Keeping in Touch
Blackboard: All Honors Students are enrolled in the Honors Blackboard site. This is where we post the most current information for students. Check the site often.
Honors Listserv: This is our way of communicating with you and is a vital key to your success with the Honors Program. Over the list serve, we announce Honors Events, Scholarships, Job Opportunities and much more! We will automatically enroll you with your UAF email address (@alaska.edu) when you join; we'll take you off when you leave us. If you have any questions about the listserv, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors Student Advisory Council: The HSAC has a webpage where you can find out much more about activities in Honors.
Honors Program Advisory Council: The HPAC meets regularly during the academic year. Their membership, minutes, and action items are archived on their webpage.
The Honors Programs has funds that students may use to travel to conferences. Preference is given to students who are presenting at the conference. Funding for other travel may also be available, depending on demand. In general, no more than $1500 is awarded per travel experience.
Applications are reviewed each October 1, with notification by Oct 15; and on Feb 1, with notification by Feb 15. Apply!
Honors Research Grants
The Honors Program has funds that students may use to support their capstone project or research-based thesis. Up to $1500 may be awarded for a project. Applications are reviewed each October 1, with notification by Oct 15; and on Feb 1, with notification by Feb 15. Apply!
The Honors Program has special funding of approximately $50K that can be awarded in scholarships each year. To apply students must complete BOTH the UAF Scholarship Application and the Honors Program Scholarship Application. The deadline for BOTH applications is February 15 each year. Special conditions for the Honors Scholarships are that you must be in good standing with the Honors Program (have a GPA of 3.25 or better) and you must be making good progress on completing your Honors classes (the equivalent of about 6 credits per year).
The Honors Program encourages students to study abroad or at another location in the US. These experiences challenge you both personally and educationally. You’ll grow more than you can imagine!
For international exchanges:
- A maximum of 12 credits will be designated honors courses. We will typically be looking for courses that are in the major or minor and transfer in at the 300 – 400 level.
- If the courses are not in the major or minor, they should demonstrate that the student has taken the initiative to add something entirely different and unique to their program of study.
- Students MUST present to the Honors Program following their return. Each fall and spring returning honors students give a 20-minute presentation on their exchange experience. Often, they also provide food from the country in which they studied. Three or four students present each time at our “Honors on Exchange” events.
For national exchanges:
- Typically the only courses that would count as honors credits would be those designated honors at the exchange university/college. If the college does not have an Honors Program, the student may negotiate an Honors contract that must be approved by the UAF Honors Director by the third week of the semester at the exchange school.
Find out more by contacting UAF’s Office of International Programs and Initiatives.
The Honors House is open from 8 AM until 10:30 PM daily. Students are welcome to use the facilities during these times, as long as they are considerate of other students, the staff, and any other programs or classes that are occurring in this shared space. After hours the Community Service Officers (CSO) will check the house. If students are in the house after hours, they will be asked for ID and may remain in the house to work on various projects. No one may sleep, camp out, or live in the house.
House Use Policies
The Honors House is a shared space – shared by students, staff, faculty, and the University community in general. While it is a comfortable home for all, it is not your personal home. Please treat the facility and everything in it with respect and as though someone else will be using it the minute you leave. Leave it a little better than you found it. Below are some specific guidelines. See complete Honors House Use Policy.
- CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF! The stove has special cleaning scrubbers and cleaners above the sink. Please use them to clean the stove top after each use.
- Do not eat food without checking for labeling (name and expiration date should be on all food).
- Wash, dry, and put away your dishes, or else run them in the dishwasher. Please put them away after they are clean and dry.
- Keep all appliances clean inside and out.
- If you create a lot of trash, please take it out to the dumpster.
Computer Lab, Conference Room, and Classroom Usage
- Food and uncovered drinks are not allowed at computer stations or near electronic equipment.
- Please to considerate of others using labs. If a door is closed, please knock before entering.
- The conference room is for student use. It is a great place to have study sessions and to practice your speeches and presentations.
- The upstairs classroom is a smart classroom with expensive equipment. Please shut off the IT equipment after use. Projections bulbs are expensive to replace.
- Please do not attempt to use the poster printer or move or modify IT equipment.
House/Room Use Reservations
All scheduled use of the House will be posted on the calendar downstairs at the Honors House and on the Honors Blackboard site. If you have reserved space in the House, but do not see it on the calendar, please notify a staff member so we may correct the oversight.
- Honors students are encouraged to have guests! However, the Honors student must company the guest(s) while using the Honors House.
- As the host, the Honors student accepts full responsibility for the actions of his or her guests. Honors students who host guests must be familiar with and have a signed full House Use Agreement on file with the Honors Program.
- Guests are not permitted to use the laundry facility.
- Guests may bring their own snacks and drinks to the Honors House. Please do not use Honors Program food supplies for personal or non-program potlucks, non-Honors group treats, etc. If events are to be catered, UAF catering services must be used.