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Honors

An honors project is meant to be a substantial research undertaking during the later part of a student’s undergraduate career, culminating in a final written and oral presentation describing the student’s project and its significance.

Requirements (updated for Spring 2020)

  1. Declare Honors in Axess
  2. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
  3. Students must complete at least two quarters of research with a minimum of nine units of research for a letter grade. All quarters must be on the same project with the same advisor.  
  4. 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.
  5. Final thesis: Students must complete a substantial writeup of his or her research, in the format of a publishable research paper that is approximately 20-30 pages.  It must be approved by the student’s research advisor and by a second reader. Students are required to submit an electronic PDF copy including a signature page with research advisor and second reader signatures of the Honors thesis to BioE Student Services by May 15, 2020.
  6. Virtual Poster Fair: Students must present their thesis synopsis at the Virtual Bioengineering Poster Fair held on May 27, 2020 via Zoom. Additional details to come soon!

Application process (Updated for Spring 2020)

To ensure quality and rigor of the honors projects, students are required to submit a 1-2 page proposal describing the problem the student has chosen to investigate, its significance, and the student’s research plan.  This plan must be endorsed by the student’s research and academic advisors.In making its decision, the department will evaluate the overall scope and significance of the student’s proposed work. BMC 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.

BMC 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.

Honors vs. the regular BMC research requirement

All BMC majors are required to complete a minimum two quarters of research with a minimum of six units of research and an associated WIM write-up.  The honors project is intended for students who want to set a higher bar for their research experience.  Projects will be more rigorously screened prior to approval, a longer duration of research is required, and the final writeup and presentation will be more rigorous. Additionally, there is a GPA threshold for achieving honors. Importantly, there is no limit to the number of majors that can graduate with honors. Anyone interested and meeting the qualifications will be considered.