The Biology department offers undergraduates the opportunity to perform independent lab research through a number of programs, including Biology 499R, SURE, and the Biology Honors Program (Biology 495A/BW). Beyond laboratories housed in the Biology department, students can choose to work in labs located elsewhere on campus, such as the Medical School, CDC, Yerkes, and the Winship Cancer Center. Undergraduates who perform research are often part of a team involving the lab P.I., postdoctoral fellows, research specialists, and graduate students. The research available involves cutting edge biomedical applications, and trains students for subsequent careers in research, medicine or both.
To earn Honors in Biology, students need a 3.5 GPA in courses required for the Biology degree, as well as a 3.5 GPA overall, by the end of their junior year. Honors students take a graduate class and write a thesis which they defend before a committee. Below is information that should answer most of your questions about requirements for Honors in Biology. Dr. Alex Escobar, Biology Honors Coordinator, holds a meeting to register Honors students and discuss the requirements in more detail each August, just before the Fall semester begins. Notice of the meeting is posted on this website under the News & Events section on the homepage as well as on the Biology Facebook page and through the Biology Majors Listserv..
To apply for Honors, please complete this application by the first day of classes in the Fall semester in which you will be beginning your honors research. Eligible students will also need to obtain a permission number each semester from Tonya Woolcock at firstname.lastname@example.org and add the class to their schedule before the end of add/drop/swap.