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Developing your best self

Looking for answers to frequently asked questions? Prospective students, click here. Current student, check out the University Honors Information Hub in Canvas.

Our Vision

To excel as a signature UW-Eau Claire program and become a national model for innovation and excellence in Honors education.

Our Mission

The UWEC Honors Program provides highly motivated, high-potential students with a challenging and supportive learning community that allows them to develop their distinctive abilities, creating a foundation for high-value intellectual, professional, and personal achievements in future settings.

Program Leadership

Student Staff

Who better to tell you about the Honors experience than current Honors students? The students who work in the Honors office are all part of the Honors

honors staff members

Program, and they have the experience and knowledge to answer questions about the program or about life on campus.

Student staff members can be contacted at

Olivia Bishop
Graphic Designer and Media Manager

Olivia is a second-year student working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Latin American Studies minor. She loves the community of the Latinx Student Association, and the Multicultural Student Services Office. She enjoys tailoring her studies to align with her personal interest of crafting, ecology, and culture. Some of her favorite classes have been with Honors, and she is grateful for the academic betterment the Honors Program provides.

Brianna Evans
Data Analyst

Brianna is a second year student majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. In her free time, Brianna enjoys hiking, crocheting, and rock climbing. She enjoys learning about new topics and making new connections in Honors.

Katie Murphy
Publications Intern

Katie is a third-year Integrated Strategic Communications - Public Relations major and is working towards certificates in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and American Sign Language. She dances with the Concert Dance Company on campus and enjoys reading, going on walks, and learning languages. Some of her most cherished moments and opportunities in college have been because of Honors Program. 

Aleah Vetsch
Event Coordinator

Aleah is a second-year student pursuing a major in human resource management and a minor in psychology. She is an active member in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) organization on campus and is also on the leadership team with Newman Catholic. She enjoys walking around Eau Claire and discovering new places to visit. Aleah is grateful for the discussion based nature of honors courses and getting to hear new perspectives from students outside of her major. 

Honors Council

Made up of both students and faculty, the Honors Council contributes to strategic planning and helps the Honors Program plan for the future.

Current council members: 

  • Six faculty and/or academic staff members with the following composition:
    • Arts and Sciences (2)
      • Dr. Elena Casey, Languages and Latin American + Latinx Studies
      • Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, Psychology
    • College of Business (1)
      • Sheril Gilberstadt, Accounting + Finance
    • College of Education and Human Sciences (1)
      • Dr. Aaron Willis, Social Work
    • College of Nursing and Health Sciences (1)
      • Dr. Mary Canales, Nursing
    • At-Large Faculty/Academic Staff (1)
      • Hans Kishel, McIntyre Library
  • Honors Student Steering Committee (HSC), Living-Learning Community (LLC), and student-at-large Representatives (5)
    • Anna Fregien, HSC
    • Ray Nelson, HSC and LLC
    • Hannah Schindler LLC
    • Zoe Eineichner LLC
    • Samara Gries HSC
  • Ex-officio Member
    • Dr. Heather Fielding, University Honors

Interested in Teaching a Course?

We encourage both UW-Eau Claire faculty and Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley community members with particular expertise and at least a Master's degree to consider proposing a course for students in the University Honors Program. Reach out to the Honors Director if you have a course in mind.

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