Academic Honors

College of Pharmacy Requirements for Graduation with Honors

Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Summa Cum Laude
Completion of all pharmacy coursework in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum

3.50 or higher GPA in required pharmacy courses

Completion of all pharmacy coursework in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum

3.6-3.79 or higher GPA in required pharmacy courses

Completion of all pharmacy coursework in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum

3.80 or higher GPA in required pharmacy courses

prior to start of research:

Submission of a research project for review;  obtain any needed approvals (eg IACUC or IRB) and receive Certification of Completion of the Compliance forms

prior to start of research:

Submission of a research project for review;  obtain any needed approvals (eg IACUC or IRB) and receive Certification of Completion of the Compliance forms

  Completion of a research project; including oral presentation and written thesis on the project. Completion of a research project; including oral presentation and written thesis on the project.
  Review of presentation and thesis and recommendation for honors by the faculty or preceptor  supervisor Review of presentation and thesis and recommendation for honors by the faculty or preceptor supervisor
  Review of the thesis and recommendation for honors by the department chair or director of experiential programs Review of the thesis and recommendation for honors by the department chair or director of experiential programs
  Submission to the Honors site in Canvas Submission to the Honors site in Canvas
  Recommendation by Assoc Dean for Research and Graduate Education Recommendation by Assoc Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Approval by COP Student Affairs Approval by COP Student Affairs Approval by COP Student Affairs

Project Guidelines

  • Project may include research projects with a full time COP faculty member on any of the 3 campuses.
  • Projects with APPE supervisors must also be approved by the Office of Experiential Programs
  • Projects with non-UF faculty or APPE mentors are evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Projects may include literature reviews or local quality improvement projects.

All projects must be reviewed prior to the start to assure that the project is in compliance with UF rules for human or animal subjects (IRB or IACUC).  The review process requires the student and mentor to identify the project and define any use of human or animal subjects, human tissues, or human data. The form for providing this information in order to obtain College approval of the project can be completed online.

Completion of review requirements will result in issuance of a Certificate of Completion for the Project Compliance form. This certificate must be submitted with the final project report and recommendation for graduation with honors.


Dr. Duarte and student in lab.Oral Presentation Options

  • Research group meeting
  • Local presentation at site of research
  • College of Pharmacy Research Showcase
  • National meeting

Report Guidelines

Although the project can be a part of a larger project that includes other students and authors of a publication, for Honors, each student must write their own thesis.

  • The thesis must contain the following elements:
    • Title page that includes the research project title, the name of the faculty or preceptor advisor, and the location (ie campus or preceptor site)
    • Statement of the project question (i.e., goal/objectives/hypothesis for the project)
    • Introduction: A review of the literature regarding the project question (i.e., history of the project performed, comparison of different approaches prior to your work)
    • Methods to gain data or information
    • Results: presentation of findings and evaluation of the most promising resolution of the research question (i.e., discussion of the results of the project with emphasis on the approach that seems to answer the question)
    • Conclusion/summary: This should include a discussion of the findings, how they contribute to further understanding of the problem, and their impact. This section might also include a discussion of further work needed to address any issues, problems or questions that might have arisen.
    • References; These should be consecutively numbered in the thesis, and listed at the end of the paper in numerical order of citation.
  • The thesis should be 2000-3000 words in length.
  • The report may include figures and tables.

Submission for recommendation for Graduation with Honors

Submit the following to the Canvas website for Academic Honors:

(These should be assembled in a single PDF in this order)

It is advised that this is done within the semester after completing the research, and no later than April 1 of the year of graduation