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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 3, 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 (BI 499) 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 2014, the presentations will be Mondays at 2:00 in Higgins 300.  To see the Schedule, please click here.

2014 Senior Thesis PROJECTS

Student          Faculty Advisor  
Thesis Title
Ayman Bodair Prof. Tricia Burdo The Role of M1/M2 Macrophages in SIV Mediated Dorsal Root Ganglia Neuropathy
Ashley Brown Prof. Thomas Seyfried Etomoxir induced triglyceride accumulation and reduced energy production in metastatic murine glioblastoma cells
Samuel Eaton Prof. Thomas Seyfried Effects of N-butyldeoxynojirimycin on ganglioside biosynthesis in prenatal Sandhoff disease mice
Grace Kim Prof. Hugh Cam Identification of chromatin-interacting protein networks in fission yeast via BioID
Kelsey Maher Prof. Marc-Jan Gubbels Functional Analysis of EF-Hand Proteins in Toxoplasma gondii
Kayleigh McGlynn ZeptoMetrix Corporation Non-Infectious Stabilized MS2 Virus As a Universal Full-Process Molecular Control
Taylor Patch Dr. Barry Paw, M.D., Ph.D., Brigham & Women's Hospital The Role of Atpif1 in Hematopoiesis
Michelle Prew Prof. Michelle Meyer RNA-based Regulation of Ribosomal Protein Operons L21 and S10 in Bacillus subtilis
Neal Shah Prof. Tricia Burdo Role of IENF Density Loss and Brdu Trafficking in SIV Infected Rhesus Macaques Neuropathy
Daniel Shams Prof. Hugh Cam Analysis of Epigenetic Interactions Between Chromatin Modifying Complexes in Schizosaccharomyces Pombe
Ann Sizemore Prof. Evan Kantrowitz The Importance of  π-π  Stacking Interactions in Aspartate Transcarbamoylase
Mark Soo Prof. Michelle Meyer Autogenous Regulation of the S6 Operon in Escherichia coli
Kathleen Stahl Prof. Hugh Cam The role of RNA polymerase II in the assembly of CENP-A chromatin
at the centromere-kinetochore regions
Fiona Tamburini Prof. Hugh Cam Exploring the role of Set1 in Tf2 retrotransposon regulation
Samantha Tse Prof. Kenneth Williams Viral DNA sequence analysis of SIV-Infected Macrophages and T cells in bone marrow of the Rhesus Macaque Model
John Wang Prof. Kenneth Williams Expansion of activated CD14+CD16+ monocytes early in infection correlate with and predict the development of SIV cardiac pathology and encephalitis
Nicole Wei Prof. Tim van Opijnen Optimization of S. typhimurium for Chemotaxis
Emily Witsberger Prof. Weerapana Synthesis of Peptide Probes Targeting C397 in Protein Disulfide Isomerase



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