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Seminar Proposal

 Dear Colleague:

Each year we offer a selection of seminars to students in our Honors Program. I am writing to invite you to submit a proposal for teaching a Presidential Scholars or Honors Seminar in 2017-2018.

Twenty Presidential Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming students with outstanding academic credentials and records of leadership and service beyond the classroom. Presidential Scholar Seminars are an important component of the students' academic experience. The Honors Advisory Board will select two seminars to be reserved for twenty first-year scholars in the fall and spring semesters. The seminars carry 2 hours of credit. Total compensation of $3190 (16-17 rate) will be added to your check evenly during the months your seminar meets. With departmental approval, you may instead have your stipend forwarded directly to the department in order to allow you release time from regular course load. Individuals can offer a Presidential Scholar Seminar once every three years, so applications are restricted to those who did not offer a seminar in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Four to six additional proposals will be considered for Honors Program seminars available to all upper class honors students for either two or three credits. Honors seminars are typically taught as part of a regular load, with potential funding for release time. As such, final selection of honors seminars will be dependent on departmental staffing needs and department head approval.

The board is interested in interdisciplinary seminars that develop analytic skills and stimulate discussion. The work should be challenging, but also accessible to non-majors. The topic should be of broad general interest. We deliberately put no more constraints on the proposals because we are interested in a wide variety of seminar possibilities and value your ideas.

Please submit your proposal to the University Honors Program (0355) on or before the deadline of Friday, December 9, 2016. You can contact me at or 3-3175 with any questions.

Download Presidential Scholar/Honors Seminar Proposal for 2017-2018



Jessica Moon, Ph.D.
University Honors Program