Honors requirements have been modified this year due to remote learning.
Honors requirements for Chemistry and Chemical Physics can be found here.
Honors requirements for Biochemistry can be found here.
Chemistry and Chemical Physics
1) Greater than 3.50 GPA in concentration (based on courses approved in ASK)
2) Poster presentation (generally a week or two before Spring break) on your research
3) Thesis that has been approved by advisor and department
- Note that AB candidates are also eligible for Honors if you satisfy these criteria (i.e. earning the ScB is not a requirement for Honors.)
- Oral presentations (typically held during Reading Period) are required for students who want their thesis to be considered for the Clapp Prize, but others are welcome to present as well.
1) A strong grade record in concentration courses.*
2) Two semesters of Independent Study (CHEM 0970, CHEM 0980 or equivalent. Guidelines and requirements associated with Independent Study are in the Undergraduate Concentration Handbook. Please note students enrolled in BIOL1950/1960 must complete a project proposal form, please see more information here and discuss with your concentration advisor.
3) A Thesis in a form approved by the research advisor, and recommended by the research advisor. Additional information about thesis guidelines will be provided by the Concentration Advisor in the first half of the fall semester.
Students who have earned a majority of "A" grades in courses required for the concentration and who are are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for honors at the start of their penultimate (typically 7th) semester at Brown. Classes taken S/NC will count as qualifying towards that majority if they are marked "S* with distinction" indicating that had the student taken the course for a grade, the grade would have been an "A". Courses with a grade of S may be counted when a Course Performance Report indicates a grade of A. Students just shy of meeting the grade requirement for honors are encouraged to apply. Grades earned in penultimate semester concentration courses will be accounted for in the determination of quality grades made in the final semester. Students in the class of 2021: A strong grade record in concentration courses. This means a grade point average for the concentration that is higher than 3.25. For students in the classes of 2022 and after: Students must have a majority of either As or S with distinction grades in concentration courses.
Thesis Archival in the Brown Digital Repository
Fill out the archiving form here and upload your thesis. The BDR is Brown University's online archive of student and faculty scholarship maintained by the Brown University Library. By choosing to deposit your honors thesis in the BDR, you are making your scholarly work discoverable and accessible into the future. Information on access and licensing are provided in the form.
The Brown University Chapter of Sigma Xi invites applicants from chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical physics seniors.
Submit an application to Sigma Xi. Please submit your application no later than February 1, 2021.
Qualifications for Associate Membership
Seniors (semester 7 and semester 8) who have demonstrated a high level of competence in science qualify.
1. A grade point average of 3.4 or better in the sciences. If your G.P.A. is close to this, and you have done research, please submit an application.
2. Twelve semester courses in sciences, including courses at the elementary level.
3a. Two courses beyond the elementary level in a science outside the student's department, OR
3b. Three courses, including courses at the elementary level, in two or more sciences outside the student's department, OR
3c. Involvement in a research project under supervision for at least one semester.
These qualifications are intended to be guidelines.
Undergraduate Prizes & Awards
The Department of Chemistry recognizes outstanding undergraduates at the annual Awards Ceremony in April.
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY ORGANIC PRIZE
2021 Winner: Lucas A. Sanchez
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY INORGANIC PRIZE
2021 Winner: Richard Huisa
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY PRIZE
2021 Winner: Harlan S. Oaks-Leaf
The RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY OUTSTANDING GRADUATINTG SENIOR
2021 Winner: Nathan G. Sinia
FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award is presented to the student who achieves the highest grade in each section of CHEM0330 during the academic year.
2021 Winners: Elizabeth Song and Lucy C. Campbell
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY PRIZE
This award recognizes the students who achieve the highest grade in CHEM0360 during the academic year.
2021 Winner: Jacob S. Kaiserman and Olivia First
NEW CONCENTRATOR PRIZE
This award recognizes the newly declared concentrator, in each of the three concentrations, with an outstanding academic record.
Noah Feng, Chemical Physics
James M. Gallagher, Biochemistry
Jacob S. Kaiserman, Chemistry
This award recognizes the junior with the best overall record in each of the three concentrations.
2021 Winners: Chemistry: Vivian J. Yuen and Caitlin Y. McCartney / Biochemistry: Adam T. Eberle/ Chemical Physics: Joseph M. Cavanaugh
CLAPP PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE THESIS
This award recognizes the senior graduating with honors with an outstanding undergraduate thesis.
Biochemistry- Allison P. Lin thesis entitled “Effects of Patient- Derived Ascites Fluid on Lipid Droplet Metabolism and Chemoresistance on Ovarian Cancer” with Professor Michelle R. Dawson
and Lucas Paulo de Lima Camillo thesis entitled “ AltumAge: A Pan-Tissue DNA- Methylation Epigenetic Clock Based on Deep Learning” with Prof. Ritambhara Singh.
Chemistry- Lisa Schulmeyer thesis entitled, “ Role of Alkyltransferase-like Proteins in Mediating DNA Repair” with Professor Alexandra Deaconescu.
The Paul Cross Prize
This prize is awarded to the top student in the field of Physical Chemistry.
2021 Winner: Harkan S. Oaks-Leaf
The Elaine Chase Award for Leadership and Service
2021 Winner: Maisy Meyer
Thank you to our amazing 2020-21 Undergraduate Teaching Assistants