A Capstone can be a project or a course that forms a key, crowning and relevant culminating experience in your concentration program. It can be achieved via a course, a seminar, an academic internship or a research project carried out under the auspices of BIOL 1950/1960 (or
similar independent study course in an another department.
Honors is earned as a result of an original research project that is typically at least a year in the making. It is a process that can be consequence of a successful and engaging project, but it is not required as Capstones are.
Applications for Honors are invited of seniors undertaking BIOL 1950/1960 projects (or analogous courses in another department; this invitation is sent in October of fall semester. The application forms and instructions, are found at bms.brown.edu/bug/ugres.html
, and must be turned in at the Biology Undergraduate Affairs Office. We accept applications on a rolling basis; some students realize that they should file for Honors as late as March of the 8th semester. If the work can be completed in all respects by May 1, we accept even these late applications, but timetable is understood.
Honors is an add-on; if it is later decided that students wish to withdraw, a project can be completed without the obligations of thesis and oral presentation. Students should always confer with sponsor to be sure of expectations for progress and evaluation in the independent
study, aside from Honors requirements.
Fun fact: the Brown diploma does NOT include the title of a
concentration program, unless the student completes Honors; then it will be inscribed that Honors was completed in Biology, for example (or Human Biology, or what have you.
has an Honors FAQ and Guidelines; BIOL 1950/1960 projects are addressed there as well.