While the Honors College is known for its student programs, given that it is a University-wide organization, it can play the role of "bringing faculty together and creating a truly cross disciplinary culture at UVM." These are the words of President John Bramley when he was Provost, at the time of the first Honors College Faculty Seminar. These annual summer seminars bring together faculty members from across the University to discuss a matter of importance and relevance and to see how these discussions can enhance professional life at UVM. This year’s seminar, our ninth, marks the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land Grant Act, which was proposed by Vermont Representative Justin Smith Morrill and signed into law by President Lincoln in 1862. The seminar will take place on August 13-15 and is coordinated by Tom Vogelmann, Professor of Plant Biology and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Cheryl Morse, Assistant Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Research on Vermont. It will conclude with a celebratory dinner hosted by new UVM President Thomas Sullivan with Leslie Black Sullivan, and Provost Jane Knodell.
UVM Honors College Class of 2012 Inducted as Honors College Scholars
On Saturday, May 21, the Honors College recognized the 138 students in the class of 2012 who completed all college requirements and would be graduating the next day from the University of Vermont as Honors College Scholars.
That is a record number of students who have graduated from the Honors College in a single year, and it was standing room only as proud families filled the Ira Allen Chapel. The scholars were led into the college's ceremony by Kelley Groll '12, the Honors College Banner Bearer. Groll was one of three Honors College student marshals for commencement weekend; she shared the honor with Todd Stanley (who carried the banner out of the Honors College ceremony) and Elizabeth Sander (who carried the banner for the university commencement the next day). All three students were chosen to represent their class for their outstanding academic work and perfect grade point average.
Student Research Conference Draws Record Number of Participants
As part of the University of Vermont's weeklong celebration of student achievement, the Student Research Conference showcases the research and scholarly activity of undergraduate, graduate and medical students across campus. Held each year in the Davis Center, the Student Research Conference is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their recent work and garner the recognition they so well deserve.
This year 365 students delivered oral presentations and posters relating to their research and creative endeavors, a record for the five-year old conference. Of the 204 undergraduates participating, 68 were Honors College students showing our emphasis on original thesis research, but also many of these students presented work that was not related to their theses (or only tangentially). Our students lead the way in their commitment to exploration beyond the classroom.
UVM Students Receive Prestigious National Awards
One student wants to be a foreign service officer. One plans to become a biomedical researcher. Another wants to create policy that will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs to take better care of soldiers returning from home. Still another is at work to create self-sustaining food and energy systems.
These are just a few of the several UVM students who received nationally competitive scholarships this past spring. UVM was one of about a dozen schools to have at least one student awarded in the prestigious undergraduate Truman, Boren, Udall and Goldwater Scholarship competitions (the other schools include Rice University, University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, Washington University in St. Louis, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of Virginia, Arizona State University, and University of Maryland-College Park). In addition, several other UVM students were acknowledged in the Fulbright, SMART, and Critical Language Scholarship competitions.
Meet the 2012 Honors College Scholars
The class of 2012 was the largest Honors College graduating class to date. During the past four years they've studied, lived and learned together. As they begin their next adventure, we've shared a list of who they are, their college, and the graduation awards they received.
Learning to Love the Thesis
by Marley Nordmeyer '12. I am not alone when I say that the thought of completing an Honors thesis is daunting, to say the least. I think I speak for many Honors College students when I recall the point midway through my undergraduate career when I contemplated not writing a thesis at all, sacrificing everything I had already worked for in the prestigious UVM Honors College. However, I can confidently say that after completion, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Although there were the sleepless nights and the stressful moments when I thought it was impossible to complete my thesis, I look back at my experience with only good feelings. Completing my Honors thesis was one of the most meaningful things that I did during my time here at UVM, and I not only learned so much about the dynamic field of communication sciences and disorders and the research world in general, but I had a great time doing it.
Coming in June: New Student Orientation
This June, members of the Honors College Class of 2016 will spend a few days on campus registering for classes, signing up for meal plans, connecting with academic advisors, and learning what their life will be like at UVM for the next four years. These experiences are part of New Student Orientation, which seeks to get students acquainted with college life before college begins.
Incoming Honors College students will participate in one of several three day sessions. During the first day they will be in University Heights North meeting Honors College faculty and administrators, getting to know their dorm room, and learning more about what life will be like in the Honors College.
For more information on New Student Orientation, including dates and registration information, please visit the New Student Orientation website.
UVM Alumni: Interested in mentoring an Honors College Student?
The Honors College Professional Development Forum is recruiting UVM alumni interested in networking and communicating with an Honors College student about professional development and transitioning from college to integrating in the professional world. As a Professional Development Forum mentor you’ll work directly with the student as they start connecting their intellectual interests to professional aspirations, and as they start figuring out what opportunities they should pursue on and off campus so they can build the expertise they need for their goals.
More information on mentoring is available on the Professional Development Forum website. If you're interested in participating, please contact Brit Chase at firstname.lastname@example.org.