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 211

Dr. Sayali Kukday


BIOL 255

Dr. Carly L. Manz


BIOL 255

Dr. Karri Haen Whitmer


CHEM 167

Dr. Cristina Bonaccorsi


CHEM 177

Dr. Joseph Awino


CHEM 177

Dr. Thomas Holme


CHEM 178

Dr. Gordan Miller / Dr. Yulia Zaikina


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 211 - Dr. Sayali Kukday

Students will work on a project called “History of Science Toast (HOST)” which focuses on bringing to life or highlighting and paying homage to the experiences of scientists that have made contributions to science, particularly the life sciences. The initial focus should be on scientists whose work has gone relatively unrecognized (e.g. scientists of color).

The product could be a small skit, a video, an interactive presentation, or any other modality. The idea would be to showcase them on Canvas.

Ideally students interested in this project would work in teams on this honors component.


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:
Topics of past honors projects have included:
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Biology 255 - Dr. Karri Haen Whitmer

This honors component centers on utilizing fundamental human anatomy and physiology principles to explore clinical and engineering techniques relating to the diagnosis and treatment of central and peripheral nervous system disorders. The honors project consists of learning background theory and techniques in the laboratory setting, providing hands-on practice for clinical research and biomedical engineering projects.


This human anatomy and physiology honors component includes:

  • Gaining understanding of how EMG and EEG-based techniques work
  • How electrophysiology techniques are used to assess disease progression
  • Use of electrophysiology techniques in therapies or treatments for disability
  • Engineering of devices for nervous system disorders, focusing on robotics. Projects may include a combination of the following:
    • Device conceptualization
    • CAD
    • 3D printing
    • Mechanical assembly
    • Controls & circuits
    • Sensors and measurement of physiological data
    • Coding


How you will share results:

At the end of the semester, students will share the results of their work through a group oral presentation detailing the protocols, materials, and testing outcomes for the project. Emphasis should be placed on data collection and analyses.


Chemistry 167 - 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 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 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 177 - Dr. Joseph Awino

To achieve the Honors component of CHEM 177, you will:

Work individually (or in a team selected by Chem 177 course instructors) to do the following:


a) research into a real-world chemistry concept that is of biological/medical/environmental/

industrial application and use the Canvas Discussion forum to share the news, at least once a

week, with other students enrolled in the course. Instructor may provide guidance to help

individual students come up with an appropriate topic.

b) avail yourself for regular monthly meetings with the instructor to discuss progress report.

c) write a proposed summary on how the concept is applicable in solving a specific real-life

problem (one page maximum) and send to the instructor. The deadline to submit this

proposal is on Friday, December 2.


Chemistry 177 - Dr. Thomas Holme

To achieve the Honors component of CHEM 177, I 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 to explore 2 or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) to explore how they are related to chemistry.

b) in the first half of the semester work individually to find understandable articles or websites that discuss science aspects of nanoparticles including their use in consumer products and environmental impacts. Report on your findings to the group.

c) in the second half of the semester (after papers about nanoparticles have been turned in for the course), work as a group to map out the ways that nanoparticles connect to sustainability. This will be done by the group constructing a joint Systems Oriented Concept Map Extension (SOCME) diagram.

d) join in discussions with the whole group (hopefully in-person as scheduling allows) that will be scheduled biweekly throughout the semester.


Chemistry 178 - Dr. Gordan Miller / Dr. Yulia Zaikina

Chemistry 178 is essentially an introduction to chemical reactivity and emphasizes kinetics and thermodynamics.  Kinetics addresses questions of how a chemical reaction occurs: how fast and what pathway(s) of chemical bond breaking and making take place.  Thermodynamics addresses the energetic factors that influence reactions.

To achieve Honors credit in Chem 178, then you must complete the following tasks:

  1. Identify a faculty member in your major department(s) whose research area(s) you find interesting and would like to learn more about (if you do not know how to do this, then you would meet with Prof. Miller and, together, we would look at faculty webpages).  Please notify (via e-mail) and/or meet with Prof. Miller/Zaikina to identify the faculty member.
  2. Arrange to meet with that faculty member once or twice to discuss his/her research.  Ideally, you should find out how chemistry (if possible, how the disciplines of kinetics and/or thermodynamics) impact their research activities.  If this impact statement is difficult to assess, then you inquire what benefit(s) the faculty member sees in taking natural sciences as part of your academic curriculum.  You should also inquire how he/she embarked on a career in academic research and teaching.  (If you would want Prof. Miller/Zaikina to help you to meet the faculty member, then please work with him on this.)
  3. Meet with Prof. Miller/Zaikina after the faculty interview(s) to discuss the outcome and to put together a plan for a 3-page paper you would write.
  4. Complete a 3-page paper that summarizes the faculty member’s research, the impact issue mentioned in point (2), and how that faculty member entered academia.  This paper is due to Prof. Miller/Zaikina before the end of the 14th week of the semester. (or at some mutually agreed upon date, if necessary).