Honors Program

If you are an advanced student, the Marine Sciences Honors Program allows you to engage in high quality, independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. After conducting research during your junior and/or senior year, you write a thesis and give an oral presentation detailing your work. If approved by the honors examining committee, your project leads to the award of a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors.

To qualify, you must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. You enter the Honors Program during your sophomore year by taking a Research Seminar and submitting an application to the chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors program and the director of the Marine Sciences Honors Program. You then identify a faculty mentor and work with him or her to develop a thesis proposal. You typically submit your proposal in December or April of your junior year. To learn more, contact Markus Frederich, Ph.D. at mfrederich@une.edu.

Previous Honors theses have:

  • Evaluated the Saco Bay estuary system and its potential use as a nursery ground for inshore macrofaunal species.
  • Defined the role of AMPK and HSP70 during temperature stress in the rock crab, Cancer irroratus.
  • Examined whether larvae settle near histocompatible conspecifics in the natural environment.
  • Identified the skeletal muscle fiber types of the crura in the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea.
  • Investigated the shelter-seeking behavior of the green crab, Carcinus maenas.