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Dean's Scholars
Students who meet certain test and GPA criteria in high school will be invited to join the Dean's Scholars Program, taking honors courses, attending special events, and engaging in a research or design project.​

Selection criteria:

  • All students who enter Purdue University College of Agriculture as recipients of the Board of Trustees Scholarship are encouraged to apply to the Dean's Scholars Program as are others fulfilling the following criteria:
    • ​3.8+ High School GPA and 1290+ SAT/ACT 27 and above​.


    • Valedictorian of high school
  • First semester students will be asked to accept a Dean's Scholar status by April 28, 2017 and must accept the invitation prior to fall semester.

  • Second semester freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students with 60 credits remaining at Purdue may apply if they have a GPA equal to or greater than 3.5. A written essay stating why the student is interested in being a Dean's Scholar is part of the formal application process​. Review of applications will be administered by the Office of Academic Programs and the Departmental Honors Coordinator from the department in which the student is enrolled.

New requirements if you were admitted in Fall 2015:

  • First semester students will enroll in AGR29000H01 - 1 credit.

  • Each year a student is designated as a Dean's Scholar, the student is advised to complete three credit hours of honors courses. At graduation each Dean's Scholar will have a minimum of 12 credits of honors courses. Honors courses can be courses or sections of courses approved for honors credit by the College of Agriculture Curriculum and Student Relations Committee, a University Honors (HONR) course, a course with honors designation taught in another College (School) in the University, a 500- or 600-level course, or a regular course or section of a course in which a special honors project is required in addition to the regular course requirements. For a regular course or section of a regular course to receive a temporary designation as an honors course, the student must complete the Honors Contract Course form​ (For Honors Contract Course Procedure, click here).  S/he will need to obtain the signature of Dr. Fernandez or his designee as the “Honors Unit Director."

  • Students must complete at least 15 credits during regular academic year semesters in which they are resident at the West Lafayette campus.

  • A Dean's Scholars Profile must be developed by the end of the student’s first semester or by the end of the first semester after a student enters the Program. A Dean’s Scholars Profile includes:
    • A working plan for meeting the 12 credit hours of honors courses.

    • A creative scholarly work such as a bachelor's thesis, laboratory project, or design project (3-6 credit hours); three credits of which may be used as part of the 12 credits of honors courses.

    • Annual participation in Dean's Scholars events. (Must participate in 8 events in order to receive the Dean's Scholars Designation at graduationl. These events will be posted on our website soon.)

    • Participation in the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. The 2016 Poster Symposium will be held on April 12, 2016 in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. Students are also encouraged to present their project at a regional or national meeting and to publish their results, if appropriate.

Old requirements if you were admitted before the Fall 2015 semester:

  • AGR 10100 H01 for .5 credit
  • 12 honors credits of course work by graduation
  • Take 15 hours per semester
  • Maintain a 3.25 cummulative GPA
  • Develop a Dean's Scholars Profile by the end of their first semester
  • Participate in a research project or scholarly work
  • Participate in at least 8 Dean's Scholars events
  • Participate in a poster symposium​

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Honor's Program
Students may graduate with College of Agriculture honors certification if they have met the criteria that the school faculty has established for an honors program. A key component of this program is the completion of an honors project. Often, this project is undergraduate research.

Honors Program Operating Policies

  • Students must have completed a minimum of 32 semester credits and have attained a minimum graduation index of 3.25 at the time of admission. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 16 credits at Purdue University before applying for admission. Individual departmental honors programs may establish higher criteria for admission.

  • Students will apply for admission to the Honors Program through their departmental honors committee. Before applying for admission, the student is expected to identify an Honors Program adviser who has agreed to serve as a mentor and to determine a mutually acceptable honors project. Admission is contingent upon the approval of the departmental honors committee and the College of Agriculture Director of Academic Programs.

  • Within the first semester after admission to the Honors Program, the student is expected to develop a plan of study in cooperation with his or her mentor. Plans of study are to be submitted to the departmental honors committee for approval. While in the Honors Program, students must achieve minimum 3.0 semester grade indexes. Participants who fail to meet the semester index requirement may continue in the Honors Program upon recommendation of the departmental honors committee and with the approval of the College of Agriculture Director of Academic Programs.

  • Students in the Honors Program must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence at the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus.

  • Under the direction of his or her Honors Program mentor, the student must complete an honors project of scholarly activity associated with research, teaching, extension, or another area acceptable to the departmental honors committee. A written summary report of the honors project must be submitted to the departmental honors committee for approval. At the discretion of the departmental honors committee, the student may also be required to conduct a seminar regarding his or her honors project.

  • To achieve certification as a College of Agriculture Honors Program graduate, the student must successfully complete the approved plan of study and submit a written honors project report which is approved by the departmental honors committee.

  • Honors Program graduates will receive an appropriate certificate upon graduation, and the academic transcript will indicate successful completion of the Honors Program in the student's major program of study. ​

Departmental Honors Faculty Contacts

If you have questions, contact your departmental representative or call 765-494-8470.

Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Kevin V. Solomon
Agricultural Economics
Michael Wetzstein

Michael L Mastare

Animal Science
Terry S. Stewart

Sandra S. Rossie

​Botany & Plant Pathology
Mary A. Webb

Christian Y. Oseto

Food Science
Owen G. Jones

Forestry & Natural Resources
Patrick A. Zollner

Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Steven G. Hallett

Natural Resources & Environmental Science
John G. Graveel

Youth Development & Agricultural Education
B. Allen Talbert

Academic Programs
Mary Helen Halsema