Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Honors Program
Departmental Honors Coordinator: Dr. Jixin Chen (https://www.ohio.edu/chemistry/faculty/chenj.php)
Departmental Undergraduate Chair: Dr. Lauren McMills (https://www.ohio.edu/chemistry/faculty/lauren_mcmills.php)
College of Arts & Sciences instructions: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/dean/undergrad-affairs/honors/departmental/index.cfm
The honors program in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is awarded through the College of Arts & Sciences for those students satisfying a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a GPA of 3.3 or higher and a thesis (or a published research paper).
Students who meet the honors criteria and the deadlines will receive a diploma (and transcript) with the words "With Honors" after the degree.
Students with a GPA 3.3 or higher at the end of their junior fall semester are qualified. Students that meet the GPA are encouraged to apply for the program during the spring semester of the student's junior year.
- The student will talk to the Department Honor Coordinator and fill out an application form that is then confirmed by his/her research advisor.
- If a student has not joined a research lab, the student will meet with <5 faculty in the department to provide a list of research advisors to the program coordinator, who will contact the advisors to decide the first to accept the student, with priority giving to those on the top of the list. Failing to join a research lab in the department will end the application process. The student's academic advisor will be a good source of information for students desiring to pursue an honors program.
- The research advisor and the student will work together to set a committee (at least two graduate faculty) for the student. This information should be sent to the program coordinator.
- The student will conduct research for at least 2 semesters (the student can register CHEM 4940 for credits). Research experience in the same lab before the application is also acceptable.
- The student is required to write a thesis (minimum of 25 pages). If the student is a primary author of a research paper that has been published or has been accepted for publication by the deadline for submission of the thesis, the thesis can be waived.
- See the thesis format and rules at https://www.ohio.edu/cas/dean/undergrad-affairs/honors/departmental/approval.cfm.
- The committee will meet with the student (at least) one week before the college deadline. A formal defense is recommended but not required. However, the student must answer questions showing they understand the details of the research project described in the senior honor thesis or publication. A final form will be signed by all the committee members after the meeting.
- The final step for approval of the honors thesis is to complete a form provided by the College of Arts & Sciences and to meet the college undergraduate advisor in the college office to review the thesis for formatting. The honors thesis will be sent to the Dean (or designee) who will review and sign the thesis. If the thesis is associated with on-progress or future publications, it will be submitted to the library with an on-hold status. See https://www.ohio.edu/cas/dean/undergrad-affairs/honors/departmental/approval.cfm.
- Program application deadline: April 15 of one's junior year.
- Thesis/paper deadline: three weeks before the exam week of the graduation semester. Papers must have been published or have been accepted for publication.
- Committee meeting/defense deadline: one week before the college final deadline.
- Final form deadline: see https://www.ohio.edu/cas/dean/undergrad-affairs/honors/departmental/approval.cfm
Students are encouraged to apply for funding through the Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund (PURF). The committee is expected to encourage and advise students on applying for the PURF.
Criteria for Awarding Departmental Honors
- All graduation requirements of Chemistry and Biochemistry must be fulfilled.
- Maintain the required overall and major GPA. A 3.3 GPA or higher is standard, but exceptions can be made for students with a 3.0 GPA.
- Meet committee (usually the project advisor and a faculty member that the student has chosen) expectations for satisfactory progress. Expectations, including proper deadlines, must be conveyed to the student by the committee.
- Work at least two semesters in the same advisor's research lab on one or more projects. Safety training is required for the student before working in the lab.
- Complete an original thesis/project (minimum of 25 pages) which requires original research and significant writing. The thesis/project must be approved and signed by the thesis committee. The thesis requirement can be waived if the student is the primary (first) author of a research paper that has been accepted for publication by the deadline for submission of the thesis.
- Deliver one copy of the signed thesis to the supervisor and two copies to the Departmental Honors Coordinator.
- Meet all the deadlines. The student must tell the Undergraduate Chair for Undergraduate Studies when the thesis has been defended. The Chemistry & Biochemistry Honors requirements will be confirmed by the program coordinator prior to notifying the College of Arts & Sciences to accomplish of the program.
Interested students should
- Contact the honors coordinator.
- Review the above guidelines to know what is expected.
- Consult with your supervisor to discuss the research project.
- Meet with the Departmental Honors Coordinator about how to proceed.