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.


  1. Complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree with a minimum UI cumulative grade-point average of 3.33 or a B+ average.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. Complete a written report (thesis) and final presentation on the finished 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.
  6. Submit the Verification of Completion of Honors Requirements form to the College of Engineering, Student Development Center, 3612 Seamans Center.
  7. Submit a PDF of the thesis to the Coordinator of the Engineering Honors Program, Josh Atcher. A final copy of the thesis is due by 4:30 PM on the Wednesday of finals week in the graduating semester.

Collaborative Theses

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 thesis is submitted. 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. David Wilder
Chemical Engineering - Dr. David Rethwisch
Civil Engineering - Dr. Corey Markfort
Electrical Engineering - Dr. Xiaodong Wu
Industrial Engineering - Dr. Geb Thomas
Mechanical Engineering - Dr. Justin Garvin