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Distinction in Neuroscience

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Distinction in Neuroscience

Requirements for Distinction in Neuroscience. Students considered for distinction in Neuroscience successfully complete and present a research project that is awarded honors by the faculty. Important factors in granting of honors are the quality of (a) the research, (b) the associated manuscript, and (c) the oral presentation. In addition to an excellent research project, several other factors are also considered in granting distinction, including courses taken, grades received, work and research experience, and contribution to the departments involved in the major. Below are guidelines for graduating with distinction in Neuroscience:

General guidelines

A minimum overall GPA of 3.5, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the required Neuroscience major courses. Normally, not more than 1 or 2 courses should be taken P/F.
Successful completion of an independent research project. More than one block of research, which can include summers, is preferable for a project worthy of distinction.
The project must be completed and submitted at the beginning of block 7 of the senior year.
Students meeting the above criteria will have their theses read by two professors, who must agree the thesis is worthy of distinction.

Guidelines for independent research paper

The paper may be either (a) an empirical study (including case reports), (b) a literature review (i.e., library research) involving a critical synthesis of current literature, usually to support a specific hypothesis, or (c) a directed field study project.
The paper follows exactly the guidelines of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Publication manual (5th ed.). Papers not following the APA guidelines will not be considered for distinction.
The paper is well-written and concise. Typically, empirical studies should not exceed 20-25 pages of text; literature reviews should not exceed 25-30 pages of text.
Guidelines for independent research presentation:

Formal presentation of research results is to be made at the Annual Psychology/Neuroscience Poster Day meeting, or a comparable national or college meeting.