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
|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. Kenneth Williams||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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