UW Honors Program Annual Report 2008-09
Annual report for the University of Washington Honors Program, 2008-09.
2008-09 Annual Report From the Director Dear friends of the University Honors Program, Since its inception in 1961, the University Honors Program has attracted outstanding students to the University of Washington. These students in the Honors Program have consistently won the most prestigious academic awards, both on and off campus, but more than that they bring their passion for learning and willingness to take academic risks into all of the classes they take, raising the level of the conversation for instructors and other UW students alike. As director of the Honors Program, I have come to see how these intellectually ambitious students benefit the University of Washington as a whole. Given that 74% of UW undergraduates remain in state after graduation, the Honors Program serves the state of Washington as well. The College Honors program, which consists of a series of nine intensive general educational courses and advanced work in the major, was last revised in 1989. For the past two years, we have studied and reconsidered our core curriculum aided by various International Programs groups of faculty, staff, college representatives, students, and most recently UW The Cross-Campus Collaboration and librarians. Support new curriculum will launch in the fall of 2010. The Student and Alumni Community Development focus of theCurriculum revisedand course of studies is integration: Program Development integration of ways of thinking across academic Recruitment and Admissions disciplines and integration of work in and outside Instruction for Honors Courses of the classroom. Students completing the Staff and operation costs to create a portfolio Honors core will be required of reflections on their Honors classes and to incorporate experiential learning (e.g., leadership, research in its various forms, community or global engagement) as an integral part of their course of studies. The combination will provide a broader intellectual platform for supporting student work in their major(s) and will prepare them to move their education from academe into action in their various communities after college or in many cases after completion of their graduate and professional programs. It is our hope that the model the new curriculum employs might in time be adapted for use by all UW undergraduates. One of the many benefits an Honors Program offers the university is curricular development on a smaller scale that can be implemented more broadly following the test of time. As we reflect on 2008-09, we also look forward to the exciting years ahead! Sincerely, James J. Clauss Honors Program Director Instruction for Honors Courses Budget Summary for 2008-09 Honors Office (Staff and operation costs) Subtotal: $743,295 Cross-Campus Collaboration and Support International Programs Recruitment and Admissions Student and Alumni Community Development Honors Office (Staff & operation costs): $443,342 Instruction for Honors Courses: $299,953 Recruitment and Admissions: $9,518 Curriculum and Program Development: $7,421 Student & Alumni Community Development: $6,020 Cross Campus Collaboration and Support: $2,284 International Programs: $1,386 Total: $769,924 Curriculum and Program Development Subtotal: $26,629 With roughly 1500 students in Departmental and College Honors, the cost for Departmental Honors (ca. 500) students is $296 per student, while the cost for College Honors (ca. 1000) is $623 per student. By comparison, the University of Oregon in 2004 spent $1650 per student, the University of Illinois $1550, and University of California (Davis), $1000. Despite a budget that lags behind those of other programs, the UW Honors Program each year continues to attract high-achieving and successful students who enhance the overall learning environment for all students. Honors Program Quick Profile DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF HONORS Personalized, comprehensive advising Small, intensive interdisciplinary classes Honors Early Fall Start Classes Honors freshmen seminars Honors residence hall floors Honors study abroad opportunities Honors Research Colloquium Peer mentoring program Honors computer lab Faculty & student gatherings Honors merit scholarships Bonderman Travel Fellowship Honors Student Advisory Panel Service learning options Honors Hiking Club Approximately 1,500 undergraduate students participate in the University of Washington Honors Program. These students fall into two categories: College Honors - A four-year program which combines an enhanced set of UW’s General Education requirements (the “Honors Core”) with upperlevel Departmental Honors courses. Departmental Honors - A program featuring advanced courses in a student’s field of study and generally leading to a thesis or research project. Honors Freshman Welcome ’08 Current Students (Summer 2009) 983: Students participating in College Honors 531: Students participating in Departmental Honors 3.67: Average Honors student GPA 30: Average class size of Honors courses 26%: Percent of Honors students with multiple majors Incoming Freshmen 1,999 580 198 3.94 2097 31 2,736 692 230 3.91 2060 30 Aut. ’07 Aut. ’08 Applications received Students admitted Students enrolled Average high school GPA Average SAT composite score (Crit. Reading, Math, Writing) Average ACT composite score TOP 10 MAJORS 1. Biochemistry 2. Anthropology 