Honors in Chemistry

Students may stand for Honors in Chemistry if they maintain an average 3.30 GPA in their chemistry courses, and complete a suitable research project under the mentorship of a faculty member.

The candidate must consult with a faculty member who is willing to act as the faculty research mentor. This consultation and planning stage usually takes place during the candidate's junior year at the College. All students standing for honors must complete the CUE course (CHM 090 and 490) during their last full academic year enrolled at the College. The candidate declares their intent to stand for honors by completing the form below and submitting it to the Chemistry Department Chair no later than January 31 during the spring semester enrolled in the CUE, CHM 490.  

Any candidate standing for Honors in Chemistry must complete at least one course unit (normally more than one unit is needed to make significant progress) of independent study/research while working closely with his/her faculty research mentor. The candidate must submit a research paper one week prior to the oral examination, which is scheduled by the Department.  During the examination, the candidate will present a professional seminar to discuss the results of the work, and then respond to questions from departmental faculty. The oral presentation is normally given during the regularly scheduled Chemistry Seminar.

Based on the quality of writing, merit of the science, responses during oral questioning, and quality of course work, the Department will determine the degree of honors awarded. This could be either none, Honors, or High Honors (note that High Honors is rarely awarded). The candidate will be notified of the results by the Chemistry Department Chair.

Intention to Stand for Honors in Chemistry