Honors College

The College of Agriculture offers many opportunities for honors students to grow in their intellectual curiosity and pursue a rigorous, research-oriented undergraduate curriculum which prepares them for their best step. Agriculture students can pursue departmental honors programs, participate in the College's Dean's Scholars program, or be a student in the John Martinson Honors College

Honors College Requirements

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Discover first-hand how research contributes to the advancement of human knowledge. Experience a change of pace from formal classroom activities and gain skills applicable to both research and non-research careers. Studies show that students who engage in research are twice as likely to graduate, five-times more likely to go on to graduate school, and have more successful careers after graduation.

Various opportunities are available for students to pursue a research experience during their Purdue undergraduate career:

  • On-campus and off-campus
  • Academic year and summer
  • Credit and non-credit
  • University and industry
  • Domestic and international

In addition to this webpage, there are many resources on the OUR website that can help you in your search for undergraduate research opportunities.

Students are also encouraged to search for undergraduate research postings on the following websites:

There are numerous faculty members who are open and available to serving as a student's mentor to help them complete their scholarly project. A list of faculty who have volunteered to serve as mentors can be found here.  

The Honors Committee consists of one faculty member from each department. Each of these individuals are interested in supporting students and their honors initiatives during their journey at Purdue. They are available as a resource and can be contacted by students as needed. 

Meng Deng, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Todd H. KuetheAgricultural Economics

Colleen Brady, Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication

Roland Wilhelm, Agronomy

Alex Pasternak, Animal Sciences

Clint C.S. Chapple, Biochemistry

Leonor Boavida, Botany and Plant Pathology

Brock A. Harpur, Entomology

Eun Joong Oh, Food Science

Patrick A. Zollner, Forestry and Natural Resources

Aaron W. Thompson, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Laura C. Bowling, Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Elizabeth Byers, Office of Academic Programs

Students can achieve their required honors courses by honors contracting one of their College of Agriculture classes. HONR classes and 50000+ level classes also count towards the credit requirements. Here is a list of all agriculture classes which have been contracted since Fall 2021.  

How to set up an honors contract