HRS Syllabus

Seminar Format

The NSCL Honors Research Seminar encompasses the fall and spring semesters of each academic year. The time is split into three segments:

  1. Introduction to Faculty Research: During the first four weeks, seminar participants will read about the research done by faculty supervisors and meet one-on-one with potential mentors.  At the end of this time period, matches between student and mentors will be made..


  1. Research Project: Students spend the bulk of the fall and spring semesters carrying out research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor (see Faculty Presentations and NSCL Faculty Profiles [please include links] for more details). The times and amount of work per week can be arranged flexibly, but should be consistent with a 1.5-credit course (i.e,. about 3-5 hours per week on average).


  1. Group Presentations and University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum: In the second half of March, the HRS group reconvenes in the classroom setting. Students give short presentations on their research project to the other HRS participants, and we expect each HRS student to present a poster or a short talk at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF), which is typically held in the first or second week of April.



The Honors Resarch Seminars are graded as pass/no pass (P/NP). At the end of the fall semester, student transcripts will show the “ET” (extension)  symbol.

Seminar Credits

The Honors Research Seminar counts as a 3-credit course in the students fall course schedule. 


There are no midterm or final exams for this Honors Research Seminar, even if times are listed in the MSU course catalog.