University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Director of Honor Program

Dr. Robert Carlson
Office: 325 Chem
Phone: 218-726-7231

Honors Program

The Honors Program of the UMD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is designed to provide outstanding majors an opportunity to develop their ability to function as independent and competent researchers in the field of chemistry or biochemistry. Students in the Honors Program participate in independent research under the supervision of a faculty member and formal/informal discussions with departmental seminar speakers. Honors Program students are required to maintain a high grade point average.

Admission to the Honors Program

Application for Admission into the Honors Program (pdf)

Qualified Chemistry or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors may apply to participate in the Honors Program after the fall semester of their sophomore year. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Honors Committee selects those students who have demonstrated high scholastic ability, mature scientific judgment, and the ability to probe chemical problems effectively. The committee requires a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and a 3.25 grade point average in chemistry. In addition, all applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members.Transfer students are admitted on the basis of work completed at UMD.


  • Independent Research in Chemistry or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
    A candidate must successfully complete two semesters of research while a member of the Honors Program. Registration in Chem 3194 for a minimum of one credit constitutes one semester of research. Research carried out during the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is counted as one semester in research.
  • Written Report and Oral Presentation of Research
    Three weeks before the end of the last semester of the candidate's residency he/she must submit two copies of a double-spaced typewritten research report to the major advisor to be transmitted to the Director of the Honors Program. This report must include a cover page (listing your project title, your name, and your research advisor's name), an abstract, an introduction, an experimental section, a section on results and discussion of the implications of the results and references. This report is published in book form with the other honors student's reports and kept on file. In addition, the candidate must present a research report at a regional Undergraduate Symposium or (with his/her major advisor's permission), or give an Ilenda competition seminar at the spring symposium.
  • Maintenance of High Scholastic Standing
    A candidate must maintain satisfactory grade-point averages, both overall and in chemistry.

Research Advisor

After admission to the Honors Program, each student chooses a faculty research advisor under whose direction he/she will carry out a research project. The Honors Committee gives each Candidate a list of research advisors and suggested topics. Following interviews with faculty members, the Candidate chooses one to serve as his/her advisor. This advisor, in consultation with the Honors Committee, aids the Candidate in planning a program to meet the requirements described above.