CALS Honors in Research Checklist

For Students who Enter UW-Madison in Fall 2017 or after.
All forms cited in this document & additional details are available via: cals.wisc.edu/academics/undergraduate-students/outside-the-classroom/honors-program/


ENTERING THE HONORS PROGRAM:
DURING THE FIRST YEAR:

DURING THE SECOND YEAR:

DURING THE THIRD YEAR:

DURING THE FOURTH/FINAL YEAR:


1Students who began at UW-Madison prior to fall 2017 are not required to complete Inter-Ag 288 (though they may choose to do so during their sophomore year). Instead, activities and accomplishments during the first year should be documented by filing a First-Year Requirements Form and Letter. For students intending to complete the honors program in 3 years rather than 4, it is permissible to combine the first and second-year letters.

2Students who began at UW-Madison prior to fall 2017 are not required to complete Inter-Ag 388 (though they may choose to do so during their junior year). Instead, activities and accomplishments during the second year should be documented by filing a Second-Year Requirements Form and Letter. For students intending to complete the honors program in 3 years rather than 4, it is permissible to combine the first and second-year letters.




CALS Honors in Research: Sample Student Situations
Sally Student - freshman in fall 2017
Freshman Fall
  • Apply to CALS Honors Program
  • Get involved with the CALS Health and Research
  • Consider Undergraduate Research Scholars(URS)
Freshman Spring
  • Enroll in Inter-Ag 288
  • Identify research mentor and complete mentor/mentee contract*


Sophomore Fall
  • Complete mini (one semester) independent research project* (BIOCORE, BIO 152, Ind. Study) and presentation {OR SPRING)
  • Meet with mentor
Sophomore Spring
  • Enroll in Inter-Ag 388
  • Complete mini {one semester) independent research project* {BIOCORE, BIO 152, Ind. Study) and presentation {OR FALL)
Junior Fall
  • Draft senior thesis proposal
  • Continue research experience (optional)
  • Meet with mentor


Junior Spring
  • Enroll in Inter-Ag 488)
  • Finalize and submit senior thesis proposal* for funding (Hilldale, Holstrom, CALS Research Award))
  • Continue research experience (optional)
Senior Fall
  • Draft senior thesis proposal
  • Continue research experience (optional)
  • Meet with mentor


Senior Spring
  • Enroll in senior honors thesis {682/699, min. 2 crs)
  • Continue writing group through library
  • Present thesis results
  • Submit thesis and documentation*



*indicates a portfolio piece




John Doe - sophomore in fall 2017; already applied to Honors Program
Sophomore Fall
  • Complete mini (one semester) independent research project* (BIOCORE, BIO 152, Ind. Study) and presentation (OR SPRING)
  • Meet with mentor
Sophomore Spring
  • Enroll in Inter-Ag 288 (OPTIONAL) or complete Second-Year Requirements Form and Letter
  • Complete mini {one semester) independent research project* {BIOCORE, BIO 152, Ind. Study) and presentation {OR FALL)
Junior Fall
  • Draft senior thesis proposal
  • Continue research experience (optional)
  • Meet with mentor


Junior Spring
  • Enroll in Inter-Ag 388 (OPTIONAL) or complete 388 Substitution Form
  • Complete Third-Year Requirements Form and Letter
  • Finalize and submit senior thesis proposal* for funding (Hilldale, Holstrom, CALS Research Award)
  • Continue research experience (optional)
Senior Fall
  • Enroll in senior honors thesis {681/699, min. 2 crs)
  • Join writing group through library
  • Meet with mentor


Senior Spring
  • Enroll in senior honors thesis {682/699, min. 2 crs)
  • Enroll in Inter-Ag 488 (OPTIONAL) or complete Inter-Ag 488 Substitution Form
  • Continue writing group through library
  • Present thesis results
  • Submit thesis and documentation*



*indicates a portfolio piece




Buckingham Badger -junior in fall 2017; has not applied to Honors Program
*Note: student must have completed mini (one semester) independent research project (BJOCORE, BIO 152, Ind. Study) and presentation*

Junior Fall
  • Apply to Honors Program
  • Complete missing documentation to catch up: First Year Form, Second Year Form, 2 page letter about research experiences during first and second years
  • Draft senior thesis proposal
  • Continue research experience (optional)
  • Meet with mentor
Junior Spring
  • Complete Third-Year Requirements Form and Letter
  • Complete Inter-Ag 388 Substitution Form
  • Finalize and submit senior thesis proposal* for funding (Hilldale, Holstrom, CALS Research Award)
  • Continue research experience (optional)
Senior Fall
  • Enroll in senior honors thesis (681/699, min. 2 crs)
  • Join writing group through library
  • Meet with mentor


Senior Spring
  • Enroll in senior honors thesis (682/699, min. 2 crs)
  • Complete Inter-Ag 488 Substitution Form
  • Continue writing group through library
  • Present thesis results
  • Submit thesis and documentation*



*indicates a portfolio piece