Honors Program

Honors Student Testimonials: Fall 2014


Hello, I am from Hamden Maine and I am a Health Science Major. One of the reasons I decided to come to USM was because of the Honors Program. I really liked the small class sizes, offering a much more intimate discussion environment with professors and students. The classes are phenomenal and the students in them are engaged and want to learn. It is a great environment. Another aspect of Honors at USM that drew me in was living on the honors floor in Upton Hastings my freshman year. Joining the Honors floor is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made. The strong bonds I have developed with this tight knit community continue to survive to this day. Joining the honors program has been outstanding and is one of the reasons why I am still here at USM.

Jordan Henry 3rd year USM+Honors, Fall 2014



Hello, I am a political science major and I want to talk about the honors thesis. Right now I am in the first semester of my honors thesis, working directly with Honors Director, Nancy Artz, and Assistant Honors Director, Rebecca Nisetich. Those of us in the class are working on developing our theses by gathering research and planning our thesis proposals as well as what books and resources we wish to encapsulate within our projects. This has been so helpful because it challenges us to be more developed and specific in our ideas and focuses. Honors here at USM has definitely changed my way thinking for the better.

Rose Hyland 3rd year USM+Honors, Fall 2014



"As a Junior here at the University of Southern Maine, I look back at what I have experienced so far as a college student, and see that being a member of the Honors Program has given  me unique opportunities, shaping the way I think about the world around me. Living and working in such close proximity to other Honors students, I met many like-minded people whom I could share an educational interest with as well as a personal connection. Each and every member has something significant to say and can share with you innumerable insights that otherwise would never have been shared in such a capacity. I am grateful to be a member of the Honors Program and encourage all those who want to broaden their views on the world and people in general, to sign up for an HON course, have a seat, and introduce yourself to the person next to you. I can guarantee what they have to say is worth hearing."

Kyle D. Robinson 3rd year USM+Honors, Fall 2014

"As a student here at USM I feel that my involvement with the Honors Program has been a great decision for me. The honors classes I have taken thus far have challenged me to approach issues in new ways, giving myself a broader understanding of course material, leading to a wider perspective of the world around me. Overall, the USM Honors Program has been a great experience for me. I am very thankful to have been a part of it and plan to continue my involvement throughout my college career."

Jordyn Cram 2nd year USM + Honors Fall 2014


"The Honors Program at USM has shaped my college career into something exciting and unique. The classes are small and filled with like-minded people with a love for conversation and education. The professors are excellent and add something more to your typical college experience. Within the honors program I had the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls for the Northeast Regional Honors Conference. There I shared a poster made collectively in my honors seminar, taught by Honors Director, Nancy Artz. It was an experience I will remember forever. I am beyond grateful to have had the chance to share what I was learning while connecting with honors students from schools all over the northeast."

Danielle Dalton 2nd year @ USM + Honors Fall 2014

 Britney Meunier“Being in the Honors program has allowed me to experience and participate in many different things.

Compared to my regular classes, my honors class is new, exciting, and interesting. The program allows me to take part in service learning activities and volunteer work. Helping others is a great way to get to know people, get job experience, and have fun.

Being a Nursing major in the program, the classes help me with my public speaking and making connections with others. There are always emails being sent out about activities and other things happening on or off campus.

Not only am I a student of the program but I also work in the office which allows me to answer anyone's questions about entering the program whether they be incoming freshman, juniors wanting to fill a credit, and even parents.”

 Britney Meunier  3rd year @USM + Honors


 “The classes were small and easy to be part of. They really gave me Tony Manginodirection coming into the University experience.”

Tony Mangino 3rd year@ USM + Honors






 Amy Morrison“I enjoy the small class sizes and meeting people that are part of the Honors community.”

Amy Morrison 3rd year @USM + Honors






Mary Elizabeth Simms “The Honors Program provides an incredibly supportive environment that emphasizes learning both within and beyond students' disciplines.

Being in the program has given me the chance to explore areas that I never would have as a business major, such as philosophy and bioengineering.

The beauty of the Honors Program is that it provides the foundation of thought needed to understand and solve contemporary world issues as we are constantly pushed to think critically. In past classes we have addressed issues such as religious conflict and genetic engineering. “

Mary-Elizabeth Simms  3rd year @USM + Honors


 Garret McAlpine“Joining the Honors program at USM is the smartest thing I’ve done since coming back to school.

The Professors we have access to here are incredible. The small class sizes, the interdisciplinary approach and the service learning aspect all put students in an environment where they not only learn, but apply what they’ve learned outside of the classroom.

If you want to be challenged to think outside the box while in a hands-on learning environment, then join the Honors program.”

Garret McAlpine 3rd year @USM + Honors