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Science Honors

College of the Sciences

The Science Honors Research Program has changed!  Changes are summarized HERE.  SHRP coursework and thesis is now in the Douglas Honors College.  Support for faculty-mentor undergraduate research over the summer (students working with COTS faculty) can be requested through the COTS-SURE program.

The Science Honors Research Program has been a two-year research program for undergraduate students majoring in a discipline within the College of the Sciences. The program provided an opportunity for eligible students to design and conduct high level research in close collaboration with a Science Honors Faculty. Success in the program represented an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for graduate school and successful scientific careers. 

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

We are proud of the success of our SHRP students. In the past 10 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

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

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

After admission to the program, the students enrolled 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 commenced in spring quarter, was the focus of a 9-week summer program, and continued during the senior year. The research experience concluded with a Capstone Science Honors Seminar, a written honors thesis, and an oral presentation to the CWU community at SOURCE.


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.


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