Sign up to Live in Upperclass Honors Housing

Living in Honors housing as a sophomore, junior, or senior is a great way to further develop your friendships and participation in the broader UHP community. 

For the 2020-2021 academic year, we are pleased to offer an entire floor in District House. Please note that different residence halls have different prices; you can find a list for housing rates here. Only sign up for housing with the UHP if you actually intend to live there.

The honors floor of District has Studio Doubles and Two-Bedroom Quads. Studio doubles are efficiency-style with a kitchen and bathroom. Two-bedroom quads are two doubles with a shared kitchen, common space, and bathroom. See the floor plans here. 

Please note, the Upperclass Honors housing community is an established Academic Residential Community (ARC). You do not need to apply for Affinity Housing to live in this community.

Applying for the Honors housing community requires 3 steps:

  1. Fill out the upperclass Honors Housing application by Friday, February 28. Through this Google Doc, you can request desired roommates, either for doubles or quads. All roommates must be members of the Honors Program, and each roommate must fill this form out separately – no one can be signed up by proxy. UHPers can also sign up for housing individually and then be placed in a studio or quad with other students that applied individually.
  2. Confirm roommate assignment via email. Applicants will be contacted by an Honors Program Manager by email to confirm roommate assignment. Once assignments are confirmed, the UHP will send all honors roommate information to the Housing Office.
  3. Receive email from GW Housing. GW Housing will reach out to you with instructions on how to complete the official housing application and self-check in process.

Please reach out to if you have any questions about the process. Thank you! 

Study Abroad in Argentina!

This summer the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is offering an exciting Honors study abroad program at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. This program is open to all current university level students (no need to apply to UHM to participate!) and offers the opportunity to earn up to 9 credits–6 in Spanish language and 3 in Honors through the course HON 330 Developing Intercultural Competence through Research.

This program runs from May 25 to July 3 and prices begin at $4,600, including a single room with an Argentinian host family and several excursions, such as an overnight trip to the Uspallata valley where we will see the tallest mountain outside of Asia, Aconcagua!

The Honors course is optional, but if you choose to take it be sure to talk with your Honors advisor to verify that you would be able to earn credit for it within your program. The faculty Resident Director of this program, who will be on-site throughout the summer, is happy to talk with you to work this out! We also have an opportunity for student work completed in this program to be published in our academic journal Mānoa Horizons.

Deadline to apply in February 18th! Please see our attached flyer for more information and check out the program website here:

For any questions, planning, or academic approval (such as discussing requirements for the transfer of Honors credit back to your university Honors program) please contact faculty Resident Director, Dr Jayme Scally (

Win $500 with the SURE Award

Did you know that Honors students have the opportunity to win up to $500 for their research? Apply here for the UHP/Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Award for your chance.

“Undergraduate Research Enhancement” may not sound the most exciting (well, to most people at least, but you are UHPers), but the funds can contribute to incredible research. Previous SURE Award winners used their winnings to conduct 3D scanning of bones at the Smithsonian, study lasers and present their findings at a national conference, and research the influence of sports rhetoric on political campaigns,

The application, due Friday February 7th, includes:

  1. Student Application Form
  2. Faculty Statement of Support
  3. Unofficial GW Transcript

Please note that the UHP SURE award is different from the university-wide one. There is a SURE Research award that is available to all students, but this one is a specific fund that is set aside for UHP students. Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity!

Good Luck!

If you have any questions, reach out to Brianna at

Hey, You Should Really Be in Honors!

First-year students in their second semester at GW are invited to apply to join the Honors Program! The deadline is Friday, February 21, 2020.   Students accepted will enter the program their sophomore year and jump-start with a specially designed course in Fall 2020. If you’d like to be part of the University Honors Program, please apply! If you’re already in the UHP — we know you’ve got friends that would be perfect for the UHP, so encourage them to apply!

Some quick FAQs, as well as details about the application process, are below. You can find the application here. 

When/where/how to apply? Applications are available online.  Complete it and return it to the UHP Office at 714 21st Street NW by 5pm on February 21, 2020.

