To pursue this option, you must select a faculty member with whom to conduct an original research project. At the end of the project, you will write a thesis, guided by your faculty mentor. The thesis is presented before a committee of three faculty members, including your mentor. If your mentor happens to be outside of the Biochemistry Department, in addition to that mentor you should have at least two Biochemistry faculty members on your committee. You then defend your thesis work in a short oral examination conducted by the committee. Successful graduation with honors is a very prestigious distinction for your resume. Complete details can be found in the Guidelines for Honors Thesis.
Special research fellowships to pursue a degree with honors are offered through CASNR. See the section titled "Undergraduate Honors Student Research Program" to find out how to apply for this Agricultural Research Division Award.
The following is a model undergraduate thesis:
COMBINED B.S./M.S. DEGREE
Depending on your career objectives, if you are considering graduating with honors, you may also be interested in pursuing the combined bachelors/masters degree. Students apply for this program after the sophomore year. Please see Britta Osborne, Chief Academic Advisor for more information.