Honors Program

Honors Program students are people like you - students who love to learn and laugh with friends.
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Why choose USM's Honors Program? How about access to the great City of Portland! Museums, restaurants, sailing, parks, live music - Portland is a great place to be!
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Thinking Matters is an annual celebration or research here at USM. Honors is pleased to house this important program.
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Members of the honors living learning community at their year-end celebration in Gorham

The Honors Program at USM is a learning community for active and engaged students.  In Honors, students are encouraged to tap into their intellectual curiosity and creativity while exploring rich topics from multiple perspectives.  Students interact closely with peers in seminar-style classes and receive individualized attention from exceptional faculty.  Seniors can maximize their honors experience by writing an Honors thesis.

We offer small, dynamic courses that meet USM Core requirements.  First-year students, transfers, sophomores, juniors, adult learners, part-time students are all welcome.  Students in any major may

Honors students achieve the confidence that comes from developing their own ideas through writing and dialog.  Students hone their communication skills and become better able to tackle complex challenges while working respectfully with others. That’s why honors education is prized by employers and graduate schools.

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Bryer draws from his experiences working with water sanitation projects in third world countries to give insight into the best practices for helping these communities. Sometimes the best projects are the simplest that don't need to be reinvented.
Four USM Students that won UROP Fellowship
Congratulations to the FOUR Honors Students who have won the UROP fellowships for 2016-17. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at USM is a scholarly fellowship that brings together diverse areas of undergraduate student research and creative activities. It is a program for student-faculty collaboration with tremendous mutual intellectual and professional development benefits.
A staged reading, directed by our very own Professor Assunta Kent, of Rachael Crothers's famous 1920 play He and She will be performed by Intro Theatre students here in the Talbot Lecture Hall, Portland Campus.

Thank you A. Carolla Haglund!

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Honors students will be heading to Iceland thanks to the generosity of A. Carolla Haglund.  In her own words, "The better we understand and appreciate cultures similar to, and different from our own, the better we can, through education, help develop one world built on a firm foundation."  We couldn't agree more!

USM Honors Program

The USM Honors Program is a long-time institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the professional organization devoted to honors education.

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