Ray Grinnell's Honors Thesis First to Be Hard Bound
Ray Grinnell's 2011 honors thesis was chosen to be the first honors thesis to be hard-bound by the UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Program. His thesis entitled, The Mole that Roared, or, E.M. Forster: Of Moles and Men, was chosen since Ray himself was the first ever UMass Lowell honors student to win the prestigious title of Portz Scholar. Each year, the National Collegiate Honors Council conducts a national competition with every Honors program in the country invited to enter one honors thesis. Ray entered his and he was one of three authors to receive the title of 2011 Portz Scholar.
Ray was duly recognized as he received massive applause from over 1600 attendees of the National Collegiate Honors Council Convention held this past year in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ray, who majored in English, greatly values the contributions given to him by his thesis advisor, Dr. Todd Avery and Dr. Liana Cheney, head of the Cultural Studies Department.
The UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors program has started the process of hard binding theses: past, present, and future so an honor student's work can be archived and displayed with honor itself. An honors thesis will be bound with a hard black cover and gold trim down the spine. Very nice.
We encourage all honor students to produce such high quality work.