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Marquette’s University Honors Program is designed for intellectually curious, academically engaged students who want to learn in a close-knit community of their peers at the heart of a vibrant research university. Its broadly based, interdisciplinary curriculum addresses our most pressing contemporary challenges with cutting-edge knowledge and research and the wisdom of centuries of Jesuit values and pedagogy. The University Honors Program offers an intense, individualized and experiential education by which students learn to become leaders — at Marquette and in their careers.

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Applications for Honors study-abroad scholarships due 10/2
The UHP will be awarding 2 scholarships of $500 each for study abroad in an OIE-approved program for spring 2018. Click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.

First Years Take an In-Depth Look at Milwaukee’s Visual Arts
One of this fall’s first-year seminars focuses on Visual Arts and is team taught by Lynne Shumow, Curator of Education at the Haggerty, and Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, Associate Professor in Theology. Milwaukee is home to a vibrant arts scene with a diverse community of talented artists. The seminar gives students the opportunity to meet several of these artists, observe their creative process, and view, firsthand, some of the most interesting art work being made in Milwaukee

HOPR sculpture

Honors Sophomores Preview "I'm not who you think I am" with Rose Curley
As part of the Honors sophomore seminar HOPR 2953H The Art and Science of Creativity with Tim Cigelske, students met with Rose Curley who does stand-up: I'm not who you think I am. Rose Margaret Curley tells all, exposing the absurdity of perception versus reality from her unusual circumstances: a Black woman raised by a white family in Milwaukee. Curley also spoke at the Haggerty Museum of Art in mid September.
rose curley

All-Honors Welcome Picnic
Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors welcomed the first-years to campus with a barbecue picnic in the central mall.



Orientation Welcome Reception for Families
Parents said goodbye to their sons and daughters and stopped at the Honors Program on their way out to have refreshments and to meet Honors staff and families.

Undergraduate Research Fellowships 2017: The UHP awarded 20 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships for summer 2017. More information

Honors Study Abroad Scholarships
Honors is very happy to announce that Cara Caputo, Emma Nitschke, and Olivia Ryan have won 2017-18 Honors study-abroad scholarships, Cara for museum studies at the University of London this summer, Emma for a full year in Lille, France, and Olivia for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Leadership Awards
Congratulations to three Honors students for winning Student Leadership Awards from Student Affairs: Corinne Conway, for a Celebration and Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion Award, Christina Hochla, for a Wellness Award, and Mysti Johnson, for an Emerging Leader Award!

Spring 2017 Study-Abroad Scholarships
Congratulations to Tommy Messner, A&S 2019, and Kaley Rohlinger, COMM 2019, who are both studying at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan this semester.

Honors in the news: Marquette Journal

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Honors Program Hosts a 3-Part Lecture Series on Immigration
The HOPR 3957H Junior seminar hosts the second lecture of three on Thur. 9/28. The seminar and the lectures explore a variety of questions engendered by the reality and persistence of human migration across the globe, especially in terms of the immigration debate in the United States. The series reviews the legal, ethical and political issues challenging historical formulations of state membership in today’s age of human migration.
Thur. 9/28, 5-6:15 pm, Todd Wehr 100

Honors Junior Seminar: Mission to Mars
Honors juniors explored the possibility of safe human travel to Mars through a spring lecture series.  

mission to mars

Pizza with Professors
Honors faculty and Honors students eat together and enjoy a night of pizza in the living-learning dining hall in Straz Tower.
Pizza with Profs

Honors Forum with Matt Hanson
Dr. Jenn Finn, History, teaches an honors seminar on Athletes through the Ages. Her class hosted professional athlete Matt Hanson, an Ironman triathlete and winner of the 2015 North American Ironman Championship.

Honors Students Study Tolkien's Collection
Did you know that Marquette University owns the original manuscripts for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings? William Fliss teaches a first-year seminar on the classic work and was recently interviewed by CBS 58 on Sunday Morning Spotlight regarding the original manuscripts of the famed English author. See the video clip.

Bee the Difference
Enterprising Honors senior Maggie Stang helped church leaders act on their dream by uniting two programs that are now enrolling a handful of meal program guests, affording them respect and responsibility along with an opportunity to learn the art and science of beekeeping.

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Honors in the news

Marquette Journal, December issue