Dear Honors College students,

 

Below you will find information on how to coordinate your capstone project with your major requirements. We have made every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date. However, you should always discuss your course choices and schedule with your major advisor to verify that you are on track to complete all of your major requirements on schedule.

 

Major name:

Nutrition

 

DUGS Name & Contact Information:

Mary Lou Bareither

Clinical Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

mbareith@uic.edu

 

Major Advisor Name & Contact Information:

Emily Walker                           Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson

Academic Advisor                   Academic Advisor

ecwalker@uic.edu                  vkt@uic.edu

 

Students working on their Honors Capstone project can enroll in the following course(s):

Course number

Course Name 

Number of Hours

Required for major

Elective in major

Required to earn departmental Honors

When to enroll

KN 398

Senior Research Seminar

3

No

No

Yes

First semester of capstone

KN 399

Senior Research Project

3

No

No

Yes

Second semester of capstone

KN 396

Independent Study

1-3

No

No

No

Any semester

 

Requirements for Departmental/College/Major honors:

The Senior Research Seminar and Project is offered as a capstone experience to students in both concentrations who have achieved a grade point average of 3.25/4.00 by their senior year of study. Eligible students complete the two-semester sequence by taking KN 398—Senior Research Seminar and KN 399—Senior Research Project. Typically, the first semester is devoted to developing and proposing a topic and obtaining any necessary approvals for the study (e.g., Institutional Review Board approval to work with human subjects). The second semester consists of implementing, writing, and presenting of the research project. Students earn six semester hours of graduation credit. In addition to the grade point average requirement, all Senior Research Seminars and Projects require a faculty mentor.

 

Department/College Presentation Options (e.g. research days):

Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Undergraduate Symposium and Awards Day (April of each year)

 

 

Other Departmental Requirements or Tips:

 

Undergraduate Research in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition

Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in the research programs of their chosen area of concentration.  A guided research project in either concentration can be one of the most valuable experiences of a college education.  The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition offers the following opportunities:

 

Independent Study

Independent Study in Kinesiology -  KN 396 or Independent Undergraduate Study in Human Nutrition – HN 396  are designed to be a flexible course allowing juniors and seniors to gain experience in Kinesiology and Nutrition-related research.  Taken for 1-3 hours, KN 396, or 1-4 hours HN 396, requires close interaction with one or more faculty members over the course of one semester.             

 

The Senior Research Seminar and Project

The Senior Research Seminar and Project is offered as a capstone experience to students in both Kinesiology concentrations who have achieved a grade point average of 3.25 (A=4.0) by their senior year of study.  Eligible students complete the two-semester sequence by taking KN 398 Senior Research Seminar and KN 399 Senior Research Project.  Typically, the first semester is devoted to developing and proposing a topic and obtaining any necessary approvals for the study (e.g., Institutional Review Board approval to work with human subjects).  The second semester consists of executing the research plan and presenting the research project. Students earn six semester hours of graduation credit.  In addition to the grade point average requirement, all Senior Research Seminars and Projects require a faculty mentor. KN 398 and KN 399 can be completed to fulfill the Honor’s College Capstone requirement.

 

The Helen Barton Summer Research Scholarship

Promising Kinesiology students of sophomore standing or above who have demonstrated an interest in the research of Kinesiology and Nutrition faculty may apply for the Helen Barton Summer Research Scholarship.  Recipients of the award will work closely with a principal investigator and graduate students in a Kinesiology and Nutrition laboratory on a project designed by the student and faculty member.  If the student and faculty member desire, the work accomplished during this experience may later be developed into the student’s Senior Research Seminar and Capstone Project.