Undergraduate Studies


Honors Calculations

Calculating Honors

The system used for calculating honors at the conclusion of the senior year is as follows:

  • 8 Departmental classes 55 % (~6.9 % ea)
  • Junior tutorial (Fall) 5 %
  • Junior paper 5 %
  • Thesis 30 %
  • Oral defense (Comprehensive) 5 %

We will automatically include our four core courses, which are

  • Biochemistry (MOL345)
  • Genetics (MOL342)
  • Cell and Developmental Biology (MOL348)
  • Core Lab (MOL350),

in the group of eight departmentals classes. The remaining four slots will then be filled with the other departmentals with the highest grades.

A list of courses that qualify as departmentals can be found in the Undergraduate Announcement or on the Molecular Biology Undergraduate Web Page.

Post Graduation Statistics

What Happens to Students after MOLBIO?

Class of 2011 – 57 graduating seniors:

  • 21 pursuing MD
  • 3 pursuing MD/PhD
  • 17 pursuing PhD
  • 2 other higher degree (e.g. MS/MPH/JD/VMD)
  • 9 employed in Science Field (e.g. teaching, research, technician, consulting)
  • 1 service/volunteer work
  • 4 non-science employment (e.g. financial sector)
  • 5 undecided or no information

Over the past 10 years:

~ 80% of all MOLBIO students pursue an advanced degree

  • 44% MD
  • 29% PhD & MD/PhD

Class Day

Monday, June 2, 2014 | 3:30 PM
Monday before Commencement

Carl Icahn Atrium
Reception immediately following presentations


2014 Class Day

Welcome Address

Presentation of Senior Thesis Certificates

Recognition of Honors Students and Award Presentations

Undergraduate Committee

Michael Berry

Rebecca Burdine

Jane Flint

Alison Gammie

Yibin Kang

Mark Rose

Thomas Silhavy

Heather Thieringer

Highest Honors

High Honors



George Khoury '65 Prize for Academic Excellence

Sigma XI Book Award for Outstanding Thesis Research

Molecular Biology Award for Excellence in Senior Thesis Research

Sigma XI

Phi Beta Kappa

Special Academic Awards

Post Princeton Awards

* A reception will follow ceremony in Icahn Atrium *

Princeton University's 267th Commencement (2014)

To give you an idea of what is in store -- Photos from Commencement 2012 can be found at  Princeton Graduation Ceremonies 2012

Key event dates for 2014 

Sunday, June 1
- Baccalaureate.  2:00 p.m.  Held in the Chapel with seating for guests in simulcast locations near the Chapel, this interfaith service features a guest speaker.    

Monday, June 2
For seniors
- Class Day. 10:30 a.m. This event is focused on the senior class and includes a guest speaker.  If weather permits, it is held on Cannon Green with a picnic lunch to follow (severe weather location is Jadwin Gymnasium).
- Departmental receptions for majors in the afternoon.

For Advanced Degree candidates
- Dean's brunch at the Graduate College.
- Hooding Ceremony.  5:00 p.m. Held on Cannon Green, weather permitting (rain location which requires tickets is McCarter Theatre).

Tuesday, June 3
Commencement.  11:00 a.m. (guests must be seated by 10:20 a.m.).  Granting of degrees and address by President Tilghman.  Distribution of diplomas in the Residential Colleges for seniors follows.

Please visit Princeton University's Commencement website for additional information.

MolBio Events

Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Contact Us

Lewis Thomas Laboratory at Princeton University

119 Lewis Thomas Laboratory
Washington Road, Princeton, NJ  08544-1014

Tel: (609) 258-3658
Fax: (609) 258-3980
Website:  molbio.princeton.edu