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- UMF | University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program
Honors Program at University of Maine at Farmington open daily 7am-midnight through the fall and spring semesters COVID-19: To ensure safety, most campus buildings including Honors House will be closed to staff and students November 25-January 24. Happy Thanksgiving from the UMF family to yours! Questions? Please email Lisa Gallant email@example.com Quick Clicks Fundamentals Mission Statement About the Program Requirements Apply to Honors Program Earning Honors Credits Honors Participation Honors Experience HON 305 Honors Enhancement HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project Honors Levels Honors Development Groups Volunteerism Honors Journal Honors Events Forms and Documents
- UMF Honors Program | Prospective Students
Not Sure Yet? Read About the Program and What Honors Say GARRETT Garrett is an English major. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, reading literature and philosophical works, writing poetry, watching shows and hanging out with friends. Garrett likes that UMF provides a friendly environment and is close to hiking areas. In addition, he loves that the Honors Program has opened an abundance of topics for him to explore what he did not in high school. NATHAN Nathan is a pre-med biology major with a minor in coaching. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing basketball. He loves that UMF has a community feel to it where students and faculty work together to ensure educational growth, and that it has created an atmosphere like home. He likes that the program will provide him a chance to learn and push thinking in a way that other courses are unable to do so. Plus, it’s a great place to study and the free printing is a great benefit. CHELSEA Chelsea is an elementary education major. In her free time, she loves to read, talk with her friends and watch Netflix. She loves that UMF has helpful, kind and knowledgeable professors. She is assured that the campus is safe and encourages students to express their beliefs and opinions. She enjoys the program because the courses have helped her acclimate to college life, and provide great opportunities outside the classroom. MATTIE Mattie is an early childhood, special education major with a minor in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys photography, hiking and skiing. She loves the community atmosphere of UMF and believes this is the reason she has thrived here. She loves the diverse topics the Honors Program provides. After graduation in the spring, Mattie is planning on teaching pre-school or working in admissions. She has left great advice for incoming freshmen Honors students; save general education courses for Honors courses! The UMF Honors Program is open to motivated and high-achieving students who have shown exceptional creativity, resourcefulness, and a passion for knowledge. The Honors Program seeks to broaden intellectual horizons through seminars that teach multidisciplinary knowledge in an enriched academic environment. How do I join Honors Program? The Admission Office reviews prospective student applications and sends Honors Program invitations to qualified individuals. Faculty may also nominate outstanding current students. Current students may self-nominate for admittance into the program. Benefits There are many benefits to being an Honors student. Classroom size is limited to 12 students allowing you greater access to your professor as well as being able to actively participate in classroom discussion. Honors House is open daily 7am-12 midnight during the fall and spring semesters with access to a snack-filled kitchen, study room, backyard and patio, and free printing. Honors may also enjoy the benefit of priority registration for both fall and spring semesters. For more detail please see and pages. Programming Programming includes events, conferences, experiential learning opportunities with travel, volunteerism, and a sense of belonging through activities, Honors Development Groups, committees and more. Still not sure? Please feel free to visit Honors House, or you may request an appointment with the Honors Director. Just email us to schedule an appointment. Q & A Programming Benefits Read about the Honors JESSICA I came to UMF as transfer student my sophomore year and my experience in the honors program has been enlightening and enrichening towards my college career. Transitioning to a new school is challenging as it is easy to fall behind in required courses, but I found that the honors faculty was willing to work with me. I have been able to fulfill requirements in this and my academic program. The honors program allows me and all the students to experience new types of courses and meet others that are also excited for the challenge ahead. Honors Community
- Honors Talk | umf-honorsprogram
Words of thankfulness and gratitude from UMF Honors Program students! Submit your anonymous words of thankfulness and gratitude The people who care about me and help me through hard times My dog Delilah, she makes me smile and laugh daily. BFFs Hannah & Selina I’m thankful that all my friends and family stayed safe this year. Movie night with my second floor roomies Making chocolates with Mom I'm grateful that my dad is healthy and receiving treatment. He's been sick for a while and is severely immunocompromised, so I'm extremely grateful that he, and everyone else in my family, haven't gotten COVID. It's been a hard year, but at least he's getting help. My friends and the new life I'm living now, because even though COVID has made my life so much harder, it's also so much better in so many ways. I am thankful for laughter, even in challenging times. I am thankful for the love that surrounds me all of the time. During the beginning of COVID, I was extremely upset and felt very alone. Now, I can recognize the people that care for me and embrace the love I get. It makes me happy to know that at least one person cares for me everyday. I am very grateful for the opportunity UMF has given me to live and study on campus. It has been scary and a bit confusing at times but I know the experiences I’ve had here are important and I am glad I didn’t miss them. The independence I’ve gained in the last couple of months had been wonderful. I am actually upset to go home this winter break. I love the environment here. I am excited to come back next semester! My three roommates This semester has been difficult but has also created unexpected opportunities.
