Graduating with Honors
Latin honors (cum, magna, etc.) differs among colleges. For information about graduating with honors in your college, look at your college’s website or talk with your College Undergraduate Research Advisor. Honors presentations are delivered by most students accepted into honors programs.
If you are a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Science, you will be awarded Distinction in Research. The Honors Committee will award levels to students similar to those given to students in the Arts College, but those levels will not show on their diploma. High academic achievement will be rewarded with Latin honors.
If you are a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and will receive Latin honors for your research. High academic achievement will be awarded distinction.
School of Hotel Administration students applicants’ GPA must be in the top 10% (or must have a GPA > 3.5, whichever is the more selective criteria) as measured by cumulative GPA up to and including the semester prior to matriculation in the program. Students enroll in the Latin Honors Courses HADM 4970 and 4971 for the duration of thesis project.
ILR seniors in the top 20% of the class who want to conduct an independent research project can receive course credit for a two-semester honors thesis research project.
Approximately 10% of the graduating class in biology graduates with research honors. In order to earn honors you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, write a research thesis and give a public presentation- either a talk or a poster. Theses in biology are reviewed by two faculty members who are experts in the field. Most students who graduate with honors eventually get their work published in a scientific journal.
There are campus-wide and college-based awards for student researchers. To learn more about options in your college, contact your college’s Cornell Undergraduate Research Advisor.
The program supports 1.5-year Biology Research Fellowships as well as 3-month Summer Biology Research Internships. All fellows and interns conduct research, receive mentoring from faculty, and participate in professional development workshops, research symposia, and outreach activities. The goal of the program is to increase the diversity and number of undergraduates going into graduate training and research careers in the biological sciences. The program is funded primarily by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the Cornell Provost’s Office.
The national and federally funded Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program was established in 1988 in response to a nationwide concern with increasing the number of faculty members from historically disadvantaged groups in higher education. The program aims to encourage historically disadvantaged and other U. S. citizens and permanent residents who are committed to eradicating racial disparities to pursue doctoral degrees in the following fields: Anthropology, Area Studies, Art History, Classics, Computer Science, Demography, Earth Science, Ecology, English, Ethnomusicology, Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Geology, History, Literature, Mathematics, Musicology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Theory, Religion, and Sociology.
The OADI Research Scholars Program provides underrepresented First Year and sophomore students the opportunity for research-oriented academic preparation in the interpretive social sciences, arts and humanities through coursework, mentoring, and informative events. The program also prepares participants for successful application to prestigious research-based scholarship programs, on campus and beyond. Click the links on the left for more information on the program and the application process.
Career Services lists fellowship competitions Cornell students have won in the past.
The Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars (RCPRS) program supports a select group of undergraduate students, from all colleges and many disciplines, by providing resources for and promoting sustained engagement in research in close relationship with faculty and other mentors.