Undergraduate Honors Program

Physics & Astronomy Honors Students:

  • will have direct mentorship from a professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • learn and apply research techniques
  • develop oral and written scientific presentation skills

Honors Degree Requirements

To graduate with honors, you must:

  • fulfill the regular requirements for a Physics, Applied Physics, or Astronomy B.S. or B.A. degree
  • open to all Physics, Applied Physics, or Astronomy majors who have and maintain a GPA of at least 3.33
  • complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty member
  • write an honors thesis and give an oral presentation to the faculty
  • participate in a campus scientific poster session (options include the SURF, FURF, or other campus poster sessions)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to be a member of the UI Honors Program to receive Honors in Physics & Astronomy?

A: No. Honors in Physics & Astronomy is available to students who maintain a GPA of 3.33 or higher, complete independent and original research, write an honors thesis and present a short presentation on their work (at the department colloquium, seminar or FURF, SURF poster events).

Q: Where can I find out about the UI Honors Program?

A: https://honors.uiowa.edu/joining-program/eligibility

To find out more about the Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Honors Program, please contact one of the Honors Advisors.

Physics Honors Advisor
Prof. Vincent Rodgers
513 Van Allen Hall
Phone: (319) 335-1219
Email: vincent-rodgers@uiowa.edu

Astronomy Honors Advisor
Prof. Cornelia Lang
703 Van Allen Hall
Phone: (319) 335-1945
Email: cornelia-lang@uiowa.edu