Thesis Options

Option 1: Departmental Honors Research + Thesis

  • Conduct original research with a faculty member, usually in a laboratory setting

  • Work with a faculty mentor (the lab’s Principal Investigator, or P.I.)

  • Develop an individual project connected to their lab’s work—for which primary responsibility is given

Option 2: Research/Internship/Experience + Thesis

  • Participate in a practicum, internship, or project rooted in health sciences, health policy, or service

  • Conduct research in a lab outside their major

  • Perform an original data-collection project in the field or in a lab

Honors Coursework

UGS 303

Originality in Arts & Sciences

Students undertake original research in both the hard sciences and the humanities.

 

The final project is a competition that requires students, working in teams, to develop an idea for a grant, consult with relevant faculty on constraints, cost projections, and current research in the field, and deliver their proposal to the class.

NSC 110H

HSS First-Year Seminar

Freshmen acclimate to the rigors of a demanding college curriculum through exposure to guest speakers from the health care professions, and introductions to some of the College's faculty.

NSC 110H

CNS Honors Seminars

Faculty select a topic they're passionate about, lead discussions organized around a few readings, and let students lead part of a class on one of the readings. These seminars bring together students in each program and create lively, productive exchanges. 

NSC 109

Planning Capstone Project

Students spend at least one year in either lab research or a practicum related to health, health care, or community service. They write reflective essays, interview faculty and community professionals, read and respond to great writers' thoughts on great writing, conduct independent research, and develop the foundation for their senior Capstone Thesis.

NSC 109

Planning Capstone Project

Students spend at least one year in either lab research or a practicum related to health, health care, or community service. They write reflective essays, interview faculty and community professionals, read and respond to great writers' thoughts on great writing, conduct independent research, and develop the foundation for their senior Capstone Thesis.

NSC 323

Thesis Planning Workshop

This seminar walks students through a series of steps intended to guide them toward successful completion of a substantial honors thesis. Most of the planning and last-stage research occurs in the fall; most of the writing occurs in the spring.

NSC 371

HSS Capstone Thesis Seminar

Students complete a series of assignments designed to keep them on track. The goal is timely completion of a substantial honors-quality thesis. They also present their findings at one of several research events near the end of the semester.

Curriculum

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