3. English 4. Computer Science 5. Bioengineering 6. Neurobiology 7. International Studies 8. Political Science 9. Biology 10. Comparative History of Ideas TOP 10 HIGH SCHOOLS (by total applications) 1. James A. Garfield HS 2. Mercer Island HS 3. Newport HS 4. Bainbridge HS 5. The Lakeside School 6. Bellevue Senior HS 7. Holy Names Academy 8. Roosevelt HS 9. Redmond HS 10. Inglemoor Senior HS LIFE AFTER HONORS 85% of Honors students who responded to our 2008 Grad Survey indicated they will be attending either graduate or professional school. Other plans of Honors graduates include: Honors Graduates (Spring 2009) 20% Participated in service learning projects 63% Participated in undergraduate research 45% Studied abroad 85% Will be attending graduate or professional school • Working for the synthetic chemistry lab at Seattle Genetics • Traveling abroad to research infectious diseases • Working as Production & Stage Manager for the UW School of Drama • Working for Google, Inc. in Kirkland, WA • Volunteering at a hospital in Southern India before beginning medical school • Working for Apple Inc. in California Honors Celebration of Distinction ‘09 Celebration of Distinction This past June Honors sponsored its second “Celebration of Distinction” in which we recognized the achievements of graduating seniors and scholarship winners. The more intimate graduation ceremony gave students and families the opportunity to mingle with faculty, staff, directors, and deans. The annual teaching award was conferred, graduating student Laura Harrington spoke about her experiences in Honors, and graduates marched and received Honors regalia for the very first time (a purple and gold cord for College Honors and purple cord for Departmental Honors). We hope to be able to continue this celebration for the years to come, as it not only acknowledges the successes of our graduates, but also offers proper closure to an experience that began with a similar gathering of students, family, faculty and staff at the beginning of the freshman year. Honors Celebration of Distinction ’09 What’s New in Honors New Addition to the Honors Community Experience: The Honors Hiking Club One of the benefits of participating in the Honors Program is community. The typical freshman class these days includes 5500 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Huskies. Students accepted into the College Honors Program enter as a cohort of 250 and from the very beginning can become part of an academic and social community. Several floors in two dorms are set apart for Honors students who regularly study and recreate together. The Honors suite in Mary Gates Hall not only offers a small computer lab, but more importantly the opportunity to meet with advisors, faculty, and other Honors students. Honors students can serve as peer mentors, teach freshmen seminars, join the Honors Student Advisory Panel, or engage in other leadership roles within the program. There are a number of activities that the Honors Program facilitates throughout the year as well. In 2008-09 several incoming Honors students, assisted by the student staff, initiated a new activity: the Honors Hiking Club. In its first year, hikes ranged from easy (Denny Creek: a rise of 500 feet over 2.5 miles) to moderately difficult (Eagle Lake: 2,200 feet over 3.6 miles). This student-organized activity reflects core values of the program: initiative, leadership, engagement with environment, and the development of community. The Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization In 2007, Northwest Businessman Jerry Hanauer established an endowment in the College of Arts and Sciences in honor of his son, Joff Hanauer. Among other things, the endowment provides for a Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization, the first professorship in Honors. The Hanauer Professor, a distinguished faculty member whose research and teaching addresses issues pertinent to Western Civilization, will teach one class annually on a topic involving Western Civilization in its various aspects and participate in the life of the Honors Program, including serving on the Honors Faculty Council and meeting regularly with students. The inclusion of Honors in this generous gift to the UW recognizes the program’s importance to the university. The first holder of the Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization is Leroy Searle, a professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature. Professor Searle’s areas of specialization include American Literature, Computer Aided Instruction, and Literary Criticism and Theory. Like Heracles at the crossroad in Greek mythology, Leroy had to make a choice after college: the study of genome science or English literature. Although he chose the latter, his breadth of interests, including science, computer programming, the arranging and performance of music, not to mention motorcycle maintenance, makes him a great model for thinking across and beyond academic disciplines. He offered his inaugural course in Honors, “Traditions of Justice,” in spring of 2009 and focused on the central place accorded to the idea of justice in the intellectual and cultural traditions of the West, with attention paid to justice as an ethical and religious concept, as the foundation for the rule of law, and as reflected in literature and art. Leroy Searle Scholarships and Awards Photo Credits: Charmi Ajmera / Mary Levin / UWNews.org / UAA Udall