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honors brochureThe Honors Program provides an extra measure of challenge and enrichment for students who are academically distinguished by previous and current achievements and by high levels of motivation and curiosity. It seeks to challenge exceptionally able students to perform at the highest level of which they are capable, to enhance their capacity for critical inquiry and for independent learning, and to develop their potential for leadership in their future vocations.

The UW-Eau Claire Honors Program has two components: University Honors and Departmental/School Honors. Students may complete one component or both.

Honors Program participation is documented on the student's University record, thus enhancing his or her opportunity for future acceptance by graduate or professional schools or in gaining preferred employment. Image to the right links to the University Honors Program brochure.

The Making of a Rhodes Scholar

Tayo Sanders

Recently announced Rhodes Scholar and Honors student, Tayo Sanders, was featured in a Medium article, detailing his career as a student, his journey to becoming a Rhodes Scholar, and what's next for him and his career. Read the full article here.


Save the Date: Provost's Honors Symposium is Back May 1st!

Provost's Honors Symposium call for nominations banner Provost's Honors Symposium page. The 5th Annual Provost's Honors Symposium will take place on May 1st from 1pm-5:30pm. Please join us in celebrating the hard work of your fellow students as they present their research, scholarships, and creative activity. Applications are still being accepted until February 27th. Check out the Provost's Honors Symposium page for more information on how to submit an application and stay tuned for more information regarding the event:



Scholarship Opportunities Available Now!

Two scholarships are now available for University Honors students:

The Ronald E. Mickel Honors Program Senior Scholarship, named for the founding Director of the University Honors Program, awards $1000 to an outstanding student who has reached senior standing by the start of the following academic year. Selection is based on the quality of the application essay, GPA, number of Honors Program courses completed, and leadership and involvement in activities outside the classroom.

The Ryan Prechel Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding UW-Eau Claire Honors student with both a passion for service and exceptional leadership. This scholarship honors one of the program’s prominent alumni and recognizes current students who have demonstrated campus, community, and civic involvement, as well as campus and community leadership. This award includes a $1000 scholarship for the student recipient and a $250 grant to an organization, department, or program of his or her choice.


Tayo Sanders 1University Honors Student is Named Rhodes Scholar

Tayo Sanders, a senior Honors material science major is one of 32 Americans named as a 2015 Rhodes Scholar. From approximately 1600 applicants, 877 were endorsed by 305 institutions around the country which were considered by the selection committee who then intereviewed 207 students from 86 different colleges or university. Approximately 80 scholars are chosen worldwide each year. This prestigious honor counts presidents, members of congress, artists, and others who are known internationally for their contributions to their chosen professions.

The announcement was made Sunday, November 23rd, by Elliot Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust. Rhodes scholarships, which covers all costs for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England and valued at about $50,000 per year, were established in the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Mr. Gerson called the scholarship "the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates."

Tayo has been engaged in extensive research, particularly in the area of nanotechnology, as a Goldwater Scholar and presented at several venues, including the American Chemical Society. Additionally, Tayo is the co-captain of the UWEC triathlon team. Spring semester, Tayo will also be a mentor for new University Honors students co-teaching a section of HNRS 100. Tayo will graduate in May 2015 with University Honors.

The full list of the 32 Americans selected for this honor and their bios are available from the Rhodes Trust.

Provost's Honors Symposium for Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity
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Forty-one presentations from over 30 disciplines were selected from faculty nominations by the Universy Honors Council. The presentations and Provost's Reception following the last session will take place on the 3rd floor of Davies Center.

Student, faculty, staff, and community members are all welcome to attend one or all sessions!

Four sessions run from 1 - 5:15 p.m. with concurrent presentation in four conference rooms. Check out the full schedule and attend any session(s) of interest to you.

Details can be found on the Provost's Honors Symposium webpage.

mortar boardAnother record number of University Honors Graduates for May 17th commencement

Forty-four students will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas wearing the gold medallion as a recognition of their accomplishment to graduate with University Honors. A full list of spring 2014 graduates is found on our graduates page.

Welcome to the New Academic Year in University Honors!

Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, University Honors Program Director, sends the following message to all Honors students:

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the new academic year in Honors!

I hereby invite you to

  •  Join me at the Fall Honors Welcome Picnic:

Thursday, September 19th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center.

Eat and drink; meet fellow Honors students and Honors faculty; learn what’s happening in Honors this year and how to get involved; and draw for the chance to (gently) whack some aging Honors administrator with a large cream pie.  RSVP if possible to Pam Golden (goldenp; 715-836-3621); otherwise just show up.

  •  Stay in touch with Honors:

Read all Honors emails—we promise not to send you spam or fluff.

(On LinkedIn, we are the “UW-Eau Claire University Honors Program” group)

  •   Help us reinvent HPO this year—the Honors student organization:

Get to know and work with fellow Honors students, gain and use leadership experience, and help make our Honors Program (and our University) even more wonderful than they are now.  Interested?  Send me an email with the words “I’m interested” in the subject line!

In deep gratitude for your work and engagement in Honors and beyond,


Record Number of University Honors Graduates in 2012!!

In the twenty-nine year history of the UWEC Honors Program, 2012 will mark the first year more than 40 students have graduated with the distinction of University Honors. Surpassing the previous record of 40 UWEC University Honors graduates in 2001, 46 UWEC Honors students graduated with the requirements for University Honors this year!

Eleven more University Honors graduates wear the gold medallion that marks a University honors graduate at the December 22nd commencement representing all four UWEC colleges.

See the full list of University Honors graduates.

Be sure to check out current University Honors activites!

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University Honors communicates with students on facebook

Current, former, and potential Honors students, faculty/stff, and families can follow posts and what is happening in Honors on our facebook page. Check us out!



UWEC University Honors recipient of the 2012 Board of Regents Diversity Award

UWEC Honors Diversity Award

Dr. David Jones, UW-Eau Claire Honors Program faculty fellow, left, and Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, Honors Program director, center, received a UW System Regents Diversity Award Feb. 10 in Madison on behalf of a campuswide team that developed and implemented a holistic Honors Program admissions pilot project. Regent Charles Pruitt, right, presented the award. Refer to the press release for full details.