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Honors Program Mission

The mission of the Honors Program at Illinois State University is to recruit, challenge, and stimulate academically-talented, culturally and ethnically diverse, and highly-motivated students from all academic disciplines.

Our goals mirror those values found in Educating Illinois, and they are to: offer individualized attention; promote scholarly and civic engagement; provide opportunities for enriching academic and cultural experiences with openness to diversity; and encourage participation in a variety of formal and informal learning and community-building activities both in and out of the classroom.

Individualized Attention

  • Smaller Honors sections and closer interaction with faculty via In-Course Honors projects
  • Personalized academic advisement
  • The Honors Connection - a transition seminar for new first year students linked with another Honors section
  • Review and feedback of four year academic plans of study
  • Honors Orientation each semester for new (non-freshmen) students in the Honors Program
  • Recognition of Honors designations, scholarships, and other awards at awards ceremonies and on our website
  • Early registration to allow first choice of classes

Scholarly & Civic Engagement

  • Opportunities for Honors Undergraduate Research Participation for academic credit and Research Mentorships/Grants for paid stipends
  • Independent Honors Study or Honors Thesis as available research options in all disciplines
  • Presentation of research each semester when funded through the Honors Program
  • Travel grants for presentations of scholarly work at conferences
  • Co-sponsorship of the Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Service Learning, a community-based experience facilitating students' personal and professional growth

Enriching Academic & Cultural Experiences with Openness to Diversity

  • Arranging talk-back with actors and directors after plays and musicals
  • Hosting discussion with conductors and guest musicians prior to concerts
  • Organizing individualized tours and presentations of art by curator or director of University Galleries
  • Offering Honors Advanced Colloquia on a variety of topics and academic disciplines
  • Creating themed interdisciplinary colloquia with guest lecturers for the Presidential Scholars Core Curriculum
  • Ensuring a broad base for student cultural and academic interaction by increasing admission applications from underrepresented students through concerted efforts with other campus offices and high school visits.
  • Fostering an awareness of diversity issues on campus and globally through Honors-sponsored programs or by promoting campus-wide events
  • Encouraging study abroad through freshman classes, PS Club panel events, and hosting study abroad essay and photo contests in conjunction with the Office of International Studies & Programs

Formal & Informal Learning & Community-Building Activities

  • Professor panel series, “Honors Program Presents…”
  • Annual alumni career panel, “Bookbag to Briefcase: A Night with Honors Alumni”
  • Leadership Opportunities: Honors Student Organization (HSO), Presidential Scholars Club (PS Club), Student Ambassadors Leadership Team (SALT)
  • Co-facilitation of freshmen seminars through paid student positions, Honors Peer Mentors (HPM) and Presidential Scholars Assistants (PSA)
  • Social and service activities, including Welcome Picnic, Relay for Life, Homecoming Open House, HSO and PS Club-sponsored volunteer projects, and other SALT activities
  • Helping to plan Honors House programming, as requested, and recruiting Faculty Mentors

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