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Dean's Message

Abu Rizvi

When higher education began in this country, only male students from the elite strata of society went to college. They took a prescribed and uniform set of courses and were destined for occupations after graduation that were, in the main, predictable. Fortunately, things have changed, but with change has come complexity. UVM students come from a diversity of backgrounds and many are the first in their families to go to college. Students from whatever background find the transition from high school challenging. All of our students must navigate the multitude of opportunities available at a university such as UVM as they begin to discover academic interests suited to their talents and abilities. What should their major(s) be? Should they pursue internship or research experience? What about the thesis? Of course, students are not expected to make these decisions all alone, and thus academic advising has evolved as a crucial part of the experience of higher education. Dean Rizvi's Message

Top News

HC Students Welcome Admitted Students

Admitted Student Visit Reception

How does the Honors College curriculum fit into my engineering major? Will the Honors College let me study abroad? What are first year classes like? What's the advantage to being an Honors College student at UVM? These were some the questions admitted students asked current Honors College students during several Accepted Student receptions held in University Heights North this spring.

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"Intellectual engagement, incredible community:" Honors College students discuss why they came to the Honors College

The Honors College after college: Alums Mike Lahey '09 and Laura Balzer '08 talk about how their four years in the Honors College prepared them to thrive in the real world.

Zeltzerman Lecture - Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman is an author, essayist, editor, and teacher. A founding editor of the Library of Congress magazine Civilization, Fadiman also edited the venerable literary quarterly The American Scholar for 7 years. Her essays and articles, many of which have won National Magazine Awards, have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications. She is perhaps most well known, though, for her award-winning book about the fraught relationship between Lia Lee, a young Hmong child with a severe seizure disorder and Lia's American doctors, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Anne Fadiman

Student Thesis Experiences

Steps for a Thesis To successfully pursue college honors, I suggest you follow the directions I have outlined below. Iíve only made through step eleven, but I've got my fingers crossed that everything else will go according to plan. How to Write an Honors Thesis

Student Research Conference - SRC Preview

Student Research

As part of the University of Vermont's weeklong celebration of student achievement, the UVM Student Research Conference(SRC) will showcase the research and scholarly activity of undergraduate, graduate and medical students across campus. On April 22 over 200 graduate and undergraduate students will gather on the fourth floor of the Davis Center to present posters or give talks about the work they've done under the supervision of UVM faculty members. Student Research Conference

Spotlight on

Mark Usher First Year Seminar

Mark USher

Classics Professor Mark Usher spent the last couple of years engaging Honors College sophomores in the classic Greek and Latin texts through his popular sophomore seminars. But this year Usher literally changed course; in September he started teaching one section of The Pursuit of Knowledge, the required class for first year HCOL Students, and since then he's been leading discussions (and maybe the occasional debate) on what knowledge is and how we all acquire it. Recently, we caught up with Usher to see how he was enjoying his new class, his current research, and to discuss why the experience of teaching in the Honors College was a valuable opportunity for faculty. HCOL 096 Mark Usher

HCOL 194 - In the Artist Studio

Art by Steve Budington

This semester's Honors College elective, "In the Artist's Studio" allowed students to take a glimpse into the world of local artists. Along with Professor Bill Davison, a retired UVM art professor and distinguished printmaker, students ventured into the studios of artists in the Burlington and surrounding area. Artists visited have ranged from painters to sculptors to poets. They also ranged from well established, national recognized professionals to UVM art faculty members to young, emerging alumni. In the Artist Studio