Honors Program

Become a nurse-researcher

The Indiana University School of Nursing’s honors program is your opportunity to conduct research as an undergraduate. If you choose to participate in the honors program, you’ll work with a faculty sponsor to investigate a topic related to nursing practice, education, or administration.

Your faculty sponsor will mentor you as you develop a proposal for a research study, carry out the study, and publish the results—experience that will give you an advantage in gaining admission to graduate school. And when you successfully complete the requirements of the honors program, you’ll graduate with departmental honors, something else that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Program requirements

To graduate with departmental honors, you must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 (or a minimum nursing GPA of 3.3 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in nursing honors courses) and be in good standing throughout the honors program.
  • Complete H399 Honors Proposal Development, a 3 credit hour course in which you will work with your faculty sponsor to develop a proposal for a research study.
  • Complete H499 Honors Research, a 3 credit hour course in which you will work with your faculty sponsor to conduct the research study proposed in H399. At the conclusion of the study, you will write an honors thesis or an article for publication in a scholarly journal.

Both H399 and H499 are individually arranged courses that require faculty approval before enrollment. Both courses count as electives for the BSN degree.