You owe it to yourself to complement your engineering coursework with the opportunities offered by Iowa's honors programs. As an honors student, you can:
- Be recognized for your broader achievements beyond the classroom including research, study abroad, co-ops and internships, leadership in student organizations and other community engagement experiences
- Enroll in honors courses and seminars designed for high capability students that bring close contact with faculty through smaller classes and research projects
- Conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty member and build relationships with faculty for future recommendations
- Meet and interact with other honors students around the University at honors events and workshops
Students who fulfill the requirements of University Honors and/or Engineering Honors are recognized at commencement. Achievement of University Honors and/or Engineering Honors is noted on the transcript and diploma.
Engineering students who have achieved junior status and earned a UI cumulative GPA of 3.33 or higher are eligible to apply to Engineering Honors.
Students apply to be part of Engineering Honors during their junior year or early in their senior year.
- Complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree with a minimum UI cumulative grade-point average of 3.33 or a B+ average.
- Earn at least 30 semester hours of college credit toward the engineering degree at The University of Iowa. Hours earned from enrollment in independent study for the honors project cannot count toward the semester hours required for a BSE degree.
- Successfully complete the Engineering Honors Seminar (ENGR:4000), typically taken in a student's junior or senior year. The Engineering Honors Seminar is a one-credit hour weekly meeting of students completing honors projects. The students discuss current events that involve engineering issues, increase their awareness of the College's resources and research areas, attend other significant University and all-College professional events, and present their Honors Projects.
- Demonstrate exceptional accomplishment by completing an approved honors project under the supervision of a faculty member. (Examples include: research; directed independent study; development of a computer-assisted tutorial for a course; creation of a demonstration experiment or a new experiment for an engineering course; or other departmentally approved enrichment or extracurricular activity)
- Complete a written report (thesis) and an oral presentation on the finished honors project. Read and follow the guidelines for organizing and submitting your Honors project. The Honors Project Faculty Mentor, Departmental Honors Advisor, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs need to be in attendance for the final presentation.
- Submit the Verification of Completion of Honors Requirements form to the College of Engineering, Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center.
- Submit an original copy of the title page, abstract, and thesis to the Honors Program Office in 420 Blank Honors Center following their specific guidelines. In addition, a photocopy of the original packet must be submitted to the College of Engineering, Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center. Final copy of the thesis is due to both offices by 4:30 PM on the Wednesday of finals week in the graduating semester.
Departments may permit students to collaborate on a single honors thesis or project. With approval from departmental honors advisor(s) and faculty mentor(s), these collaborations may be interdisciplinary. At the outset, a collaboration plan should be approved by the relevant advisor(s) and mentor(s). In the end, individual contributions must be delineated in ways acceptable to the advisor(s) and mentor(s). A written application for approval of the thesis or project must specify and justify the collaboration, stating clearly the contributions of each student. This application must be signed by the advisor(s) and mentor(s), then filed with the Honors Program when the title page and the abstract are filed. When advance warning has been provided to prospectively unsatisfactory contributors, advisor(s) and mentor(s) may approve some contributions but not others for the same project. With this in mind, mentor(s) must monitor progress closely as collaborative projects proceed.
Departmental Honors Advisors
Biomedical Engineering - Dr. Edwin Dove
Chemical Engineering - Dr. Audrey Butler
Civil Engineering - Dr. Corey Markfort
Electrical Engineering - Dr. Xiaodong Wu
Industrial Engineering - Dr. Geb Thomas
Mechanical Engineering - Dr. H.S. Udaykumar