CALS Honors Programs
Distinguished Undergraduate Research (DUR) College Honors Program
The CALS Academic Awards committee promotes and encourages independent research by recognizing those students who especially excel in their creative, innovative, responsible, and independent pursuit of research. DUR Committee Guidelines for student projects may be obtained in the Student Services office in Morrill Hall or they are available on the CALS Awards, Grants, and Scholarships website.
Independent research can be an important aspect of a student's education. Scientific research, independent projects, and internships or field practice are examples of independent research which benefit students as they pursue graduate study or seek employment. Over the years a number of undergraduate research projects have been published in well-known scientific journals and manuals, videotapes, and other products of special projects have been incorporated into classes to enhance the learning environment in the college.
The completed research, in a form appropriate to the discipline, is evaluated first by a departmental review committee. Independent research of the highest quality will be chosen for college Honors by the Academic Awards committee. Students are recognized at the CALS Honors Day.
The CALS Honors program is a four-year Honors sequence for CALS students who are accepted into the university Honors College. It is designed for highly qualified and motivated students desiring an academically challenging undergraduate experience in the broad areas of the life sciences and agriculture.
In their first two years, Honors scholars will join Honors students from across the university in small, interdisciplinary, Honors seminars conducted by renowned scholars from the University of Vermont and other institutions. In their junior and senior years, Honors scholars do Honors work within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program culminates with an Honors thesis, an opportunity to conduct independent scholarly research under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
Entering first-year students with outstanding academic records will be invited to participate in the Honors College. Scholars will be required to maintain a minimum grade-point average, participate in program activities, enroll in Honors classes and successfully complete a Senior Honors thesis.
Students in CALS who demonstrate academic excellence during their first year may apply for sophomore admission to the Honors College.