Academic Regulations and Procedures
Awards and Honors
A candidate for the bachelor’s degree may receive school or departmental awards for superior performance upon recommendation of the faculty of the school in which the student is enrolled.
Undergraduate Dean’s List
At the end of each semester, the dean of each academic undergraduate unit compiles a Dean’s List of undergraduate students who constitute approximately the top 20 percent of the class. Each full-time student must complete in that semester at least 12 credits for a letter grade (including S) and have no U’s, I’s, NR’s, NC’s, NF’s, Q’s or F’s. P grades are not considered to be letter grades. Part-time students must have earned at least six credits in a semester of letter graded work (not including S or P grades). The grade point cutoffs are: juniors 3.45, seniors 3.60 in the School of Health Technology and Management; juniors and seniors 3.60 in the School of Nursing; juniors and seniors 3.75 in the School of Social Welfare. Juniors must have earned a total of 57 credits; seniors must have 85 credits.
Degrees with Distinction
Degrees with distinction are conferred on candidates for the bachelor of science degree who have completed at least 60 credits at Stony Brook, excluding special examination and waiver credit (or 43 credits for Registered Nurse Baccalaureate students), and who attain the requisite grade point average (determined by the school). The levels of distinction are summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. Attainment of a degree with distinction is indicated on the student’s diploma and permanent academic record. The grade point cutoffs are as follows, for students in the School of Health Technology and Management, summa cum laude, 3.85; magna cum laude, 3.75; cum laude, 3.60; students in the School of Nursing, summa cum laude, 3.80; magna cum laude, 3.70; cum laude 3.60; students in the School of Social Welfare, summa cum laude 3.90, magna cum laude 3.80, cum laude 3.70.
The University pays tribute to its outstanding students through the conferring of awards, election to honorary societies and granting of departmental and University honors. The following University awards are presented each year:
The Ward Melville Valedictorian Award is named in honor of the first chairperson of the Stony Brook Council. Presented annually, it is the University’s most distinguished undergraduate honor and is presented to the graduating senior who has attained the highest academic average during four years at Stony Brook.
The William J. Sullivan Award is presented annually by the University in honor of Justice William J. Sullivan, late chairperson of the Stony Brook Council. It is the most prestigious service award the university presents to a graduating senior. The award represents the University’s recognition of particularly outstanding service contributions to the development of academic and student life on the campus.
The H. Lee Dennison Award, named in honor of Suffolk County’s first chief executive, is presented by the University to the graduating senior who entered Stony Brook as a transfer student, completed at least 60 credits of letter grades at Stony Brook, and attained the highest academic average in that work.
The Distinguished Community Service Award is presented annually by the Stony Brook Foundation to a graduating senior in recognition of particularly outstanding contributions to public service in the Long Island region.
The United University Professions Award is presented to that member of the graduating class who has most displayed an unselfish concern for the promotion and protection of human rights and values.
The Elizabeth D. Couey Alumni Association Award is presented by the Stony Brook Union Advisory Board and the Department of Student Union and Activities to a graduating senior who has exhibited outstanding contributions toward the improvement and growth of student services and programs and exemplifies Elizabeth Couey’s unique qualities, which include the ability to listen with understanding, guide without boundaries, give and take with love, and grow with each passing day.
The Elisabeth Luce Moore Award in International and Religious Studies is given annually to a deserving student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and gives promise of contributions of unusual stature to the fostering of international understanding and/or the appreciation of religious values.
The Minorities in Medicine Award is presented annually by the Minorities in Medicine Organization to an outstanding African-American, Latino or Native American upper-division student who has demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in the health professions.
The Norma Mahoney Black and Hispanic Alumni Association Award is presented to an African-American, Latino or Native American graduating senior who has excelled in his or her studies and who has demonstrated a concern for the African-American, Native American and Latino communities.
The Single Parent Awards are presented to full-time students in their junior year who are single parents in need of financial assistance.
The Returning Student Award is presented by the University Association to an undergraduate who has successfully returned to college after years or decades away from higher education. The award recognizes academic excellence and service to the community beyond the campus.
Induction into an honorary society also acknowledges outstanding academic performance on the part of a student. Selection of students is based primarily on University records and recommendation (not on application). Some of the disciplinary national honor societies require application and have established criteria for eligibility. Interested students should approach the relevant department or program
Alpha Omega Alpha, a chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society, annually recognizes outstanding medical students, alumni and faculty.
Alpha Eta is a national honorary society for the allied health professionals. The Stony Brook chapter was established in 1982 to recognize and encourage scholarship in allied health.
Lambda Beta is a national honor society for the profession of respiratory care. The Stony Brook chapter in the School of Health Technology and Management was formed in 1987. The criteria for election include scholarship and community and professional service.
Lambda Tau is a national honor society for the profession of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The Stony Brook Sigma Beta chapter in the School of Health Technology and Management was formed in 1993. Eligibility is limited to no more than 15 percent of each class.
Phi Beta Kappa is a national honorary society devoted to the promotion of scholarly attainment in liberal arts and sciences. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is not only based on high grades.
Pi Theta Epsilon is a national honor society for the profession of occupational therapy. The Stony Brook chapter in the School of Health Technology and Management was established in 2001 to recognize high achievement in scholarship and research.
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society recognizes outstanding nursing students. The Kappa Gamma chapter in the School of Nursing was chartered in 1988.
Sigma Xi is a national honorary society for achievement in pure or applied scientific research. Any student associated with Stony Brook who has through research achievements shown a marked aptitude that is expected in due course to lead to the fulfillment of the requirements for full membership, may be nominated by a faculty member or department and elected as an associate member of Sigma Xi but also on breadth, balance and proportion in the candidates’ programs.
The Sigma Tau chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) was established at the School of Dental Medicine in 1977. Based on academic excellence, character references and service, the active members of the chapter may elect up to 12 percent of the graduating students each year to membership in this organization.