Honors Program - Information for Students

Grading Policy for Students:

Students will be assigned a grade on a pass/no pass basis for HSCI 19501 and HSCI 19601 in the respective semesters in which they are enrolled. The HSCI Honors Program Coordinator will assign a grade for the seminar course (HSCI 19501) based on classroom presentations and assignments, while the Faculty mentors will complete an evaluation form and coordinate with the HSCI Honors Program Coordinator to assign a grade for the student’s work in HSCI 19601.

Project Expectations:

General Expectations

  1. The project assignment should be mutually agreed upon by the student and faculty mentor.
  2. A definite direction or purpose should be established with stated goals and objectives. Goals and objectives do not have to be large, but should be of some value to the student and faculty mentor. A definite plan should be in place at the end of the fall semester.
  3. Contact and meeting times should be clear between the student and the faculty mentor. The student is recommended to check in with him/her once a week to bi-weekly.
  4. The student and faculty mentor are free to be as creative as possible with their project and assignments but are welcome to request assistance from the HSCI Honors Program Coordinator in this process.
  5. Each faculty mentor-student team is required to provide the coordinator with a written Project Description Form, and to fill out and return any evaluation forms that are distributed.
  6. Students and faculty mentors are expected to contact the coordinator when any problem or question develops in fulfilling their obligations under the program.

Possible Activities Associated with the Project:

Projects may include any or all of the following:

  1. Laboratory or field research
  2. Assistance in professional practice
  3. Observations at clinics, research laboratories, professional activities in the community, school systems, media facilities
  4. Directed readings related to the project or the overall field of study.
  5. Discussions - individually with the professor, with graduate students, with other professionals
  6. Attendance at graduate research group meetings

Expectations of the HSCI Honors Program Students

  1. Take the initiative and responsibility for your assignment. The success of your experience will depend on the effort you are willing to make toward achieving your personal goals.
  2. You are expected to finish your assignment each semester even though you may decide you are no longer interested in that particular area. The same high quality work which was the basis for your selection to the program will be expected.
  3. Recognize that the professors and professionals you work with are human, can make errors, and may not be able to read your mind.
  4. Make suggestions and influence the direction of your own experiences.
  5. Take an equal part in building a positive relationship with your peer-mentor. Contact your peer-mentor at least every two weeks.
  6. Maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the program.

Beyond the Freshman Year:

  1. To maintain active status in the School of Health Sciences Honors Program, students will continue their projects into their sophomore, junior, and senior years with their Faculty Mentors and will enroll in 1 credit hour of HSCI 29601, 39601, or 49601 (based on respective year) each semester (every fall and spring semester) they are actively working on their project. Each semester each faculty mentor-student team is required to provide the coordinator with a written Description of Project Form, and to fill out and return any evaluation forms that are distributed.
  2. In addition, the Upperclass Honors Students will be required to enroll in the Honors Seminar Course (HSCI 29501, 39501, or 49501, respective of their year) each spring semester for 1 credit hour. All students will present a project update to all other students in the Honors Program during the seminar course.
  3. Moreover, Upperclass Honors Students may be called upon to serve as Peer mentors for the Freshman Honors Students.

It is realized that during the course of the college years and participation in the HSCI Honors Program, a student's major and/or research interest may change. If this occurs, students are encouraged to meet with the Honors Program Coordinator to discuss their new major and/or research interests for the best course of action for future work.

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