Research & Service

Honors Program scholars represent some of the most intellectually curious and socially responsible students on Saint Leo's campus.

The program culminates in a senior-year capstone project—a major piece of original research or creative work, often with a community service component that builds on Saint Leo's core values. This is your opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member in your area of interest, and to make your mark on the world.

Honors students also find the time to sponsor and participate in service opportunities on campus and around the globe, ranging from cleaning up Florida National Cemetery's gardens on Veteran’s Day, to volunteering at a Costa Rican orphanage. For more information about all service and leadership opportunities at Saint Leo's campus, visit Service & Leadership.

Research & Travel Funding

Funding for research, or to present your work at a professional conference, is available through a grant application process. Honors Program scholars have presented at meetings including the Mathematical Association of America, Florida Academy of Sciences, Florida Collegiate Honors Council, and the Psychological Association.

Undergraduate Research Club

The Honors Program sponsors the Undergraduate Research Club to promote an environment of research on campus. Seminar and lecture topics include:

  • Choosing a statistical test
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes
  • SPSS overview
  • Using texts in research
  • Utilizing databases and other specific resources from the library
  • Format for a formal research study
  • Senior Research Showcase

Examples of Past Senior Projects

Honors projects can take you wherever your passions happen to lead you. Previous years' senior projects have explored:

  • The psychology of treating child dental patients
  • Gender equity and Title IX in Saint Leo's athletic department
  • How literature can help students deal with trauma
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act's effect on small business accounting
  • Concepts of justice, violence, professionalism and spirituality
  • Operation of elementary schools on military bases around the world
  • Ethical issues surrounding organ transplants
  • Incarceration and its effects on the individual and family
  • Public perceptions of cigarette smoking
  • The moriche palm (Mauritia flexuosa), a species that grows abundantly in the Amazon Basin

Students have also created their own entrepreneurial business plans, written novels and books of poetry, created original films, and proposed and performed large-scale service projects on campus and in the surrounding communities.