ALS 498H - Honors Research or Teaching I
Credit Hours: 1-3
Prerequisites: ALS 398H and GPA 3.35 or higher
Offered: Every Year in Fall, Spring, and Summer
Prior to enrolling in ALS 498H:
- Review a list of active research/teaching faculty mentors of CALS and their research/teaching interests.
- If the faculty member does not have the project listed, please ask them to list it in the CALS research database.
- Select a particular faculty mentor with whom the student would like to work. Make arrangements (by phone or email) for an appointment with the mentor to discuss a possible project and secure permission to work with the mentor.
- Submit a mentor-signed Proposed Project Description form to 111 Patterson Hall and to the checklist site.
A student enrolled in ALS 498H will:
- Identify a research/teaching project and become familiar with scientific/teaching literature related to the project.
- Write a Plan of Work (also referred to as a research proposal) stating Justification, Objectives, Methodology to be used and expected Results/Outcome of the proposed project. For more information on the plan of work, click here. The written proposal should be submitted to the mentor at least three weeks before the end of the semester. The mentor reports your grade to the Director of the Honors program in 111 Patterson, by Friday of the first exam week.
- Submit a copy of your mentor-approved Plan of Work to the checklist by and a hard copy to 111 Patterson Hall by Friday of the first exam week.
Selection of a mentor is based on the student's initiative to conduct the proposed project in the general area of the mentor's research/teaching interests. The student may never have been exposed to the research/teaching experience. Therefore, the mentor is expected to encourage the student to further stimulate his/her interest in the Honors Program.
The mentor will:
- List the project and register the student at the CALS undergraduate research/teaching site.
- Meet with the interested student and decide on a project to be conducted, keeping in mind the time frame and course sequence requirements of the Honors Program
- Clearly define the objectives of the proposed research/teaching project, setting specific goals to be met at the end of ALS 498H and at the end of ALS 499H
- Assist the student in developing appropriate scientific knowledge and background needed to conduct and better understand the overall benefits of the proposed research/teaching. This could be accomplished by arranging lectures or discussion sessions, providing articles on selected topics and/or guiding the student to conduct a library search.
- Assist the student in developing a project proposal in written form. It is important that the development of such a proposal be the student's own effort. Therefore, this document may be used to evaluate the student's performance for grading purposes.
- Assist the student in identifying the equipment, supplies and other resources needed to conduct the proposed project in the subsequent ALS 499H course.
- Begin project, if time allows.
Obtain a grade form from the student and mail grade to Honors Program Office, Box 7642, no later than Friday of the first exam week. Remind the student to submit the Plan of Work to the Honors checklist site and submit a hard copy to 111 Patterson Hall.
ALS 499H - Honors Research or Teaching II
- Credit Hours: 1-3
- Prerequisites: ALS 498H and GPA 3.35 or higher
- Offered: Every Year in Fall, Spring, and Summer
Prior to enrolling in ALS 499H:
- Submit a mentor-signed Project Confirmation form to 111 Patterson Hall and to the checklist site.
- If the faculty member does not have the project listed, please list it in the CALS research/teaching database.
- Continue research/teaching work based on the work plan developed in ALS 498H.
- Complete all experimentation/teaching under direct supervision of the mentor.
- For research projects, perform statistical analysis on the data collected to determine the significance of desired experimental end points. For both teaching and research projects, a student's effort will be formally evaluated.
- Write a report at the completion of the project. The report should be written in the formal style of a scientific article. This should include sections such as Abstract, Introduction with a literature review incorporated into the introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and Bibliography. For more guidance on the paper, click here. The paper should be submitted to the mentor in double-spaced typed format three weeks before the end of the semester. It serves as an evaluation document on which the student's performance will be graded. Students must also submit the final mentor-approved paper both online and to 111 Patterson Hall in order to receive a final grade. The mentor will transmit a grade form to the CALS' Honors Program Office, Box 7642, by Friday of the first exam week.
- In addition to the written report, the students are required to present and defend findings in the form of a Poster Presentation at an approved Undergraduate Research Symposium. All presentations in the poster sessions will be evaluated by the University faculty.
A mentor will:
- Supervise the student during the course of the proposed project, making sure that the work is going smoothly based on the Proposed Plan of Work.
- Assist the student in organizing the project, drawing conclusions from the project and writing the project report. Students typically need guidance in the preparation of an effective and attractive poster. Rehearsals of presentations are desirable. Such assistance should be based on the philosophy that every step should be a learning experience for the student.
- Evaluate student's performance based on his or her final written and poster reports. A grade of S or U will be assigned for every report. (Obtain grade report form). Forward a copy of the grade report to the CALS Honors Program Office, 111 Patterson Hall, Box 7642, no later than Friday of the first exam week. Remind the student to submit the final paper to the Honors checklist site and a hard copy to 111 Patterson Hall.