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

Director of Honor Program

Dr. Paul Siders
Office: 313 Chem
Phone: 218-726-6138

Honors Program

The Honors Program of the UMD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is designed to provide outstanding Chemistry and Biochemistry (BMB) majors an opportunity to develop the ability to function as independent and competent research workers, to encourage them in their study of and interest in Chemistry or Biochemistry (BMB), and to aid in their transition from student to scientist. Students approach these goals through participation in independent research under the supervision of a faculty member, formal and informal discussions with seminar speakers and maintenance of a high grade point average.

Admission to the Honors Program

Application for Admission into the Honors Program (pdf)

Qualified Chemistry or Biochemistry (BMB) majors may apply to participate in the Honors Program after completing Organic Chemistry I.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Honors Committee selects those students who have demonstrated high scholastic ability, mature scientific judgement, 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.  Transfer students will be admitted on the basis of work completed at UMD.

Research Advisor

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



  • Independent Research in Chemistry or Biochemistry
    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 of research.
  • Electronic Report and Oral Presentation of Research
    Three weeks before the end of the last semester of the candidate’s residency he/she must submit a double-spaced electronic research report to his/her research advisor and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Office (  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 will be 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); give an Ilenda competition seminar at the spring symposium of their senior year.
  • Maintenance of High Scholastic Standing
    A candidate must maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and a 3.25 grade point average in chemistry.