Graduation with Distinction

Procedure for Selection

To be eligible for graduation with distinction you must:

  • have overall GPA of at least 3.3; and statistical science GPA of at least 3.5 maintained until graduation.
  • submit application to the Director of Undergraduate Studies at least one semester prior to graduation. The application must include a research paper (thesis) proposal including title and brief plan of implementation. The research proposal should be made in consultation with your advisor and a faculty member having expertise in the area in which you wish to do independent work.
  • write research paper (thesis) demonstrating significant independent work in statistical science, written under the supervision of a regular-rank faculty member of the Department of Statistical Science. The thesis, which must be completed 6 weeks prior to graduation, may be written as part of independent study credit. Note that independent study credit must be approved by the DUS by the end of drop/add period of a given semester.
  • present research paper (thesis) orally during the month before graduation in a seminar open to the public.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Chair of the Department determine whether you will be admitted to candidacy for distinction. The application will be considered in the context of your interest, academic record, and professional goals. Please see the Trinity College Academic Requirements for graduation with double honors.

Evaluative Body

Early in the semester of the student's graduation, the Director of Undergraduate Studies will name a three-person committee, normally including the candidate's research supervisor and the major adviser, to evaluate the paper and oral presentation.

Evaluation Procedure

The committee will evaluate the candidate's paper and oral presentation for quality of intellectual content, quality of writing/speaking, and originality.

Levels of Distinction

 The committee will determine whether distinction will be warded, and if so, the level of distinction:

  • Graduation with Distinction in Statistical Science, or
  • Graduation with Highest Distinction in Statistical Science

For highest distinction, the candidate must produce a paper publishable in a statistical science journal.