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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.

News and Events


Spring '17 Advising Calendars now Available
Amelia Zurcher, Calendar
Maria Cooper, Calendar
John Fenelon, Calendar

Honors students win Study-Abroad Scholarships for spring 2017
Congratulations to Tommy Messner, A&S 2019, and Kaley Rohlinger, COMM 2019, who will both be studying at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan next semester.

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.

HPSAB election results
Congratulations to the newly elected UHP Student Advisory Board for 2016-17

Check out the new Honors Calendar
Whether you're a current student or a prospective student considering Marquette and the University Honors Program for fall '17, take a look at important dates on this new Honors Calendar.

Honors Field Trip to Growing Power
Honors Director Amelia Zurcher's HOPR seminar on Food, Gender & Politics visited Growing Power, a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.

growing power

An Honors Historical Site Visit
Dr. Tyler Farrell, English, teaches a first-year seminar on Midwestern Poets. The class visited Wisconsin Poet Lorine Niedecker's House on Black Hawk Island, a designated historical site. They also visited the Dwight Foster Public Library for a poetry reading of Niedecker's works. More information.

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.

Honors at the Haggerty Museum of Art
Honors students in HOPR 1953 Real Fine Art: An In-Depth Look at Milwaukee Visual Arts get hands-on experience with the museum's newest exhibit "Series on Resurrection in Nature." The Gendron Jensen exhibit features detailed graphite drawings of small natural phenomena.


Honors in the news: Marquette Journal

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Honors Juniors take a final look at Immigration
Students in HOPR 3957H spent the semester interrogating Immigration with faculty Ruth Ann Belknap, Nursing; Grant Silva, Philosophy; and Ed Fallone, Law School. On Thursday they presented their final group projects in an open forum in the Eisenberg Reading Room.

Honors Research Fair: Nov. 15th
15 Honors students received competitive Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships to perform summer research under the direction of Marquette faculty in summer 2016. All awardees will present their research at the Honors Research Fair:
Tuesday, 11/15/16, 4:30-5:30 pm
Sensenbrenner Hall Atrium, First Floor
Light refreshments will be served.

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. He will speak on his experience in triathlon, his coaching philosophy, and what it's like to coach other athletes. Sponsored by the University Honors Program, Club Sports, and the Athletic Dept. LIght refreshments. Free and open to the public.

Political Biographies
Dr. Julia Azari, Political Science, teaches an honors first-year seminar entitled Political Biographies. She is featured on news outlets across the nation, including the prominent FiveThirtyEight blog and recently sat down with Marquette’s Provost Daniel Myers for a conversation about the upcoming election.

Honors study abroad scholarships announced for summer and fall 2016: Jane Lorenzi, Chiara Shehata, Eliana Winterbauer-Light, and runner-up Gabriella May.

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Honors in the news

Marquette Journal, December issue