Graduating with Honors in the Major (Engineering)

Requirements and Process for Graduating with Honors in the Major (Engineering)

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 128 semester hours required for a BSE. degree.

3. 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)

4.Completeion of 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 Associate Dean for Academic Programs, the student's research mentor and the departmental honors advisor need to be in attendance for the final presentation.

5. Submit Part I & Part II of the honors application to the College of Engineering, Student Development Center, 3124 SC. The honors departmental advisor and the student's faculty mentor must certify the achievement of honors status by signing Part I and Part II of the honors application.

6. Submit an original copy of the title page, abstract, and thesis to the Honors Program Office in 420 BHC following their specific guidelines. In addition, a photocopy of the original packet must be submitted to the College of Engineering, Student Development Center, 3124 SC.  Final copy of the thesis is due to both offices by 4:30 PM on the Wednesday of finals week in the graduating semester.

7. Receive verification by the honors certification committee that the honors requirements have been fulfilled. The honors departmental adviser and the student’s faculty mentor compose the certification committee. Both committee members must certify the achievement of honors status.

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 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.

The College of Engineering Honors Seminar (057:001) is one of the requirements to graduate with Honors in the Major.  The seminar, typically completed in a student's junior or senior year, 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 in a special seminar.

departmental honors advisors
Biomedical Engineering - Dr. Edwin Dove
Chemical Engineering - Dr. Audrey Butler
Civil Engineering - Dr. Gabriele Villarini
Electrical Engineering - Dr. Xiaodong Wu
Industrial Engineering - Dr. Geb Thomas
Mechanical Engineering - Dr. H.S. Udaykumar