Honors in Geological Sciences
Students expecting to conduct undergraduate research are encouraged to participate in the honors program. Admission is gained through consultation with the departmental honors advisor, usually no later than the beginning of the junior year. The program includes additional academic support and networking outside IU. We will organize field trips, discussions on 'breaking news' in earth sciences, reading peripheral but relevant material, assist in selecting and conducting research projects, publishing peer-reviewed papers, competing for research grants and awards (e.g., Sigma Xi, GSA, AAPG, AGU, etc.), study abroad (have you thought of applying to the Honors College for funding?), finding the most appropriate graduate school, and a myriad of other productive activities. All will be optional, of course.
To complete the program and graduate with honors, the student must (1) undertake a research project that leads to a completed written thesis, and (2) graduate with a minimum of 3.3 GPA. The thesis may be substituted for one 400-level geological sciences course to fulfill the advanced science/mathematics requirement. The research is guided by a faculty member. A committee consisting of three faculty members including the honors advisor examines the thesis and conducts an oral examination. Research facilities are available on the Bloomington campus, at the Geologic Field Station in Montana, and may be undertaken at any accredited University upon approval by the honors advisor.
Professor David L. Bish, recently appointed to the Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Mineralogy, is the new Honors Advisor for the Department of Geological Sciences. Our goal is to rekindle an active Honors group within Geological Sciences. If you are planning to conduct undergraduate research, you may qualify for Honors activities and an Honors degree in Geological Sciences! If you are interested in an Honors degree, please see Professor Bish as soon as possible to find out more about this terrific opportunity.