Freshman Year: Introduction to Research

Social and Ethical Implications of Research I
You will explore the role of research in society, particularly the social consequences and ethical concerns involved in new knowledge and technical innovations that have resulted from modern science.

Social and Ethical Implications of Research II
This second-semester course emphasizes student projects that develop the ability to think critically about these issues, to write persuasively and speak eloquently in order to take a position and make an effective argument on the issues involved.

Junior Year: Ways of Knowing

Ways of Knowing
This seminar challenges honors students to reflect on the status of science, technology and medicine in modern society before they leave the confines of Clarkson University to become professional members of these institutions. Students will learn how to make sense of the processes of scientific knowledge, technical projects and medical strategies that underpin these modern enterprises. In this class, students will explore the nature of what constitutes 'dependable knowledge' - be it in industry, in their own work, or academia. Seminar classes will be structured around historical and recent case-studeis and critical reading of seminal texts on the sociology of scientific knowledge will be targeted towards a core small-group project: a critical exploration of the 'ways of knowing' in two of Clarkson's academic departments.

Honors Thesis Proposal
You will develop a proposal for your project and choose a faculty mentor who will guide you from problem definition through the completion of your thesis during your senior year.

Sophomore Year: The Sophomore Problem

This two-semester course focuses on a real-world problem requiring teams of students engaged in multi-disciplinary collaboration. Students work with faculty consultants to address issues of  global importance, like clean water provision in rural India, or local issues, like the feasibility of a residential hospice facility in Saint Lawrence County. 

In 2019-2020 the Sophomore Problem will be identifying and measuring rubrics to support the Olympic Development Authority and the Town of Elba, NY in their effort to obtain LEED certification for their community. 

Senior Year: Research and Modernity

Honors Thesis
You will continue to engage in in-depth exploration of an original problem. The class meets weekly to check in on each student's progress.

Recent (2019) thesis topics include:

Assessing the Effectiveness of a Performance Measurement Framework for Non-Profit Organizations: A Nicaraguan Agroforestry Case Study (Engineering and Management)

Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Using an Ear Photoplethysmographic Sensor and Prototype Implementation into a Hearing Aid (Electrical Engineering)

Coupling Pi-Pi Interactions with Silica Nanoparticles to Combat Opioid Overdose (Chemistry)

Clarkson University Climate of Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Education Expenditures, Taxation, and Growth: Evidence from U.S. States (Business)

Feasibility of Biodegradable Alginate Capsules as a Slow-Release Fertilizer Mechanism (Chemical Engineering)

Detection of  Swipe Pressure Using a Thermal Camera and ConvNets for Natural Surface Interaction (Computer Science & Electrical Engineering)