Symposium Highlights Honors College Independent Study Projects

Friday, December 13, 2019
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Twenty-one students from Raritan Valley Community College’s Honors College presented their independent “Capstone Course” projects during a full-day symposium, held December 10 at the College’s Branchburg campus.

Project topics ran the gamut of subjects—from “Is Universal Health Care the Answer?” to “Are Millennials Foregoing or Delaying Marriage,” to “Extraction of Dyes from Plants,” to “A Discussion of What Alzheimer’s Disease Is,” to “Changing People’s Behavior to Incorporate More Recycling,” to “The Socioeconomic Status Effects on College Attainment,” to “The Amazon Effect.”

The Capstone Course is designed to guide sophomore Honors College students from all disciplines through the stages of researching and writing a major research paper or project, or developing an artistic pursuit. The students are mentored by faculty members and present their work at the end of the semester.

Launched in 2011, RVCC’s Honors College serves highly qualified high school graduates who are entering college for the first time. Honors College students benefit from being in small classes with similarly academically motivated students. Students in the program are taught by a select group of faculty. The Honors College features a cohort-based program with smaller, seminar-style courses that have an interdisciplinary focus and afford students the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with their professors.

To learn more about RVCC’s Honors College, attend the Honors College Information Session, Thursday, December 19, from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held in the Event Center (Room B) at RVCC’s Branchburg campus. Register for the session at For additional information about the Honors College, visit

Ranked by,, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



December 13, 2019

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