- UMF | University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program
IMG_6138 IMG_6135 IMG_6090 IMG_6084 IMG_6088 IMG_6093 IMG_6137 IMG_6069 IMG_6135 IMG_6138 IMG_6135 IMG_6090 IMG_6084 IMG_6088 IMG_6093 IMG_6137 IMG_6069 IMG_6135 Why Honors? How can it benefit me? Sure, being an Honors student is hard work, but hard work is generally rewarded. First and foremost, earning Honors status upon graduation means you can include this on your resume. Honors recognition tells employers you mean business! You've got what it takes to be their top employee! So in the meantime, while you are a student, studying diligently, here is what you can benefit from: : HON courses are capped at 12 students per course, that means you have greater access to your professor and you have more opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussion. Small classroom size : Appointments to discuss any aspect of the program and your progress can be arranged. Access to the Honors Director : The Honors Program is designed to build a sense of belonging, much like you would receive when participating in a sports team or club. Cohesiveness : Honors have an opportunity to register for some courses before the rest of the campus body. Although you may not be able to register for every class you want, it gives you an advantage to registering for many. You will see your new registration date in your portal just a couple of days prior to campus registration. You will also receive a notice through the Honors list serve. Priority registration : Honors House has two work stations you can print from, yes for free! Stop in during open hours; 7am-midnight Sunday through Saturday for the fall and spring semesters. Free printing : Honors fills the kitchen cupboard with snacks at the beginning of each month during the fall and spring semesters. Snacks : You can cook at Honors House, study, gather for social and academic purposes. You may lounge on the back deck while picking apples off the tree. A home away from home : Honors organizes events large and small each month. Typical events include movies, games, baking, friend mixers, and focus groups. Events : Honors funds an annual excursion, it could be local or perhaps Boston to see a play or Baltimore to attend a conference. There is usually little to no cost to Honors students. Travel
- UMF Honors Program | HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project
HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project A primary distinguishing feature of an Honors thesis or creative project is the defense. At an agreed upon date, those completing a thesis/project will submit their finished thesis/project to the Honors Director, who will forward to the Honors Council. (A list of the current members of the Council, including student representatives, are available on the UMF Honors website or by request.) Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Honors Program, a minimum of 16 other Honors credits, and approval of the Honors Council and Director. Pass/Fail. The Honors Council conducts the defense, usually held in the Honors House. The student and faculty advisor both attend the actual defense, and the faculty advisor is encouraged to introduce briefly the student and the significance of the project. A majority of the Council must agree to pass or fail the thesis/project. On occasion a thesis/project may be passed contingent on revisions, but given the late timing of the defense, students should present to the Council a finished draft. Honors provides a document for proposing a thesis/project, including general expectations and standards. The thesis/project can be completed along multiple pathways: No credit model (student independent work, Wilson scholarships) 0-credit model (Honors add on to equivalent capstone work in major, teaching portfolio, etc.) 4-credit model (traditional Honors directed thesis/project) HON 499 Form & Guidelines Read HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project Online
- UMF Honors Program| Forms & Documents
Download the following: Honors Program Application Honors Experience Proposal Form HON 305 Honors Enhancement Proposal Form and Guidelines HON 305 Honors Enhancement Examples HON 499 Proposal Form and Guidelines Track Your Volunteer Hours Through United Way (Instructions) Research Links
- UMF Honors Program | Honors Students