Honors student Sarah Ellison was awarded the Udall Scholarship, an award that honors students for their commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy, leadership potential and academic achievement. Sarah is an environmental studies and political science major with an environmental science and Gates Cambridge Honors student Sam Sudar received the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, covering the full cost of graduate-level study at Cambridge University. An Honors student, Mary Gates Scholar, and leader in the Community of Mary Gates Scholars, Sam triple-majored in neurobiology, philosophy, and Honors students & alumni include... resource management minor. She is an active participant in the field of sustainability and organics, as she has studied and worked on organic farms in Auroville, India, England, Ireland, Greece and Spain. We also congratulate juniors Geoffrey Morgan and Jamie Strobel who received Honorable Mentions for the Udall Scholarship. English and a minor in music. As a research assistant in the Department of Biological Structure, Sam’s work supports the lab’s aim of harnessing the regenerative potential of the mammalian retina. At Cambridge, Sam plans to study the regeneration of the spinal cord, with the goal of reversing paralysis due to injury. UW President’s Medalists, 2008-09 All 5 UW Rhodes scholars since 1985 All 8 UW Marshall scholars since 2001 All 5 UW Gates Cambridge scholars All 3 Beinecke scholars since 2000 42 of the 49 Goldwater scholars since 1993 4 Truman scholars since 1988 9 Udall scholars since 1999 3 Merage scholars since 2004 2 Mitchell scholars since 2001 Critical Language Scholars Honors Program students Steve Margitan and Spencer James have received Critical Language Scholarship awards. Steve and Spencer are among 525 Intensive Summer Institute awardees chosen from a pool of over 5, 400 applicant nationwide. This scholarship provides students an opportunity to intensely study a foreign language and engage in cultural activities overseas. Steve, an economic and international studies major, will be studying Advanced Mandarin at Suzhou University in Jiangso, China. Spencer, a biochemistry major and Bonderman fellow, will be studying Intermediate Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt. (all three are Honors Program students) freshman medalist sophomore medalist junior medalist Keiko Weir Mark Bun William Johnson Economics, Neurobiology Math, Computer Science 2009 Dean’s Medalists in Honors Pavan Vaswani was selected as both a President’s Medalist and Dean’s Medalist for the natural sciences in 2009. Pavan completed a triple major in biochemistry, neurobiology, and computer science and he completed all three degrees in four years with an overall GPA of 3.99. In addition to this, he was named a Goldwater Scholar, Mary Gates Scholar, Washington Scholar, Space Grant Scholar, and received the Research Fellowship for Advanced Undergraduates. Pavan is currently at The Johns Hopkins University in the MD/PhD program. Computer Science Laura Hinton received the President’s Transfer Medal as well as the Dean’s Medal in the social sciences. Laura came to the UW from North Seattle Community College and majored in anthropology with a minor in women studies. She graduated with an overall GPA of 3.97 with departmental honors in anthropology. During her time at the UW, Laura volunteered for the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, a needle exchange program in the University District and built her thesis around the topic of the program’s outreach to intravenous drug users and their perceptions of the health care system. She plans on pursuing a degree in nursing to continue her work on health issues with marginalized populations. Student Spotlight Photo Credits: Charmi Ajmera / Kirsten Atik Brianna Craft (Architecture - June 2010) Brianna Craft, of Kelso WA, never dreamed that one day she would travel around the world. The Honors Program changed all that. Her first trip abroad came by way of the Honors summer program at the UW Rome Center. Encouraged by the experience, she applied for and won a Bonderman fellowship for 2008-09. She spent ten months working her way through South America and exploring much of South and Southeast Asia. After returning from her odyssey, Brianna signed on as a Resident Adviser in a residence hall on campus. After graduating with a major in architecture and minor in environmental studies and urban planning in June of 2010, she intends to spend a year serving as an intern for an NGO and eventually to attend graduate school, pursuing her interests in environmental policy. Future plans include work in the field of economic climate legislation, possibly under the auspices of the United Nations or an international NGO dedicated to related issues. “The Bonderman fellowship had a huge impact on my life,” Brianna stated. “It truly opened up the world for me.” 2009 Bonderman Fellows In 1995, UW Alumnus David Bonderman established a unique fellowship program for Honors Program and Graduate students. The Bonderman Travel Fellowship Program offers UW students the opportunity to pursue independent international travel unconnected with any program, university, or organization. The fellows are tasked with discovering the world on their own. For undergraduate Honors students the award was $5,000 for six weeks of travel and in 2003 it was increased to a $10,000 award that covered four months of