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Honors Program

Program Description

The Boston College Biology Honors Program is a research-based program open to senior biology majors.

Students apply for the Biology Honors Program during the spring semester of their junior year. To be eligible for the honors program, students must have a minimum science GPA of 3.2 and be enrolled for at least one semester of Undergraduate Research.

Applications for the program include a description of the research project and a letter of support from the student's faculty mentor.

During senior year, students in the honors program continue their research project, write a thesis describing their research, and participate in a one-credit honors seminar.

All students in the Honors Program present their research at Undergraduate Research Day and give an oral presentation open to all members of the Biology Department.

Target Deadline: April 21, 2015

Biology Honors Program Applications may be found here. Please submit the application along with your research proposal to the Biology Office (Higgins 355).

Scholar of the College Program

Biology Honors Students may also be eligible to apply for the Scholar of the College Program. Students who are accepted in the university Scholar of the College program will register for a six-credit Advanced Independent Research course (BIOL 4921) and also for the Biology Thesis Seminar.

If you are interested in applying for the SOC program, please also submit your application to the Biology Office (Higgins 355).

Biology Senior Thesis Presentations

In the spring semester, Senior Thesis students give presentations as part of the Seminar.  In Spring 2015, the presentations will be Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 in Higgins 225.  To see the Schedule, please click here.

2015 Senior Thesis PROJECTS

Student          Faculty Advisor  
Thesis Title
Maria Asdourian Prof. Dan Kirschner & Dr. Larry Benowitz, Ph.D., Boston Children's Hospital Ionic zinc modulates neuronal cell survival and regeneration in the CNS by an epigenetic mechanism
Chantal Barksdale Dr. Dipak Panigrahy, M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/HMS Stimulating the Resolution of Tumor Debris to Control Brain Cancer
Graham Beck Prof. Kenneth Williams Increased Number of Macrophages and soluble factors correlates with increased Intima-Media Thickness in the Aorta and with greater Fibrosis in Cardiac Tissue with HIV infection
Margaret Bennett Prof. David Burgess An Investigation into Contractile Ring Dynamics During Early Divisions in Lytechinus pictusand Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
Patrick Ebbert Prof. Laura Anne Lowery TACC Family Regulation of Microtubule Dynamics
Matthew Evans Prof. Laura Anne Lowery The Structure and Function of the TACC Protein Family in Neurodevelopment
Molly Gilligan Dr. Dipak Panigrahy, M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/HMS Control of lung cancer with aspirin-triggered stimulation of resolution
Rachel Gottlieb Prof. Charles Hoffman S. pombe to Characterize Mammalian Adenylyl Cyclases and Their Inhibitors
Evan Lam Prof. Welkin Johnson High-Resolution Sequencing of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Populations In Vivo Reveals Positive Selection for In-frame Insertion and Deletion Variants in the Viral Envelope Glycoprotein
Max Mangano Prof. Welkin Johnson Characterization of Mutants Observed During SIV Transmission Between Monkey Species as a Model for Understanding Zoonosesand Viral Emergence
Arman Mohammad Prof. Hugh Cam Histone H3K4 Methyltransferase Set1 cooperates with RNAi to regulate repetitive elements in S. pombe
Laura Newman Prof. Alexa Veenema Mechanisms underlying the sex differences in the brain oxytocin system: Is there a role for epigenetics?
Nirali Patel Prof. Welkin Johnson Reconstructing the Life History of ERV-Fc in Old World Primates
Tatiana Petrovick Prof. Michelle Meyer The Mechanism of rpsF Operon Autogenous Regulation
Allyson Tank Prof. Welkin Johnson Viral DNA sequence analysis of SIV-Infected Macrophages and T cells in bone marrow of the Rhesus Macaque Model
Mason Tippy Dr. Arati Khanna-Gupta, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital Effects of Ginkgolic Acid on the Nucleocytoplasmic localization of mutant Nucleophosmin-1 (NPM1):implications in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Ashley Tran Prof. Hugh Cam Creating and Analyzing a Retrotransposon-free S. Pombe Genome
Dylan Turner Prof. McLaughlin-Drubin The Epigenetic Role of Histone Demethylases in HPV-Related Cervical Carcinogenesis
Ellen White Prof. Welkin Johnson Expression and Characterization of the Envelope Protein of Avian Endogenous Retroviruses
Amanda Whittaker Prof. Tim van Opijnen A constraint-based model of two-component systems and the phosphotransferase system in Streptococcus pneumonia



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