We welcome your photos and/or testimonials! Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org Valerianne Secondary Education-English Growing up around the area I thought I knew everything about UMF but there is so much more than what I knew. UMF is it's own community with a world full of different people. I have learned so much about different states and things other people enjoy doing. The Honors Program has given me access to classes where I have met some amazing people with similar thought processes and interests. Meeting these people has helped me grow and learn as a person about how different situations can be for each person. It has given me the opportunity to find my place on campus. Daniela English and International and Global Studies, with a minor in Art To me, UMF is more than a school; it’s a place where you grow and develop as a person and a student, inside and outside of the classroom. Its small community provides a very close relationship with the committed faculty who focuses on helping students become their best selves. UMF becomes home, far away from home. Through the diverse topics offered in the Honors Program, I have been challenged academically while being surrounded by a positive environment of motivated peers who share the same passion and drive for learning. Caneel I’m a Creative Writing major here at UMF, with a minor in Editing & Publishing. I’ve loved my time with the Honors program—pre-COVID, the Honors House was one of my favorite places to spend time cooking and studying. The students are kind, smart, and good at sharing the snacks on most occasions. UMF is such a small, tight-knit community where it’s so easy to find support from all the communities here. Even when we’re far apart, the support is still there. Carson The Honors Program has given me opportunities to grow as a student and as a leader. Organizing the first Honors Program Leadership Conference allowed me to develop my own leadership skills and gave me the opportunity to meet and work with other students in the Honors Program. I have also enjoyed and benefited from learning alongside other motivated students in honors classes. Nathan Nathan is a pre-med biology major with a minor in coaching. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing basketball. He loves that UMF has a community feel to it where students and faculty work together to ensure educational growth, and that it has created an atmosphere like home. He likes that the program will provide him a chance to learn and push thinking in a way that other courses are unable to do so. Plus, it’s a great place to study and the free printing is a great benefit. Mattie Mattie is an early childhood, special education major with a minor in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys photography, hiking and skiing. She loves the community atmosphere of UMF and believes this is the reason she has thrived here. She loves the diverse topics the Honors Program provides. After graduation in the spring, Mattie is planning on teaching pre-school or working in admissions. She has left great advice for incoming freshmen Honors students; save general education courses for Honors courses!
- UMF Honors Program | HC Student Representatives
Symposium Day Photo Gallery Honors Council Student Representatives AY20-21 Click the buttons to send a message to our student representatives! Isabelle King Sam Wood The Honors Council consists of the Honors Director, six faculty members, three Honors students, and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at UMF (ex-officio). The Council’s primary purpose is to assist the Honors Director in developing the Honors curriculum, selecting new Honors students, coordinating Honors Program changes, developing appropriate policies for the Program, reviewing Honors Thesis and Creative Projects and attending Honors Defenses. Honors Council faculty members serve for staggered three-year terms and Honors Council student members serve for one-year renewable terms. Qualifications for nomination as a Student Representative for the UMF Honors Program (1 year term) Must be a member of the UMF Honors Program, interested in working to improve the Honors Program. Representatives must retain student status for the entire duration of the term. Process To self-nominate, interested students should email to the honors director a brief background statement (200 word limit) that includes what the candidate wants to improve/implement as Student Representative and qualifications/experience that will help them to do so. Should the number of nominations exceed three (3) an election will be held. The top three vote recipients will be appointed to the Honors Council. Ties are decided by the Honors Council. All UMF Honors students in good standing are eligible to vote. Responsibilities Student representatives are full voting members of the honors council with a particular charge to provide voice to honors students. Student representatives should solicit feedback regarding issues impacting on students’ honors academic studies and learning experiences to discuss at Honors Council meetings in order to affect positive change in the program. Student Representatives are expected to attend Honors Council meeting and participate in HON 499 defenses when possible. Approved by Honors Council 4/11/18
- UMF Honors Program | Honors Faculty
