Carnegie Mellon University

Departmental Honors Research Program
The Departmental Honors Program offers an opportunity to become extensively involved in research. The program requires students to conduct an independent project and to prepare a formal thesis that is written and defended in the senior year. The requirements for this program include minimum grade point average of 3.2 or above after the completion of six semesters and approval from their research advisor.

Honors Research for Credit Form

College Research Honors
Mellon College of Science Research Honors are awarded at commencement to students that have successfully completed a departmental honors program or have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or greater and carried out significant, successful research.

This will be indicated by nomination by the student's research advisor or academic advisor (with endorsement by the research advisor), plus completion of one of the following:

  • Authoring or co-authoring an article in a refereed journal that is in print or that has been submitted for publication.
  • Presenting work at an organized and public research symposium or national/regional meeting, such as the Sigma Xi poster competition at Carnegie Mellon's annual research symposium. (Presentations at group research meetings or undergraduate departmental seminars will not satisfy this requirement.)

Final approval of nominations for MCS research honors will come from the Dean of MCS and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs.