Students earning either a BA in biology or BS in cellular and molecular biology are eligible to receive their degree with honors.
The BA in biology with honors requires, in addition to the regular requirements for the BA in biology, a 3.5 GPA for N & Q courses, two semesters of research, a presentation of a poster describing the research, and a recommendation from the research sponsor.
The BS in cellular and molecular biology with honors requires, in addition to the regular requirements for the BS in cellular and molecular biology (which already requires two semesters of research), a 3.5 GPA for N & Q courses, a written report approved by the research sponsor, a presentation of a poster describing the research, and a recommendation from the research sponsor.
The research requirement must be completed under the direction of a faculty member in a department associated with the Johns Hopkins University or the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. If the student’s research director is not a member of the Department of Biology, a biology faculty member must serve as a sponsor and approve the recommendation from the research director.
By the fourth week of the student’s last semester, the student should download and complete the Honors GPA Worksheet from the Office of Academic Advising Honors website; obtain a current official transcript from the Registrar; fill the forms out; and make an appointment with Dr. Horner. Bring all related documents to that appointment, including the recommendation letter from the research sponsor. Dr. Horner will fill out the clearance form, which will be returned to Academic Advising.
The poster may be presented at the annual TriBeta Biology Honor Society poster session scheduled near the end of the term, or at another poster session (Howard Hughes, Provost, or scientific meeting) to fulfill this requirement. To document the previous poster, the student must provide Dr. Horner with documentation of the poster session with the student’s name and poster title printed in it.
You may contact Dr. Horner at firstname.lastname@example.org.