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Honors Project

Eligibility Requirements

For continuing College of San Mateo students, or for students from another accredited college or university, a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA (in 12 or more transferrable units) OR For new students to CSM from high school, a minimum 3.5 (unweighted) cumulative GPA.

Writing/Reading Ability

  • Eligibility for or completion of English 100 (with C or better)
  • Please provide transcript copies (unofficial is fine)
  • Provide reference from a teacher (either from a college teacher or high school teacher)

Personal Statement
In 300-400 typed words, provide the following information:

  •  describe why you are interested in participating in the Honors Project and its community
  •  share an academic experience or an area of academic interest that inspired your interest in the program
  •  discuss what you hope to gain from your participation
  •  assert how you hope to contribute to the Honors community.

The quality of your writing is a factor in the evaluation of your application. Make sure your statement is typed and attached to your application. 

Students must be accepted into the Honors Project before registering for seminars. For more information, contact Tim Maxwell ( 

93664 ENGL 329 Wed 1:30-3:30 18-206 Maxwell 2.0
93563 PHYS 329 Thurs 2:10-4:15 36-114 Janatpour 2.0 

Note: While Honors Project research seminars are listed by department (e.g. Physics and Film), they are interdisciplinary in design, supporting research methodology across disciplines in Business and Technology; Creative Arts and Social Science; Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance; Language Arts; or Math and Science.