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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 two semesters 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: May 9, 2016

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 2016, the presentations will be Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 in Higgins 300.  To see the Schedule, please click here.

2016 Senior Thesis PROJECTS

Presentation Schedule Click Here

Student          Faculty Advisor  
Thesis Title
Margaret-Mary Antonio Prof. Tim van Opijnen MAGenTA: a bioinformatics pipeline for Tn-Seq analysis of microbial pathogens
Amalia Brawley Prof. Michelle Meyer Fitness Effects of the L10/L12-interacting RNA in Bacillus subtilis
Jaimie Chang Prof. Thomas Seyfried Effects of ketogenic diet and hyperoxia therapy on growth and oxidative stress of murine glioblastoma
Chi Yang Chen Dr. Tamar Aprahamian, Boston University School of Medicine The Role of Macrophage Mitochondrial Function in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Jennifer Cillis Dr. Dhvanit Shah, Brigham and Women's Hospital The Effect of Gene Knockdown on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development
Catherine Doyle Prof. Thomas Seyfried Therapeutic Efficacy of a Combined Restricted Ketogenic Diet, Oxaloacetate, and Hyperoxia Therapy on the VM-M3 Murine Glioblastoma
Andrew Francl Prof. Laura Anne Lowery Investigating the Role of TACC3 in Axon Outgrowth
Anthony Gallanis Dr. Damien Croteau-Chonka, Harvard Medical School Parent of Origin Effects in Asthma
Andrew Hawkins Prof. Thomas Chiles & Prof. Tim Connolly ╬▒-ketogluratate enhances transcriptional reprogramming and maintenance of pluripotency in a murine IPSC model
Michael Kronenberg Prof. Hugh Cam Investigating the molecular role of Beta-Hydroxybutyrate in suppression of cellular oxidative stress
Nicholas Lea Prof. Michelle Meyer Fitness costs of disrupting the glycine riboswitch in Bacillus subtilis
Subin Lee Prof. Hugh Cam The formation of heterochromatic structures in Schizossacharomyces pombe through the interaction between Set1p and the RNAi machinery
Daniel Licht Prof. Hugh Cam Histone Modifiers and DNA-Binding Proteins in DNA Repair and Transposon Recombination
Katherine McCoy Prof. Tim van Opijnen An Adaptable Galaxy-based Pipeline for Tn-Seq Analysis
Richard Moschella Prof. Eric Folker A novel screen for muscle function identifies muscle-produced collagen as essential for muscle development
Hunter Newman Prof. Michelle Meyer Validation of putative Actinobacteria RNA regulator for ribosomal protein S15
Emily Papazian Prof. Ken Williams Bone marrow derived monocyte/macrophages are a source of CNS virus in rhesus macaques that progress to AIDS with SIVE
Casey Patch Dr. Thorsten Schlaeger, Boston Children's Hospital Investigating CRISPR efficiency via multi-kilobase replacement of human CD90 gene locus in induced pluripotent stem cells
Sam Rivera Prof. Charles Hoffman Characterization of restoration of function mutations in ExoY
Jake Robinson Prof. Tricia Burdo Microbial translocation as a source of monocyte activation during SIV infection
Erin Rutherford Prof. Laura Anne Lowery Microtubule plus-end tracking proteins in embryonic development
Benjamin Sallis Dr. Edda Fiebiger, Boston Children's Hospital The Role of Flotillins in the IgE Effector Axis
Luke Taus Prof. Thomas Seyfried Quantification of metastatic load in a syngeneic immunocompetent murine model



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