Welcome to the home page for the Kansas State University Honors Program. This program is designed to provide opportunities for motivated and talented students to enhance their education not only within the university but also within the community and at an international level.
Initiated in January 2006 and approved by Faculty Senate, this exciting opportunity for undergraduates is designed for students within each of the colleges in the university. The University Honors Program is a dynamic and vibrant part of the university community, providing exceptional students with exceptional experiences. Please feel free to explore our web site and the university site to learn more about us. Questions or requests for further information can be arranged by contacting us.
Honors Award Celebration
On Sunday, April 7, the University Honors Program celebrated its seventh year with an event in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. Approximately 175 students, staff, faculty, administrators, and family members attended the celebration which was organized by the Executive Board of the Honors Student Association.
All honors students were recognized with certificates of participation and 22 graduating seniors were individually presented with their certificates and medallions. The medallions are to be worn during graduation, along with other honors indicators. The students who completed the program requirements were Allison Bertels (Secondary Education), Lucas Bider (Biology), Connor Brass (Biology), Justin Brock (Horticulture), Lydia Clark-Hargreaves (Psychology), Kevin Cooper (Chemical Engineering), James Craven (Horticulture), Antoinette Cutler (Public Relations and Political Science), Courtney Frantz (Family Studies and Human Services), Angela Grommet (Chemistry), Madeline Haas (Accounting and Finance), Grady Harris (Biology), Spencer Kaufman (Mechanical Engineering), Lauren Koepp (Interior Design), Jessica Long (Chemical Engineering), Jerrod Reddick (Accounting and Finance), Allison Skees (History), Chelsey Simmons (Communication Sciences & Disorders), Erin Warden (Communication Sciences & Disorders), Rachel Weber (Interior Design), Martin Wilson (English and Modern Languages), and Katherine Wood (Accounting and Finance).
In addition to the awards, several honors projects were presented in poster format to provide the attendees with a flavor of the variety of research and scholarly activities in which our honors students engage. Angela Grommet also presented an oral report of her honors project for all the attendees. Special thanks are extended to two honors students, Emma Bassette who graciously and professionally played the piano for our reception and Parker Robb who so kindly contributed his photography skills by taking photos of the event.
The University Honors Program greatly appreciates the support of the university community and looks forward to continued growth in its activities and student involvement.
Silver Key, the sophomore leadership honorary recently announced its new members for 2013-2014 academic year and many of those inducted are also members of the University Honors Program. We are pleased to recognize the following students: Matthew Kelso, Sophia Hitchcock, Katherine Sensenich, Sarah Brill, Christa McKittrick, Emily Ewert, Jessica Leichter, Amanda Morgan, Katie Kimmel, Sophia Tolentino, Michaela Gleason, Ronnie Sullivan, Sydney Ho, Kelsie Hoss, Emily Stolfus, and Jacob Wourms. Congratuatulations to all of our students and we know that you will accomplish great things as a part of Silver Key and the community.
The following University Honors Program students were recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the all-discipline honor society: Kaitlin Dowling, Lydia Clark-Hargreaves, Emily Relph, Alex Severance, Alyssa Huff, Kelli Voelker, Anntoinette Cutler, Heidi Ramzel, and Yuda Ou. It is important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our honors students. They represent an important academic piece of our undergraduate program.
Alex Severance recently was a member of Team Integrity that took first place at the Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition. This national competition involved ten teams from around the country and winners received $1,000 scholarships. Alex has been an active member of the University Honors Program and we are very proud of his accomplishment.
The College of Veterinary Medicine announced the 2012 class of Early Admission Scholars (K-State students who will be able to matriculate into the veterinary program in fall 2015, given the fulfillment of specific class and performance requirements) and the University Honors Program is pleased to recognize 7 of its students who were among the named scholars. They are: Lauren Barlow, Samantha Bolen, Megan Ewell, Taylor Papstein-Novak, Tess Rychener, Bailey Spencer, and Carlee Wollard. Congratulations to all of these students for their distinguished recognition and admission.
Items of Note
Four students (Emma Bassette, Nelson Pence, Allison Thompson, and Yuda Ou) from the Introduction to the University Honors Program class and Dr. Kiefer recently traveled to Fort Riley to assist in the Fort Riley OCSC Casino Royale, an event designed to raise money for Fort Riley families. While on base, the group visited the First Territorial Capitol of Kansas which is located near the eastern edge of the facility. The left is a photo of the four students just outside of the historical building.
Four students from the University Honors Program chose to spend their spring break in the service of others. Jody Roberts and Jeanette LaFreniere (co-site leader) both traveled to Memphis, TN to assist at St. Jude Children's Hospital and St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. December Lange was a co-site leader with a group that went to Chicago at the Roseland/Pullman Boys and Girls Club. And finally, Bethany Roy served as a co-site leader for the group that traveled to Denver to assist the Teach for America program. We are proud of our honors students who value service and who are willing to make a sacrifice to help others.