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Dean's Message

Abu Rizvi

"My family didn't have the financial means to allow me to attend UVM," recalled Alice Ford '10, recently. "But then I got a letter saying I had been awarded the Brennan Scholarship, and that's what made it possible for me to come here." Alice was speaking at the announcement of a substantial addition to the Brennan Family Scholarships, which she received in all four years at UVM. While at UVM, Alice took part in summer undergraduate research in the lab of Prof. Joe Schall. She is now in the third year of the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania. Alice's story illustrates our two main goals in the Honors College: to attract the best students to UVM and to give them the opportunity to do their best work. The new Brennan gift and an equally welcome one by Julie Simon Munro '86 help us accomplish these goals much more easily.

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Latest News

Simon Family Gives $500,000 for Summer Fellowship

Undergrad Research Art

Julie Simon Munro ’86 and her family foundation have been long-standing champions of education at the University of Vermont. This fall, the family’s generosity expanded to a new summer research fellowship for UVM undergraduates that will be offered through the Honors College. The Simon Family Public Research Fellowships (formerly the Public Research and Civic Endeavors Scholarship) will financially support UVM students who spend their summer pursuing a community-based research project.

Munro and her family foundation, the William E. Simon Foundation, have a demonstrated commitment to promoting public service and education across the country. This particular fellowship will bring both of those interests together for high-achieving UVM students.

Brennan Family Gives $1 Million for Honors College Scholarships, Research

Simon Scholarship Fall 2012

On October 4th a UVM alumni couple announced they would donate $1 million to support Honors College students and initiatives. The gift will be divided; half of the gift will fund will go to the Brennan Family Scholarship Fund, a merit award that supports Honors College students while they study at UVM. The other half will go to the Brennan Family Summer Research Fellowship, which will become a competitive summer research grant worth $5,000. The fellowship will enable students to be fully funded while they conduct research projects over the summer.

The gift is the largest the Honors College has received since its inception in 2004.

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Chase Receives Williams Award from Vermont Women in Higher Education

Britten Chase

On Thursday, October 4th, Honors College staff member Britten Chase received the Peggy R. Williams Award from Vermont Women in Higher Education. The award "is presented to a woman who is in the early stages of her career, demonstrates excellence in her contributions to students, colleagues, and/or her institution (in such areas as service, innovative programs, teaching, research, etc.), and shows promise and potential for future contributions."

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Chase is the director of UVM’s Office of Fellowship Advising. Located in the Honors College, the office is for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to participate in prestigious national scholarship competitions.

Learn more about nationally competitive awards at UVM

College Hosts Research Poster Contest for Presidential Installation

Brent Reader

During events that surrounded the installation of our 26th president, Dr. E. Thomas Sullivan, the Honors College and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School hosted a competition to find the best research performed by graduate and undergraduate students at UVM. Nearly 130 students welcomed the challenge and submitted their work for judging by a panel of faculty.

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Author Brooke Hauser Visits the Honors College

Brooke Hauser

Over the summer, incoming first-year students to the Honors College read Brooke Hauser's book The New Kids and were asked to write a paper on the book that they brought to the first day of class in HCOL 085, their first-year HCOL seminar. And before we'd really even had time to all introduce ourselves to each other in that class, they all had the opportunity to meet Brooke Hauser herself. Ms. Hauser was our writer-in-residence for the first week of the semester.

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Honors College Welcomes Class of 2016

Move In Fall 2012

On Friday, August 24 the Honors College welcomed the Class of 2016 to campus. Students arrived early and were greeted by upper classmen who helped unpack cars and carry boxes, books and bedding to first-year student rooms. After moving in, students spent an evening getting to know their roommates, hall mates and their resident advisors. That Saturday, first year students participated in the college's annual scavenger hunt in the Fleming Museum, before being connected with their Honors College Peer Mentors.

The class, which will be the college’s ninth, has 169 number of students from 23 states as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. In addition, first year Honors College students come from Germany and India.


UVM and the Promise of the Morrill Land-Grant Act - Summer Faculty Seminar 2012

OL Leaders

In 1862, President Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Land-Grant Act, creating the structure for the land-grant college and university system in the United States. The core purposes of the Act were to expand access to higher education for the working classes and to support the application of scientific research to the pursuit of progress in everyday life.

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New Faces

Meet the Honors College 2012-2013 Peer Leaders

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It's not always easy for first-year students to find their niche at UVM. The university's plethora of academic and extra curricular opportunities, combined with the challenge of getting used to living away from home can be a lot for students to take on. This is true of Honors College students, who are often motivated to pursue many intellectual and leadership opportunities in the UVM community, but who often don't quite know where to begin. Each Fall, the Honors College Peer Leaders (a group of 16 upper classmen) are on hand to help new students get acquainted with all activities, opportunities and responsibilities first year students will have.

Meet the Peer Leaders

Marlenee Blas, Assistant Residence Director at University Heights North

Marlenee Blas

Assistant Residence Director Marlenee Blas joined the Honors College staff this past August. Originally from southern California, Blas graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara in June and began her graduate studies in UVM’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Program this past fall.

Blas is already a familiar face around University Heights North; she supervisors and mentors the resident advisor staff, and she is also the advisor for Hall Council, a group of residents who organize events for the building. Outside of her graduate studies and Honors College work, Blas also is completing her practicum with Upward Bound, a tutoring and mentoring program at the university.