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Honors Opportunities

Biomedical Science students have the opportunity to graduate with up to three different honors.

  1. ​​​Latin Honors (i.e., Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude) is based exclusively on the cumulative GPA at the end of the penultimate semester.
  2. Graduation with Research Distinction in Biomedical Science is for those who complete an honors thesis.
  3. Graduation with Honors in Medicine is for those who complete the tenets of the College of Medicine Honors Program, which includes having at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA.

Biomedical Science students affiliated with the College of Medicine Honors Program should view the designated Carmen site to access necessary documents.

Helpful hints for submitting a proposal for an honors thesis:

  • Submit your proposal early so you are eligible for funding consideration. 
  • Follow the instructions
  • Have your lab mentor review your proposal prior to submission. Allow time to edit the proposal based on your mentor's feedback.  

Reasons for completing an honors thesis:

  • You've put a great deal of time and effort into your research experience, and a thesis is a tangible result of this work.
  • It will likely be the more independent research experience you will have had.  It will make you understand research on a whole new level.
  • Everyone knows research is required in the Biomedical Science major; the experience alone does not stand out. The thesis demonstrates your commitment to doing more than the minimum requirement.
  • If you are applying to graduate/professional school during your senior year, the thesis is a great talking point for your interviews, as well as a reason to send updates to schools. Everyone respects the work that goes into a thesis.
  • ​The workload in graduate and professional school is significantly more challenging than undergraduate. Completing a thesis while taking classes and pursuing your co-curricular activities (as well as interviewing) will require excellent time management​, a skill that will make the transition to the next level a little easier.