Honors Program Application

To apply to the biological sciences honors program

  • Submit an online application.  Your proposal must be reviewed by your thesis advisor before you submit.
  • Your faculty mentor must submit a letter of support online that includes: 1) why the applicant is a good candidate for the honors program, 2) an assessment of the feasibility of the proposed honors project, and 3) any concerns about the proposed project or challenges you expect the student to face as they work towards honors.
  • Both the application and letter of support are due on July 5, 2022.

Students with exceptional circumstances can submit a late application with permission of their faculty research mentor and the OUB. If you would like to be considered for the extended deadline for honors, email biohonors [at] cornell.edu as soon as possible – no later than July 5th. Note that exceptional circumstances do not include being unable to conduct research on-campus over the summer. No applications will be accepted after September 12, 2022.

For questions, email Kristy Long (kll25 [at] cornell.edu (subject: Biology%20Honors%20Application) ) or call (607) 255-6859.

Apply to the Biology Honors Program

Student Information

Advisor Information

Advisor's Department
(e.g., faculty co-supervisor, post-doc, or graduate student)

Proposal Details

Do you require any institutional protocol approvals to conduct your thesis? Check all that apply.
Which field(s) of study apply to your research? Check all that apply.

Upload your proposal

All honors proposals must be written using the following format:


Honors Thesis Advisor(s):


Proposed Honors Thesis Title:


Lay summary (< 50 words)

A brief overview of the research project that an educated person, but not an expert in the biological sciences, could understand. Here, focus on the significance and objectives of your research rather than the specific methodology.


Background & Significance (< 800 words)

Provide enough background for a reader who is knowledgeable in modern biology but not an expert in your particular area of research to understand the project you are proposing. The significance of your work can be explained in terms of practical applications or its contribution to our understanding of broader biological questions. This section should explain any field-specific concepts or assumptions necessary to understand why the study is being undertaken. Please cite relevant references.


Research Objectives (< 400 words)

Clearly and concisely explain the objective(s) of your study. If relevant, describe alternative hypotheses and predictions for each hypothesis. Please cite relevant references.


Methods & Timeline (< 500 words)

Describe the general approach and methodology you are using to accomplish your objectives. Provide a timeline that includes when you will (or have already) performed different aspects of your work including data collection (e.g., field observations, specific assays, DNA extraction, measuring specimens), analysis (data processing, statistical analyses), and writing up your results for your thesis. Please cite relevant references.


References (no word limit)

A list of citations referenced above. No specific reference format is required. We recommend using a citation style from a scientific journal in your field of study and use a reference software like Mendeley, Zotero, or Endnote (see Mann library’s site for more information: http://guides.library.cornell.edu/c.php?g=412004&p=2807644%5D)


Figures & Figure Legends (optional)

For each figure, include a legend that clearly describes the figure subject.

One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: doc, docx.