Honors Newsletter

Honors College: The Newsletter


Defending your thesis and Graduating? Make sure to do the following: 

  • Contact your Honors Liaison and your committee to schedule a defense.
  • Complete the Medallion Ceremony Survey that Dr. Bingham emailed to you and indicate date/time/location of defense. (If you have not received it, please contact us: binghams@uncw.edu)
  • Invite your family to the Medallion Ceremony – May 10th at 8am.
  • Design and print your research poster so that others can see your thesis findings at the Medallion Ceremony. (This is required.)


Upcoming Speakers/Events:

Sustainability Career and Volunteer Fair

When: Friday, April 26th from 10 am - 1 pm
Where: Wagoner Dining Hall

Are you interested in a potential job in the sustainability field? Join us this upcoming Friday to meet with organizations such as Good Shepherd, Habitat for Humanity, Cape Fear River Watch, or the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

"Shale Energy, Fractured Communities, and the New Treadmill of Fossil Fuel Production in the Trump Era"

When: Friday, April 26th from 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Sunset Beach Room - Fisher Student Center 1025

Dr. Anthony LaddFormer Professor of Sociology of the Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program at Loyola University, New Orleans


Contact: groven@uncw.edu

CSURF Travel Awards: Request up to  $1,000  to travel to a conference in your discipline with your faculty mentor to present the results of your research.  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   http://www.uncw.edu/csurf/travelawards.html.  Please note that we have changed the awards for this coming semester so that students can now request per diem to cover their expenses related to food. 

Undergraduate Research Scholar (URS): Applications are now being accepted for URS recognition.  See  http://uncw.edu/csurf/UNCWResearchScholars.htmlfor requirements/application information and  http://uncw.edu/csurf/csurfungraduatescholars.html for a list of all current Scholars.

Applied Learning Student Success Gallery: We would encourage you to think about sharing your research/creative activity story with us and future students through UNCW’s Applied Learning Gallery  https://randall3.uncw.edu/applied_learning/ and the CSURF Research Stories Page  http://uncw.edu/csurf/researchpaststories.html

CSURF Workshops and Classroom Presentations: Students, remember that CSURF hosts several “how to make a research poster” workshops throughout the semester.  See  http://www.uncw.edu/csurf/for dates.  Faculty, if you would like CSURF to give a presentation to one of your classes, please email us at  csurf@uncw.edu We have presentations that cover the undergraduate research process, research poster/presentation creation, and information about fellowships (can be targeted to the level and major of students you teach).

Student Opportunity Center: UNCW Honors Scholars College/CSURF have adopted a resource that allows students to search from over 8,000 internships, conferences, journals, and funding opportunities.  UNCW students can sign up to use it for free – just make sure to use your @uncw.edu email address when you do so.   https://www.studentopportunitycenter.com   

Upcoming Trips

Honors in London

When: August 1st to August 10th 
Cost: $1,875

Deadline: April 1st

Join us for a trip to London this summer and then a fall course on “Consumer Culture and Shopping Society” (HON 210). London is one of the original epicenters of global consumer culture. It is a city that played a central role in the evolution of mass production, consumption, fashion, shopping arcades, and pop culture. Through the lenses of sociology, psychology, history, architecture, and economics we will examine the role that consumer values played in city life, as well as the role the city serves as the veins of consumer culture. This will include a range of questions: How is shopping part of “being a city citizen”?  How has consumption shaped the evolution and planning of London? How do particular spaces shape consumption and the consumer mind? The goal of the course is to arrive at a better and more critical understanding of how consumption figures into individual and global identities. The London experience will provide the illustrations, data and a frame for the fall HON 210 course. 

Highlights: Soho, Museum of London, Museum of Brands, Harrods, London Apple Store, Portobello Road Market, Tate Modern Museum, Covent Garden, Victoria and Albert Museum, theatre outing, and more.



Brazilian Music in Beats and Cultural Movements

When: Fall 2019, Monday and Wednesday 11am-12:15 pm

In this course, you will learn about the Brazilian rhythms, movements, composers, and singers. You will listen to songs, view music clip and shows, and films about musicians. There will be guest musicians, a workshop to play instruments and learn Capoeira sounds and steps. Depending on how adventurous we are, there may be opportunities to go on field trips to listen to Brazilian music in town and visit a Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse) in Myrtle Beach. 

Medical Humanities Minor

Credit Hours: 19

Contact: Professor Nathan Crowe ( crowen@uncw.edu)

Core Requirements: 7 credits

  • HON 120 Medical Humanities (open to everyone) - 1 credit
  • History of Science or Medicine (HST 205, 206, or 210)
  • PAR 215: Bioethics
Electives: 12 Credits
  • Explore your options at uncw.edu/hst/majors/medical.html

What is Medical Humanities? Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field that draws on various approaches -- arts, humanities, and social sciences -- to understand the profound effects of disease on patients, their caregivers, and the contexts in which they both live. Learn more about the complexities of health in our modern world by exploring a Medical Humanities minor! 

Data Science Minor

When: Fall 2019

Learn the fundamentals of Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics. Great minor for CHM, BIO, ECON, BUS, PHY, MAT, PSY, EVS, CSC, EOS, STT...


  • MAT 151 or MAT 161 (Calculus)
  • STT 215 or (Other Statistics Course)
  • CSC 131 (Intro to Computer Science)
  • STT 305 (Statistical Programming)
  • DSC 301 (Data Science Algorithms)
  • DSC 302 (Foundations of Data Science)



Writing Consultants Needed - UNCW University Learning Center

Application Deadline: End of April

Contact:  ulc@uncw.edu


1. UNCW Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student

2. 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA

3. ANY major

The application is accessible via uncw.edu/ulc/about/student and employment begins during the Fall Semester. 

Academic Achievement Peer Mentor - UNCW University Learning Center

The University Learning Center is hiring Academic Achievement peer mentors for the upcoming Fall 2019 semester. Academic Achievement 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 skill sets in areas such as problem-solving, motivation, and tutoring. Peer mentors begin a $9.00 an hour and are eligible for a raise every semester after that. They also set their own hours. For more information about the position, please visit the Learning Center’s “Student Employment” webpage.

Become a Mentor - Junior Seahawk Academy

Contact: Angie Reid-Griffin - griffina@uncw.edu or jrseahawk@uncw.edu - 910.962.7176 - uncw.edu/ed/jrseahwak

Join us in motivating and mentoring youth to develop their interests in STEM, healthcare, and teacher education careers. Become a mentor, volunteer for a few hours a day. 

Summer Session

  • Required Mentor Training - 9 AM to 12:30 PM, June 26, 2019
  • Camp Session - 8 AM to 1 PM, July 8-12, 2019
    • Audience - 10 to 14-year-olds
    • Location - UNCW Education Building