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Undergraduate Honors Program

Former President David Skorton shouting to crowd on graduation day

As part of the CALS Research Honors Program, students in Animal Science have the opportunity to undertake independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor at Cornell University.  Students write a thesis based on the research and after approval by the Honors Committee in Animal Science, graduate with Distinction in Research.  Generally, several semesters or more of effort on a research project are needed to be successful in the program.

How does the Honors Program benefit its students?

Students who complete the honors program are recognized for their excellence in research and have several advantages as a result of their participation.

Honors students:

  • Graduate “With Distinction in Research,” which is inscribed on their diplomas
  • Work directly with a Cornell Professor on an independent research project
  • Experience independent learning and the excitement of science and research
  • Explore the potential of a career in research (superb preparation for graduate school programs)
  • Contribute to the discovery of new knowledge
  • Improve problem-solving skills
  • Enhance their educational experiences as well as their resumes