Graduating with Honors in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The Honors program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is developed to create a breadth of experiences that are aligned with the University Honors Program's GOALS of Global Awareness, Original inquiry, Academic enrichment, Leadership development and Service engagement. Therefore, to graduate with Honors, students will complete activities across three domains to facilitate development in each of these core areas. These activities should reflect experiences that go above and beyond degree program requirements to ensure a supplemental experience worthy of such distinction. 


The following is a list of the categories in which a student must achieve a total of 55 points by graduation to graduate with Honors in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, while also maintaining a 3.4 GPA.  The minimum points across the three categories is 50 points, leaving 5 points to be obtained from any combination of the categories based on the student's goals.  Included below is a list of pre-approved opportunities to accrue these points; additional activities may count toward the plan with PRIOR approval from the Honors Director.  As the Honors Program is intended to demonstrate experiences that go above and beyond, points cannot be earned for activities completed as part of the requirements for your degree program.

At the beginning of each academic year, Honors students will submit an Honors Plan for their proposed activities for the coming year.  As well, students will submit an Honors Report that documents the points accrued during the last academic year, submitted along with any necessary supportive documentation. To maintain their Honors status, a student must be making documented progress toward completion of the requirements, as well as maintaining the minimum GPA requirements.
 

1. Honors and Graduate Coursework (at least 18 points): points are earned by completing the following:
  • Honors courses;
  • Honors-embedded courses;
  • Upper level courses taken during first two years (3000 and 4000 level courses taken during the first two years, upon approval of Honors Director)
  • A graduate level course while an undergraduate student.

One point is earned for every credit hour completed. Six courses are required during the first two years.

 

2. Research, Scholarship, and Teaching (at least 14 points): points are earned by completing research, scholarship, and teaching work through the following opportunities.

Honors Thesis

20 points

Minor in non-health and rehabilitation sciences profession field*

20 points

Minor in health and rehabilitation sciences profession field*

14 points

One full semester of study abroad

14 points

Study abroad for part of a semester or as part of service project

5 points

Documented contribution to a research or review paper submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or discipline-equivalent publication

8 points

Meaningful contribution to scientific research (leadership hours)

5 points

Present a research study at the Denman Undergraduate or other research forum

8 points

Serve as a teaching assistant

1 point per credit hour per semester

Attend state or national professional association

3 points

​Attend a Grand Rounds presentation 
(Submit a 1 page double spaced reflection with your Honors Report)
​1 point per presentation (max 5 points)

Other as approved by the Honors committee within the School

 

*Programs with a minor required are consider part of requirements of the degree.

3. Leadership and Service (at least 18 points): Points are earned by completing service and leadership activities which go beyond the clinical and service-learning requirements or prerequisites of the student’s academic program. They must be documented by advisor/supervisor.

Perform volunteer services (with completed volunteer service verification form)

1 point per 10 hours

Leadership of a student organized project for recruitment or community-based outreach and engagement activities

3 points per year

 

Serve as an officer of a student organization such as a student chapter of a professional organization, or school or university student organization

3 points per year

 

Serve as member in a university honorary society such as:

  • Alpha Lambda Delta  (Freshman year class honorary)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman year class honorary)
  • Mirrors  (Sophomore year class honorary)
  • Romophos (Sophomore year class honorary)
  • Chimes (Junior year class honorary)
  • Bucket & Dipper (Junior year class honorary)
  • Mortar Board (Senior year class honorary)
  • Sphinx (Senior year class honorary)

3 points per year

Member of division, school, college, or university committee

3 points per year

Volunteer at state or national professional meetings

3 points per meeting

Participation in honors activities (fireside chats, lunch & learn, dinner & dialogue)

1 point per event 
(max 3)

​Attend a Grand Rounds presentation 
(Submit a 1 page double spaced reflection with your Honors Report)
​​1 point per presentation (max 5 points)​

Other as approved by the Honors committee within the School

 


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