Chemistry Honors Program
The Department of Chemistry offers an Honors Program to a select group of students to pursue chemistry studies at a level significantly beyond that defined by the normal curriculum. The focus of the program is undergraduate research performed under the direction of a faculty mentor starting in the sophomore or junior year, which provides the basis for a senior thesis project. Honors students often present their research results at annual conferences, such as the Larock Research Conference, the R. Bryan Miller Symposium and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference at UC Davis. A list of recent students, senior thesis topics and faculty mentors is shown below.
Students who have completed at least 135 units with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses counted towards their major are automatically admitted to the Honors Program. These students will be notified of their standing by the department before or at the beginning of the Fall quarter of their senior year. Potential candidates for the Chemistry Honors Program will be recruited in their freshman and sophomore years to encourage students to become involved with research in preparation for a senior thesis project.
Honors at Graduation
To graduate with Honors, a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses counted towards their major at the time of graduation (see General Catalog). Please note: graduation with regular Honors does not require an Honors thesis or project.
High Honor and Highest Honors
Students in the Honors Program who meet the minimum GPA requirement and who complete a senior thesis may be recommended by the department for graduation with High Honors or Highest Honors. To be eligible for departmental recommendation of High Honors and Highest Honors with the Bachelor's Degree, qualified students must take a minimum of six units of CHE194HA-194HC, the Special Studies for Honors sequence, and successfully complete a senior thesis (or some comparable research project or scholarly paper) under direction of a faculty adviser. Recommendations will be based on evaluations of students' academic achievements in their major and the quality of their senior thesis. Conferral of these honors also depends on the GPA at the time of graduation (see General Catalog); however, maintaining a sufficiently high GPA does not guarantee the award of High or Highest Honors.
2016 Graduating Seniors Awarded Departmental High or Highest Honors
|Student||Research Mentor||Honors||Senior Thesis|
2015 Graduating Seniors Awarded Departmental High or Highest Honors
|Student||Research Mentor||Honors||Senior Thesis|
|Eric Chan||Kauzlarich||High||Synthesis of Hollow Germanium Nanoparticles Utilizing Galvanic Exchange|
|Jessica Greene||Lebrilla||Highest||Oligosaccharide Profiles of Common Weaning Foods|
|Hailey Hibbard||Franz||Highest||Catalytic Ability of NaBArF in Carbon-Carbon Bond Forming Reactions|
|Giang Ho||Chen||High||Reconstruction of Uncleaved Polyprotein 1 Coxsackie Virus Type B3 Particles|
|Blanka Hodur||Shaw||Highest||Light-Activated MRI Contrast Agents for Application towards In Vivo Cell Tracking|
|Airi Kawamura||Kauzlarich||Highest||New Rock Salt Composites and Zintl Phases and their Potential for High Efficiency Thermoelectric Properties|
|Christie Lee||Chen||High||Engineering Pasteurella multocida sialyltransferase 1 (PmST1) by mutagenesis|
|Eric Lovejoy||Lebrilla||Highest||Mass spectrometry analysis of glycoproteins|
|Jennifer Muncan||Schore||High||HpCgtA – A Novel Galactosyltransferase from Helicobacter pylori J99|
|Brian Shao||Chen||Highest||One-Pot Multi-Enzyme (OPME) Synthesis of Heparan Sulfate Oliogosaccharide Analogs|
|Galen Shearn-Nance||Shaw||High||Synthesis of Gyramides, Progress Towards the Total Synthesis of Kibdelomycin and Amycolamycin, and Development of a Method for the Formation of Esters by in-situ Formation and Trapping of Diazoalkanes|
|Xue Sheng||Chen||Highest||Synthesis of Differentially Disubstituted Polythiophenes|
|Catherine Sierra||Toney||Highest||Engineered Amyloid Fibril Functionalization Utilizing a Hexahistidine tag|
|Michael St. Peter||Shaw||Highest||Synthesis of Bisavanthramine B|
|Zi Yao||Shaw||Highest||Discovery of New Small Molecule Inhibitors of the Bacterial Cell Division Protein FtsZ|
All Chemistry majors are encouraged to discuss their interest in the Honors Program with the Honors Program Faculty Adviser (Professor Annaliese Franz) or Staff Academic Adviser as early as possible to learn about research opportunities. Start to consider research opportunities during the Winter or Spring quarter (or earlier!) before you plan to take 194H in your senior year. Be thoughtful about your research interests and seek a faculty mentor whos expertise aligns with your interests. Take into consideration the significant scholarly commitment required to complete a senior thesis for the Honors Program when planning the schedule for your senior year.