Honors in Neuroscience

Am I a candidate to be considered for honors in the Neuroscience major?

All of the following are required of candidates for honors in Neuroscience:

  • GPA ≥ 3.3 overall and in all science courses (excluding NEUROSCI 398/399) through winter quarter of senior year.
  • Completion of ≥ 2 quarters of NEUROSCI 398/399 by the end of winter quarter senior year. One of those quarters should be NEUROSCI 398, the Senior Thesis Seminar, taken in winter quarter of senior year.  NEUROSCI 398 will cover the format, composition, and standards for scholarly content of a senior thesis.
  • Submission of a senior thesis by the late April date listed in the Timeline below and meeting all other deadlines set forth in the Timeline as well.

After submission, the thesis will be evaluated by the Neuroscience Honors Committee. If the thesis is judged to meet standards for honors, and all other criteria are met, the candidate will be recommended to the WCAS Honors Committee.

The WCAS Honors Committee makes the final decision as to whether honors in Neuroscience will be awarded, weighing the recommendation of the department, GPA, and other factors.


  • September 2017: Begin or continue thesis research. Email the Neuroscience DUS regarding your interest in potentially applying for honors.
  • Nov 14-Dec 1, 2017: Register for NEUROSCI 398 for Winter quarter 2017
  • Dec 1, 2017: File Intent to apply for honors with DUS and Faculty Adviser.
  • Jan 3, 2018: Submit an outline and first draft of the thesis introduction, methods and results sections to the Neuroscience DUS in .doc format.
  • Winter quarter 2018: Complete NEUROSCI 398, Senior Thesis Seminar.
  • April 27, 2018: Submit completed Senior Thesis and email of approval from Faculty Adviser to Neuroscience DUS by 5:00pm.
  • Mid-May: Recommendations are made by the Neuroscience Honors Committee to the WCAS Honors Committee
  • Early June: Decisions are announced by the WCAS Honors Committee

NOTE: While it is possible to write a Senior thesis based on work begun in Fall of senior year, the strongest theses will result from longer research experiences. It is not unusual for students to include work spanning 2-3 academic years and 1 or more summers in a Senior thesis.