Honors Newsletter

Honors College: The Newsletter

Updates, Speakers, Events, Opportunities: 


Study Abroad/Transient Study Financial Aid Info

Date: Tues., Nov. 9, 12 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.

Location: Join us via Zoom here: https://uncw.zoom.us/j/2872323139

 Planning to study abroad or take a course or two at another college or university? If you want to know how you can use financial aid to study abroad or participate in transient study, please join us for a 30-minute, on-line Zoom chat to discuss financial aid processes as well as a few tips that may help you along the way.

Contact Financial Aid with questions


UNCW's New Respiratory Therapy Program Now Accepting Applicants

Date: Submit Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, 2022

Respiratory Therapy is a specialized health care field where practitioners are trained in pulmonary medicine in order to work therapeutically with people suffering from pulmonary disease.

Learn more and apply


City of Wilmington Commemmorates 1898 Massacre

Dates: Nov. 1-10

Locations: Various

New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington are joining several local organizations and partners to commemorate the 123rd anniversary of the 1898 Wilmington Massacre and Coup d’état.

See events & register


Strengths 1.0 Workshop

Date: Wed., Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. (sign up by Nov. 8)

Location: RL 2007A (Honors classroom)

The Clifton StrengthsFinder is the culmination of more than 50 years of Dr. Donald O. Clifton's lifelong work: leading millions of people around the world to discover their natural talents. The simple online assessment and accompanying resources and materials are your portals to discovering your Strengths - making success in life and leadership within your grasp.

Honors is sponsoring a facilitated workshop with OSLE to discover your natural strengths & learn how to best use them to your advantage. Facilitators provide context on StrengthsFinder, participants' individual Strengths, and make connections outside of the student group or classroom context. After participating in the Strengths 1.0 workshop, participants will be able to

  • List and describe their Top 5 Strengths
  • Reframe their weaknesses in the context of Strengths
  • Give an example of each of their Top 5 Strengths in action
  • Articulate one benefit of Strengths-based leadership

We will sponsor 15-25 students to take this workshop, including paying for the StrengthsFinder assessment.

Please register before Nov. 8 to participate!


Departmental Honors (Thesis) Info Session

Date: Thurs, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.

Location: RL 2047 (Randall Auditorium)

Departmental Honors, also known as the honors thesis project, is a required component of the Honors College curriculum. Students outside the Honors College are also welcome to complete an honors thesis as long as they have a 3.2 GPA and junior standing. An honors thesis is essentially a passion project--multiple semesters of independent inquiry or creativity related to your major. Many majors offer elective credit for the honors thesis and some of them even allow you to replace a capstone class with the honors project.

Come out on Thursday to learn more about Departmental Honors, including when you should think about completing the thesis, how to get started, how to choose a topic, and an overview of forms, timelines, committee info, and other nitty-gritty details for starting a thesis. This is an EXCELLENT session to attend if you are planning to graduate in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024, but early-career students are also welcome!

Please register on Wavelink/CORQ to RSVP


FIRSTS: A Poetry Performance by Sidney Wollmuth

Date: Thurs., Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

Location: Youtube premiere

Senior honors student Sidney Wollmuth presents her thesis: an auto-ethnographic poetry performance that will be premiering on Youtube, focused on the "firsts" of new adulthood. Sidney's project is an excellent example of interdisciplinarity and creativity in the thesis process (particularly for arts and humanities majors). She is also a phenomenally talented poet who will put on a great show. Please join Sidney this week!

View the flyer


Pizza With Professors

Date: Monday, Nov. 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

HSA will be hosting a Pizza with Professors meeting on Monday, November 15th at 6:30 p.m.. Refreshments will be provided. This is a great opportunity to expand your connections with professors beyond the classroom as well as hangout with peers! It will be a casual setting and topics to discuss could be classes that the professor teaches, information about their research, possible Honors/Departmental Thesis partnerships, and whatever happens to come up.

Follow HSA on Instagram for details


Avant-Garde Theater Performances 

Dates: Wed. and Thurs., Nov. 17th and 18th, 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Location: CAB 2033 

THE AVANT-GARDE WANTS TO BE FREE! A nite of avant-garde theater from Honors 121-300.

This free and ticketless event's doors open at 6:30 p.m. Programs will be distributed and signed at the end of the evening. Curated, directed, performed by the students of HON 121-300. 

The plays are:

  • Detonation by Francesco Cangiulli directed by Andrew Bahhouth
  • Far Away by Caryl Churchill directed by James Slawter
  • The Jet of Blood by Antonin Artaud directed by Prince Sorbito
  • The Healing directed by Zoe Laakman

Contact Dr. Charles Grimes for details


First-Year Research Experience

Deadline: Apply by Nov. 22nd

CSURF and the Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning have partnered to create a program for first-year students: the First-year Research Experience (FYRE) program. As the name suggests, this program seeks to help first-year students make connections to one of the things that UNCW does best, i.e., faculty-mentored undergraduate research, creative scholarship, and community engagement. These experiences will not only more deeply engage students in their future majors, but will also serve as a catalyst for continued undergraduate research, creative scholarship, and community engagement in their semesters and years to come.

