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: 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
|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||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|
|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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