ENVD Honors Program
ENVD Honors FAQs
The honors application is a competitive process. You do not need to have spoken with the faculty member you would like to work with, although doing so can give you an edge over applicants who have not. Faculty members will select the most promising projects to advise, and if you have already met with and explained your project, he or she might be more likely to select your project.
You can talk to any of our current honors students:
Maggie Fryke (Advisor: Tori Derr), designing a modular food growing unit
Sung Won Han (Advisor: Stacey Schulte), studying walkability
Erin Hauer (Advisor: Tori Derr), creating design guidelines for ecological cities
Adam Meis (Advisor: Jade Polizzi), studying Structurally Insulated Panels
Alexis Petre (Advisor: Ken Renaud), designing infrastructure to mitigate food deserts
Elizabeth Seaver (Advisor: Meredith Banasiak), creating design guidelines for educational playgrounds
James Watt (Advisor: John Lanterman), studying community-based urban food production
A good place to start is by talking to faculty whose classes you enjoyed, and looking through old honors projects. In addition, some faculty have ongoing projects that you might be able to work on a piece of.
The Community Engagement, Design and Research Resource Center (CEDAR) has connected students to community projects for internships and independent study and serves as a resource to facilitate connections to community partners for honors theses. Examples of past projects include:
· the design of a traveling exhibit “Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins”
· participatory park planning for the City of Lafayette
· participatory permaculture design with Mackintosh Academy
· evaluating Growing Up Boulder through retrospective film-making
· generating design ideas for child-friendly, affordable, green multi-family housing in Boulder
· intergenerational park and playground design for Burke Park and Horizons K-8 Charter School
· Development and installation of a PhotoVoice exhibit with the Youth Services Initiative
· Observational Research about Children’s Environments that Foster Connections to Nature
Please contact Tori Derr for more information.
Honors Thesis Topic on Open Space Land Conservation and Use
Several opportunities exist for honors theses related to open space conservation. These topics would be supported by ENVD and other CU faculty as well as local open space departments. Topics include research on balancing between recreational use and ecological integrity and research into the history of the open space programs (this would be a multi-media project). Please contact Stacey Schulte for more information.
Local History focusing on Jim Leach and Neighborhood Design
A guest speaker to ENVD in 2015-16 will be Jim Leach of Boulder
Jim has been national leader in improving neighborhood design since the 1960s. He is most famous for his many cohousing developments including senior cohousing. His work has been written about in the New York Times, the Pocket Neighborhood Book, the Senior Cohousing Handbook, and many other publications.
If a student is interested in researching cohousing, sustainable neighborhood design, design for community, and designing communities to support different stages of life such as children or aging, this could be a great research topic. What is needed is a literature overview of cohousing, pocket neighborhoods, design for community and sustainability, and then writing a history of the work of Jim Leach over 50 years, and critically reflecting on lessons learned and impact of his body of work. The research would be supervised by Michael Tavel and Louise Chawla. It could result in a publication – book, pamphlet, or article. It will result in research paper, possibly a thesis, and an small exhibition of annotated images of his work. It will involve scanning images from Jim Leach’s personal slid collection, and working directly with Jim Leach to understand the story behind his work.