The 2017 Honors Students have successfully completed their capstone presentations.  A ground-breaking thirty-four students have fully completed the Honors Program Colloquium last week and are on course to submitting research papers this semester.

Professor Jim Segovis, Director of the Honors Program on campus, has guided and supported these students to victory. Professor Segovis announced he will be stepping down within the next year, handing his position to Professor Jane McKay-Nesbitt, a Marketing professor on campus.  Professor Segovis has truly transformed the Honors Program at Bryant University, encouraging more students to persevere and complete this challenging task.  Thank you to Professor Segovis on his continued efforts at this university and congratulations to Professor McKay-Nesbitt on her new position.

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The Honors Program at Bryant University is a rigorous four-year program involving students in challenging projects and classes throughout their undergraduate careers.  Through their junior and senior year, these students embark on a thesis-directed study of their choosing to look further into a topic that interests them.  Students can complete one of three types of projects: a traditional research thesis, a creative media project, or a problem-solving project.  Each student chooses a faculty adviser to help guide them throughout the project.  Additionally, the student chooses and Editorial Reviewer among the Bryant faculty to help evaluate all final documentation of their projects.

Students this year have completed a variety of studies involving many types of topics, ranging from writing a young adult novel to studying currency correlations.  Other projects include a multi-media project researching Bryant Greek life stereotypes, investor attention in the stock market, and the satisfaction of accounting majors graduating Bryant.  Each student produced widely different projects and were able to focus on what truly interested them.  

Student Kevin Arbeiter, who will graduate with a major in Supply Chain Management in about a month, used his major to direct the path of his study. Kevin looked at Trade Agreements in the African Continent, an area without much data; he successfully completed his study and brought light to a topic that has not been researched too heavily.

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I will graduate with a major in Actuarial Mathematics and a minor in finance, and examined individual investors in financial markets and the impact they have on stock prices.  By completing this project, I have learned not only about my topic, but also my working abilities and topics on interests.  My future career path has positively changed drastically due to this study and I am excited to see where my undergraduate research will lead me to.

When deciding on a topic for your Honors Capstone, focus on where your interests lie. You will be spending over a year on your these presentations and it is important to have a true desire to learn more about your topic.  Having undergraduate research under your belt is a powerful tool to use in future careers and interviews.  Prospective companies look for independence and determination when hiring; your Honors Capstone is a culmination of all of your strengths and is a good indicator of the work you will produce in the future.

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Completing an undergraduate research project is a truly momentous feat.  Congratulations to all thirty-four students who have completed and will graduate with the Honors Program certification in less than a month.  Thank you Professor Segovis for leading us for the past four years, and good luck to the remaining undergraduate students pursuing their capstone projects next year!

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