Monday, October 26, 2015

The Real Guidelines for HIA

by Erica Nieves
  From October 16-18 2015, the Alpha Theta Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa attended the New York Regional Conference in Syracuse, New York. There were very interesting keynote speeches and presentations during the Conference. There’s one presentation that caught my utmost attention. It was called, “What the Judges are Thinking?” This presentation pertains to how to have a successful Honors in Action (HIA) project.
        The HIA project is a research project that PTK members work on through the summer and fall semesters. We begin with a selected topic, called the Honors Study Topic, every year. From that topic, there comes numbered themes in which students can choose and start their research. For example, this year’s Honors Study Topic was “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration”. Out of eight themes, we choose Theme 3: Quests of Human Expression. Our topic is the creative process of LaGuardia students.
       The Honors in Action (HIA) project is research deeply rooted in scholarship, leadership service, and application of learning and solving real world problems. All the research done on the topic is recorded in a form of an essay called the HIA paper. With the HIA paper, there are guidelines to keep in mind during and after research. When writing the HIA paper, collaborate with the college administration, the community, social media, and other chapters. Because the HIA project is a process, write about it. Write about everything that happens during the process. This includes every obstacle faced as a team, whether big or small. From there, write about how mistakes were learned. When writing the HIA paper, use “we” exclusively. Include a variety of point of views when researching the topic. This includes scholars and authors who may disagree with the topic. Write about the different viewpoints of the group and how it was taken into consideration. When writing the abstract, mention the Honors Study Topic and the theme chosen in it. Avoid words that may link to the College Project, such as “college completion”. HIA and the College Project must be separate. And remember to always relate the research back to the Honors Study Topic.

        This presentation was very informative overall. These important guidelines will surely help with future HIA projects in the years to come.

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