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Application Guidelines

Part A

Part A of the Hum Bio Honors Application is the "Intention to Undertake Honors," due the first week of February. The declaration of intention includes the names and contact information of two thesis readers and an abstract of the proposed project. One of the thesis readers (but not necessarily the primary reader) must be affiliated with Human Biology. Hum Bio faculty are listed in the Stanford Bulletin.

The 2017 Part A application is due February 3, 2017.

Part B

Part B of the Hum Bio Honors Application is the "Application to Undertake Honors Research," due March 1st. At the heart of the Application (Part B) lies the research description, which should include the elements listed below. If the student is also applying for a Major Grant, a second copy of the Hum Bio proposal should be submitted separately to the UAR by their deadline.

Honors thesis applications (Part B) and UAR proposals should include the following elements:

  • File name – Please save your proposal document using a file name that includes your last name and first initial.
  • Abstract – (no more than 200 words) The abstract should include some background and justification for the research, a description of the general research approach, and a brief statement of the questions to be answered. This section corresponds to the “objective” in the UAR proposal.
  • Introduction – The introduction explains the significance of the proposed work by providing essential background to the topic and placing the proposed work clearly in the context of previous work. It should end with a clear and specific statement of the hypotheses to be tested or questions to be answered and an indication of the general methodological approach. This section corresponds to the “significance” section in the UAR proposal.
  • Methods – This section should describe the proposed research methods in enough detail to demonstrate that they are appropriate, adequate, and feasible. Sample sizes should be given, along with sampling protocols where appropriate. In the case of complicated experimental designs or multi-part projects, specific methods should be linked explicitly to the hypotheses they are designed to test. The methods section should include a brief description of proposed analytical approaches or statistical tests.
  • Preparation and current status – The Human Biology application includes a series of questions about the applicant’s preparation, coursework, research to date, and the faculty member’s involvement with the student and the project. These questions can be answered directly in the application form for Human Biology, but they should be summarized in a paragraph or two for the UAR proposal. If the research involves human subjects, a copy of the IRB submission and approval letter should be attached once they are available.  Please note that you do NOT need to have applied for IRB approval before submitting your honors application.
  • Budget – Any budget submitted to UAR or another funding source should be included in the Human Biology application as well.
  • Letter of support – First readers will be asked to submit a letter of support both to the UAR and to HumBio.  UAR has its own deadline.  Letters are due to HumBio 7 days after the due date.
  • Checklist –Before you upload your proposal, please check the following:
  1. Have you named your file using your first initial and last name?
  2. Have you numbered the pages?
  3. Is your first reader ready to submit a letter of support?

The 2017 Part B application is due March 1, 2017.

Additional questions?

View more dates on the Honors Events Calendar, or contact:

Lia Cacciari, Student Services Coordinator

Bldg. 20, Rm. 21-D

cacciari@stanford.edu

Katherine PrestonAssociate Director

Bldg. 20, Rm. 22-F

kpreston@stanford.edu