Sophomore Year Honors Program

The goal during this period is to begin to understand the background for a particular issue or question, and to simultaneously begin to develop the tools to study this issue. In experimental sciences, this would involve reading the scientific literature and developing laboratory skills. In the social sciences, it would involve reading the scholarly literature and beginning the types of data acquisition and analysis or other personal involvement appropriate to the discipline. Near the end of the year, the student should present his or her results to an appropriate body through one of a variety of mechanisms such as a poster session at a local meeting or symposium, or an oral presentation to the mentor’s research group. The mentoring arrangement can be documented by credits in a 299-like course, though this is not a requirement.