The Honors Workshop gives students the opportunity to pursue an independent research project. Faculty advisers and the workshop directors set target dates for proposals, provide feedback, and arrange a forum for presentations.
Such papers begin in course work taken by students in their second and third year. Some students will write papers in topics classes during their junior year which may serve as the beginnings of the full year research project. Others will find that the paper is an outgrowth of a research job.
In all cases, it is important that during their third year, students focus their research question, take the classes that will provide the research methodology, and begin discussing their research plans with potential faculty advisers and with the college economics program directors.