Mercer Research Scholars

Track Design

The Research Scholars track is designed for students who wish to pursue undergraduate research under close faculty supervision in their chosen field in a traditional academic setting (laboratory, field, artistic, and/or archival). This track is open to students of all majors within the College of Liberal Arts,  Stetson School of Business and Economics, Tift College of Education, Townsend School of Music, and College of Health Professions.

Mercer Research Scholars Track Director

Dr. John Thomas Scott, Professor of History

Course Requirements

  • HON 110-115—University Honors Program Seminars (2 hours)—First Year
  • HON 205—Thesis Exploration Seminar (1 hour)—Second Year
  • HON 305—Honors Preceptorship (1 hour)—Third Year
  • NOTE: Students must either complete at least six hours in departmental research seminars and/or methodology courses or complete six hours of credit in HON 405 in their junior and/or senior as they work on their research project.
  • University Honors Commons Events and Reflections (2 annually)
  • Senior Honors Thesis/Project—Students will conduct extensive original research and produce an academic product (thesis, poster, show) in their academic major. The size and nature of the project will be commensurate with the student’s academic major and determined in consultation with the student’s faculty research mentor and the director of the Research Scholars track. Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences producing a work of original research, for instance, will complete an approximately fifty page Honors Thesis.

GPA Requirement

Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA throughout their undergraduate career at Mercer and at graduation. Students who fall below 3.5 at any point in their undergraduate career will be subject to suspension and/or removal from the program. Such cases will be handled on an individual basis in consultation with the track director.