The Biology Department faculty encourages students who wish to pursue a more rigorous course of undergraduate study to consider doing one of the two honors options at the University of Washington.
The first option is the University Honors program. Students choose from College Honors or Interdisciplinary Honors, which may or may not include Departmental Honors requirements. Honors Advising is located in 211 Mary Gates Hall.
Departmental Honors is for students who wish to satisfy honors requirements in their major only; they graduate "With Distinction". These requirements are supplemental to the regular program of study required by the major in Biology.
Completing Departmental Honors Requirements: To graduate with Departmental Honors students must complete the following 4 requirements:
Qualifying and signing up as a Biology Departmental Honors student:
Students may become departmental honors students once they achieve junior status (complete 90 credits) and once they have completed their introductory chemistry and introductory biology sequences. The GPA for these sequences must be 3.30 or greater. To sign up, visit the Biology Advising office to meet with one of the advisers, from whom you will get a Departmental Invitation Form. You will then be added to our honors email list, which will be the principle means of getting pertinent honors information to you.
Honors Research Guidelines:
It is our goal to provide students an opportunity to experience the full and entire process of doing Biological Research. It is therefore crucial that they be involved in the framing of the project: defining the question, deciding on the exact starting point and the most appropriate techniques, etc. They should be involved not only in data gathering but in analysis of the data as well. It is expected that you will submit a short (one-page) research proposal, prepared in consultation with your PI (principal investigator) as to your Biology honors adviser. Your research project must be approved by the department of biology using the Research Approval Form.
Research Paper and Presentation:
Upon completion of the research, you will write a paper, approved by your research supervisor, and then submit to Janet Germeraad for final approval. The paper should be in the standard scientific journal format, and must be submitted by the fifth Friday of the quarter in which you plan to graduate.
The presentation of this work will usually be done at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held each May in Mary Gates Hall. Other venues, such as regional or national scientific meetings will be approved on a case by case basis. In addition we encourage all honors students to present their work in lab meetings or a seminar.