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College of Sciences Research Honors


Through the College of Sciences Research Honors process, outstanding students have the opportunity to earn the College of Sciences Research Honors distinction on their graduating transcript after completing advanced study under close faculty supervision. Approval is based on the student’s academic performance, and ultimately, upon the recommendation of faculty members, the Department Chair, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Unlike the College of Sciences Honors Program, the College of Sciences Research Honors distinction is housed within the College of Sciences and is not affiliated with the Honors College. This means that you do not have to be a member of the Honors College to be eligible to participate.

If you enjoy research, plan to pursue a research-intensive career, or want to attend a STEM graduate program, we encourage you to participate in this process. Through your research activities and increased interactions with faculty, you will gain essential skills and experience needed to excel in the STEM workforce.

To be eligible to pursue the College of Sciences Research Honors distinction, students must be a College of Sciences major, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater, and have a major grade point average of 3.0 or greater.

If those criteria are satisfied, then during their final academic year students must enroll in and complete two semesters of Honors Research (#4993) or a similar course in their major. (Any course other than Honors Research needs approved via petition prior to registering.) At the conclusion of those two semesters, students are expected to have produced a high-quality research paper/thesis. The courses’ Instructor of Record and one additional faculty member must read and approve the research paper. A copy of the research paper and the Approval Memo with appropriate signatures should be sent to the Associate Dean in the College of Sciences Dean’s Office for final review.

Students interested in this process can contact the Dean’s Office or their major Department with any questions.

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