Honors program

The Undergraduate Honors program provides special opportunities for students who wish to delve further into their undergraduate educational experience and research. Students of the incoming freshman class who meet criteria for the Honors program will receive information about the program and will be invited to apply.

Students in the Honors program:

  • Work with faculty on meaningful research

  • Participate in a student mentorship program

  • Cultivate leadership capabilities through community service and involvement in planning of Honors activities

  • Meet and interact with leaders in the nursing profession

  • Engage with faculty in small group settings

  • Learn through special Honors seminars

The UMSN Honors program sets high expectations for its selected students. Honors students are expected to actively engage in all activities of the program. Details are in the Honors program handbook.

2015 Honors Graduates

Examples of Honors program scholarly work

  • Grace Kanzawa, senior Honors program student, and Dr. Ellen Lavoie Smith received the 2015 Honors Program Outstanding Project Award for their work onGrace Kanzawa "Chronic Neuropathic Pain Patterns in Women before and after Breast Cancer Surgery: a 6-Month Longitudinal Correlational Study." It was selected by faculty based on significance and background, objectives, methods, results, conclusion, presentation, and publishable product. Grace's paper was described by faculty as impressive, publishable, and the quality of a graduate student product. 

  • Senior Karin Thomas's poster, "Describing the incidence, patterns, and severity of vincristine induced peripheral neuropathy in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia," took first place among the Honors students at 2014 Dean's Research Day.

  • Senior Jacob Wardach's poster "The role of orexins in hypothalamic-mediated analgesia in neuropathic pain," received the Students' Choice Award at Dean's Research Day.

  • Senior Jillian Kay and her faculty mentor, Dr. Jody R. Lori, received the The Outstanding Honors Project Award for their work on "Texting from the bush: Data collecting using SMS text messaging in areas of low network coverage from low-literacy providers." The winning paper was selected by faculty based on significance and background, objectives, methods, results, conclusion, presentation, and publishable product. 

Faculty mentors

A substantial element of the Honors program is a mentored experience with UMSN or U-M faculty. Students are encouraged to explore faculty profiles to learn more about their work. The school supports an interdisciplinary approach that gives students the opportunity to pursue their interests, including the possibility of matching a students with a faculty member at U-M outside of the School of Nursing.

Use this search function to find a faculty mentor. First select "Find a Research Mentor," then in the search field, select your area of interest, and select mentorship capacity "d" or "f" for faculty mentors who are eligible to mentor undergraduate students.


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Lead faculty for the Honors program is Dr. Erin Kahle.