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Bioengineering Honors Program

The Stanford University School of Engineering offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering with Honors (BIOE-BSH). This program provides a unique opportunity for qualified BioE majors to conduct independent research at an advanced level with a faculty research advisor and to document their work in an honors thesis.

Honors Eligibility Criteria

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Arrangement with a BioE faculty member (or a faculty member from another department approved by the BioE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee) who agrees to serve as the honors advisor, plus a second faculty member who agrees to be a second reader. One of the two must be a member of the Academic Council and a core faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering.

Application Instructions (updated for Spring 2020)                              

BioE majors in their junior year who meet the eligibility criteria and wish to be considered for the Honors Program must submit the following materials to BioE Student Services. Applicants must provide the following documents bye the application via the below webform to be considered.

The honors application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year has been extended to April 24, 2020. 

BioE Honors Webform

Students will be required to provide the below materials in the webform:

  • 1-2 page thesis proposal
  • 4 –year academic plan highlighting Honors research units
  • Supplemental Form (one page max)
  • Unofficial Stanford transcript (Axess)
  • Signature page with signed by your honors advisor and second reader

Applications are subject to the review and final approval by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Applicants, advisors and second readers will receive notification via email when a decision has been made.

Requirements in order to receive departmental honors (Updated for Spring 2020)

  • Declare Honors in Axess (BIOE-BSH)
  • Maintain the 3.5 GPA required for admissions to the honors program.
  • Complete at least two quarters of research with a minimum of nine units of BIOE 191 or BIOE 191X for a letter grade; up to three units may be used towards your BioE depth elective requirements.
  • Suggested: Submit a completed thesis draft to your research advisor and thesis reader by the first week of Spring Quarter to allow for edits before final deadline.
  • Final thesis:  electronic PDF copy of your Honors thesis with completed signature page including advisor and second reader signatures by Friday, May 15, 2020.
  • Virtual Poster Fair: Present your thesis synopsis on May 27, 2020 in a virtual Poster Fair experience via Zoom. Additional details to come soon!


  • Submit application for a UAR Major Grant
    • Major Grants support substantial, in-depth projects that normally include a full-time summer commitment, and that demonstrate focused, intellectually rigorous perspectives on the topics at hand.
    • Almost all Major Grants are awarded to students beginning an honors thesis between their junior and senior years.
    • Please check website for application deadline.
    • Budget limit is $7,500; budget may include a stipend.
    • For more information and how to apply, click HERE.
  • Tutoring and Consultations
    • The Hume Writing Center provides writing support during the entire thesis process, including brainstorming, researching, organizing, and drafting an honors thesis or other advanced writing project:
    • Writing Center Appointment. Make an appointment for a session with an individual tutor at the Writing Center. We encourage Honors students to develop a working relationship with a specific tutor at the beginning of the year, following up by meeting regularly with that tutor through the thesis-writing process. Topics may include overcoming writer’s block; developing clarity and coherence; addressing documentation concerns; and articulating complex arguments or difficult concepts.
  • Technical Communication Program
    • The School of Engineering's Technical Communication Program (TCP) is a resource for students seeking to strengthen their technical writing and/or speaking skills. The program offers courses, individual consulting, and tutorial support for departmental courses in the school. Our services are primarily designed for students in engineering, but we attract students from a wide range of technical disciplines, including science, medicine, and business. We welcome interested students from across the university.

ENGR 202S: Writing: Special Projects
Writing tutorial for students working on non-course related projects, such as proposals, journal articles, conference papers, and theses. Weekly individual meetings structured around the student's project. This course may be repeated for credit.
1 unit. Offered in the fall, winter and spring.