Cum Laude Honors

  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Chemistry GPA of 3.5 or higher or chemistry GPA of 3.2 or higher and a minimum of 6 credit hours of CHEM 4840 Independent Study, taken over a minimum of two semesters.

Magna Cum Laude (High) Honors or Summa Cum Laude (Highest) Honors

  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Chemistry GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Minimum of 6 credit hours of CHEM 4880 Directed Study, taken over a minimum of two semesters.
  • Presentation and approval of a thesis based on the CHEM 4880 research to a faculty advisory committee.

Guidelines for Thesis

The advisory committee is to include three faculty from the University, at least one faculty member from Chemistry and at least one faculty member from outside the department. If the PI is chemistry department faculty the PI is the chair of the committee. If the PI is faculty in another department the student needs to recruit a Chemistry faculty member who has familiarity with the research topic to serve as committee chair. The student should have the committee members in place during the first month of the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

The committee chairperson by agreeing to serve validates that the presented research has been performed by the student.

The thesis is written using the primary journal style of the research sub-specialty. The student gives committee members the finished thesis two weeks prior to the thesis presentation unless the student has been otherwise informed by the committee members. The student organizes the time and place of examination. The last date to schedule the oral examination of the thesis is the Friday before the last week of the regular semester. This gives the student two weeks to make corrections and changes specified by the committee. The last day to turn in a completed and signed off thesis is the Friday of finals week at 4 pm. The committee signs the Thesis Examination Form, gives a copy to departmental advisor along with a copy of the thesis.