Independent

Independent Track

 

The Independent Track exists to accommodate students whose research interests are not part of another Honors Track. Working with the Director of the Honors College, students design a track that suits their needs. Students must take a series of courses or independent study classes as part of the track and they must complete a final thesis project.

 

The Track is Ideal For:

  • Students whose research interests are not part of another Honors Track

 

Curriculum:

Students interested in the Independent Track must meet with the Director of the Honors College to discuss their interests. The student must locate one or two advisors from appropriate academic departments to help mentor them. The student and advisor will choose the courses for the track, and they will outline a proposal for the Honors thesis or project. The student will submit a 3-page proposal to the Director of the Honors College that describes each class that will be part of the track and provides a description of the thesis or project. The Director of the Honors College must approve the proposal for a student to enter the Independent Track.

 


What projects have students completed in the past?


Students in the Independent Track have produced theses with the following titles:

Thesis Title

Student Name

Year

"Strain diversity effects of Ammophila breviligulata, American Beach Grass, on plant performance under different water availabilities"

 

Paige Appleton

 

2014

Racism and Sexism in Education

 

Rita Vander Stad

 

2014

3D Printing and Designer Toys

 

William Wiggins

 

2014

Role of CCR2+ inflammatory monocytes in defense against Aspergillus fumigatus

 

Lorato Anderson

 

2013

The Master of Disguise

 

Alyssa Beres

 

2013

Theoretical Investigation of Organic Semiconductor Heterojunction Potentials

 

Janna Domenico

 

2013

Effects of Retinola and Phytol on Limb Development in Tadpoles Xenopus laevis

 

William Manzo

 

2013

My Life as a Person with Autism

 

Alexandra Megalos

 

2013

Public Relations' Influence on a Community-Based Fundraising Event

 

Brielle Takacs-Senske

 

2013

Exploring the Creative Process

 

Nalani DeMarco-Clisset

 

2012

Knot Theory and the Alexander Polynomial

 

Jennetta George

 

2012

Determination of Patterns within Communities of Epiphytic Fungi in Peanut Crops

 

Jordan Storms

 

2012

A Study of the Universe through Non-Euclidean Geometry

 

Daniel Colaneri

 

2011

 

 

How do I enroll?

For further information on this track, consult the director, Dr. Susan Dinan, at (973) 720-3658, or at dinans@wpunj.edu

 

About the Track Director:

Susan Dinan received her Ph.D. in European History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. Her research examines gender, poor relief, and healthcare in early modern Europe. She is currently researching outbreaks of plague in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France and England.