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Science Honors

The Science Honors Research Program is changing!  Changes are summarized HERE.

The Science Honors Research Program is a two-year research program for undergraduate students majoring in a discipline within the College of the Sciences. The program provides an opportunity for eligible students to design and conduct high level research in close collaboration with a Science Honors Faculty. Success in the program represents an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for graduate school and successful scientific careers. Admission to the program is based on competitively selected applications that include a detailed research proposal.

The Science Honors Research Program experience culminates in a written honors thesis. Students are expected to present their work at SOURCE and at a professional conference, and are encouraged to submit their work for publication in a scientific journal.

We are proud of the success of our SHRP students. In the past 8 years, SHRP students have been co-authors on 11 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and have presented their research at over 50 professional, scientific conferences! This is an amazing feat, and is a testament to the scientific curiosity and hard work of SHRP students. Our alumni have very successful scientific careers, with the vast majority entering graduate/medical/dental school, or moving directly into careers in their scientific discipline.

Publications and Presentations by SHRP Students

Faculty and students are encouraged to develop research proposals for admission to the 2015-2016 Science Honors Research Program.

Applications will be due February 23, 2015. Explore this site to learn about the opportunities available to participants.

In addition to providing an outstanding research opportunity, the Science Honors Research Program provides financial support for both the student and the faculty mentor.

  • -Students receive a $3500 stipend for nine weeks of full-time research during the summer,
  • -Students receive additional funding for equipment or other research-related expenses,
  • -Faculty mentors receive a summer stipend and receive 3 WLU reassigned time during the academic year.

After admission to the program, the students enroll in a Science Honors Junior Seminar and in Honors Research for spring quarter of their junior year. Research under the direction of the faculty mentor will commence in spring quarter, carry through a 9-week summer program, and continue during the senior year until the project is completed. The research experience concludes with a Capstone Science Honors Seminar, a written honors thesis, and an oral presentation to the CWU community at SOURCE.

Contact the program director, Dr. Linda Raubeson if you have questions regarding eligibility or the application process.

Congratulation to the 2014-2015 cohort of Science Honors Research students!

Science Honors Research Program: Student Projects 2014-15 
Jenna AdamsDr. Wendy BohrsonGeologyQuantitative Analysis of the Role of Magma Recharge and Magma Mixing at Arenal Volcano, Cost Rica
 Naomi BeebeDr. Anne JohansenChemistryToxic Effcts of Combustion Derived Aerosol Particles on Cells
Grant CliftonDr. Lori SheeranAnthropologyRank and Sex Bias of Infant-Directd Aggression Among Habituated Tibetan Macaques (Macaca thibetana)
Jacob DarleyDr. Lucinda CarnellBiologyThe effect of phthalate esters on dopamine neuron function using a C. Elegans Model for Parkinson's disease
Teo FisherDr. Audrey HuertaGeologyConstraining the Evolution of the Transantarctic Mountains
Tiffany HansenDr. Steven HackenbergerAnthropologyBioarchaeology Barbados, West Indians: Trace element and Isotopic Analyses of Amerindian Teeth and Bone


The Science Honors Program was initiated with a grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. It is currently supported by the College of the Sciences.  Participants from Nutrition and Exercise Science are supported by the College of Education and Professional Studies.