The W. Garie Taylor Honors Program of Martin Methodist College seeks to promote a community of scholars through the development of challenging curricula, cultural enrichment, and face-to-face interaction with guest speakers who are leaders in religious, political, academic, business, scientific, and arts arenas. The program will foster community through participation of academic scholarship winners; small class interaction with Honors Program professors; visits to museums and places of historical, ecological, scientific, economic, or artistic importance, and community service. Guest speakers will expose program participants to ideas of both new and historic significance.
The Taylor Honors Program is open to all qualified students who have achieved a 25 ACT and a minimum of 3.0 GPA in high school. Students invited to join the program will be required to complete an honors section each of the first four semesters they attend Martin Methodist College. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to continue in the Honors Program.
Students who do not meet the above requirements may participate in the honors program if they have a cumulative 3.0 GPA after their first semester of at least 15 hours at Martin Methodist College. Students must maintain at least 3.0 GPA in order to continue in the Honors Program.
Transfer students may enter the Garie Taylor Honors Program by:
1) graduating from an honors program at a two-year college, or
2) completing honors classes at another college and having a transcript evaluation upon matriculation to Martin Methodist College.
Students admitted to the Taylor Honors Program at Martin Methodist College typically will take a minimum of 15 hours of honors in their freshman and sophomore years. Six of those may be part of the English Studies Abroad experience at Harlaxton College, beginning in Fall of 2012. Students who elect to continue study in the Honors Program beyond the completion of fifteen hours, students who enter the program late, or students who do not complete the core-level fifteen hours have the option to continue in the program as follows: In the junior and senior years, honors students will conduct research projects in their major fields. Junior honors students will present to the Honors Program Council annotated bibliographies and a proposal for original research. These students are encouraged to compete in an Honors Program scholarship contest for money to be used in original research. The project will culminate in the student’s presentation of research to the campus community in his/her senior year. Research projects will be guided by professors in the field of study. All projects, whether or not funded with scholarships, will be presented to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before research begins, with projects involving research on human subjects contingent on the IRB’s approval. A student may participate in the research project whether or not s/he wins a scholarship, with honors recognition for the project being the same for scholarship winners and non-winners upon graduation.
Each year, graduating students who complete a total of fifteen hours of honors courses will be recognized with honors certificates at graduation. Those who finish the original research and do senior presentations will receive special graduation recognition for research. Those who finish both fifteen hours of core-level courses in honors and the upper-level research component will receive honors diplomas upon graduation. These recognitions will be part of the student’s permanent record.
Spring 2013 Schedule of Honors Program Events and Lectures
- January 22-Big Picture Interfaith Dialogue
- February 19-Big Picture "The Island President" (film) with discussion to follow
- March 19-Lecture Jessica Christopher and Tim Wilson (winners of the 2011-12 W. Garie Taylor Research Scholarship). Ambiance and Marketing in American Baseball Parks, Old and New
- March 26-Banquet
- April 16-Holocaust Remembrance
- TBA-Spring Outing
For more information, please contact Dr. Brent Harwell, at email@example.com
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