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Honors Research Program

Image of a young female student at a lab bench with a pipette in one hand and lab glassware in the other handThe Honors Program in Biological Sciences allows qualified students to graduate with departmental honors, a distinction noted on the diploma and transcript.

The heart of the Honors Program is an intensive research project carried out for at least two consecutive semesters under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The Honors research experience culminates in a presentation of the results of the research project in a poster presentation at a public research forum or in a paper prepared in the form of a scientific journal article.

Hours and Credit

Students may receive 1-3 hours of credit (BIOSCI 4950H/4952H) up to a total of 12 credit hours. Upon completion of a total of 6 hours, 3 credit hours may be applied as elective credit toward a BA or BS in Biological Sciences. Any remaining hours may be applied as general elective hours toward graduation. Students are expected to work a minimum of 3-4 hours per week in the lab doing research for each hour of credit.

Eligibility for Acceptance into the Honors Program

  • Completion or current enrollment in at least 20 credit hours of coursework in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher

Application Process

  • Any interested student should confer with the Honors Director to ensure that he or she understands the goals and requirements of the Honors Program in Biological Sciences. The Director also will help students identify appropriate faculty mentors.
  • In consultation with the faculty mentor, the prospective honors student will then devise a research project for which he or she will have primary intellectual and technical responsibility and that can be carried out over a period of two or more semesters. The student will then submit a description of his or her  proposed research project to the Honors Director using the Honors Research Application form. The application must be submitted by no later than 15 calendar days before the “last day to drop a course without a grade,” as designated on the official University Academic Calendar each semester (Sample Honors Applications).
  • Upon approval of the Honors Application, students need to complete and sign the Guidelines and Agreement for Undergraduate Research in the Division of Biological Sciences. The signed form must be submitted to the Undergraduate Advising Office, 3 Tucker Hall, by no later than 7 calendar days before the “last day to drop a course without a grade.”
  • Enroll in BIOSCI 4950H or 4952H by no later than the “last day to drop a course without a grade.”

For More Information

Dr. David Setzer
Director, Honors Program in Biological Sciences
106 Tucker Hall
Phone: 573-882-6821