PHHP Honors Program

J.Pomeranz

Dr. Jamie Pomeranz
Honors Program Director

L.Clifford

Dr. Lisa Clifford
Honors Seminar Director

“Dignity Does Not Consist In Possessing Honors, But Deserving Them.”  -Aristotle

 

 

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

The BHS College Honors Program consists of three levels: cum laude (honors), magna cum laude (high honors), and summa cum laude (highest honors). BHS students who are in good academic standing, earned a 3.5 GPA in all 3000 or above level coursework , and have no Student Conduct Code or any type of academic dishonesty violation automatically qualify to graduate with honors distinction (cum laude). Students seeking high or highest honors (magna or summa cum laude) must apply to the College Honors program and complete additional requirements (general information and additional college requirements for each level are described below). Please note that the magna and summa honors requirements for students in the communication sciences and disorders major are different than those presented below (with the exception of GPA requirements, which are the same regardless of major). Please consult Dr. Griffiths regarding CMS honors requirements.

SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS TO GRADUATE WITH HONORS

CUM LAUDE (HONORS)

To graduate with honors, you must:

  • Earn at least a 3.50 GPA on all upper division coursework (3000 or 4000 level).
  • Be in good standing with the College of Public Health & Health Professions.
  • Have no Student Conduct or Honor Code violations.
  • Have no failing (“E”), incomplete (“I”), or unsatisfactory (“U”) grades.

MAGNA CUM LAUDE (HIGH HONORS)

To graduate with high honors, you must:

  • Apply and be accepted into the College Honors Program (applications are submitted during the Fall semester of your Junior year).
  • Earn at least a 3.75 GPA on all upper division coursework (3000 or 4000 level).
  • Complete the 2 credit Honors Seminar Course (HSC 4969) during the Spring semester of your Junior year.
  • Complete at least 6 credits of Honors Research credit (HSC 4970) which includes:
    1. completing a supervised research project
    2. creating a research poster and present at the PHHP research day
    3. produce a written thesis approved by the PHHP faculty supervisor and a faculty review committee
  • Be in good standing with the College of Public Health & Health Professions
  • Have no Student Conduct or Honor Code violations.
  • Have no failing (“E”), incomplete (“I”), or unsatisfactory (“U”) grades.
  • Must be registered for a minimum of 1 credit of HSC 4970 during the Spring semester of senior year.

 SUMMA CUM LAUDE (HIGHEST HONORS)

To graduate with highest honors, you must:

  • Apply and be accepted into the College Honors Program (applications are submitted during the Fall semester of your Junior year).
  • Earn at least a 3.85 GPA on all upper division coursework (3000 or 4000 level) .
  • Complete the 2 credit Honors Seminar Course (HSC 4969) during the Spring semester of your Junior year.
  • Complete at least 6 credits of Honors Research credit (HSC 4970) which includes:
    1. completing a supervised research project
    2. creating a research poster and present at the PHHP research day
    3. produce a written thesis approved by the PHHP faculty supervisor and a faculty review committee
  • Be in good standing with the College of Public Health & Health Professions
  • Have no Student Conduct or Honor Code violations.
  • Have no failing (“E”), incomplete (“I”), or unsatisfactory (“U”) grades.
  • Must be registered for a minimum of 1 credit of HSC 4970 during the Spring semester of senior year.

 ELIGIBILITY

Students are eligible to apply to the BHS Honors Program if:

  • You are enrolled as a junior in the limited access portion of the Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Public Health programs.
  • You are in good academic standing and have an anticipated upper division GPA of at least 3.75 by the time of graduation.
  • You apply to the honors program by the deadline in Fall semester of your junior year. (You cannot apply in your senior year).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Do I Apply to the Program? You will receive an e-mail announcement from the Honors Program Director in Fall of your junior year. This announcement is typically sent in October and includes all of the information you need to apply. The Honors Program Director and a faculty selection committee will review your application and determine your eligibility and acceptance for the program. You will be contacted via e-mail with a decision, typically in November.

What Happens Once I Am Admitted? If you are admitted to the honors program, you will be registered for the Honors Seminar (HSC 4969) by a college advisor. The seminar is a 2-credit course offered exclusively in the Spring semester of the junior year. A primary purpose of the seminar is for you to develop a research idea that can serve as your honors project. You must complete the seminar to be eligible to continue in the honors program and participate in HSC 4970, the honors thesis course which begins in the Summer semester between your junior and senior years.. The HSC 4970 course credits are spread over the following Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.  In order to complete the program, you must register for a minimum of 6 credits across these three semesters. Consult Dr. Jaime Pomeranz (pomeranz@phhp.ufl.edu), Honors Program Director, with questions about this. Credits in HSC 4970 reflect the time you will be working on and completing your project. You must be registered for credit during each semester you are working on your honors project. The Dean’s Office will register you for HSC 4969 and HSC 4970.

