Honors/Awards

Honors

At graduation, the Department of Genetics recognizes students who have made outstanding academic achievements by awarding departmental honors.

There are three levels of departmental honors:

  • Honors (baseline honors)
  • High Honors
  • Highest Honors

To qualify for Departmental Honors, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or better and an average of 3.4 or better in life science courses credited toward the Genetics Major at the end of their junior year. At that time, the student should formally apply to the Advising Office of the Department of Genetics (an email to aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. requesting consideration for Honors is sufficient).

dept awardsLevel of departmental honors for graduating seniors is determined by a committee of Genetics faculty (i.e., the Honors Committee) around mid-April. Please note that our policy regarding awarding departmental honors has recently changed.

Students who complete and defend a thesis will be automatically considered for departmental honors. Such students must (1) complete and defend a research thesis before a faculty committee, (2) complete 6 or more credits of 01:447:408-409 Honors in Genetics, (3) complete a total of 12 or more research credits (including the 6 credits of 01:447:408-409 just mentioned), and (4) present at Honors Day will be considered by the Honors Committee for either baseline Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors. The level of Honors will be determined by the Honors Committee. There is no magic formula used to determine level of Honors. The Committee takes into consideration multiple factors in aggregate, including but not limited to (1) cumulative GPA, (2) thesis defense committee recommendation, (3) research mentor evaluation, (4) faculty evaluation of presentation at Honors Day, and (5) whether or not the student took the honors versions of Genetic Analysis 1 and/or 2 (i.e., 01:447:384:H1 and/or 01:447:385:H1) and the grades received in those courses.

Students can apply to do an Honors thesis by completing the relevant sections of the Research Approval Form. They must register either for an Honors course sequence in Genetics (01:447: 408 and 409) or for a course sequence in a college Honors Program. These decisions should be discussed with an advisor and approved by the Department Vice Chair. Accepted students are expected to complete at least 12 credits in an independent research project, resulting in a thesis. Students may do research with Rutgers faculty outside of the Department with the approval of their advisor and the Vice Chair. Students will prepare a thesis and present an oral defense to a committee of three faculty. At least one member of the committee must come from the Department of Genetics. Students will present their research at a Departmental Symposium in April. Students contemplating an Honors thesis should refer to the much more detailed instructions and details in Section IX and Section X of the Student Handbook. A listing of requirements and forms is below.

Honors forms and Thesis Guidelines

Students who do not complete a thesis as described above, but instead complete a certificate program (either in Genetic Counseling or in Computational Genetics) will be considered for departmental honors. These students will be considered by the Honors Committee for either baseline Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors. The level of honors will be determined by the Honors Committee. Again, there is no magic formula used to determine level of Honors for these students. The Committee takes into consideration multiple factors in aggregate, including but not limited to (1) cumulative GPA, (2) recommendation of the faculty member overseeing the certificate program (i.e., Dr. Heiman for the Genetic Counseling Certificate Program and Dr. Gordon for the Computational Genetics Certificate Program), and (3) whether or not the student took the honors versions of Genetic Analysis 1 and/or 2 (i.e., 01:447:384:H1 and/or 01:447:385:H1) and the grades received in those courses.

Students who do not complete a thesis or a certificate program are not eligible for either High Honors or Highest Honors. However, students who complete the honors versions of both Genetic Analysis 1 and 2 (i.e., 01:447:384:H1 and 01:447:385:H1) and receive an “A” grade for both courses will be considered for the baseline level of honors. The Honors Committee will make the final determination of whether such students are awarded baseline Honors, taking into consideration cumulative GPA and any other factors they deem appropriate.

Thus, students who are not completing a thesis or certificate program, but still wish to graduate with departmental honors should seriously consider taking the honors version of Genetic Analysis 1 and 2.

Students who are in either the Honors College or the SAS Honors Program should note that the completion of a thesis in the major or a certificate program may also satisfy the capstone requirement for those respective programs. Students should contact their advisors in those programs to obtain more information.

 

Awards

The Department of Genetics announces Awards for Undergraduate Majors in Genetics who are graduating in May 2012.

THE DUNCAN AND NANCY MACMILLAN AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

This award recognizes a graduating senior, majoring in Genetics, who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in Research by the completion of a project of publication quality.

To receive this award, the student must submit an application, which includes:

    1. A description of the student’s research accomplishments
    2. A letter of recommendation from the student’s research mentor
    3. An oral presentation of the research project at the Departmental Honors Day Symposium

Application deadline: April 4

THE HOWARD C. PASSMORE AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

This award recognizes a graduating senior, majoring in Genetics, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in academic coursework, participation in research and commitment to service.

To receive this award, the student must submit an application, which includes:

    1. A transcript of courses, including any courses taken at other academic institutions
    2. A statement of research accomplishments
    3. A detailed description of service activities at Rutgers University and/or the community at large

Application deadline: April 4

THE DEPARTMENT OF GENETICS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN A RESEARCH PRESENTATION

This award is presented to a graduating senior, majoring in Genetics, who shows extraordinary skills in scientific communication to an audience of peers at the Departmental Honors Day. All students participating in Honors Day Presentations are automatically considered for this award.

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