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The Honors Program

     1. Eligibility: The honors program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is for meritorious chemistry students pursuing departmental honors. The department minimum GPA is 3.6 or above. Generally, a GPA of 3.6 or higher insures that only the top 20% qualify for the honors program. As an example, for the academic year 2000-2001 the top 20% of chemistry seniors have a GPA of 3.4 or greater.

     2. Selection: The students that meet the minimum GPA will be targeted, notified and selected by the end of the Spring Quarter of the student's junior year. A minimum of three quarters working on a honors project is required.

     3. Requirements: Each student will have a committee consisting of his/her research advisor, the Honors Advisor and another faculty member of the student's choosing. The student will be required to complete a thesis project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and will either write a thesis (minimum of 25 pages) or publish a paper in a refereed research journal. The student will use lab space, lab equipment and supplies furnished by the faculty mentor. Generally, there are about ten undergraduate students (junior standing) who work with faculty mentors that would qualify for departmental honors.

     4. Evaluation of the Thesis or Project: The honors student's project will be evaluated by two members of the student committee (usually the project advisor and a faculty member that the student has chosen). The committee in addition to reading/viewing the project may administer an oral exam.

     5. Graduation with Department Honors: The written record of the honors project must be turned in to the Dean's Office by 5 pm of the last class day in the quarter of graduation. The Dean, project supervisor and all other members of the evaluation committee, must sign a cover sheet of the written record. A copy of the thesis or project will be filed with Alden Library and the student's name will appear in the Commencement program as having applied for Department Honors.