Honors Program


The goal of the Honors program is to give interested students an exceptional experience in biological research. Participation in this program will increase their level of commitment and productivity while preparing them for successful postgraduate careers. The program is specifically designed for students going into research careers in graduate school, M.D./Ph.D. programs, or medical school with a significant research component.

Biological and Environmental Sciences majors are encouraged to identify a research mentor and project during their sophomore year, but final applications into the program should be completed during the fall of their junior year. Application materials (cover letter, research statement, unofficial transcript, and nomination form from Research Mentor) are due by November 19. To submit their application, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/5E1H2mdS5knmWrmX6

“The Honors Program in Biology creates for its participants an intellectually stimulating atmosphere in which I have refined my ability to think critically about scientific concepts, to conduct systematic and goal-oriented research, and to communicate my ideas in a clear and accessible manner.”

-Forrest Weghorst ‘16

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Honors Program Faculty Coordinator

Amy Stark

(574) 631-1540

Honors Committee Role

The Honors Committee role will be administrative and can also act as a resource for student researchers and mentors. 

  • The Committee will review progress reports from Research Mentors for each Honors Student. 
  • In the Fall semester, the Committee will meet to discuss the new applicants and acceptances. 
  • In the Spring Semester, the Committee will organize recruitment meetings with Sophomores.
  • The Committee can help with any issues or questions that come up during the course of the Honors Program