CALS Honors FAQ

How do I participate in the CALS Honors program?

Will my participation in CALS Honors prevent me from joining other honors programs at NC State?

You can still participate in University ScholarsUniversity Honors, or other enhanced learning activities around campus. Most of our current CALS Honors students participate in at least one other college or university enhancement program.

How do I become involved with CALS Honors?

Participation in the CALS Honors program is by invitation only. Invitations to incoming freshman are based on high school GPA and standardized test scores. Supplemental invitations may be given to NCSU students with more than 30 student credit hours and a 3.35 cumulative GPA or higher.

Do you have guidelines on formatting the posters for ALS 398H and final posters for CALS P.A.T.H. options?

Note: These guidelines are for the poster presentation required for all three P.A.T.H. options.

Student groups in ALS 398H (and all CALS P.A.T.H. options at the completion of the CALS Honors experience) will design and present a poster at the CALS Honors Symposium. All posters should include the title of the topic, the group members’ names, and the faculty mentor’s name and department. We recommend this guide to effective poster design and presentation.

How do I format the ALS 498H research proposal?

five-page proposal (double spaced) will help you define goals, focus your efforts and create expectations of the project. For a clear research proposal, include these elements:

  • Justification – why the project is important
  • Objective(s) – what you can accomplish in the timeframe
  • Methodology – the process for the research or teaching
  • Expected outcome – what results you anticipate
  • References – must cite at least five

How do I format the final scientific research paper for ALS 499H?

The final paper (8-10 pages double spaced) is to be formatted as a scientific article and include these sections:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction with a literature review
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • References

Consult the NCSU Libraries website for more information on how to format reports (see an example 499H final report) and cite references.

How do I format the final paper for the CALS Study Abroad Tract?

In an 8-10 page paper (double spaced), please discuss each of the following learning objectives and questions as they relate to your study abroad experience.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of other cultures and environments;
  2. Develop different perspectives in regard to other nations;
  3. Develop increased capacity to analyze issues with appreciation for disparate viewpoints;
  4. Acquire increased respect and tolerance of differences, all contributing to a citizenry better able to succeed in the 21st century.

Questions:

  1. How has the study abroad experience changed you: personally and professionally?  
  2. Did your study abroad experience help you to develop your critical and creative thinking abilities, communication skills (oral and written), abilities to work with diverse groups, leadership abilities, professional growth and development, life-long learning skills?
  3. What cultural differences did you learn from your study abroad experience as they relate to your major and your career choice?
  4. Was your study abroad experience transformative? Why or why not?
  5. Feel free to identify and comment on other issues as related to your CALS Honors experience.

How do I format the final paper for the CALS Academics Tract?

In an 8-10 page paper (double spaced), please discuss each of the following questions as they relate to your academics experience.

  1. How has the focus on rigor and depth in the classroom changed you: personally and professionally?  
  2. Did your academic honors tract challenge you in the classroom? How so?
  3. Did your academics honor tract help you to develop your critical and creative thinking abilities, communication        skills (oral and written), abilities to work with diverse groups, leadership abilities, professional growth and development, higher-order thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and life-long learning skills?  
  4.  Were your academic experiences transformative? Why or why not?
  5. If you were involved in teaching or curriculum development, please describe the activities and how they affected your learning.
  6. How has your academics honor tract prepared you for your career objectives?
  7. Feel free to identify and comment on other issues as related to your CALS Honors experience.