Health Sciences Honors Program
Interested and qualified students majoring in undergraduate programs within the College of Health Sciences may join the Health Sciences Honors Program, in addition to enrollment in the Helen Hardin Honors College (University Honors). Students who complete the Health Sciences Honors Program, as well as all usual requirements for a degree within our College, will be recognized by having their degree presented "With Honors in Health Studies.” This will be a separate distinction from the "University Honors" notation.
Honors Program Requirements
- Must be majoring in an undergraduate program within the College of Health Sciences
- Minimum GPA of 3.25 at time of application to the program
- Minimum cumulative graduating GPA of 3.25
- There will be no GPA “probation” tracking on a semester by semester basis.
- It is your responsibility to know your GPA throughout the program; you must understand that you need to achieve the stated minimum graduating GPA of 3.25 to receive the “With Honors in Health Studies” distinction.
- Students who complete all requirements, but fail to earn the minimum GPA of 3.25, will not receive the “With Honors in Health Studies” distinction.
- Completion a minimum of 15 hours of honors coursework within our College
- Successful completion a capstone project/senior honors thesis, with written approval
of your faculty mentor
- The capstone project requires that students register for HMSE 4999 (Senior Project) or HMSE 4888 (Honors Thesis).
- Students are to identify and work with a faculty member on one of the two options
- With either option, the culminating work [review article or data-driven article], should be approved by the faculty mentor as acceptable and submitted for publication.
- This can be done through any scientific/scholarly outlet, as approved by our College faculty mentor.
- The undergraduate research journal, QuaesitUM, is an alternative journal option.
Option A. Scientific/Applied review article on topic of your choosing, in consultation with a College faculty member (typically the instructor of record for the HMSE 4999 section for which you are registered).
- Article should be comparable to a peer-reviewed manuscript in terms of scope and length (at faculty member’s discretion); faculty member must be willing to provide guidance and supervise your efforts.
- This must be documented in written form (name of faculty mentor, signature, project title and scope).
Option B. Research project completed in conjunction with a College faculty member (typically the instructor of record for the HMSE 4999 section for which the student is registered).
- This should culminate in a peer-reviewed scientific/applied article ready for submission.