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Science Research Distinction (SCIRES)

Undergraduate Certificate Program

Mary Beth Williams
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Eberly College of Science
0428 Thomas Building
Phone: 814-863-0284

University Park

The certificate will provide an incentive for students to write a thesis based on an independent research project. Students may be entered into the certificate program upon identification of a research mentor.  Members of the graduate faculty are eligible to be mentors. Emeritus faculty or non-tenure track faculty members may serve as mentors, subject to approval by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. Students must engage in research activities over the course of at least 3 semesters or 2 semesters and a summer. Theses must be approved by the research mentor, a reader who is a faculty member eligible to serve as a research mentor, and the Department Head or Director of Undergraduate Studies of a unit within ECoS unless the department has a specific alternative policy in place for thesis approval. The schedule for submission of theses will be the same as Schreyer Honors Theses. Honors students cannot use a single thesis to earn both the distinction of honors and a Research Distinction Certificate but may earn both distinctions by production of independent theses.


6 credits in independent research in Eberly College of Science
ASTRO 296 or ASTRO 496 or BMB 496 or BMB 488 or BIOL 296 or BIOL 496 or CHEM 294 or CHEM 494 or FRNSC 496 or MATH 296 or MATH 496 or PHYS 296 or PHYS 496 or STAT 496

SC 494 section 002 (1 credit) in semester that thesis is approved

Effective Date: Fall Semester 2013


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