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HONORS STUDENTS CONNECT TO THE COMMUNITY

Katie (next to Champ) served as the University Honors Student Association president during her senior year at UMD.

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Community

There are many ways to engage in our community of dedicated honors scholars, faculty, and community members. Here are a few of those opportunities available to students of University Honors.   

“University Honors is like a family. It’s not just an academic program; it’s an entire support system.”
Brooke Neuroth Class of 2014, Biology major

"UH not only help me feel more connected within the UMD community, but also the Duluth community. Through insightful seminars and volunteer opportunities I was able to grow as university student into an adult that has a better understanding of the world around me."
Brittany Leeson Class of 2016, Education major

"University Honors surrounded me with outstanding people who motivated me to succeed and became my best friends in the process."
Meghan Osterbauer Class of 2016, Psychology major

University Honors Student Association (UHSA)

The University Honors Student Association seeks to enhance the experience of students in the University Honors program. All honors students are a part of UHSA and are encouraged to take advantage of the many events and opportunities provided by the group.

Fall Bar-be-Que

The UH Fall BBQ is hosted by University Honors and the University Honors Student Association.  It offers new students a chance to meet upper-class honors students and learn more about the program.  Games, music prizes and food make this a fun University Honors tradition!

Minneapolis Trip

This annual event is full of Minnesota and world culture. Past trips include attending plays, eating ethnic food,  bowling, and visiting arts and science museums. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with your fellow honors students as well as honors faculty who often travel with us. This is one of the highlights of the UH year! 

Meet the Professional

Students have the opportunity to listen to a favorite UMD faculty member or a prominent community member offer academic and life wisdom in the form of a “Last Lecture.”  Pizza and community make this a popular honors event!

Perspective Events

Perspective events provide learning experiences that pushes students out of their comfort zone. UH Students are required to attend two perspective events each semester. Examples of perspective events include Alworth lectures, cultural events, and campus-wide or community-based special guest lectures.

Winterlight Banquet

The Winterlight Banquet offers a unique opportunity to hear from and network with community leaders and faculty outside of class. Also, it provides us a chance to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our University Honors students at the end of fall semester. We celebrate our students studying fine arts in University Honors by highlighting one of our University Honors performing arts students at Winterlight.  

Aisthesis: University Honors Student Journal

The University Honors students and faculty collaborate to publish a journal of scholarship conducted by honors students across the country. This is the only undergraduate honors journal edited and published by honors students.

Senior Capstone Presentations

Each spring, our graduating seniors present their University Honors capstone presentations.  The entire UMD community is invited to this event celebrating the scholarship of our graduating seniors.

Spring Banquet

The University Honors Spring Banquet celebrates our graduating seniors and top performers. University Honors graduation medallions are distributed at this event as well as the announcement of our new UHSA officers. We announce the recipients of our UH Awards in Exemplary Leadership, Exemplary Service, Dedication to University Honors and UH Excellence.

University Honors Lounge

Relax, connect, eat, and study in our lounge space.

University Honors Learning/Living Community

Live and learn in our honors-dedicated floor in beautiful Ianni Hall. Our living learning space is designed to provide honors students a supportive academic environment in which you can make strong connections with other similarly motivated, focused students.