Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors

Opportunity is provided for qualified chemistry and biochemistry majors to be awarded departmental honors at the time of graduation

As a department, we value excellence in both academics and research. Thus, we will award Honors and Distinctions accordingly:

  • Honors in Academics and Research

  • Distinction in Academics

  • Distinction in Research

See below for requirements.

Honors in Academics and Research
  • Perform original research under the mentorship of one or more departmental faculty members such that sufficient research progress and appropriate understanding of the research topic has been achieved, as demonstrated through research mentor support of student consideration for departmental honors or distinction in research.
  • Create and submit a complete report of ~15 to 25 pages on their original research.
    • Review by one additional departmental faculty member required.
    • The student candidate must submit their research proposal to their committee members for review ~four weeks prior to the end of the semester, and submit their final (revised) report to their research advisor ~two weeks prior to the end of the semester.
  • Present their research in one of two options:
    • As a poster or oral presentation at a local, regional, or international conference or symposium.
    • As a ~15 to 25-minute oral presentation in the Departmental Seminar Series.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.70 in the major.
Distinction in Academics

Have a minimum GPA of 3.70 in the major.

Distinction in Research
  • Perform original research under the mentorship of one or more departmental faculty members such that sufficient research progress and appropriate understanding of the research topic has been achieved, as demonstrated through research mentor support of student consideration for departmental honors or distinction in research.
  • Create and submit a complete report of ~15 to 25 pages on their original research.
    • Review by one additional departmental faculty member required.
    • The student candidate must submit their research proposal to their committee members for review ~four weeks prior to the end of the semester, and submit their final (revised) report to their research advisor ~two weeks prior to the end of the semester.
  • Present their research in one of two options:
    • As a poster or oral presentation at a local, regional, or international conference or symposium.
    • As a ~15 to 25-minute oral presentation in the Departmental Seminar Series.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the major.

Please follow these Instructions and use this Routing Form for signatures.