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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
Cochran, MicaylaActivity patterns of the Nine-Banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) across TN
Dudipala, NehaAre fitness tradeoffs associated with fosfomycin resistance in uropathogenic Escherichia coli?
Goldin, MelissaPif1 Resistance Allows De Novo Telomere Addition Near Double-Strand Breaks
He, LillyThe Effects of CD148 Q276P/R326Q Polymorphisms in Cancer Cells
Hugaboom, MiyaEvolution of mitochondrial genomes in Aspergillus section Flavi fungi
Kalra, MahipAnalysis of Cytoplasmic Incompatibility Genes
Kariuki, JoyceUnfolded Protein Response modulation by SARS-CoV-2 nsp3.1 protein domains
Linney, KaitlynB. dendrobatidis cell wall factors
Paldrmic, IsabellaStress Induced Overconsumption and Glp-1 Signaling in Dorsal Lateral Septum
Patel, VitragRole of Complement Factor 5 in Metabolism
Pembridge, OliviaCharacterizing AP4-deficient D. rerio embryo morphology and autophagy gene expression
Plotkin, SimIdentifying Conserved Patterns in Sites of Repair-associated Telomere Addition
Ramakrishnan, AbinayaThe functional integration of the immune and circulatory systems in Anopheles gambiae
Sharma, ShivaniEffect of the Senescence Pathway on Zebrafish Retinal Regeneration
Srivastava, AnushaRole of Outer Membrane Proteins in Helicobacter pylori Biofilm Formation
Yuan, MingyangEffects of Gαo Signaling on Insulin Granule Movement in Islet Beta Cells

Congrats 2022 Honors Grads!