Honors Community


There are many ways to engage in our community of dedicated honors scholars, faculty, and community members. Here are but a few of those opportunities available to University Honors students.   

University Honors Student Association (UHSA)

The University Honors Student Association seeks to enhance the experience of students in the University Honors program. UHSA hosts UMD’s own annual talent show, Bulldogs Got Talent, multiple volunteer and fundraising events, and several fun, de-stress events amongst many others. All UH students are always welcome to UHSA events. 

Fall Bar-be-Que

The UH Fall BBQ is hosted by University Honors and the University Honors Student Association. It offers new students a chance to meet upper-class honors students and learn more about the program. Games, music, prizes, and food make this a fun University Honors tradition!

Perspectives Speaker Series 

Organized and hosted by UHSA and the Katherine A. Martin Library, the Perspectives Speaker Series events provide UH students and the wider Duluth community the chance to learn from people doing impactful work in the university or Duluth community. 

Winterlight Banquet

The Winterlight Banquet offers UH students an opportunity to hear from and network with community leaders and faculty outside of class while we celebrate the accomplishments of UH students and faculty. 

Aisthesis: University Honors Student Journal

University Honors students and faculty collaborate to publish the only honors journal of undergraduate research. This is the only such journal edited and published by honors students in the country.

Senior Capstone Presentations & Banquet

Each spring, our graduating seniors present their University Honors capstone presentations.  The entire UMD community is invited to this event celebrating the scholarship of our graduating seniors. At the banquet we hear from a UH alumnus and announce the recipients of our UH awards. 

University Honors Student Commons

Relax, connect, eat, and study in our commons space.

UH Alumni!

  • "Working with a faculty mentor for my University Honors capstone project allowed me to learn one-on-one from an expert in a field I am passionate about while also building professional connections." 

       Kiara Anderson, UH Class of 2023, Customer Growth Associate @ Google
  • "I’m grateful to have studied alongside UH students and faculty. UH has pushed me out of my comfort zone, academically and creatively, to build lasting relationships.

      Katie Davis, UH Class of 2024, Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies;
      and Women's Varsity Hockey Athlete
  • "I found a community of friends and supporters that made my undergraduate experience so fulfilling."

      Isaac Conrad, UH Class of 2023, former UHSA President, 2023 Zenith Award Recipient
  • "University Honors was part of the reason that I chose UMD for college. I wanted to be in a community that was driven and would push me in my academic career. UH was definitely those things, but also more. I found my college home with UH - the lounge was my "living room", the staff were my mentors, and the other Honors students were my best friends. The UH program pushed me to take classes and have experiences in the Duluth community I wouldn't have had otherwise. I am so grateful I was involved with a program that helped me be more well-rounded and curious upon leaving my academic career." 

      Jessa Warner, Class of 2018