Students planning to graduate with Honors in May or December, 2017 should please be aware of the following important deadlines:
Oct 3, 2016 - Registration deadline for graduation with Honors in May, 2017 - see
May 1, 2017 - Registration deadline for graduation with Honors in December, 2017 - see http://www.colorado.edu/honors/graduation
If you are planning to graduate with Honors in May, 2017 please contact one of the Honors co-chairs immediately since it will take some time for you to complete and submit your Honors registration form (attached below, deadlines on page 2) before the October 3 deadline:
Biochemistry - Joseph.Falke@colorado.edu
Chemistry - Robert.Parson@colorado.edu
Please note that the prospectus submitted with your registration form should be hypothesis driven but need not be long - 1/2 to 1 page is adequate. Remember to present the key background information explaining the justification / impact of the project, the hypothesis you are addressing in your research, and the predictions you are testing. The timeline is mainly an exercise for you and your mentor to plan reasonable goals.
Finally, if you are unfamiliar with Departmental Honors, please read the following.
Introduction to Departmental Honors in Chemistry and Biochemistry
We encourage interested majors to participate in undergraduate Honors research, which is required for graduation with Honors from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Honors program significantly enriches the undergraduate experience by providing the opportunity to carry out new research in collaboration with a faculty mentor, and to write and defend an honors thesis.
Interested students should identify a faculty mentor and begin Honors research during their freshman, sophomore or junior year, to enable sufficient time to complete a project prior to the final semester of the senior year, when the honors thesis is typically written and defended.
Please note the requirements for participation in the Honors program described in the attachment, including a GPA in the major of 3.3 or higher. Those students who complete and defend and Honors thesis will graduate with Latin Honors awarded at the departmental graduation ceremony, and also at a special College Honors Convocation during graduation week.
Interested students are encouraged to contact one of the Honors Co-Chairs listed above, and visit the Honors website http://www.colorado.edu/honors/graduation.
Prof. Joe Falke (Honors Co-Chair, Biochemistry majors)
Prof. Rob Parson (Honors Co-Chair, Chemistry majors)
Departmental Honors are awarded to qualified undergraduate majors in recognition of scholarly achievement. To be eligible, a student must:
The faculty committee for each candidate recommends the award of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude, or in rare cases no honors. The recommendation if then considered by the Honors council of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the council votes upon the award of Honors for each candidate. The departmental recommendation is based upon the candidates GPA, research accomplishments, and written and oral presentations. A strong performance in one area can compensate for an average showing in another.
Cum laude: GPA in the major greater than 3.3. Satisfactory research paper and oral presentation.
Magna cum laude: GPA in the major greater than 3.5. A research paper describing publishable work and a good oral presentation reflecting general knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry in addition to knowledge of the specialized areas.
Summa cum laude: GPA in the major greater than 3.8. A superior research paper and oral presentation describing publishable work of high quality. The oral presentation and paper should reflect considerable familiarity with the research area and also a general knowledge of chemistry or biochemistry and its place in the modern world.
For more information, students should consult the one of the departmental Honors Co-Advisors:
Robert Parson (Chemistry) or Joe Falke (Biochemistry), and the Honors website http://www.colorado.edu/honors/graduation