Distinction Program

The Distinction Program recognizes students for excellent scholarly work in their fields of study. Students apply to the program in the fall of their senior year and then work with an advisor throughout the year to complete an independent research project or creative work. That work is then defended in the spring before an advisory committee.

Projects completed in the context of a seminar or capstone course may be used for Distinction, given that they are done at a high level and meet the guidelines and expectations of the program. Projects conducted in the Honors Program cannot also be used for Distinction.

Anyone who completes the program will be recognized as having graduated “With Distinction” on their permanent academic transcript, their diploma and in the graduation program. Students who complete the program can also apply to receive an Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Card as part of our Five Cardinal Experiences.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students in all disciplines with senior standing and a cumulative GPA of 3.4 for students starting at Otterbein after fall 2014.

University Approval

Any projects involving human subjects or the use of animals must receive approval from the Institutional Review Board or the Animal Care and Use Committee. Approval must be received before the onset of data collection.

Important Dates and Notes

Proposal Due Date: Fall semester, 5 p.m. on Friday of week 4.
Proposals should be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Work, Professor Robin Grote of the Department of Chemistry. You may direct any questions to him as well.

Final thesis and defense due dates:
The defense should take place during weeks 11-13 of spring semester. Your completed final thesis must be submitted to your advisory committee at least one week prior to the defense (i.e., no later than the end of week 12). The deadline for submission of the final electronic thesis to the library is the Friday of week 14.