tyler Allen
Alpha Gamma Tau Chapter
Northland Pioneer College
Show Low, Arizona

Stress Test: Strive to Minimize Educational Disparity
Alpha Iota Nu Chapter
Norwalk Community College
Norwalk, Connecticut

Reopening Schools During COVID-19
Beta Zeta Nu Chapter
Cañada College
Redwood City, California