University of Vermont

RSENR Honors Programs

Honors Programs

Lola and George D. Aiken Scholars Program

Students looking at tree rings on stump

Jericho Research Forest work day with Aiken Scholars, RSENR Stewards, and USDA Multicultural Scholars.

Lola Aiken Scholars

Lola Aiken Scholars celebrate.


First-year applicants with outstanding academic records are invited to apply to become Aiken Scholars. Each year, 20-30 students are selected as Aiken Scholars.

  • Connect to a community of students who are committed to environmental sustainability.
  • Build leadership skills and gain valuable service experience as you become an environmental professional.
  • Participation in the spring NR 99 seminar for Aiken Scholars only.
  • Priority housing in the Aiken Scholars’ Village in the environmentally-themed GreenHouse Residential Learning Community at University Heights South.
  • Priority-in-class registration.
  • Initiation fee paid for an honorary society membership.
  • Participation in the Honors Spring Seminar Course in sophomore, junior, and/or senior year (optional).
Aiken Scholars Seminar (NR 99)

The Aiken Scholars Seminar course provides students the opportunity to delve into case study of a significant environmental issue. Topics change each year and involve guest speakers, field trips, and interactive discussion led by RSENR faculty members. Prerequisite: Open only to first-year Aiken Scholars. One credit.

History of the Program

Lola Aiken The late Lola Aiken was a long-term supporter of the University of Vermont and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. With her husband, the late George D. Aiken, Governor of Vermont (1937-1940) and U.S. Senator (1940-1974), she was a tireless champion for the environment and education. Lola served on the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Board of Advisors and the George D. Aiken Lecture Series Board of Directors and sponsored the Lola Aiken Award in Natural Resources.

University of Vermont Honors College

Academically high achieving students are invited to become part of the UVM Honors College when they are admitted to the University. For students already at UVM, students may apply for admission in the spring of their first year. Learn more about Honors College requirements.

GreenHouse Residential Learning Community

Many Rubenstein School students live in the GreenHouse, which provides environmentally-themed programming and opportunities to enhance environmental leadership skills. Learn more about UVM's GreenHouse Residential Learning Community.

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