What are the requirements to apply? The specific application materials are described in the application.  Second-semester freshmen with strong GPAs should apply — the UHP requires its students to maintain GPAs high enough so that it’s mathematically possible to graduate with a 3.0.  Please note that student schedules must allow for the student to take HONR 2016 Enlightenment East & West in fall 2019.

When are decisions announced? We’ll notify applicants during the spring semester, before registration in March.

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…

…the holiday season here at the townhouse! Join us this Friday, 12/13 from 2-4 PM for our annual Townhouse Decorating Party! We’ll be putting up snowflakes, our Menorah, our Christmas tree, decorating gingerbread houses, creating ornaments…the whole shebang! We’ll have candy, we’ll have cupcakes – there’s no real reason you *shouldn’t* be here.

Hope to see you all there!

Extended Study Hours Fall 2019

Finals are fast approaching, and the UHP has you covered. We will be hosting extended study hours at the Townhouse (in addition to our normal hours, Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM) at the following times:

December 11, 7PM-10PM December 12-13, 5PM-10PM December 14-15, 12PM-10PM December 16-17, 5PM-10PM

We will have snacks from Trader Joe’s and we will have the beauty of being with community in the context of difficulty. Also, on Friday, December 13 at 2PM we will be decorating the Townhouse for the holidays! Come by and join us to help spread holiday cheer during finals!

Senior Thesis Info

All students in the University Honors Program must complete a Senior Thesis as part of their Honors curriculum. A Senior Thesis is, broadly, a substantial work of independent scholarship that culminates in a written product, presentation, or performance. The Senior Thesis project can come in many different forms; this is your opportunity to get creative and explore an idea or topic that interests you. Additionally, your Senior Thesis must be supervised by a full-time GW faculty member.

What kind of topic should I explore?

Think about some of the classes you’ve taken thus far. Was there any topic that sparked your interest? Was there something you touched on but didn’t fully cover? Think about classes you’ve haven’t taken. What courses would you have liked to take? What kinds of material would they have explored?

Does the topic have to be in my major?

Not at all. You can do a thesis on Art History even if you’re a Business major, or a Philosophy thesis as an engineer. In fact, this might be a time to discover more about a topic that you’ve always thought about but would never otherwise explore. On the other hand, perhaps you are going into graduate school for English Literature and you want to have a solid product of work to submit as part of your application. Or perhaps you just want to dive more deeply into the topics you’re already familiar with!

Ok, so I have a topic. How do I find a faculty member to supervise me?

Keep in mind that only full-time GW faculty members can supervise your project. Think about professors that know your work or with whom you’ve already formed a relationship. Have you done research with a faculty member? Is there a faculty member that studies something similar to what you want to research? Is there a faculty member you’d like to get to know more?

If you don’t know the professor too well, you will need to think about how you plan on approaching them. Keep in mind that even faculty that you are close with are not required to be your advisor! If you have questions about how to approach faculty or who to pick, it may be helpful to reach out to the undergraduate program chair in that department, ask fellow students about their experiences, or talk to Brianna or Ben.

How early should I start talking to potential advisors?

Definitely start before the semester you plan to work on the thesis, but the earlier the better. If you can, get the conversation started a year in advance! It never hurts to start having these discussions early on as they may lead you to other paths. Maybe one professor isn’t available to help you—but they know of a colleague who is. Maybe your potential advisor can start narrowing down ideas with you. At the end of the day, the last thing you want is to be scrambling during the Spring of your Senior year to figure out all these details!

Alright, I have a topic and an advisor. What now?

Next on the docket is working on an Honors Contract so you can be registered for HONR 4198 (our Senior Thesis course). . The Contract is an agreement between you and your advisor on the nature of the thesis work, the meeting schedule, deadlines, etc. The course doesn’t have a pre-established meeting time or topic, so the Honors Contract serves as the syllabus. Once we receive the Honors Contract materials, Brianna and Ben will be able to add HONR 4198 to your schedule. Based on the nature of the work, you and your advisor will decide if the course should count as 3 or 4 credits.

I’m already doing a thesis for my major though…do I need to do that and HONR 4198?