travel. In 2005, Mr. Bonderman doubled both the amount and period covered so that today students receive $20,000 for eight months of international travel within six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Even more remarkably, in 2009 Mr. Bonderman increased the number of fellowships to a total of fourteen, seven Honors and seven Graduate students. Students who have had the “Bonderman experience” uniformly describe a profound personal transformation as a result of their global odyssey. This year’s Honors Bonderman Fellows are: Evan Elise Easton-Calabria Samuel Robert Sudar Evan intends to travel through Chile, Argentina, Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda and South Africa, and explore the ways different cultures address reconciliation. Specifically, she hopes to expand her understanding by learning how youth are expressing themselves in regard to recent civil wars, national conflicts, genocide and apartheid. Sam will travel north to south in South America, starting in Caracas and ending in Puntas Arenas. He’ll then travel south to north in Asia, starting in Singapore and traveling to Mount Tai in China, ancient home of the poet Cold Mountain. Sam, who Martina Kartman Martina will travel in the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, and Morocco, and probably many other countries along the way. Motivated by her education and personal experiences with adversity and difference, Martina wants to travel to post-colonial countries rebuilding from systematic racism to witness and experience the strength of art. has never traveled outside the United States before, is also a 2009 Gates-Cambridge Scholar, and will be entering Cambridge after he returns from his journey. Joshua Gregory Johnson With a Polaroid camera and an iPod in hand, Joshua will trek across five continents, with planned stops in Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Japan, China, India, Norway, Romania, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico. Sara Michele Drescher Clockwise from top-left: Evan Easton-Calabria, Samuel Sudar, Joshua Johnson, Sara Drescher, Martina Kartman Sara, who will return the UW to finish her degrees in biology and public health after her journey, would like to visit the rainforests in Borneo and Brazil, Tuvalu, desert ecosystems like those in Ethiopia and Egypt, among others. She is also interested in the way that culture is shaped by environment. Freshman Scholarship Awards The competition for Honors students is fierce among the top universities in the country. For this reason it is critical that we have scholarships to attract the best students in the state and country. The UW Honors Program has five endowed scholarships for entering freshmen. A small number of full and partial tuition waivers are also available, including four year-tuition waiver packages for Washington residents. The most recent scholarship winners include: David & Mari Clack Scholarship Betty Eberharter Scholarship Mari and David Clack are UW alumni and feel strongly about the University and providing access to education to students from Spokane County who otherwise would not be able to attend UW without financial assistance. The Betty Eberharter Scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman in the College Honors Program who intends to pursue a degree in international studies and has an interest in issues of peace and conflict resolution. 2007-08 Mary Gates Endowment Scholarship The Mary Gates Endowment Scholarship is awarded to entering Honors freshmen on the basis of academic merit. This fund was established by Bill and Melinda Gates to support excellence in undergraduate education at the University of Washington and in particular to create new opportunities for students to become independent learners and community leaders. 2007-08 2007-08 Lovsted Family Scholarship Fred Campbell Scholarship In September 2004, UW alumni Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lovsted established the Lovsted Family Endowed Scholarships. Mr. Lovsted (â€˜52) achieved success in basketball and as a member of the Crew team, winning National Championships and a bronze medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. The scholarship supports students in Honors, Crew and Swimming. The Campbell Scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman who exhibits high academic promise and is the first in her or his family to attend college. This fund was established to honor Fred Campbell for the many lives that he has touched, and for his contributions to higher education, teaching, and the UW. 2007-08 2008-09 2007-08 Supporters of UW Honors We are most grateful to our benefactors for their financial and moral support. 2007-2008 2008-2009 2008-09 Honors Scholarship Awards For students in their sophomore through senior years we have nine scholarships that reward and support a variety of scholarly and leadership activities. The most recent scholarship winners include: Barbara & Bruce Bordeaux Scholarship Everett Dillman Scholarship The Bordeaux Scholarship is awarded to rising juniors in the College Honors program on the basis of academic merit; students apply during their sophomore year. This fund was established by Barbara and Bruce Bordeaux to provide financial assistance to deserving Honors students in the arts and sciences. The Dillman Scholarship is awarded to rising and current seniors in the College Honors program on the basis of academic merit. Financial aid may also be taken into consideration. The award can be used for any type of academic expense, including those relating to graduate school preparation or travel to present research at a conference. 