The Independent Track exists to accommodate students whose research interests are not part of another Honors Track. Working with the Director of the Honors College, students design a track that suits their needs. Students must take a series of courses or independent study classes as part of the track and they must complete a final thesis project. The Track is Ideal For: Students whose research interests are not part of another Honors Track Curriculum: Students interested in the Independent Track must meet with the Director of the Honors College to discuss their interests. The student must locate one or two advisors from appropriate academic departments to help mentor them. The student and advisor will choose the courses for the track, and they will outline a proposal for the Honors thesis or project. The student will submit a 3-page proposal to the Director of the Honors College that describes each class that will be part of the track and provides a description of the thesis or project. The Director of the Honors College must approve the proposal for a student to enter the Independent Track. What projects have students completed in the past? Students in the Independent Track have produced theses with the following titles: Thesis Title Student Name Year Sleep Deprivation Among College Students Jennifer Desai 2015 A dendro-archeological study of historic structures from Rockland County, NY Evan Gerry 2015 Recycled Dreams Jaime Hall 2015 The Transformation of a Community Paige Rainville 2015 "Strain diversity effects of Ammophila breviligulata, American Beach Grass, on plant performance under different water availabilities" Paige Appleton 2014 Racism and Sexism in Education Rita Vander Stad 2014 3D Printing and Designer Toys William Wiggins 2014 Role of CCR2+ inflammatory monocytes in defense against Aspergillus fumigatus Lorato Anderson 2013 The Master of Disguise Alyssa Beres 2013 Theoretical Investigation of Organic Semiconductor Heterojunction Potentials Janna Domenico 2013 Effects of Retinola and Phytol on Limb Development in Tadpoles Xenopus laevis William Manzo 2013 My Life as a Person with Autism Alexandra Megalos 2013 Public Relations' Influence on a Community-Based Fundraising Event Brielle Takacs-Senske 2013 Exploring the Creative Process Nalani DeMarco-Clisset 2012 Knot Theory and the Alexander Polynomial Jennetta George 2012 Determination of Patterns within Communities of Epiphytic Fungi in Peanut Crops Jordan Storms 2012 A Study of the Universe through Non-Euclidean Geometry Daniel Colaneri 2011 How do I enroll? For further information on this track, consult the director, Dr. Barbara Andrew, at (973) 720-3658, or at ANDREWB@wpunj.edu. About the Track Director: Dr. Barbara Andrew specializes in feminist theory, ethics, social and political philosophy. Her most recent publications consider love and freedom as moral principles. Dr. Andrew served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy from 2011 until her appointment as interim Honors College Director. She has taught at William Paterson University since 2002. Previously, she taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Montana.