Please submit all paperwork to Linda M. White.

  • December 2021 conferral deadline: 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8th
  • May 2022 conferral deadline: 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18th

If you have any questions or concerns, you must schedule an appointment to see the program administrator prior to the deadline.


Departmental honors are conferred upon graduating seniors who meet the following criteria:

  1. Cumulative and major GPA of at least 3.5.
  2. 9 credits of required research.
  3. Presentation of research findings at the Day of Research in Engineering, Arts, Medicine and Sciences (DREAMS) or the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). If you have presented at a previous DREAMS or URS session, please provide which session and the year you presented.

Please submit an abstract if the deadline date is prior to the presenting date. When submitting the abstract, it MUST be in a Word document with the title of the research. Do not include the abstract in the body of an email. If you have already presented at one of the above-mentioned sessions, please include the abstract from that presentation.

Note that research projects up for honors consideration must be original work conducted by the student. Literature reviews, meta-analysis and other forms of secondary data analysis are not considered for honors.

Research presented at DREAMS or URS will be judged by Neuroscience and/or Behavioral Biology faculty based on select criteria. All students planning to apply for honors must be in attendance until they are judged. For DREAMS there is no way to know in advance when you will be judged so plan to be in attendance for the entire event.

If a student’s presentation does not meet the criteria or a judge is unable to locate a presenter, that student will become ineligible for honors. Therefore the presentation should be treated like a final exam.

  1. Letter of recommendation from the research mentor attesting to the student’s significant contribution to the research process. (Email directly to Linda M. White.)

Students who meet the criteria for honors will receive a special notation in the graduation program and on their transcripts after their official undergraduate record is closed.

Spring 2021 Only: Please read the very important information regarding literature reviews and presenting at DREAMS for honors: Literature Review for Honors Spring 2021 Only

Application for Honors

During the semester prior to graduation, students who meet the cumulative GPA requirement for honors will receive an email from Linda M. White. The Academic Advising deadline is usually a month after the program deadline since the program administrator needs to verify that all honor applicants indeed meet the requirements, before submitting a final list with names to Academic Advising. Please see the Academic Advising website for complete Honors information.

Applications should include the following and be emailed to Linda M. White:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Neuroscience Honors GPA Worksheet
  • Proof of presentation. Students should make an effort to obtain some proof of presentation upon completion of their chosen poster session or symposium. Please submit a copy rather than an original, as application materials will not be returned.
  • Letter of recommendation. A student’s mentor must complete and email a letter of recommendation, stating the student’s contribution to the lab, prior to the student submitting his/her packet. The letter should be emailed directly to Linda M. White.