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The APEX (Academic Project or Experience) is the culmination of your Honors education. The APEX is an original, independent project or experience that builds on everything that you have learned over the past several years. It represents an opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking skills, ability to work independently, and capability to communicate clearly to a broad audience. 

There are three “Tracks” that you can take to complete the APEX. You are free to choose any track, but you should have a discussion with your APEX advisor to choose the track that is most appropriate for your project and career/education plans. The three tracks are:

  • Traditional Research: For this track, “research” is broadly defined and can include scientific experiments, critical literature evaluations, human subject research, etc.
  • Performance/Expression: This track might be most appropriate (but not limited to) for students in CVPA and could include public art installations, musical performances, art exhibits, screenplays, etc.
  • Applied/Service: The Applied/Service track is for students who are doing work in the community or in another applied setting. Projects in this track could include internships, volunteer work, or other work done in a “real-world” setting. 

APEX Requirements

Although the APEX projects might vary in terms of content and direction, all projects will require the following (note that additional details can be found on the APEX Basecamp site on myCourses):

  • An APEX advisor from UMass Dartmouth with whom you will work closely in designing and completing your project.
  • Registering for a minimum of three APEX credits either through the Honors College or through independent study credits in your department (please consult with the Honors College in order to determine if your department’s independent study, capstone, or seminar qualifies).
  • A final written product that, at a minimum, provides a scholarly background, a summary and critical evaluation of the project or experience, and the potential impact of the project on your future.
  • A public presentation of your project (e.g., a poster presentation at the annual Honors College convocation, a publicly announced APEX defense, a presentation at a professional conference, etc).

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