Please select your section instructor below to view the standing Honors contract for your course.

 

**Standing contracts will be updated prior to the start of each semester.

 

BIOL 211

Dr. Nancy Boury

 

BIOL 255

Dr. Carly L. Manz

 

CHEM 167

Dr. Cristina Bonaccorsi

 

CHEM 178

Dr. Thomas Holme / Dr. Alex Gundlach-Graham

 

Biology 211 - Dr. Nancy Boury

For this Biol 211H project, students will complete Wikipedia editor training, learning about different article types, neutral voice, types of reference materials needed, and the basics of editing.  They will work in groups of 3-4 students to improve start or stub articles relevant to general biology.  Previous articles the group has worked on include respiratory pigments, radiotrophic fungus, and pitcher plant mosquitos. 

 

Biology 255 - Dr. Carly L. Manz

BIOL 255 Honors Project


Primary Literature Review
Identify a research topic and report on it using the primary literature. Your topic must be relevant to material covered in BIOL 255, but within those guidelines you are encouraged to choose something interesting or relevant to your current or future research/career interests.
Once you’ve identified a topic of interest, you should start looking into the primary literature and seeing what questions have been asked and studies that have been done. You should aim for a topic specific enough that you can thoroughly discuss it, but not so specific that it is difficult to find enough studies to cite. If you need help with this initially, let me know.


The steps of this project are:
1. Identify a research topic related to topics covered in BIOL 255. Discuss your chosen topic with Dr. Manz.
2. Assemble relevant academic literature, primarily peer-reviewed publications, on your selected topic.
3. Write a rough draft of your paper and submit to Dr. Manz for suggested improvements.
3. Incorporate suggestions and produce a well-written literature review (5-10 pages, double-spaced, including references) that describes what is currently known about your topic and its importance.


The components of the paper should include:
Introduction – Introduce the topic using relevant literature. Explain its importance (why is this a topic worth studying?).
Background – Majority of the paper – summarize what is known about the topic in the primary literature. This should be divided up into separate subheadings in a logical progression for understanding your topic.
Discussion/Conclusions – Attempt to answer your research question or summarize the possible answers based on what is in the literature. Discuss limitations of the field and what is still not known and areas of potential future research, if applicable.
References – cite your references throughout the text consistently and include a works cited section at the end in the style of a scientific journal (e.g., CSE). There should be a minimum of 10 references.


• For examples of how to use CSE: https://guides.osu.edu/c.php?g=605168&p=4194389
Topics of past honors projects have included:
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Chemistry - Dr. Cristina Bonaccorsi

To achieve the Honors component of CHEM 167, students will:

1. Use the CHEM 167 Twitter account to share chemistry and engineering-related chemistry news and topics at least once per week. Username and password will be provided by the professor during the first meeting (to be arranged virtually). Send the post to honors-chem@iastate.edu. All students enrolled in the course will be invited to follow @Chem4Engineers.

2. Work in teams (selected by the professor) to do the following prior to each exam and prior to the final exam (4 times per semester):

a. Research into a real-world chemistry application that is of interest to engineering students and relevant to the upcoming exam. The instructor will tell the team what is the particular topic (e.g. chapter or portion of a chapter) that they need to focus on.

b. Write a short summary of the application.

c. Write a minimum of 6 multiple-choice questions that students can use to help prepare for the upcoming exam. The key must be provided as well.

This work will be shared with the students in the class prior to exams for practice. The research summary and questions are due at least one week prior to the exam. In the past, students have successfully cooperated remotely by using Google Docs or other sharing platforms. However, the final product must be a Word document (or other compatible and/or editable format) and must be sent via email to honors-chem@iastate.edu. One document per group and one email per group. One student should take the lead and send the document on behalf of the group.

 

Chemistry 178 - Dr. Thomas Holme / Alex Gundlach-Graham

To achieve the Honors component of CHEM 178, you will:

Work individually and as part of a team (organized by Prof. Holme) to do the following:

a) work with Prof. Holme and fellow Honors students in focus groups to explore how chemistry connects with sustainability in terms of human health (UN Sustainable Development Goals - UNSDG). The primary example for connection will be finding connections between general chemistry and aspects of the SARS-CoV2 virus and COVID-19 the disease caused by it.

b) attend at least 5 of 6 focus group discussion sessions throughout the semester – schedules will be coordinated to make this work as well as possible.

c) work during these discussion sections and individually to identify and/or identify resources that could help students in future Chem 178 make connections between the chemistry that is taught in the course and the larger topic of the chemistry needed to understand infectious diseases and their treatment or prevention

d) submit an official summary to taholme@iastate.edu that describes your contribution to the formation of ideas developed by the whole Honors student group and evaluates the extent to which making connections of chemistry to the UNSDG on health can help motivate learning in General Chemistry. The deadline for this summary is on Friday before the beginning of dead week.