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Honors Program

Honors research in the Department of Biological Sciences is a rigorous program in which the central feature is a two semester research project under the guidance of a faculty member. About 15-25% of our majors participate.

For entry into the biological sciences honors program, students must have an overall grade point average equal to or greater than 3.3, and a grade point average in courses required for the appropriate biological sciences major equal to or greater than 3.4 at the time of entry. Applications must be approved by a majority vote of the department.

Honors Program Requirements

  • Complete the requirements for the MCB, BSCI, or EEOB major, achieving a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4 in all courses that count toward the major 
  • Satisfactorily pursue a research project under the supervision of the advisor, with a minimum of 10 credit hours of honors research (BSCI 4999) 
  • Give a progress report at the end of the first semester of research. The report will be distributed to the honors committee one week before an oral presentation and a meeting with the committee. The meeting must occur before the start of finals week 
  • At the end of the second semester of honors research, prepare a thesis based on the research project to be read and evaluated by the honors committee 
  • Present the thesis orally before the honors committee and faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Read more about honors research in biological sciences.

Current Honors Students

StudentThesis Title
Bogdanov, Samuel
Creation of a Photo-Switchable Version of TRIP8b
Dubin, Rebecca
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Expansion to Measure Response to Inflammatory Microenvironments
Eberwein, Anna
Synaptic Dysfunction in the Drosophila Model of Niemann Pick Type C Neurodegeneration
Gittens, Tiristen
The Characterization of Hotspots for de novo Telomere Addition in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
Han, Ivy
 Investigating the role of post-wound tension changes in epithelial wound healing 
Khurana, Rohit
A High Dimensional Analysis of Prognostic GBM Phenotypes Using IMC
Kong, Jennifer
Impact of Ventricular-Subventricular Zone (VSVZ) Contact on Glioblastoma Cells
Li, Victoria A mechanism for APC and AP2-clathrin complex interaction upon Wnt activation
McCarthy, Robert
Examination of the Metabolomics of Mutations arising from Long-Term Experimental Evolution
Olaru, Andrei
The ‘Triradialomorpha’: unearthing Ediacaran roots to the metazoan tree of life
Patton, Gillian
Parallel mutations in rho and ydcI: Understanding adaptation to feast-famine cycles in Escherichia coli
Polevikov, Brittany
Neuroactive metabolites in the microbiomes of patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) on the drug Trikafta®.
Solopova, Elena
White Matter Hyperintensities in Alzheimer’s Disease and Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy are Rich in Astrocytic Lysyl Oxidase: a Post-Mortem MRI Study.
Stewart, Carly
Prophenoloxidase as an inhibitor of immune priming in Tribolium beetles
Wang, Yuhan
APP/PSEN mutations and Alzheimer-related neurological pathology
Zancho, Veronica
Effects of Proximity to Water on Wild Mammals in an Urban Setting
Zhong, Katherine
Characterizing natural variation in immune modulation by negative regulators

Congrats 2023 Honors Grads!