2007-08 2008-09 2007-08 Friedman-Hechter Scholarship The Friedman-Hechter Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a College Honors student on the basis of outstanding academic performance with special consideration given to students who also have financial need. The scholarship was established by Debra Friedman, former associate dean of undergraduate education and Michael Hechter, emeritus professor of sociology. 2007-08 2008-09 William Gerberding Scholarship The William Gerberding Scholarship is awarded to a Departmental or College Honors student judged to have rendered exemplary service or brought special distinction to the Honors community. This fund was established to honor University of Washington President Emeritus Dr. William P. Gerberding and to provide financial assistance to deserving Honors students in the arts and sciences. 2007-08 Lawrence M. Greene Scholarship Lawrence Greene established a bequest to the University of Washington to recognize the impact that his education here had on his life. The scholarship provides tuition support for Honors Program students. 2007-08 2008-09 Ran Hennes Scholarship The Ran Hennes Honors Scholarship provides tuition support for a continuing College Honors student with an excellent academic record combined with University service. This scholarship honors the former Associate Director of the Honors Program, Randolph Hennes. 2007-08 Honors Program Scholarship The Honors Program Scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors in College Honors on the basis of outstanding academic performance in one of the three disciplinary areas: natural sciences, humanities, or social sciences. 2007-08 Mary Gates Achievement Scholarship The Mary Gates Achievement Scholarship, established by Bill and Melinda Gates, is awarded to a rising sophomore in the College Honors Program who has demonstrated academic excellence; students apply during their freshman year. The scholarship aims to create new opportunities for students to become independent learners and community leaders. 2007-08 2008-09 Shih Chun & Mamie Kwoh Wang Scholarship This endowment was established by Provost and Executive Vice President Phyllis Wise to honor her parents, Shih Chun and Mamie Kwoh Wang. Selection is based on academic merit, and preference is given to students who have had a deep cultural experience with Asia. 2008-09 Faculty and Curriculum A University Honors Program The Honors Program began in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1961. Now, Honors faculty come from departments all over campus. During the 2008-09 academic year, the Honors Program offered courses taught by instructors from: College of Arts and Sciences Anthropology Art Astrobiology Astronomy Biology Classics Communications Comparative History of Ideas Comparative Literature English History Jackson School of International Studies Law, Society, and Justice Physics Scandinavian Studies Slavic Languages Women Studies College of Built Environments Architecture Landscape Architecture College of Engineering Computer Science College of Oceanography and Fishery Sciences Oceanography College of Education School of Law School of Medicine Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences School of Nursing Honors Excellence in Teaching Award The Honors Excellence in Teaching award for outstanding instruction was inaugurated in 2002. The 2009 Excellence in Teaching award was given to Eugene Edgar, Professor of Education, by Honors Student Advisory Panel Chair Erica Tartaglione and Honors student Alex King. COURSE SAMPLING Honors courses treat a wide range of topics within and across disciplines, from Helen of Troy to evolution and human behavior, from Lakota religion and epistemology to health issues in Africa. Students engage subjects that are both timely and timeless. The following are a few of the courses offered in 2008-09: Ruby Blondell, Classics Helen of Troy: From Ancient Epic to the Modern Screen Claire Bright, Women Studies Gender Concepts in Western Civilization Jon Herron, Biology Evolution and Human Behavior Anna Karlin, Computer Science and Engineering The Scientific, Economic, and Social Impact of Computer Science Danka Kasprzyk and Dan Montano, Battelle Seattle Research Center An Interdisciplinary Look at HIV/ AIDS Mona Lyndon-Rochelle, Nursing Health Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa Matt McGarrity, Communications American Public Debate IN THEIR OWN WORDS “It’s rare to find a community where people are truly learning from each other. In the Undergraduate Honors Program, students, faculty and staff are all committed to invigorating discussions, bold attempts to articulate big ideas, and an inspiring proclivity toward humor and good will. My students in Honors have a ravenous curiosity about how the world works and they are willing to test out ideas.” Frances McCue, Honors Instructor & Honors Writer-in-Residence “The long history of discovering order in the natural world and its many connections to literature, philosophy and the arts, reveals modern science as an equally creative exercise of the imagination. I delight in the opportunity to teach an Honors core course that opens this perspective to gifted liberal-studies students who