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Washington Program: A Partner To Be Proud Of

February 23, 2021
The University Honors Program is proud to partner with the UC Davis Washington Program, directed by Cheryl Purifoy.

The UC Davis Washington Program has long been a highly valued partner of the University Honors Program, serving as an option for our students to fulfill their Year 3 project requirement.

SHAPE Brings Together Science and Art in Classroom and on Stage

December 02, 2020

The University Honors Program is excited to be partnering with the Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement (SHAPE) program to offer a very special course in Fall 2020! The course is titled Transforming Exclusion to Expression: Gender and Race in Climate Science and is co-taught by Professors Margaret Kemp and Dawn Sumner.

Celebrating UHP’s Graduating Class of 2020

June 25, 2020

This year the University Honors Program is delighted to celebrate 111 graduates who have successfully completed the UHP curriculum. While we were unable to celebrate our graduating seniors in person as originally planned, we are so proud of everything they have accomplished in their time with UHP. This video was created in honor of our graduates’ accomplishments, and we look forward to hearing of their future achievements. Congratulations to the class of 2020! 

Naomi Murray '21 Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

April 16, 2020

UHP student Naomi Murray has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Murray is majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity, and plans to earn a PhD in Ecology.  An active undergraduate researcher, she is already on the path to a career researching how trees affect community function and resilience, with the goal of minimizing the impacts of climate change.

Putting People First: Facilitating Community in a Remote Learning Environment

April 16, 2020

By Eric Thai '20

The novel COVID-19 virus has disrupted the functioning of everyday operations worldwide. However, for higher education institutions like the University of California, Davis, the learning continues. While many professors face the challenge of rapidly learning new technologies to adapt to a remote learning experience, Dr. Cristina Moya, an Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and a first-time UHP instructor for Human Evolutionary Biology course, was prepared.

The Beta Lab: A Maker Space for Educational Games

April 15, 2020

By Danielle Baza '21

Up the stairs of the South Silo, tucked away in the Craft Center, lies the Textiles studio. A seemingly unusual spot for a class, the Craft Center is teeming with creativity and eccentric ideas and, as it turns out, is just the right spot for a course that thrives on unconventionalism: UC Davis’s Beta Lab.

Humanizing Health: Ryan Vinh's Service Project

December 10, 2019
Through service projects, UHP students are able to add dimension to their UC Davis experience by applying classroom lessons to the larger community.

Ryan Vinh, 4th Year Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior major, has been volunteering with Knights Landing since his 2nd year. Knights Landing One Health Center is a clinic that serves the Knights, a small, rural town of less than 1000 people that is about 30 minutes north of Davis.

One Last Advising Appointment: Thank you Heidi!

November 20, 2019
Heidi Van Beek, UHP's Assistant Director and Year 3 and 4 advisor, has been an integral part of this program since 2015 for our students, the programming, and overall UHP community.

First joining in May 2015, Heidi entered the new position of Assistant Director to act as an advocate for students in the program. She mainly worked with Year 3 and 4 students, including honors transfer students, helping these students to find a home at UC Davis and to make the most of their time here. 

UHP 50th: Inside Scoop

October 29, 2019
Honors alumni and current Honors students came together in celebration of 50 years of intellectual risk-taking, leadership in a diverse and complex world, and action on behalf of positive social change.

"It is not the program itself we are celebrating, but it is all of you that we are honoring and celebrating this weekend. You are what make this program," said Director Dave Furlow proudly during Friday night's alumni dinner. The 50th Honors Celebration brought together new and old faces through an alumni dinner, alumni-student luncheon, and various demonstrations and tours. 

A Celebration 50 Years in the Making

October 24, 2019

by David Furlow, UHP Director

On October 11th and 12th, 2019, the University Honors Program had the distinct pleasure of recognizing the 50th anniversary of the founding of Integrated Studies in 1969, and celebrating its legacy that helped shape, along with the Davis Honors Challenge, the program we have today.

Dear Friends,

Honors Roots

October 22, 2019

by Integrated Studies alumni

Using Language to Foster Inclusiveness

September 25, 2019
The University Honors Program honors diverse backgrounds and fosters an inclusive environment for all students in our community.

Melissa Loomis, Cognitive Science major '20, took her experience with the UC Davis language exchange Pal Program international when she studied abroad in Scotland and participated in a similar program called the Tandem Language Exchange Program. Utilizing these programs, Melissa was able to create an inclusive environment wherever she was in the world.

I am Honored

September 10, 2019

by Carol Harvey, Integrated Studies class of 1974

Jarod Heng's Honors Contract Experience

August 19, 2019
The Honors Contract course option allows students to customize their Honors learning experience and fabricate a final project that enables them to dive deeper into a topic.

Through an Honors Contract his 2nd year, Jarod Heng, 3rd Year Cinema and Digital Media and Computer Science double major, explored documentary making in order to tell his family’s story of survival and refuge. We sat down with Jarod and asked him to share his Honors Contract experience with us.