The Science Honors Research Program is a two-year research program for undergraduate students majoring in a scientific field. The program provides an opportunity for eligible students to conduct high level research on a project focused on physical, biological, or computational science.
Research is conducted in close collaboration with a Science Honors Faculty, and is 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 7 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 2012-2013 Science Honors Research Program.
Applications will be due February 11, 2013 . 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.
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. Audrey Huerta if you have questions regarding eligibility or the application process.
Congratulation to the 2012-2013 cohort of Science Honors Research students!
|Laura Adams||Dr. Holly Pinkart||Biology||Environmental gradients as drivers of virus-mediated microbial evolution|
|Cierra Miller||Dr. Todd Kroll||Chemistry/ Biology||Role of protein-protein interactions in the specification of specialized neocortical areas: a closer look at transcription factors Emx2 and QKI-7|
|Kerry Olivier||Dr. Michael Jackson||Physics||Discovery of far-infrared laser emissions from optically pumped CH3, 18OH, 13CH3OH, CD3OD, and 13CD3OD.|
|James Siegenthaler||Dr. Dion Rivera||Chemistry||Investigation of the role of polyelectrolytes in the stabilization of reactive redox species|
|Amanda Kay Tomkins||Dr. Alison Scoville||Biology||Adaptation mechanisms of Daphnia melanica to ultravioltet radiation|
|Jesse Walters||Dr. Chris Mattinson||Geology||Modeling pressure-temperature paths fro ultra-high-pressure rocks: Western China|
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.