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  • UMF Honors Program | Honors Council

    HONORS COUNCIL Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 Meetings will be held via Zoom *Honors Director reserves the right to cancel meetings when necessary. Meetings will also be cancelled if the date falls on a holiday or snow date. The Honors Council consists of the Honors Director, six Honors 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, conducting HON 499 defenses, coordinating Honors Program changes, and developing appropriate policies for the Program. Honors Council faculty members serve for staggered three-year terms and Honors Council student members serve for one-year renewable terms. ​ 2020-2021 Council Members: N. André Siamundele, Acting Honors Director and Assistant Professor of French Jonathan Cohen, Professor of Philosophy (2021) Julia Daly, Associate Professor of Geology (2021) Jayne Decker, Instructor of Theater (2022) Gretchen Legler, Professor of Creative Writing (2023) Michael Schoeppner, Assistant Professor of History (2023) Marilyn Shea, Professor of Psychology (2022) Student Representatives; Isabelle King and Sam Wood ( 2021) Eric Brown, Provost (Ex-officio) ​ ​ Contact the Student Representatives

  • UMF Honors Program | Honors Community

    The People of the Honors Program Honors Faculty UMF faculty teach Honors courses on a rotational basis from all disciplines at UMF. Honors Council Members serve on a three-year staggered term and play a vital role in the program functions. Honors Students Honors Program includes approximately 300 students from all majors. Honors Alumni Learn what our alumni are doing and what they say about Honors Program.

  • UMF Honors Program | Prospective Students

    Not Sure Yet? Read About the Program and What Honors Say 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. ​ 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. ​ 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 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 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 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! 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 Read about the Honors

  • 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 Levels

    Honors Levels UNIVERSITY HONORS SCHOLAR: A minimum of 20 credits in Honors, including Honors Thesis or Creative Project ​ UNIVERSITY HONORS: A minimum of 20 credits in Honors, including at least one 300- level course or above ​ HONORS CERTIFICATE: A minimum of 12 credits in Honors Home 1/4

  • UMF Honors Program | Faculty Q & A

    FACULTY FAQ 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). You may email Lisa Gallant, admin specialist anytime for student status or any Honors Program questions. lisagall@maine.edu ​ 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. umfhonors@maine.edu . ​ What is HON 305 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 or higher 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 works with the department chairs to identify efficiencies for schedule building. On occasion, Honors does provide funding for PATFA/OL. For more information, please contact the the Acting Honors Director . n.siamundele@maine.edu ​ 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. ​ How is the position of Honors Director selected? The Honors Director also serves a three-year term. The current director along with Honors Council will invite interested faculty to submit a letter of interest. If more than two candidates are being considered, Honors Council will make the selection through a vote. The director receives a 1-course release in the fall and a 2-course release in the spring. ​ ​

  • UMF Honors Program | First-year Student Writings

    FIRST-YEAR STUDENT WRITINGS Leadership Workshop Gallery Adolescence Instructor: Misty Krueger This course will investigate what the term “adolescence” has meant across time, how it has been defined across academic disciplines, and how it has been and still is depicted in popular culture. Because this course is a writing seminar, the class will focus on reading, research, and writing about adolescence over a series of assignments. The class will include individual essays, as well as a cumulative project at the end of the semester in which the class produces its own journal issue on adolescence. This course is equivalent to ENG100. Read Volume 1 Success and Failure Instructor: Shana Youngdahl What does it mean to be successful? What does it mean to fail? We use the terms often noting someone is "a success, or asking a friend "Did you see my epic fail?" What do these concepts really mean? How are they related? And how can we build a life that we see as successful? ​ This Honors section of How to Succeed in College will explore these questions as well as help you get the most out of UMF and the Honors Program as you make your transition to college life. In addition to considering success and failure through studying the works of great writers and turning a critical eye to our culture, this course will focus on uncovering your passions and interests in relation to other courses you take in college, the major you select, and the career you choose to pursue. ​ The course will begin with a 5-day seminar on campus prior to orientation during which we will explore UMF, the local community and the outdoors, while building on our understanding of success, failure and resilience. ​ Over the next 7 weeks, we will continue our exploration of how to get the most out of your college experience, taking what we learn together and the insights you have to offer to create a professional publication to assist future UMF students in their understanding of success and failure as they transition to college. HON 101 Success and Failure

  • UMF Honors Program | Inside HON Courses

    HON 100/101 Dig It: Gardening for Social Change A Look Inside Honors Courses Return to Course Schedule HON 100/101 planted a garden of vegetables and beautiful flowers. The students donated much of the food to a local food pantry. The garden was placed next to Olsen Student Center. HON 175 Camden Conference HON 180N Marine Biology Marine Biology Field Trip 1/1 HON 477 Nature-Based Education Show More

  • UMF | University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program

    Honors Program Information The UMF Honors Program is open to motivated and high-achieving students who have shown exceptional creativity, resourcefulness, and a passion or knowledge. The Honors Program seeks to broaden intellectual horizons through seminars that teach multidisciplinary knowledge in an enriched academic environment. ​ What We Offer The Honors House, located at 125 Lincoln Street, offers students a quiet study area, library, kitchen, spacious back deck, and space for classes and academic activities. Participants in the Honors Program are eligible for small, seminar-style interdisciplinary courses and a variety of specially planned lectures and field trips. ​ What You’ll Receive Honors courses stress independent thinking, research and writing skills, and oral expression. Students may choose to culminate their work in the Honors Program with a senior research or creative project supervised by a professor in the student’s field of study. The skills developed through Honors study apply to any field and provide excellent preparation for graduate or professional study. Honors courses are designed to fulfill UMF general education requirements regardless of the student’s major. Requirements

  • UMF Honors Program | Honors Students

    We welcome your photos and/or testimonials! Please email to umfhonors@maine.edu 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! ​

University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program AY 2020-21

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