The Bloustein School will begin a new Bloustein Honors Research Program (BHRP) in the 2019-2020 academic year. The program is a formal, supervised year-long (6 credits – 3 in fall, 3 in spring) project that involves both a peer classroom learning environment and research with an individual Bloustein faculty mentor. Students will meet weekly as a class to learn and practice general research and paper writing skills from the BHRP course instructor that will provide a common structure to the overall honors experience. They will submit weekly assignments that guide them through understanding research and planning and completing their research project. Each student will have a Bloustein faculty member who specializes in the student’s topic areas as their primary advisor (mentor). The BHRP course instructor will serve as the secondary advisor for all BHRP students. Both quantitative and qualitative projects can be supported in the honors program.
The program will offer a select group of students an opportunity to conduct in-depth research that aligns with the applied research done by faculty at the Bloustein School. Students may explore applications of planning, public policy and health as it relates to community development, health disparities, transportation, global health, the environment and more.
For health administration (501), public health (832), and public policy (833) majors, the BHRP can replace the 6-credit internship (10:775:499). For planning and public policy (762) majors, the BHR can replace the 3-credit internship (10:762:400) and Senior Seminar (10:762:499).
This is a capstone experience that is only open to seniors, who are not already affiliated with an honors program or the Honors College. Those who participate in their primary school’s honors program or the Honors College may enroll in the major-specific honors independent study courses (i.e. 10:832:497, 498 for public health).
Those interested in the Bloustein Honors Research Program must complete a formal application in the spring preceding their senior year. To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following criteria:
- An overall GPA of 3.00 or higher in addition to a GPA of 3.60 or higher* within a Bloustein major
- Successful completion of Research Methods** (including an evaluation form from the instructor)
- Successful completion of any 300-level writing-intensive course (including an evaluation form from the instructor)
- Standard letter of recommendation from a Bloustein faculty member
- Identification of a Bloustein faculty member who is willing to serve as a primary mentor
* If a student does not meet the standard GPA criteria for admission, they can apply and will be considered but must include a statement explaining the circumstances that led to their lower GPA.
**If a student is taking Research Methods during the summer, they should apply by the normal deadline and notify the school (via email@example.com) when their final grade for Research Methods is posted.
The online application will become available on Friday, February 15, 2019. The evaluation forms and letters of recommendation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, June 7, 2019.
Selected students will receive special permission numbers to register for 10:775:497, 498 in their respective terms.