Honors in Physics

For a physics or biophysics major to graduate with Special Honors in Physics, a student must:

  • meet the eligibility requirements stated under the University Regulations,
  • submit for departmental approval an honors thesis based on a two-semester research project, and
  • have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in physics courses and 3.5 overall.

The honors thesis should be a significant scholarly work. In general, it will be an expansion or continuation of the work completed for the research course (PHYS 2195). The student should be responsible for more aspects of the project than would meet the minimum requirements of the research course, and demonstrate a solid understanding of the project.

All honors candidates must be approved by the undergraduate advisor. In addition, all honors theses will require advance approval and supervision by a faculty research advisor, who must be a member of the GW Department of Physics, even in cases when the project is done in another department or another institution. Other research advisors may also be engaged by mutual agreement with the student, the faculty research advisor, and the undergraduate advisor.

Periodic reports of progress on the honors thesis should be provided to the faculty research advisor. Additionally, every student requesting special honors will be required to make an open presentation of the thesis. After the presentation, the department faculty will vote on whether to award special honors to the student.

Students who recently graduated with Special Honors in Physics: Brian Alden (Spring 2016), Jacob Maibach (Spring 2016), Sri Murthy (Spring 2016), Gregg Khodorov (Spring 2015).

Need Research Assistance?

Corcoran 212B is designated as a resource center for course assistance. It is staffed frequently throughout the week and has networked computers providing access to LON-CAPA. Here students are able to work together and also seek guidance from a professor or teching assistant. The Help Room is a community service offered for all students enrolled in physics courses.

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