How Does the Honors Thesis Course, HSC 4970, Work? It is anticipated that by the end of HSC 4969, you will have identified your faculty mentor and outlined the basic ideas for your honors project. These ideas will be reflected on a written project agreement between you and your mentor, entitled the Honors Thesis Project Agreement. This agreement must also be approved by the Dean’s Office. You will then begin work on your honors project in the summer term immediately following successful completion of the Honors Seminar. Your project must be completed by the following spring according to the schedule of submission deadlines above.

A Dean’s Office advisor will register you for three credits of HSC 4970 in the Summer term immediately following successful completion of the Honors Seminar. In subsequent semesters, you will be registered automatically by a Dean’s Office advisor based on the number of credits noted on the Honors Project Agreement Form. You must complete at least 6 credits of thesis work over 2 or 3 semesters. You must be registered for credit during each semester you are working on your honors project. Many students will complete up to 9 credits.

You are expected to meet regularly with your project mentor throughout your thesis project to ensure you are on track regarding both the poster and thesis development. These meetings should take place during each phase of your project (e.g. design, data collection and analysis, poster development, and writing your thesis.) However, the specific frequency of meetings is up to you and your faculty mentor. You must be registered for honors’ thesis credits until your thesis is completed and approved and you have met all other honors’ program requirements.

Are There Additional Requirements For The Honors Program? You must produce a research poster based on your honors project, which you will present at the college research fair, held in April of your senior year. The research poster must be approved by your faculty mentor. In addition, your final typed thesis must be approved by both your faculty mentor and a faculty review committee. You will receive additional information regarding your poster and thesis submission as your project proceeds.

How is Magna and Summa Determined? Your level of honors will be determined by the quality of thesis submitted to the Dean’s Office, your professional behavior during completion of the honors project, and your overall academic record. Assuming that your thesis meets appropriate standards of quality and you have no conduct violations, Magna Cum Laude is awarded to students with an upper division GPA of at least 3.75, and Summa Cum Laude is awarded to those with an upper division GPA of 3.85 or greater. Therefore, whether you graduate magna or summa cum laude will be determined shortly before graduation based on a review of your credentials by one or more of the deans.

Do My Honors Program Credits Count Towards My Required 9 Hours Of College Elective Credit? Three credits of thesis hours, HSC 4970, count toward the 9-hour college approved elective requirement. The remaining credit of HSC 4970 can be applied towards your general elective credit. HSC 4969 hours are not applied towards college approved elective credit but can be applied towards general elective credit.

Do I have to do anything after I submit my thesis to the College? Yes. After the thesis has been accepted by the PHHP Honors Program, the student is expected to submit the thesis to the UF Library Institutional Repository, a digital archive of UF intellectual products. Specific instructions on this process can be found on the UF Honors Program website. Briefly, the student will be required to submit: (a) thesis files in pdf or other acceptable format, (b) a signed “internet Distribution Permissions Form” for granting public access, and (c) a “Signed Letter of Permission” to quote or reproduce copyrighted materials that may appear in your thesis. Links to the forms described in (b) and (c) are located at UF Honors Program website.

What if I don’t finish my thesis? What happens to the credits I have already completed? If you are unable to complete your project or any accompanying requirements or do not acquire the necessary GPA, any earned HSC 4970 credits will be changed from thesis hours to independent study hours (HSC 4905) with no effect on the grade. You will receive credit for the completed Seminar, HSC 4969, even if you decide not to complete a thesis.

How Is My Honors GPA Calculated? The Honors GPA is calculated based on all 3000 or higher coursework taken while in college. 2000 level courses taken any time, including in the junior and senior years, are not used in the honors GPA. (It is possible for a student to have fewer than 60 hours upon which the honors GPA is calculated if he or she completed 3000 level coursework as a freshman or sophomore.)

HSC 4969 – Honors Seminar

VERIFICATION OF ACADEMIC HONESTY & WAIVER TO REVIEW STUDENT CONDUCT/HONOR CODE REQUIREMENT

HONORS SEMINAR FACULTY AND STUDENT INITIAL AGREEMENT FORM

*Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits of HSC 4970 Honors Thesis. These credits are typically spread across 3 semesters (summer through spring)

IRB/IACUC HONORS STATEMENT


HSC 4970 – Honors Thesis (Thesis Requirements)

HONORS PROJECT AGREEMENT FORM

PHHP Faculty Mentor Approval Form

UF Honors Thesis Submission Form

UF Honors Thesis GRANT OF PERMISSIONS

 

You are ALSO REQUIRED to upload the FINAL revision of your thesis to the UF Library IR Coordinator by May 4th. For more information please go to the UF Honors Program site.