Undergraduate Neuroscience Honors Program


Neuroscience Honors Program

The centerpiece of the program is an extended research project sponsored by a member of the neuroscience faculty. Research includes full time effort for 10 weeks over the summer between junior and senior years and part time effort throughout the senior year, and will incorporate a graded research course in each quarter of senior year. Students will write up their work as a paper in the format of a journal article and submit it to the Honors Committee for approval no later than the end of fifth week of the quarter in which the student plans to graduate. Students must also make an oral presentation of their work to the Committee.

Students who would like to participate in the Honors Program must apply to the Honors Director by the end of the fifth week of the spring quarter of their junior year. Eligible candidates must have a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.25 overall, which must be maintained to receive Honors. Students must identify a faculty sponsor and decide with their sponsor on a research topic before applying. The Honors Committee will look for evidence of commitment and unusual promise in each student’s record as a Neuroscience major. This includes excellent grades, possible previous research experience, and the quality and interest of the research proposal. Successful candidates will be contacted within two weeks of applying.


Application Process

After contacting the head of the Honors Program, applicants should submit:

(1) A one-page statement describing motivation to pursue the Honors degree, any previous research experience, selection and qualifications of the mentor, overall intellectual goals and any plans for post-graduate education.
(2) A scan or printout of their U of C transcript (official transcript not needed).
(3) A plan for all Neuroscience and other science courses to be completed by graduation.
(4) A project description, consisting of no more than 3 pages, inclusive of figures and tables: Abstract of no more than 1/2 page describing overall project goals and rationale; Detailed project description covering the scientific problem, its significance and broader impacts, the aims and methods of study, anticipated results, and potential pitfalls and alternatives.
(5) A bibliography of up to 30 references.
(6) A letter of acceptance/support from the research mentor.

A PDF of the application must be compiled and sent to neurohonors@uchicago.edu for evaluation


Honors Research Course (NSCI 29200/201/202)

During the summer quarter, honors students and the Honors Director will meet weekly for one hour to discuss research progress, or for student presentation of journal papers in their neuroscience specialty. This series of meetings is intended to acquaint students with work that may differ from their own, as well as to be a venue in which students can present their own work, and receive input from the others. Meetings will continue monthly through the fall, winter and spring quarters. Each student will make an appointment with the Honors Director towards the end of each quarter to discuss progress.



Honors graduates are invited to attend the Neuroscience Honors ceremony along with their families so that they can receive their certificates.