Honors Program Faculty Collaborating together from all disciplines Gaelyn Aguilar is a cultural anthropologist whose work falls under the broad heading of performative ethnography, an area of interest that looks to performance as a site for both intervention and re/search. She initially explored this pivot point in the Republic of Macedonia, where as a Fulbright Fellow she conducted re/search on dance and the cultural politics of national identity. Following almost 24 months of fieldwork in the Balkans, Gaelyn turned her attention to the borderlands of North America, a shift that dovetailed into her role as the Co-Artistic Director of TUG, an interdisciplinary arts collective that creates contact zones where people can generate insights about, and produce actions around, contemporary social issues. Prior to becoming active as an ethnographer, Gaelyn was an independent filmmaker who produced documentaries that profiled individuals, organizations, and socio-cultural issues that lacked access to popular support and conventional media outlets. Her documentary work has appeared in National Geographic’s New Explorers Series and been distributed nationally to over 250 refugee resettlement programs. Gaelyn complements her identity with work as a live performing and studio-recording artist. Since joining the faculty in 2006, Linda Beck has developed several new courses that reflect her research interests, such as Political Activism and Advocacy in which students work on a service-learning project with one of Maine’s many non-profit organizations. Linda has herself conducted research on social accountability in both Africa and Asia. She has also worked with Maine’s environmental community, serving as president of the Maine Conservation Alliance. Her work on environmental issues in the US and overseas informs her newly developed course, Environmental Politics in Comparative Perspective. Linda has published various articles, chapters in edited volumes and a book on ethno-politics and democratization in Senegal (W. Africa), and has conducted research for various development organizations such as the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Freedom House, and the International Budget Project. Kristen Case teaches courses in American literature, environmental writing, and the intersection of 20th- and 21st-century American literature and philosophy. She has published essays on Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and William James, and is the author of American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). Her poetry collection, Little Arias (New Issues, 2015) won the Maine literary Award for Poetry. She is co-editor of the volumes Thoreau at 200: Essays and Reassessments (Cambridge UP, 2016) and 21|19: Contemporary Poets on Nineteenth-Century American Texts (forthcoming, Milkweed Editions). She directs Thoreau’s Kalendar: A Digital Archive of the Phenological Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau and The New Commons Project, a public humanities initiative sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Jonathan R Cohen holds degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was delighted that his academic job search wound up in Maine, where Life truly is The Way It Should Be. He has been teaching at University of Maine Farmington since 1992, teaching everything from Critical Thinking to Ethics to Logic to Consciousness and Reality, but his primary research interests are Nietzsche and Plato. His first book, Science, Culture and Free Spirits: A Study of Nietzsche’s Human, All-too-Human, came out in 2010 (Humanity Books). His second, In Nietzsche’s Footsteps, is a philosophical travel memoir recounting his family’s trip to three of Nietzsche’s favorite residences and his concomitant encounter with the livability of Nietzsche’s philosophy (2018, 8th House). His current work is on Nietzsche’s philosophy of music; it will utilize his multi-media performance pieces entitled “Born to Affirm the Eternal Recurrence” (on Nietzsche, Buber, and Bruce Springsteen), “’Wouldn’t It Be Nice’: Why You Need to Take the Beach Boys Seriously”, and “Disciples of Dionysus” (on the Ramones). He and his wife (the math specialist at Mallett School in Farmington) maintain a segment of the Appalachian Trail and enjoy Torah reading, kayaking, and Victoria. He has four grown children and a daughter-in-law, spread from Brooklyn to Denver. He used to say he loved basketball more than life itself, but after a career-ending Achilles tear, it turns out he actually loves life more. Christine Darrohn has always been a devoted reader--as a little girl she refused to take her naps unless she could take a book to bed. Today Christine is devoted to guiding her students to become strong readers of literature who can explore the meanings of the very smallest of textual details. In her scholarship, Christine also examines texts closely in relation to a variety of cultural contexts, such as the Great War and attitudes towards empire. More fundamentally, she is interested in writers' representations of the possibilities and difficulties of forming human connections across social barriers. Holding an MFA in creative writing in addition to a PhD in literature, Christine is a published fiction writer and is currently working on a novel. Moreover, as Campus Writing Coordinator, Christine assists faculty across campus in supporting students' development as writers. Dan Gunn: In the fall of 1982, in my third year at UMF, I was asked to teach the first course in our new Honors Program, and I