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 Get Involved.
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.
The Honors Program sponsors the Honors Club to promote the academic environment on campus. Activities include:
Trips to museums
Picnics in the park
Serving dinner at a women and children’s center
Serving dinner at the Salvation Army
Hosting a birthday party at the Salvation Army
Trips to state beaches and parks
Post flooding clean up
Events on the ropes course
Parties on campus
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.