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New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007 School of Engineering Other Academic Programs Honors Program James J. Slade Scholars  

James J. Slade Scholars

In the third year, students who have maintained a 3.2 university cumulative grade-point average may apply to the chairperson of their major department to be admitted into the James J. Slade Scholars Program.

Upon admission to the program, each scholar prepares a plan of study under the guidance of a faculty committee and the Honors Committee of the School of Engineering. The chairperson of the student's committee acts as the thesis adviser and should be a member of the student's major department. Although great flexibility is permitted, each engineering program is planned to meet the definition of an engineering curriculum as stated by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. A Slade scholar's program requires independent research and a thesis that results in a total number of credits that is 6 credits beyond the minimum required for graduation. The thesis, describing the student's investigations, is presented at a public seminar of the college. With the approval of the student`s committee, courses of equivalent stature may be substituted for any four of the required technical courses in the regular program. Any course that is below the student's current status in his or her major field is counted as an additional overload.

At the end of each term, the student's committee formally reports on the candidate's progress to the Honors Committee of the college. Continuance as a designated candidate depends upon continued satisfactory progress. Upon successful completion of the honors program and with the recommendation of the committee, department, and the Honors Committee, the student receives a special honors certificate. Successful completion of the honors program is also noted in the list of degrees and honors conferred in the commencement program.

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