have been regularly involved with the program ever since, as instructor, Honors Council member, and Interim Director. I have taught first-year classes on Greek Civilization and advanced seminars on the Irish novelist James Joyce and have led Honors trips to Portland, Boston, New York, and Ireland. This past January, I took a group of students to Dublin to visit the Martello Tower and other Joyce sites and to walk in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, Gabriel Conroy, and other Joycean characters. I have always appreciated the ambition, intelligence, and friendliness of Honors students and the combination of serious intellectual engagement and informal good will in Honors classes. At its best, the Honors program has been a college within the college for UMF’s best students, and it has certainly provided me with some of my most fruitful and rewarding experiences as a faculty member here. I am grateful to Eric Brown, Michael Burke, Marilyn Shea, and all of the other Honors directors for making these experiences possible. Luke Kellett is an environmentally minded archaeologist who has taught in the Anthropology department since 2011. He has broad experience working as an archaeologist for the US Forest Service in New Mexico and since 2002 has conducted various research projects in the Peruvian highlands. He is especially interested in the long-term interaction between humans and the environment during periods of climate change. Luke has co-authored a monograph entitled, The Chanka: Archaeological Research in Andahuaylas (Apurimac), Peru (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2010), as well as an edited volume entitled, Settlement Ecology of the Ancient Americas (Routledge Press, 2017). In Fall 2020, he is teaching his first Honors course (HON 101) examining the mythological, scientific, biological and cultural basis of the Bigfoot phenomenon. Luke co-leads travel courses to Peru and Newfoundland, Canada and also worked for many years (2012-2019) as UMF’s sustainability coordinator. He loves adventures in the outdoors and traveling internationally. Nicholas Koban has been a mathematics professor at UMF since 2006, and he teaches a wide variety of courses in the mathematics major as well as for other disciplines. He is interested in studying sets on which algebra can be performed (not necessarily sets of numbers), but uses geometry to study these algebraic sets instead of algebra. Each year he hires a research assistant to help with studying these algebraic objects. These students will usually assist in his research projects along with working on their own individual project. Misty Krueger is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maine at Farmington. She teaches First-Year Seminar as well as writing and literature courses for the English department and Honors program. In the summer of 2017, Misty was the Jane Austen Society of North America International Visitor in Chawton, where she conducted research and volunteered at Chawton House Library and the Jane Austen’s House Museum. She has published on Austen, juvenilia, adaptation, and pedagogy. She is at work on a book about Austen’s juvenilia, and she is editing a collection of essays on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century transatlantic women travelers. In her free time, Misty loves to play board games and card games, blog about fashion, and watch sci-fi and British detective shows. Honors Director John Messier is an economist and advocate for social justice. He has worked with informal vendors in Quito Ecuador and coffee growers in Mexico and Nicaragua. He led a student group to Chiapas Mexico on a research project investigating the impact of fair trade participation on childhood nutrition and education. Most recently he spent time in Matagalpa Nicaragua working with fair trade and traditional coffee growers and plans on returning with a student group. His course offerings include International Economic Development, International Trade and Finance and Behavioral Economics. When not in the classroom, John enjoys hiking, traveling and gardening. Nancy Prentiss teaches courses in Marine Biology, Tropical Island Ecology and Field Botany. Her research focuses on surveying marine worms (polychaete) in the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, USVI, where she is developing a database for polychaete biodiversity. She currently employs UMF students as research assistants to conduct polychaete taxonomy and to develop a UMF lab protocol for the DNA barcoding of new species found in the collection. Other interests include monitoring rare plant species in Maine. Michael Schoeppner is a legal historian who writes about race and citizenship in the United States. His recent Honors course, History Road Trip, took students around the state to examine historical monuments, consider how and why we commemorate the past, and eat ice cream. In his history courses, Dr. Schoeppner often uses role-playing games to alter students' perspectives of past events. In his course, Making the Constitution, students "became" James