Honors Program

The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide a unique and challenging experience for traditional BSN students who have exhibited exceptional academic ability and recognize academic excellence.

Incoming senior BSN students who anticipate graduating with a College of Nursing GPA of 3.7 may apply for the Honors Program. The Honors Program provides an opportunity to complete a project culminating in a formal thesis under the supervision of a faculty mentor. A three-credit honors seminar course (NUR 4935) is required in the spring semester of the senior year. The presentation of the honors project, submission of the thesis to the University Library Repository, and a final GPA commensurate with University guidelines are required for graduating with honors.

The College of Nursing requires that students participate in a the honors program to graduate with honors.


Program Description and Criteria

Prerequisites

College of Nursing GPA of 3.6 calculated from the first semester of entry into the College of Nursing and a cumulative GPA of 3.7 are the minimum requirement for application to the Honors Program.

Prior to Applying

Students seeking entry into the honors program will need to identify a broad area of interest for developing a project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Application

Students who are accepted into the honors program will be assigned to a faculty mentor. Students should contact their assigned faculty mentor before the end of the spring semester to discuss the project and expectations. Work on the honors project will start the fall semester of the senior year with additional preparation during the summer at the faculty mentor’s direction. Students will need to register for NUR 4935: Honors Seminar in Nursing course in Spring 2022.

Please complete the following application and submit it to Jay Ortiz (ortiz.j@ufl.edu) by April 1, 2021. College of Nursing Honors Application

Students and faculty mentors will be notified of acceptance into the Honors Program by April 19, 2021. 

Enrollment/Registration

Students who are accepted into the honors program will be assigned to a faculty mentor. Students should contact their assigned faculty mentor during the summer to discuss the project and expectations. Work on the honors project will start fall semester of the senior year.

Course Design

Students will be working on a project that can take the form of a thesis, clinical, service, quality improvement, or educational module. It needs to have a written component summarizing the project. Upon completion of the project, the student will submit the paper to the faculty mentor.

The faculty mentor will then review it and make comments and/or suggested edits. Students then make recommended revisions and submit the accepted version to the Director of the Honors Program. All honors students will arrange for the dissemination of their honor project at a specified annual public university/college event.

The final version of the paper will be submitted in an electronic format acceptable by the UF George A. Smathers Libraries. All students must submit the final, approved thesis to the Institutional Repository (IR@UF). The honors subcommittee will review all completed theses for approval.

Criteria

Summa Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.90 – 4.00 GPA in all upper-division nursing courses.

Magna Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.80 – 3.89 GPA in all upper-division nursing courses.

Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.70 – 3.79 GPA in all upper-division nursing courses.