previously viewed science from a distance as a rigid, arcane methodology, disconnected from the intellectual tradition they value.” Paul Boynton, Department of Physics, Honors Instructor COMMUNITY SCHOLARS Peter Rhines, Oceanography Oceans and the Global Environment In addition to regular UW faculty and lecturers, Honors recruits scholars from the community whose courses engage the students in experiential learning. Instructors for the 2008-09 academic year included: Iain Robertson, Landscape Architecture Cultivating Creativity Danka Kasprzyk and Dan Montano Battelle Seattle Research Center Clarke Speed, Anthropology Black Elk Speaks: Lakota Religion, Apocalypse, and the Politics of Knowing Wanda Gregory Executive Producer at Gencon/ Hidden City Games Stephen Sulzbacher, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Global Conflict and Identity Phillip Thurtle, Comparative History of Ideas Eye and Mind: Art, Science, and Perception Louis Wolcher, Law School Theories of Justice Richard Garfield and Skaff Elias Independent Game Designers Eric Liu Author and former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton Tim Harris Founder and Editor, Real Change, Seattle WA Honors International Engagement The Honors Program offers an array of foreign study programs in Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome), South America (Argentina, Costa Rica, and starting next year Ecuador), and Africa (Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe), and is exploring the inclusion of new programs in Asia in the years ahead. Honors students have other options to study in Europe through three exchange programs (Lille, Maastricht, Utrecht). Study abroad programs are one way in which Honors students expand their worldview and grow into global citizens. Up to 45% of Honors students choose to study abroad. PROGRAMS OFFERED IN 2009 Rome (Winter) Rome Through the Ages: From Kings to Popes Students explored the topographical, architectural, art historical, political, and cultural history of Rome from its founding to the Renaissance, with special focus on the monumental constructions built by the Roman elite to celebrate their lives and achievements from Romulus to the Barberini. Argentina Latin American Culture in Buenos Aires This program combines a 5-week intensive program in Spanish and Latin American culture at The Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires with an independent research component under the direction of Instr. Joe Norman and Honors Assoc. Director Julie Villegas. Berlin Bridging Boundaries in Berlin A one-month program focusing on identity formation in Berlin, marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A focus on German art, history, politics, and urban development in the context of Germany’s reunification. EXCHANGE PROGRAMS Honors students from all majors (and other interested UW students) are invited to spend a semester abroad and receive UW credit (either Honors or other credits through prior agreement with departments). Costa Rica Rainforest Ecology & Natural History Students studied ecology and gained awareness of global climate issues in the context of an eco-travel experience to the “lungs of the earth” - the Costa Rican rainforest. Students participated in a 17-day program designed to introduce them to tropical forest conservation and the cultural and natural history of Costa Rica. University of Utrecht Honors College Utrecht, Netherlands A wide range of interdisciplinary courses ranging from “Cultural History of Magic and Science” to “Classical and Quantum Electrodynamics”. University of Maastricht Honors College Maastricht, Netherlands Rome (Summer) Art, Identity, and Structures of Exchange Participants explore the themes of gift and sacrifice through the study of architectural and sculptural achievements fostered by Rome’s papal patrons of the 15th-17th centuries, as well as interpretations of Biblical sacrifice in Medieval and Renaissance Italian art. A unique problem-based learning environment which actively involves students in small groups on interesting problems. ESC Lille Lille/Paris, France Students engage in leadership and entrepreneurship education at ESC Lille while residing with host families for a quarter-length program. ABOUT THE PROGRAM Since it was established in 1961, the University Honors Program has provided students with an education that is both broad and deep. The core curriculum is comprised of small classes taught by faculty from across the university and larger community; individual departments offer their own honors tracks that assist students in achieving distinction within their majors. The program asks students to take intellectual risks; to seek an understanding of the interdependence of all branches of knowledge; to take leadership roles in confronting global change; to see the complexities of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and nationality; and to value a life of continuous learning and personal growth. In addition to providing an outstanding educational experience, the Honors Program supports a number of opportunities for students to get to know one another through a number of community events. 211 Mary Gates Hall Box 352800 Seattle, WA 98195-2800 Phone: (206) 543-7444 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://depts.washington.edu/uwhonors/ Photo Credits: Charmi Ajmera, Kirsten Atik, Mary Levin, UWNews.org, University Honors Program Layout & Design: Ryan Luk