Download the SHW 2017 Schedule for a sample of our program

Our Purpose

PLNU is especially known for its high quality science and math programs.  Science Honors' Weekend (SHW) is a yearly recruiting event for incoming biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences' students that qualify, based on GPA and SAT/ACT scores.  This weekend is designed to encourage students in their science and math interests, to help them make informed decisions about their futures, and to show them our programs. 

Science Honors' Weekend is a great opportunity for incoming science/math majors to become acquainted with PLNU faculty and establish relationships with current PLNU students.  It's also an occasion to make new friendships that may very well last a lifetime. 

The weekend is packed with activity and will give a great overview of PLNU and specifically of the science and math departments.  Students come away with an increased knowledge of college life, a sense of the PLNU community, and new friendships.  All this and some terrific photos of sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.


For SHW 2017, we invited 36 Biology and/or Chemistry students to attend.  Please see the 2017 Program Schedule (Friday, February 17th - Sunday, February 19th, 2017). 

If you are interested in participating in next year's SHW, you are a high school senior the fall of 2017, and you meet the minimum requirements of 3.8 GPA and 1300 SAT (math + evidence-based reading and writing only) or 28 ACT composite, please visit this webpage November 2017 for an updated Biology/Chemistry Notice of Intent.  If the minimum requirements are met, you will be contacted for further information. Our committee will then select about 30-37 students to invite for this special SHW weekend.  For Mathematical, Information & Computer Sciences/Physics or Engineering, please go to their websites or contact Stephanie Krahenbuhl at 619-849-2219 for their specialized application form.

Dr. Dawne Page, Chair of Biology and Dr. Sara Choung, Chair of Chemistry co-lead the program for the biology and chemistry departments.

For more information, please contact LeAnne Elizondo at 619-849-2205, or email

Student Comments

TJ Wiegman, 2016 SHW and PLNU Class of 2020 comments, "SHW was a great experience. I got to meet all the science faculty, and they surprised me by how much effort they put into really getting to know all the students that came. Because of everything that they put on for us during that weekend, I was totally comfortable choosing PLNU when time came to enroll. One of the things that has struck me since it happened, though, is how genuine everyone was. Nobody tried to hide any of their flaws. The faculty and staff tried to help all the students find out if PLNU was the right fit for them, and they even actively encouraged us to go elsewhere if that is where God was leading us. I truly admire the faith that they all showed (and continue to show, now that I am a student here) in trusting God to get the program where it needs to be. I highly recommend SHW to any qualified student that is considering PLNU, because I know that they will not regret it, even if they do not end up deciding to come here in the fall."  

Amy Eppert, 2016 SHW attendee mentions, "Science Honors' Weekend was a defining experience in my college search. I had a blast meeting with the outstanding Biology faculty and staff, getting to know other prospective students, and experiencing the amazing atmosphere here at PLNU. From my meetings during the weekend, I determined that this is where I wanted to spend the next four years learning and growing intellectually and spiritually."

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Paul Green, 2015 SHW attendee comments, "The reason this weekend was so special and amazing was the time I got to spend with the other Science Honors' students. It's crazy that in just 40 hours I formed super strong bonds *pun intended* with people I had just met. PLNU did a fantastic job at centering the weekend around allowing us, the students, to interact with and get to know each other. I would highly encourage anyone who is extended the opportunity to take advantage of this incredible experience."

Daniel Harper, 2014 SHW attendee mentions, "Science Honors' Weekend was a huge part of my decision to attend Point Loma. Every professor we met was fantastic, the other students were great, and I found out that PLNU has an even better science program than I thought. The highlight of the weekend was hearing about undergraduate research. I can't wait to get involved with it myself."

Bailey Holmes, 2013 SHW attendee comments, "Science Honors' Weekend was an exceptional experience. I had the opportunity to meet the professors who are now teaching my courses, and bond with other students who are now my peers. The other schools I applied to did not offer any event like it. Staying for the weekend allowed me to see what the dynamics were on campus and in my major. That weekend is like a right of passage that many of us look back to with nostalgia."

Elle Asselin, 2013 SHW attendee mentions, "Science Honors’ Weekend was a big determining factor in my decision to attend PLNU. The faculty and upperclassmen were extremely welcoming, and seeing college life from the perspective of science majors was really informative: the in-depth description of lab life and awesome summer research opportunities was a completely different experience than a college campus tour. It was also my first time in San Diego, so not only did I get to see and meet some of my future professors and classmates, the weekend’s activities provided opportunities to check out the city and surrounding area. I would encourage any student considering a science major at PLNU to take full advantage of this opportunity."

Corbin Donham, 2013 SHW attendee comments, "Science Honors' Weekend was a great way for me to see what being on campus would be like and how it would feel to be in the classrooms where I would be taking my future classes. An exciting part for me was the introduction to PLNU's lab facilities which included demonstrations on how lab equipment is used for research and experimentation. Science Honors' Weekend was also a great way for me to make new friends, some of which I see all around campus today. Overall, it was an awesome experience."

Elizabeth Robinson, 2013 SHW attendee mentions, "At Science Honors' Weekend I discovered that PLNU is not just the most beautiful campus around, but also has a fantastic science program. I made acquaintances during that weekend that became my friends here at Point Loma."

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