Who is on my advising Team?
Your advising team includes:
• Professional advisors
• Experts in research experiences, funding, and student fellowships (the FOUR office)
• Honors College peer mentors
• Your faculty academic advisor in your home college who specializes in your field of study
How do I reach out for advising assistance?
To reach the team with questions or to make an appointment, simply go into Navigate or email Honors.College@uvm.edu and the appropriate member of the team will respond. They will provide information, refer you to helpful services, or schedule an advising meeting!
What does the advising relationship look like?
During your first year, the advising team will work with you as you navigate the transition from high school to college and begin an ongoing conversation with you about your academic interests and future career goals. You will receive frequent information from the team and will be invited to important programming around requirements, interests, and responsibilities. You can also stop by drop-in hours to chat with an advisor or request an individual meeting with a member of the team as needed!
In your second year, these conversations continue as you affirm your choice of major, career goals, and plans for study abroad when appropriate. This is also the time to build mentoring relationships with faculty in their home colleges early in their second year; those faculty relationships form the basis of a great deal of HCOL-related Junior and Senior-year advising when the focus is on preparation for and then execution of the Senior Thesis project. Students in the Honors College will often find that advisors in the Fellowships, Opportunities, and Undergraduate Research office are enormously valuable throughout their career at UVM, but in particular during the final two years. And students are, of course, welcome to seek advice from HCOL staff at any time during their time in the Honors College.
In addition to guiding you to academic support resources, the Honors College team can direct you to opportunities across the University including clubs and organizations, community partnerships, study abroad, undergraduate research, competitive fellowships, and work related to career and professional development.
During the last two years of your undergraduate degree, you will be working closely with your faculty academic advisor assigned to you in your home college, who specializes in your area of interest. This faculty advisor will be supporting and guiding you through the development of your research interests and your Honors Thesis project. We encourage you to continue to engage with peer advising and the HCOL advising team as needed (especially around research funding and fellowship opportunities) even while your primary academic support is increasingly focused in your major.
Your Advising Team in the Honors College:
- Facilitates communication, helps you to coordinate learning experiences, reviews your academic progress, and provides referrals. We want you to be cognizant of the many opportunities UVM affords for personal and academic growth. We are here to help you achieve your academic and personal goals.
- Helps you make informed decisions throughout your UVM career. We want you to have a rich and rewarding college experience and will refer you to appropriate resources on campus.
- Operates within a holistic vision of advising; we know that impediments to academic success are often complex.
- Listens to you and helps you clarify academic and career goals.
- Helps you interpret academic requirements and policies, and complements the advice you receive from your formal, undergraduate advisor.
- Connects you with opportunities for undergraduate research.
- Directs you to experiential and career development opportunities across the university.
- Reviews your academic performance and GPA (3.20 is required to remain in HCOL) and helps you work out an academic plan for success.
Your faculty advisor in your Home College:
- Helps you to navigate requirements in your major(s) and to plan for academic success in your field of study
- Provides you with mentoring and support as you consider areas of research focus and refine your proposal for your research project leading to the Honors College Thesis
- Helps you make appropriate progress toward thesis completion and provides feedback on the thesis as it develops
- Serves as a resource to discuss future career or graduate education plans, especially in your field of study
As an Advisee in the Honors College:
- You accept responsibility for your own decisions.
- Keep your advising team informed if you encounter issues that hinder your academic success. We can help you find necessary supports, both personal and academic.
- Come prepared for advising programming, drop-in advising, and individual meetings with your faculty advisor or with members of the honors college advising team.
- Seek advising from your home college advisor for specific degree requirements.
Your Honors College Advising Team
MARTHA LANCE, Academic Advisor
SCOTT CLARK, Academic Advisor
ANN KROLL LERNER, Director Office of Fellowships, Opportunities and Undergraduate Research (FOUR)
VIVIEN ENRIQUEZ, Undergraduate Research Coordinator
CATHERINE ALEXANDER, Fellowships Advisor
EMILY MANETTA, Interim Associate Dean
Peer Mentors are current Honors College upperclass students who work closely with first years as they navigate the transition to college and life in Honors College. First year Honors College students are assigned a peer mentor as a person that they can go to during their first semester on campus with any questions about finding their "niche" on campus. In addition to advising groups of students, Honors College Peer Mentors organize events for all HCOL students including drop-in advising socials, de-stressing events during finals, and other activities in the College that build connections and camaraderie. Read more about the peer mentors here.