Let's compare the Honors Thesis and the Senior Portfolio Project.

Both allow you to:

Develop meaningful relationships with faculty mentors

Prepare you for post-graduation opportunities


Show your depth
Gain expertise in your own area of intellectual interest

Create something new
Make an original contribution to your field

Set yourself apart
May result in an excellent writing sample and strong professional references

Demonstrate your skills
Show evidence of your transferrable research, analytical, writing and oral communication skills

Senior Portfolio Project

Explore your breadth
Showcase your ability to integrate years of learning into a connected, functional whole

Synthesize your work
Think about "how things fit together" and grow your confidence to work in your field

Assess your strengths
Judge the quality of your work using criteria experts use and possibly gain strong professional references along the way

Commit to self-reflection
Demonstrate your drive to improve and commitment to excellence

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