Honours Program

The HKIN Dept has a thriving honours program. Honours students gain practical research experience and improve research skills (writing and lab techniques) and communication. Students propose their honours project in the fall, and defend in the spring. Additionally, honours students present their research via oral presentations at the Atlantic Provinces Exercise Science Plus (APES+) annual conference. And, honours students create a research poster for the STFX Annual Student Research Day.

STFX Honours Graduate Students have gone on to pursue Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Therapy, Chiropractic College, Dentistry, work for Sport Organizations, Masters in Kinesiology Programs (in science and sociocultural fields),  PhD’s in Kinesiology and many more.

 

1. APPLICATION
Candidates for the Honours degree program apply to the Chair of the Human Kinetics Department for admission to the program by March 31st of their sophomore (second) year of study. Forms are available from the Human Kinetics Administrative Assistant, Millie Dunbar, in the Human Kinetics Office. Letters of acceptance are typically sent mid-June to mid-August from the Dean of Science. Qualified applicants may be admitted to the Honours program at the end of their junior (third) year or beginning of senior (fourth) year IF a faculty member agrees to supervise the student.

2. SELECT AN ADVISOR
During their junior (third) year of study, students should meet with several faculty members to determine an appropriate advisor with common research interests. Potential topics related to Human Kinetics include: physical activity, physical fitness, health, psychology, nutrition, metabolism, growth and development, physiology, biomechanics, sociology, ethics, history, philosophy (metaphysics), administration, organization, adapted physical education, adapted physical activity, physical education, motor learning, sport, etc. Students should have a faculty advisor selected by April 15th of their third year The “Advisor Form” should be completed and submitted to an Honours Program Coordinator (Dr. Weaving or Dr. MacKenzie). Students admitted to the Honours program at the end of their third or beginning of their fourth year of study has until September 15th to submit the “Advisor Form” to an Honours Program Coordinator.

3. INTENT OF THE STUDY
The "INTENT OF THE STUDY" should be submitted no later than September 30th of their 4th year. The "INTENT OF THE STUDY" form should be submitted to an Honours Program Coordinator (Dr. Weaving or Dr. MacKenzie).

4. COURSE REGISTRATION
Students register for HKIN 491 and HKIN 493 in their senior (fourth) year.

5. PROPOSAL
Once approved by the students’ faculty advisor and second reader, an electronic copy of the research proposal should be submitted no later than November 15th to the Honours Program Coordinators (Drs. Sasho MacKenzie and Charlene Weaving). Normally, the research proposal includes: title page, introduction, review of literature, hypothesis, and proposed methodology. Following approval from the advisor and second reader of the written research proposal, each student will formally present his or her proposal in a 10-minute oral presentation followed by 5-minutes of questions in the Human Kinetics Seminar Series before the end of the fall term. Thesis proposal presentations are to be made prior to any data collection.
Note: An advisor must have access to equipment and space prior to the student’s presentation of their thesis proposal.

6. ETHICAL APPROVAL
Prior to data collection, ethical approval must be obtained from the Human Kinetics Research Ethics Board for all research involving human participants. Only studies in which data will be collected unobtrusively (i.e., document analysis) or that involve research on animals do not follow this process.

7. HONOURS THESIS DEFENSE
All candidates for the Honours degree program must complete and present their thesis before the end of the spring term. A final draft of the thesis should be given to the faculty advisor and assigned Second reader no later than March 15th. This draft should include: title page; revised introduction, review of literature, purpose, hypothesis, and methodology; results; discussion; conclusion; future directions; and necessary appendices. Once approved by the advisor and second reader, each student will make a 15-minute oral presentation and respond to 5- to 10-minutes of questions regarding his or her thesis (i.e., defense) prior to the end of the spring term in the Human Kinetics Seminar Series.

8. HONOURS THESIS REVISION AND SUBMISSION
After their oral presentation and defense of the thesis, students will prepare a final written copy. The final written copy must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor. Once approved, one unbound copy should be submitted to the Honours Program Coordinators no later than April 15th. Four bound copies of the thesis will be made by the department (one copy for the student, department, advisor, and library).

9. DATA COLLECTION DURING THE SPRING OR SUMMER FOLLOWING A STUDENT’S JUNIOR (THIRD) YEAR
Students are encouraged to follow the timeline previously described. However, under special circumstances, a student may collect data during the summer following their junior (third) year. If this route is chosen, then the following timeline should be adhered. Once approved by the faculty advisor and second reader, an electronic copy of the written research proposal should be electronically submitted to the Honours Program Coordinators by March 15th of the junior year. Following approval from the advisor and second reader of the written research proposal, the student should formally present his or her proposal in a 10-minute oral presentation followed by 5-minutes of questions before the end of winter term in their junior year. If applicable, an application for Ethical Approval should be submitted to the Human Kinetics Research Ethics Board no later than April 15th of the student’s junior (third) year.

 

For additional information on the Honours Program, please see course materials.

http://people.stfx.ca/smackenz/Courses/Honours/