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Bachelor of Science with Honors

The Neuroscience Honors Program is open to Neuroscience Majors. The centerpiece of the honors program is extended research under the direction of a member of the neuroscience faculty.  Research includes full time paid effort for 10 weeks over the summer between the third and fourth years and part time effort throughout the fourth year, and incorporates a dedicated research course (for a grade) in each quarter of fourth 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 spring quarter before graduation. Students must also make an oral presentation of their work to the Committee.

You must complete at least one and no more that three quarters of scholarly or experimental research under the supervision of a NSCI faculty member. This must be completed prior to the spring quarter of the fourth. For all quarters of research intended to fulfill the B.S. research requirement you must register in advanced, for NSCI 29100 . If you simply register for a reading course, this will not count and you will not be able to retroactively change the course's designation. To obtain honors in Neuroscience, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and a cumulative GPA of 3.25

Honors Application Process

After contacting the head of the Honors Program, applicants should submit to the following in a single pdf:

  1. A one-page statement describing motivation to pursue the Honors degree, any previous research experience, selection of the mentor, overall intellectual goals and any plans for post-graduate education.
  2. Completed Honors Elective Form
  3. A project description: Abstract of no more than 500 words describing overall project goals and rationale; Detailed project description of no more than 3 pages (minimum font size 11; including figures and tables) covering the significance and aims of the scientific research project and the proposed methods of study.
  4. A bibliography of up to 30 references.

Applicants are responsible for submitting their single pdf to by April 22nd, 2019.

Honors Research Course

(NSCI 29200/201/202)

Meetings of the honors students and the Honors Director, or guest speakers, will continue weekly through the fall, winter and spring quarters. Each student will also make an appointment with the Honors Director towards the end of each quarter to discuss progress.  As the academic year progresses there will be decreasing emphasis on research and increasing emphasis on writing up the Honors Thesis.

Summer Meetings

Honors students and the Honors Director will meet weekly for one hour to discuss research progress or for student presentations of journal papers in their neuroscience specialty.  This series of meetings will acquaint students with work that may differ from their own, and serves as a venue in which students can present their own work and receive input from the others.