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Our educational goals in SoLS are to catalyze the development of knowledge, technical, and critical thinking skills in the life sciences that will help our undergraduates function as effective citizens, scientists, and scholars in the 21st century. Students and researchers at all levels participate in a variety of educational and research activities enabling students to achieve skills in the forms of analytical and scientific thinking requisite to addressing societal problems associated with health, disease, and the environment.
Most of our undergraduate microbiology courses can be taken for honors credit. Activities for your honors contract include, but are not limited to, writing papers, preparing class material and giving presentations, attending discussion groups, developing lab exercises, or creating active learning instructional materials.
For more information on the SOLS thesis/creative project process, download this document, Tips for Getting Started on the Honors Thesis Project.
"I have received many great opportunities, especially research opportunities, by being a student at Barrett and the School of Life Sciences. By getting involved in research, I have had the ability to work on several projects in Dr. Shelley Haydel’s lab ranging from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) biofilm resistance and formation to studying different types of nontuberculous mycobacteria. Through Barrett, I was also able to receive upper division honors credit for my lab work, and I plan to do my honors thesis on one of my lab projects, as well."
Cody Munson is a student in the Barrett’s Honors College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. He plans on pursuing a veterinary degree after graduation, so he spends his weekends interning at an animal shelter where he cares for exotic animals (for which he has completed over 1200 hours of service). Becoming increasingly involved on campus, he conducts research in Dr. Shi’s Bacterial Pathogenesis lab and works as a Supplemental Instruction leader and mentor, where he tutors students in chemistry. He is also the Vice President of the Tzu Ching Compassion Relief club, which helps homeless and low-income families.