ALH 498H and 499H

ALS 498H Honors Research in Agriculture and Life Sciences I

Course Information

  • Credit Hours: 1-3. Credits are based on contact hours, with every 45 contact hours counting for a single credit hour. Contact hours can consist of face-to-face work, library time, writing time, development of poster and paper requirements, etc., but they must be worked out in advance with your mentor.
  • Prerequisites: ALS 398H and good academic standing in the CALS Honors program
  • Offered: Every year in Fall, Spring, and Summer
  • Structure: The first semester (ALS 498H) is the ‘project proposal’ phase. You will spend your time researching your topic, understanding how you will conduct the research, and writing your project proposal. The second semester (ALS 499H) involves conducting the research, analyzing the data, writing your final paper, and preparing your poster.
  • P.A.T.H.: Only for students on the CALS Scholars P.A.T.H.

Student’s Role

Before enrolling in ALS 498H:

  • Find and develop a relationship with a mentor who has a project available. This person will serve as your CALS Honors mentor and will oversee the research process.
  • Important: You must do your own, independent research. You may not simply serve as an assistant to your faculty member or an associated graduate student. Good projects will involve collaboration with faculty and graduate students, but will allow you to carve out your own piece of the research.
  • Develop a basic research plan.
  • Submit an approved ALS 498H Registration Form to 111 Patterson Hall for enrollment. You cannot enroll yourself in ALS 498H.

After enrolling in ALS 498H:

By the first Friday of Exam Week, you must complete the following steps to avoid an IN for the course:

  1. Upload your project proposal to the CALS Honors Database (available in March 2016).
  2. Submit a Grade Form to your mentor and have them return it to 111 Patterson Hall (to be received by the first Friday of Exam Week).
  3. Submit an ALS 499H Registration Form to 111 Patterson Hall to register for ALS 499H (assuming you are taking the two courses sequentially; this step is not necessary if you do not intend to enroll in ALS 499H the following semester).

Mentor’s Role

CALS Honors students conduct their projects in the area of their mentors’ research or teaching interests. The role of the mentor is to:

  • Guide students through the research experience and encourage them to stimulate their individual interests
  • Set goals for students to meet by the end of ALS 498H and ALS 499H
  • Assist in developing the necessary scientific knowledge and background to conduct the research
  • Support the student in writing the project proposal
  • Assist in identifying the equipment, supplies and other resources necessary for the ALS 499H course
  • Begin the project with the student if time allows
  • Evaluate the student’s performance relative to production of the project proposal and assign a letter grade of S or U
  • Obtain an ALS 498H Grade Form from the student and deliver it to 111 Patterson Hall by the first Friday of Exam Week

ALS 499 Honors Research in Agriculture and Life Sciences II

Course Information

  • Credit Hours: 1-3. Credits are based on contact hours, with every 45 contact hours counting for a single credit hour. Contact hours can consist of face-to-face work, library time, writing time, development of poster and paper requirements, etc., but must be worked out in advance with your mentor.
  • Prerequisites: ALS 498H and good standing in CALS Honors
  • Offered: Every year in Fall, Spring, and Summer

Student’s Role

Before enrolling in ALS 499H:

  • If you have not already, submit an ALS 499H Registration Form to 111 Patterson Hall. You cannot register yourself for ALS 499H.

After enrolling in ALS 499H:

  • Continue or begin the research work begun in ALS 498H.
  • Complete all experimentation under the mentor’s supervision.
  • Analyze your data, write a final scientific paper upon completion of the project in accordance with guidelines (see Honors Report and Poster Format), and work with your mentor to get the paper edited and approved (by the mentor).
  • Develop a poster for presentation at the CALS Honors Symposium in the spring semester.

By the First Friday of Exam Week you must do the following to avoid an IN in the course:

  1. Upload your final paper to the CALS Honors Database.
  2. Upload your poster and poster abstract to the CALS Honors Database.
  3. Present your final poster at the CALS Honors Undergraduate Symposium.
  4. Deliver an ALS 499H Grade Report Form to your mentor and have him/her complete and return it by the First Friday of Exam Week.

Mentor’s Role

The mentor will:

  • Supervise the student during the project.
  • Guide the student in organizing and writing the project report, and in preparing an effective poster and presentation.
  • Approve the final paper and poster presentation.
  • Evaluate the student’s performance based on the final written and poster reports and assign an S or U grade.
  • Obtain an ALS 498H Grade Form from the student and deliver it to 111 Patterson Hall by the Friday of the first exam week.