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Microbiology Honors is a program for undergraduates majoring in Microbiology. This curriculum exposes students to basic laboratory research and the scientific method. Upon successful completion of the program, the student receives “Honors Graduate” designation on his/her diploma.
The requirements for acceptance into the program are a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.33 in all classes, as well as a minimum 3.33 GPA in the core microbiology courses. If these requirements are fulfilled, the student should then consult their faculty advisor and decide upon a mentor to guide their honors research. For this program, the mentor must be selected from primary or secondary Microbiology Department faculty unless express permission is given from the Honors Advisor to do research outside of the department.
Once a mentor is selected, the student signs up for 061:171 [MICR:4171] (Honors Undergraduate Research in Microbiology). In general, this is arranged as three credit hours per semester. It is expected that the student conduct 15 to 20 hours of laboratory research per week for the successful fulfillment of Honors Research. Two semesters (six hours) of research is necessary to fulfill the requirement for graduation with honors. This means that students should begin their research at the beginning of their senior year, AT THE LATEST. Under extraordinary circumstances a student may complete all six hours of 061:171 [MICR:4171] in a single semester, however this is STRONGLY discouraged.
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Undergraduate Honors Office
If you have any additional questions, please contact George Stauffer, Ph.D.