Honors Program

Outstanding students in Integrative Neuroscience are encouraged to participate in the honors program. Participation requires the preparation of an honors thesis that consists of a proposal, data collection, written analysis and an oral defense of the final thesis. Successful completion of the honors program results in graduation with distinguished independent work in Integrative Neuroscience.

Requirements and procedures

You may also view the requirements of the Honors Program in Integrative Neuroscience by going to the University Bulletin.

To gain acceptance to the honors program in Integrative Neuroscience, a student must:

  • have declared Integrative Neuroscience as a major;
  • have achieved at least junior standing;
  • have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.3 in those courses taken toward the major; and
  • be accepted by a supervising faculty member whose research is in the field of Integrative Neuroscience.
  • Complete Integrative Neuroscience Honors Application

Advantages of completing an honors thesis

  • demonstrates to a graduate or professional program or future employer that you are capable of planning, following through and completing a project
  • provides tangible proof of your motivation and dedication to the field
  • shows that you understand all dimensions of the scientific endeavor
  • provides you with an opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor

Suggested timetable for completing an honors thesis

For detailed information about this process, the requirements, appeals, etc., read the Bulletin sections on the Integrative Neuroscience Honors Program requirements and procedures.

Junior year, spring semester

  • discuss honors project with faculty mentor

Senior year, fall semester

  • As soon as possible: Draft proposal that is acceptable to mentor. (Length and contents of the proposal will be specified by the faculty mentor.) Put together Honors Committee. 
  • Two weeks before meeting: Final version of proposal to committee.
  • No later than the last day of classes: Meeting with members of the committee. Copy of approved proposal signed by the committee and completed application due to the Integrative Neuroscience Program Advising Office (Science 4, Room 175).

Senior year, spring semester

  • As soon as possible: Draft of thesis approved by faculty mentor and schedule your defense time, date and location.
  • Two weeks before defense: Copy of draft to committee.
  • No later than the Friday prior to the last week of classes: Defense of honors thesis
  • Complete your revisions and turn in the signed copy of your thesis to the Integrative Neuroscience program academic advisor (Science 4, Room 175) by the deadline provided. This deadline is set by the Dean's Office and changes semester to semester. Generally it occurs one week prior to the last day of classes.

If you would like to see a sample Honors Thesis visit the Psychology/IN Academic Advising Office. Archived examples are available.