One of the core values of the University Honors Program is Service
Honors students exemplify service through a wide variety of involvements. In their third year, UHP students are required to complete at least 20 hours of community service, although most students are driven to go above and beyond. Honors students truly embody the goals of UHP to provide students with the leadership and compassion to serve and positively impact the community.
From a single floor of 35 students in Webster Hall in 1969, to more than 200 students living in all four floors of Currant today, the honors living-learning community has grown, but remains true to its intent: to foster a close-knit community among students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Celebrating its 50th year in 2019, our living-learning community (LLC) is the oldest in the UC system.
2018 UC Davis University Honors Program graduates Sammy Carey and Shelbie Condie both received second place in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for the 2018 Norma J. Lang Prize. This award, given to six students, is for stimulating research and the best use of resources at Peter J. Shields Library. Both seniors presented their research at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Conference at UC Davis, and the 2018 Western Regional Honors Conference at Chapman University.
Dr. Leah Hibel, associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies, created a special project last fall. In her Human Sexuality honors course, first and second- year students developed a sexual education curriculum for regional foster youth. This project was materialized when a request was sent by Foster and Kinship Care Education, a local program that serves those who want to become foster parents in Yolo County.
In addition to her B.A. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Emily Eijansantos was awarded the 2018 University Medalist, UC Davis's highest undergraduate award. This medal is given each year to the top graduating senior. Eijansantos was awarded for her outstanding community service, future scholarship and contributions to society, and excellence in undergraduate studies.
Each year University Honors Program students win numerous awards, scholarships, and other recognitions. From becoming the youngest-ever student to graduate from the College of Engineering to being awarded the UC Davis University Medal, UHP students achieve great things through exceptional academics, research, and community service. Below are the stories of UHP's extraordinary students and graduates, and some of the faculty who continue helping UHP students succeed.