The most significant benefit of being in the Honors Program is being among other students who enjoy intellectual engagement. However, there are also tangible benefits for participants in the Honors Program:
Honors students whose research is not fully funded by the University's undergraduate research grant program may apply for additional financial support from the Honors Program.
Students in the Honors Program have the privilege to register for classes following seniors in order to ensure that they will be able to enroll in their first choice courses. This is effective for freshmen when they register for their spring semester.
Honors Program students have the option to live in special Honors housing located in Powell Residence Hall. Space is limited but available to incoming and current Honors Program students. Applications are available in the Office of Residence Life.
The Honors Program professor-in-residence, Dr. Mary Therese Padberg, resides in Powell Hall and hosts weekly Honors teas. Teas are an informal affair for discussion and social gathering for Honors participants and faculty. For details about Powell Hall visit the Theme Housing page of the Residence Life area of our website.
The Honors Lounge is for the exclusive use of students in the Program and is located in Powell Residence Hall. The room is used for Honors Activity Board meetings, informal gatherings, and study. For those who don’t live in Powell, access to the lounge is available through requesting a key in the Honors Program office. The lounge contains computers, printers, printer/copier, scanner, books, magazines, and is available 24 hours a day. The lounge also contains office supplies and other resources.
Honors Facebook and E-mail Listserv
The Honors Activity Board maintains the "UE Honors Program" Facebook page to keep participants informed of news and activities.
The Honors Program also maintains an e-mail distribution list whereby members receive announcements. Because this is the primary format in which the Director communicates to Honors students, it is imperative that students regularly check their UE e-mail.
Honors Cords, Medallion, and Graduate Certificate
Students completing the program will receive purple cords and an engraved medallion to wear with their academic regalia at graduation. Students will be invited to a graduation dinner on the evening of the final day of Honors Project Presentations where they will receive their cords and medallion. A certificate of completion will also be awarded to Honors Program graduates.
Honors Program graduates will also receive a transcript of Honors activity while at UE. On the University transcript, Honors courses are denoted with an "H" following the course number (e.g. PSYC 121H) or effective Spring 2014, in the section column (e.g. PSYC 121 Section H).
The University of Evansville Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council.
Honors Program students have the opportunity to participate in various social activities, such as the Honors teas (see housing section above), the annual Nerd Wars trivia competition, and Honors Program-sponsored trips. Trips may include visits to graduate schools, museum exhibits, and other points of interest in nearby cities such as Louisville, Nashville, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.
Leadership / Volunteer Opportunities
Honors Program students can serve a leadership role in the organization by participating on the Honors Activity Board or the Honors Academic Committee. Students also have the opportunity to engage in community service through such programs as the Honors Ace Mentors (HAM), which provides tutoring and mentoring for children in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation.
Graduates of the UE Honors Program have continued on to various prestigious graduate schools and employment opportunities. Recent graduates have attended such graduate schools as the Boston Conservatory, Yale University School of Drama, A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, Michigan State University Law School, and the University of Maastricht in Maastricht, Netherlands, among others. In addition, graduates have been accepted into the Disney College Program, while others have pursued service opportunities such as the Peace Corps.