Honors Program & Honors Thesis
The Honors College provides opportunities for outstanding students to add interesting and challenging dimensions to their undergraduate experience.
For more information on the Honors Program, see the Honors College website.
The Honors in Neuroscience Experience
Honors Neuroscience majors have the opportunity to engage in stimulating honors components to courses, participate in unique research opportunities, and complete an honors thesis.
If you are not yet a member of the Honors College and your GPA is 3.0 or above, you may register for one honors section before becoming a member of the Honors College. In addition, all students with a GPA of 3.3 or above and who are in good standing are eligible to complete an honors thesis. We encourage all our students to take advantage of these opportunities!
- Honors components to classes
Many neuroscience classes offer additional experience to extend your knowledge beyond the standard material. For example, in NEUR 3000, Principles of Neuroscience I, Honors students are paired with Neuroscience Institute graduate students to learn about the graduate student’s research and help to design a new experiment.
- Honors research opportunities
Honors neuroscience majors have access to the University Assistantship Program that provides financial support for students to fully engage in a research experience.
- Honors thesis
The neuroscience honors thesis is available to honors neuroscience majors and non-honors students with a GPA of 3.3 or above and who are in good standing. The honors thesis provides students with opportunities to engage in scholarship and professional activity that cannot be paralleled by any classroom experience. The thesis can satisfy intellectual curiosity, promote creativity and intellectual maturation, and expose students to expectations similar to those in graduate school, professional school and various career positions. The thesis encourages students to develop several important academic and professional skills, such as critical analysis, oral and written communication, problem solving, and time management. The thesis also affords students the opportunity to develop a professional working relationship with their professors which can help to enrich their intellectual development. The thesis improves student marketability by providing students with advanced academic experience, detailed meaningful reference letters from their mentors, and tangible products to show admissions committees and prospective employers. Learn more about the honors thesis process here.