Madison, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and the other members of the Constitutional Convention. Students quickly realized the difficulty in framing a government and the contingency of historical developments. He loves sports, coffee, his wife, beer, politics, his son Liam, reading, and traveling (though not in that particular order). Acting Honors Director André Siamundele teaches French and courses on African Cinema and Postcolonial studies. He has presented papers and published articles on the question of Identity in Africa and the Diaspora. André earned his PhD from Yale University in 1999. Shana Youngdahl is a writer and educator who loves to help students embrace the stories they need to tell. Shana teaches first-year writing and first-year seminars in the Honors program, piloting the first Honors Fusion course on Success and Failure in 2020. Students in her courses have created web-publications, choreographed an interpretive dance, hiked a local mountain, and endured the COVID shutdown during a course titled "It's A Disaster." Shana has also directed the Longfellow Young Writers Workshop and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The author of several poetry chapbooks and one volume of poems, her debut Young Adult novel As Many Nows As I Can Get, was noted as a Best Book of 2019 by Kirkus, The New York Public Library, and Seventeen Magazine. A believer in the importance of research and cross-discipline study as fundamental for creative work, Shana has also been the recipient of an Iowa Arts Council mini-grant and an American Antiquarian Society Artist Fellowship.
- UMF Honors Program | Faculty Q & A
FACULTY Q&A How can I tell if my advisee is in the Honors Program? In MaineStreet, Honors are coded under Student Services General Tab (Student Group subheading). Unfortunately, you must request permission from Merrill Center to view the Student Group. Staff will distribute a list of Honors to all advisors each semester. You may email Lisa Gallant, admin specialist anytime for student status. email@example.com How do I nominate a student? If you feel a student would be a good fit for the Honors Program, please email us the student's name and a brief summary of 250 words or less. firstname.lastname@example.org . What is Honors Enhancement? Honors Enhancement was developed to increase flexibility for students in the Honors Program. It allows students, in consultation with a faculty member, to have a non-Honors course fill an Honors requirement. In consultation with the faculty member teaching the course to be enhanced, students develop a mutually agreed upon project that goes beyond the course requirements. This might be an additional course component or an extension of an existing course requirement. Students register for the course, and staff register the students for HON 305, a zero credit course that tracks the enhancement. Upon completion of the course, the faculty member grades the course in the traditional manner. If the enhancement has been successfully completed, the faculty member would enter a grade of P in HON 305. Otherwise, enter a grade of F. This will have no impact on students' GPA as it is a zero credit course. Are there guidelines for Honors Enhancement? Yes, please click here for guidelines and request form . Enhancement and Experience Credit You may view . Honors Enhancement past proposal examples What are the student requirements? Currently, the requirements are few, an AGPA of 3.3 and earning Honors credit within the first two semesters of their admittance. Click here for . R equirements What happens if a student's AGPA drops below 3.3? Incoming students do have a 1 semester grace period to raise their AGPA. If by the end of the first two semesters, the AGPA is still below 3.3, then the student is removed from the program. Upper class students are removed once the AGPA falls below 3.3; however, students may request an appeal with the director. Click here for Requirements. Can anyone register for an Honors class? Yes. Non-Honors may request permission from the instructor. Should there be available seats, staff will register the students. Are all faculty members welcome to teach Honors courses? Yes! Honors courses include all disciplines. The director usually contacts various faculty members for planning and welcomes proposals from faculty. Email your proposal to the Acting Honors Director . email@example.com Are all classes located in Honors House? Most courses are held here at Honors, but each faculty member may choose their preferred location. Is there a financial allowance for course project costs? The director may and often does approve appropriate costs. Please consult with the director should your course require additional course expenses such as materials or field trips. How do I apply for Honors Council? Members serve a staggered three-year term. The director will send out an email request in May to targeted individuals whom he believes may have an interest in serving; however, all faculty are encouraged to submit a statement of interest. Click here for Honors Council.