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UHP Says Farewell to Kelly!

Kelly Van Zandt, the First- and Second-Year Advisor & Transition Specialist for the University Honors Program, has been an essential part of the UHP community since 2018.

First joining in February 2018, Kelly entered the University Honors Program as the academic advisor for first- and second-year UHP students, a new position within the program. Since then, her efforts have been seen far and wide across campus, both in UHP and around UC Davis.

2022 UHP Graduates Receive Campus Awards

Each year, the academic colleges recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in academics, research, and leadership. Several members of the UHP Class of 2022 have been recognized for their achievements and contributions during their time at UC Davis. College of Agriculture & Environmental Science

The College of Agriculture & Environmental Science awarded eight outstanding students who demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in areas of academic excellence, distinctive leadership, and community or public service.

Comparative Literature and Environmental Science & Policy Faculty Win 2022 UHP Outstanding Faculty Awards

Every year, the University Honors Program invites students to nominate UC Davis faculty for Outstanding Teaching and Faculty Mentorship Awards. These are our 2022 winners. Outstanding Teaching Award: Timothy Parish, Comparative Literature Faculty Member

One of the most unique aspects of the University Honors Program is the innovative, discussion-based, honors courses. UHP students have the opportunity to engage with their professors and peers through these honors classes in a way they may not be able to in a large, lecture-style course.

2022 Graduates Receive UHP Awards

Every year, the University Honors Program awards students for implementing values of UHP: leadership, community service, and research & innovation. These are our 2022 winners. 2022 UHP Student Leadership Award: Harjeet Mann, Biological Sciences

The UHP Leadership Award identifies one student who has exhibited leadership, excellence, and a dedication to being a positive, driving force in society. This student has taken the resources and skills they have learned throughout life and through UHP to be a trailblazer.

Celebrating UHP’s Graduating Class of 2022

This year the University Honors Program is delighted to celebrate 145 graduates who have successfully completed the UHP curriculum. This is the largest graduating class in our program’s history! We are so proud of everything they have accomplished in their time with UHP and at UC Davis. This video was created in honor of our graduates’ accomplishments, and we look forward to hearing of their post-graduation achievements. Congratulations to the class of 2022!

 

Sara and Harjeet’s Honors Contract Experience with Dr. Janowitz

The Honors Contract course option allows students to personalize their Honors learning experience by developing a final project where they can dive deeper into a topic they are passionate about. 

Fourth year students Sara Clarkson and Harjeet Mann both created Honors Contracts with Dr. Naomi Janowitz, Professor of Religious Studies, after taking her Honors class RST 110: Life, Meaning, and Identity. We interviewed them to learn more about their projects and experience working on an Honors Contract with Dr. Janowitz.

UHP says Goodbye to Dr. Furlow

At the end of September 2021, Dave Furlow, Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior stepped down as the Director of the University Honors Program, Director of the First Year Seminars program, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

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2021 UHP Graduates Receive Campus Awards

Each year, the academic colleges recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in academics, research, and leadership. Several members of the UHP Class of 2021 have been recognized for their achievements and contributions during their time at UC Davis. 

Animal Science and Chicano/a Studies Faculty Win 2021 UHP Outstanding Faculty Awards

Every year, the University Honors Program invites students to nominate UC Davis faculty for Faculty Mentorship and Outstanding Teaching Awards. These are our 2021 winners. 2021 Faculty Mentorship Award: Dr. Matthias Hess, Associate Professor of Animal Science

The UHP Faculty Mentorship Award is awarded to a UC Davis faculty member for providing outstanding mentorship to a UHP student. An outstanding mentor is one who is accessible, impactful, and has played a significant role in at least one UHP student's undergraduate career.

2021 Graduates Receive UHP Awards

Every year, the University Honors Program awards students for implementing values of UHP: leadership, community service, and research & innovation. These are our 2021 winners. 2021 UHP Student Leadership Award: Mikka Vapor, International Relations and Economics with a minor in French

The UHP Student Leadership Award identifies a graduating UHP student who is an emerging leader on campus or in the community.

UHP Director Wins NEH Award

Dr. David Furlow, University Honors Program Director and Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, and Dr. Jaimey Fisher, frequent UHP instructor and Professor of German and Cinema & Digital Media, recently won a Humanities Connections Planning Grant in the amount of $33,505 for their project, Groundswell at the Intersection of STEM and Humanities. This one-year planning grant will allow Professors Fisher and Furlow to develop and pilot a two-quarter sequence of co-taught interdisciplinary courses for first-year honors students.

Biomedical Research, the MD/PhD Track, and the Lessons of Star Trek:

Meet Maya Mysore '22, the UHP’s Newest Goldwater Scholar

UHP student Maya Mysore has earned a Goldwater Scholarship for the coming academic year. The prestigious, federally endowed award encourages students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Mysore is among the 410 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships  for the 2021-2022 academic year, and one of two UC Davis recipients along with cell biology major Keely Ji. 

A Fond Farewell to Dr. Eddy Ruiz

Dr. Eddy Ruiz, UHP’s Associate Director, has been an essential part of this program for our students, staff, faculty, and overall UC Davis community.

In early 2016, Dr. Ruiz joined UC Davis as the inaugural Associate Director of both the newly created University Honors Program and a rapidly expanding First Year Seminars Program. Dr. Ruiz has been a tremendous partner in all aspects related to the long-term vision, daily operations, growth, and overall success of UHP and FYS.

SHAPE Brings Together Science and Art in Classroom and on Stage

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.