Nope! We know that many majors already have a thesis built into the curriculum. As long as the course involves substantial work similar to a thesis, it will fill your Honors Thesis requirement. If you choose this path, you will need to fill out the Senior Thesis Verification form (see below). In this form, you will list the course serving as the replacement for the Honors Thesis and have your faculty advisor sign, agreeing that the course is equivalent to the Honors Thesis. The replacement course must be 3 or 4 credits. If you have any questions on which courses qualify as an Honors Thesis, please reach out to Brianna or Ben (emails below).

My major has Special Honors. Does that count?

In short: if your major(s)’ Special Honors requirements include a thesis, it counts. If not, it doesn’t. Either way, you’re welcome to still pursue it! If you’re not sure of the requirements for Special Honors in your major, we recommend you reach out to your major advisor or school advising center. Once you have more information, be sure to follow up with Brianna or Ben to ensure that your thesis will count (as discussed above).

How many pages should my thesis be?

We don’t require a set page count. A thesis performing quantitative research in Microbiology will likely be shorter than one doing qualitative analysis in Religious Studies, for example. See below for a guide to proposed requirements for various disciplines.

I don’t see my question. Who should I ask?

Program Managers, Brianna Crayton ( and Ben Faulkner ( are happy to help answer your questions on the Honors requirements. For questions on In regards to aspects of your research, for example, a faculty member would be most helpful.

For more on Honors Thesis options: Check out this info packet.

Click here for suggested requirements broken down by various disciplines.

Click here to access the Senior Thesis Verification and Honors Contract forms.

2020 Strasser Writing Prize

The UHP is now accepting your entries for the 2020 Strasser Writing Prize!

The Strasser prize awards a grand prize of $100 and two runner-ups of $50 to the best papers written in any Honors course over the past year. You can only enter one paper, so make sure it’s your best!

Submit your entry here after reading the full rules.  Please remember to remove your name from all pages of the paper. The file title must be “LastName_FirstName.” (.doc or .docx only.)

This year’s deadline for entries is Friday, February 7th, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

The paper is already written!  All you have to do is submit it!

Social Media Spotlight: LinkedIn!

Fun facts: there are two UHP logos in this picture, not just one.

With this, dear UHPers, we have come to the final episode of our social media spotlight series: LinkedIn.

Yes, that’s right, the UHP is on LinkedIn.

For a couple years now, the UHP has had a dedicated LinkedIn group where students can get connected with fellow UHP alumni to network and learn more about different industries. Turns out, we’ve been around for a bit now as a program, and we’ve got all sorts of alumni in all sorts of industries!

Here are the main purposes of this group. We want to:

  1. Connect students with alumni
  2. Connect students with each other
  3. Connect alumni with each other
  4. Build virtual community through career-related posts.

One: This is pretty much self-explanatory. Join the group as a student, scroll through our member list, and connect with one of our alumni that you’d like to learn from. It’s a whole lot more likely that you’ll be able to successfully connect with someone via LinkedIn if you already have the commonality of both being UHPers!

Two: This might seem unconventional, but there’s a lot y’all can learn from one another! If you’re trying to intern for the Department of Justice, there’s a strong chance you’ll be able to find a student who’s currently interning there in our membership. That way, you can chat with them, learn about their experience, and try to see if it’s for you.

Three: That’s right, this isn’t all for students! After you graduate, you can still take advantage of this network and connect with other alumni of the program through this group.

Four: We don’t want this to just be a place for people to LinkedIn-stalk –  we want people to post interesting career-related articles and opportunities here, too! Have something you think the UHP community might be interested in? Don’t hesitate to post it!

Also, we’ll be steadily inviting more and more alumni as time goes on. If you don’t see an alum you’d want to reach out to when scrolling through the group members currently, check back periodically!

Check out the other posts in our social media spotlight series: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Is Sustainable Fashion Possible?

Have you ever wondered about the environmental impacts of your fashion choices? If you’re like me, you’ve thought about it a couple times and immediately dismissed it – that all feels too tough to think through! And so the question lingers and festers just beneath the surface.

But no longer! Thanks to GW Sustainable and the UHP, there is a *free* talk available for you this Friday, 12-1:30PM, in the Hammer Auditorium at the Corcoran School building. The talk will be moderated by Bibiana Obler, who is currently teaching a course for us: HONR 2054, Fast Fashion / Slow Art. Also, there will be *free* lunch provided! If you’d like to come, RSVP here. Come on by!

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