More details on FYRE Apply now


Second Story Journal Hiring Editor-in-chief

Second Story Journal is the arts and literature publication of the UNCW Honors College. Published by the Honors Student Media Board, Second Story Journal publishes poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, scholarly essays, translation work, photography, and visual art in an annual issue. 

SSJ seeks a new Editor-in-Chief for the 2022-2023 academic year. This is a paid position. Please contact the current EIC, Jenna Johnson, for details on submitting applications and intervieiwng for the role. 

Contact Jenna Johnson


Applications open for Summer 2022 NC State Internships

Deadline: Jan. 3, 2022

Beginning this week, college students can apply for one of nearly 100 internships across multiple North Carolina state government agencies. Governed by the NC Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement, the annual North Carolina Internship Program offers a 10-week, paid internship for college students interested in careers in state government.

Learn More


Honors in Peru

Date: May 17-25, 2022

Location: Peru

Are you interested in exploring the history and culture of coastal and highland Peru? Have you perhaps heard of the Inca empire and known that the Spanish brought about its downfall, but are curious to learn more?

HON 212, El cóndor y el toro*: indigenous and Spanish Peru, is a 3-credit seminar course exploring these topics. Students interested in learning about Peru and studying abroad there can sign up for HON 212 as well as HON 121: Honors in Peru: from the capital to Machu Picchu. This is the one-credit study abroad component. 

To clarify: Anyone can take HON 212 without going abroad. To go abroad to Peru with Profe Rider, you must take HON 212 AND HON 121-302. 

Email Profe Rider (riderv@uncw.edu) for more details or see the flyer below. 

Flyer for Peru


University Learning Center is Hiring Academic Achievement Mentors

The University Learning Center is recruiting Academic Achievement Services Peer Mentors for the upcoming Spring 2022 semester and beyond. Academic Achievement Services Peer Mentors work regularly with students to improve their academic habits and meet their academic goals. Moreover, this position provides peer mentors with the chance to refine their own academic habits and to develop their skillsets in areas such as problem solving, motivation, and tutoring. Peer mentors begin at $9.00 an hour, with opportunities for raises during subsequent semesters of employment.

For more information about the position, please visit the University Learning Center’s “Student Jobs” webpage, or feel free to contact Dr. Nick Crawford directly 


Opportunities from CSURF

The Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF) has opportunities this fall!

CSURF Travel Awards: Request up to $1,000 to virtually attend a conference in your discipline with your faculty mentor to present the results of your research. Please note that because of current conditions that we are still not funding requests for physical travel or attendance. Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. More information, including submission requirements and instructions, can be found at the CSURF travel awards webpage.

CSURF Fall Showcase of Student Research and Creativity: November 17th, 21, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 pm: A virtual, synchronous session will be held via Zoom for the UNCW community to view and learn about undergraduate research projects across campus and across disciplines. Located in Canvas

CSURF Fellowship (Scholarship) Presentations – CSURF will offer a series of general and specific presentations this semester about applying for fellowships (scholarships). Fellowships are one way of helping to financially support your undergraduate education, or in some instances, potential graduate work. Some of the fellowships outlined below also include paid summer internship opportunities. A schedule is included below, as well as the topic. Faculty, if you would like CSURF to deliver a targeted fellowship presentation for a class you teach or an organization you are involved in, please feel free to reach out and we can plan something.

Zoom link (same for all presentations). (Password = 977780)

  • November 9, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: General fellowship presentation (general information about various fellowships).
  • November 16, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Goldwater Fellowship (designed for second- or third-year students interested in pursuing a research career in STEM). 

Research / Conferences: 


Publication Opportunities for Undergrads 

Do you have research or a paper you're proud of? There are multiple journals across the nation that publish student research across all disciplines, whether you wrote a particularly excellent class paper or conducted research through a DIS. Keep an eye out on the publication opportunities for undergrads (often specifically Honors undergrads) below: 

Undergrad Research Journals Collection


Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

Dates: May 16 to July 27, 2022
Deadline: Apply by Feb. 14, 2022
Location: UNC Chapel Hill

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) invites applications for a ten-week paid summer research fellowship for undergraduate students (rising juniors or seniors) in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. MURAP seeks to prepare talented and motivated students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, or those with a proven commitment to diversity and to eradicating racial disparities in the academy, for future careers as academic researchers and faculty. Working under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor, students participate in a rigorous research experience that prepares them for graduate study and academic careers.

To apply, students must complete an online application, which will be available starting Tuesday, November 9, 2021. To access an application, or for additional information about MURAP, please visit our website at http://www.murap.unc.edu or contact murap@unc.edu.

Learn More


State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

Date: November 13, 2021
Location: Virtual

SNCURCS will again be hosted virtually this year. This is a great opportunity to share your undergraduate research and creative scholarship with students and faculty from across the state of North Carolina. For those of you interested in presenting, please see the SNCURCS website for more details. Note that CSURF will cover all registration costs.

Learn More


Fall UNCW Showcase of Student Research and Creativity

Date: November 17, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Virtual

The Fall Showcase of Student Research and Creativity will be held on the afternoon of November 17, 2021. This will be a chance for students to engage with campus and disseminate their work. This semester, the Showcase will be virtual and include both synchronous and asynchronous elements. For those of you that participated last year, it will follow essentially the same format. 

Contact CSURF for more details