THE PELL HONORS PROGRAM
For Undergraduate Honors in Philosophy or PPL
The goal of the Pell Honors Program is to introduce undergraduate students to an intensive writing experience beyond the typical undergraduate education. Students write a peer- and jury-reviewed article that they then defend at a public conference and submit for publication. Students are exposed to graduate-level and professional standards of writing and speaking by developing their own philosophical writing in the context of working closely with faculty and the other participants in the program.
The program is named for alumnus Owen C. Pell, '80, whose vision and generous contributions help make it possible.
- Each year, the Philosophy Department offers a tutorial style workshop for between six and ten senior Philosophy and/or PPL majors who are writing honors theses. In the Fall semester, these students register for the four-credit PHIL 471: Pell Honors Seminar I or PPL 471: Pell Honors Seminar I. In the Spring semester, they register for a one-credit PHIL 472: Pell Honors Seminar II or a one credit PPL 472: Pell Honors Seminar II.
- The Program is run by the Director, who is a member of the Philosophy faculty. Each student has an additional faculty member as an expert advisor. These advisors meet with the student several times over the semester to discuss the student's thesis.
- The Director solicits applications and makes selections for the program in the preceding spring. Applicants must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5.
- In the Fall semester, the Director leads a workshop that normally meets weekly and provides a forum for instruction regarding the process of writing the thesis, and for feedback on the students' work.
- At the end of the Fall semester, a public conference is held at which the students present their theses to a panel that is typically composed of Philosophy faculty.
- After the conference, the Director, in consultation with the conference panel, determines which Philosophy students will receive the Dillon Award and which PPL student will receive the Pell Award. Both awards are based on students' written work and their conference presentation.
- In the Spring, the workshop meets less regularly, and is devoted to revising the theses in light of the discussions at the conference and to polishing the theses for submission to conferences and/or for publication.
- The Director will edit a collection of the Pell theses that will be published by Global Academic Press.
- Throughout the year, the Director may organize additional social and academic activities that further enhance the participants' experience and development.
- At the end of the Spring semester, the Director determines what level of Honors each student has earned based on their work in the Program.