Honors College Annual Student Awards

2018-2019 Award Winners

Outstanding Honors Senior

Kennesaw Campus


Lisa Smith, International Affairs Major

Outstanding Honors Senior

Marietta Campus


Jesse Manders, Electrical Engineering Major, Mechatronics Minor

Dr. Liza Davis Outstanding Honors Capstone Award

Kennesaw Campus

Christopher Rogers, Biology Major

Capstone: "Taxonomy and the History of Science: A Critical Analysis of Four Historic Publications"

Outstanding Capstone Award

Marietta Campus

Colt McKissick, Software Engineering Major

Capstone: "The Importance of Design Patterns in Maintainable Web Applications"

Honors College Distinguished Faculty Member Award

Mary de Chesnay



Award criteria, application and selection process

  • The award for Outstanding Honors Senior recognizes the student from each campus who exemplifies the highest ideals of the University Honors Program. 

    Number of awards: Two awards, one designated for a senior whose major is based on the Kennesaw campus; one for a student whose major is based on the Marietta campus

    Award Criteria: Candidates must:

    • Be in good standing with the Honors Program, including an adjusted KSU GPA of 3.25 or better
    • Have completed at least 90 hours of coursework, with an A or B in each honors course
    • Be on track to graduate as an Honors Scholar

    In addition to the essential criteria above, preference will be given to candidates who have completed the majority of their Honors requirements, have a fully approved capstone proposal, and have substantive scholarly, creative, or service-related achievements shared with publics beyond the classroom.  Examples may include, but are not limited to:

    • Presentation(s) at state, regional, or national conference(s)
    • Publications in scholarly journals  
    • Merit-based scholarships, prizes or awards for excellence in the student’s field of study
    • Work in a campus position that supports research or teaching, such as lab assistant, supplemental instruction leader, tutor, research assistant, peer mentor, or teaching assistant  
    • Noteworthy accomplishments in an internship, co-op or other field experience related to the student’s field of study
    • A substantive honors service-learning project reflecting community engagement
    • Active participation in special honors groups such as the Great Books or President’s Emerging Global Scholars cohorts
    • Leadership in the Honors Club or as an Honors representative in student government
    • Other major positions of campus leadership or engagement

    Nomination and Application Process:
    Prospective candidates for the award will be identified in early spring of each year through:

    • Nominations by Honors faculty and capstone mentors, and/or
    • Invitation to all seniors with a 3.7-4.0 GPA who meet the essential criteria above for good standing with the Honors Program

    The Honors College will contact candidates via email and invite them to submit an application. A completed application requires:

    • Complete this application form.
    • Optional: A letter of support from a KSU faculty member. Please note that this letter must come from someone other than the Honors Director, Honors College Dean, and other Honors College administrators. The letter (or email) may be sent to University Honors Program Director Lynn Stallings (lstallings@kennesaw.edu)

    Selection process: 
    A committee comprised of the honors director for each campus and honors faculty will determine the award winners.


  • Number of awards: 2 awards, one designated for a student whose major is based on the Kennesaw campus; one for a student whose major is based on the Marietta campus

    Award criteria: 

    For research theses:

    • Importance of topic or question
    • Appropriateness of methodological choices
    • Quality of analysis and interpretation of results
    • Overall quality of writing and presentation

    For applied projects:

    • Importance of topic
    • Originality
    • Quality of execution
    • Contribution to the student’s field
    • Overall quality of writing and presentation

    Selection process: Candidates for the award will be nominated by faculty who serve as Honors capstone mentors, Honors liaisons, and Honors faculty. A committee of Honors College faculty will decide on the winners.