Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: Honors Program

UConn Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The worldwide pandemic involving COVID-19 (coronavirus) has produced unprecedented challenges in the UConn community and around the world. These unusual circumstances create significant uncertainty and unease in the professional and personal lives of our students, employees, alumni, and others throughout UConn Nation.

The latest official guidance and updates on UConn’s response to COVID-19 and its impact on the university community is being provided in real time at https://uconn.edu/public-notification/coronavirus/.

The Honors Program is committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff during this difficult and unusual situation. Last updated 4/10/2020.

The Honors Town Hall (3/30/2020) recording is available.

UConn Nation: Physically distant, socially & globally connected

Contact us

The Honors and Enrichment Programs staff members are working from home and are available during our normal business hours. The best way to contact us is to email honors@uconn.edu.  

The Honors GPS team is also working remotely and can be contacted at honorsgps@uconn.edu.

Stay Whelmed

Watch for information in Honors Updates and Honors Weekly about staying connected with your Honors peers during social distancing.

This is a challenging time for all of us. Please reach out if we can help in any way.  

Admissions

The deadline for rising sophomores and rising juniors to apply to Honors has been extended from April 1 to July 1. 

All in-person admission activities have been canceled through the end of the semester. Honors will be participating in virtual and remote programming as it is announced.   

Advising

All UConn advising will occur remotely for the remainder of the semester. Advisors using Nexus will continue to do so. Other advisors should be contacted through email.

Honors and Enrichment Programs advisors use Nexus for scheduling. When you set up your appointment, you will see instructions for using WebEx or telephone.

The Honors GPS team is also working remotely and can be contacted at honorsgps@uconn.edu.

Continuation in Honors

For 2019-2020 only, the minimum Honors credit requirement of 6 Honors credits per academic year is waived. We will not be conducting the formal academic participation review this summer, although we may check in with students who fall below that limit.

This policy change is intended to give students more flexibility in their academic planning this semester. This does not change any Honors award requirements, so students should consult with their Honors advisors before dropping Honors classes or withdrawing Honors conversions.

Honors courses

Students enrolled in Honors courses will have the opportunity to earn Honors credit in Spring 2020.

For the Spring 2020 semester only, Honors credit may be earned for a class placed on Pass/Fail. As always, students must earn a B- or better in the class for Honors credit to be applied. This policy change is intended to give students more flexibility in terms of which classes count toward their GPA and toward their Honors awards.

Students should consult with their departmental Honors advisors and/or the advising center in their schools or colleges for additional guidance about Pass/Fail courses. Students who are considering applying for medical or dental school should subscribe to the Pre-Med and Pre-Dental ListSERV and watch for updates on how Pass/Fail courses might affect their applications.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning has gathered resources and strategies for students and for faculty as we transition to online courses. These will be useful for Honors courses as well.

Faculty members teaching Honors courses should contact jaclyn.chancey@uconn.edu if they have questions about online/remote pedagogy or find that they need additional resources to support this transition for an Honors course.

Honors conversions

Students with approved Honors conversions will have the opportunity to earn Honors credit in Spring 2020. Students and instructors should communicate about necessary changes to conversion agreements. These changes should be documented in an email that includes the student, the instructor, the student's Honors advisor, and honors@uconn.edu.

Students may determine that the best option for themselves and their academic goals during this semester is to withdraw a conversion request. We encourage students to discuss this decision with their Honors advisor and/or an Honors staff member. If a student does decide to withdraw a conversion, the student should send this request by email to their instructor, their Honors advisor, and honors@uconn.edu.

For the Spring 2020 semester only, Honors credit may be earned for a class placed on Pass/Fail, including a class with an Honors conversion. As always, students must earn a B- or better in the class for Honors credit to be applied. This policy change is intended to give students more flexibility in terms of which classes count toward their GPA and toward their Honors awards.

Students should consult with their departmental Honors advisors and/or the advising center in their schools or colleges for additional guidance about Pass/Fail courses. Students who are considering applying for medical or dental school should subscribe to the Pre-Med and Pre-Dental ListSERV and watch for updates on how Pass/Fail courses might affect their applications.

Research

Like almost every aspect of this pandemic, the suspension of research activities at UConn is truly unprecedented. We know that students and their faculty mentors are trying to determine how this affects them, and we are here to support you.

The Office of Undergraduate Research has published an excellent information page for student researchers and their faculty mentors. This applies to all Honors research as well, and we are deeply appreciative of student and faculty flexibility.

Remember that students may continue with any research activity that can be completed remotely, such as literature reviews, data analysis, and writing.

Research being conducted for academic credit should be treated like any other course in the move to online instruction. Faculty and students should communicate regarding learning objectives, activities, and deliverables that may be achieved via remote instruction during the spring semester.

This advice applies to student theses as well. We are asking thesis supervisors and Honors advisors to collaborate in this process to facilitate student thesis completion, even if the research project as originally conceived is no longer possible.

Like summer classes, the status of summer undergraduate research has not yet been determined. We will communicate information about summer to you as soon as we are able.

Thesis

The advice for research (above) applies to student theses as well. We are asking thesis supervisors and Honors advisors to collaborate in this process to facilitate student thesis completion, even if the research project as originally conceived is no longer possible.

New! The online thesis submission and approval process is available.

At this time, all May 2020 thesis and graduation deadlines will remain the same:

  • Your thesis will be due through the online system by May 1.
  • As long as your thesis supervisor and Honors advisor both agree, there is a routine extension for thesis submission to May 15. You do not need to inform Honors for a routine extension.
  • If you need further extensions, email honors@uconn.edu.
  • Our final deadline for thesis submission is dependent on the Registrar’s deadline for degree audit, which the Registrar has tentatively set as June 10.

Medals Ceremony

A message from Dr. Lease Butts:

Dear Honors Seniors,

Words truly cannot express my sadness that our Honors Medals Ceremony will not take place this May.  Medals is the highlight of the academic year for me and an opportunity for the entire Honors Community to celebrate exceptional academic achievement and to be together as a community for our graduating students prior to Commencement.

While we will not be together as we had planned, the Honors Program Office is working with several university offices to coordinate an event to be scheduled during fall 2020.  We will be together, and we will celebrate. We will just be patient and make sure we can share our joy with one another when it is safe to do so. We will communicate with you as plans develop and details come into sharper view. We are also making plans to celebrate as you electronically turn-in your theses, so stay tuned for our creative approaches to “ringing the bell” and listening to us clap and cheer as we applaud your efforts.

A constant, in a landscape abundant with ambiguity, is how proud I am of you!  I speak for everyone at Honors when I say that we miss you more than you can imagine. Please stay in touch. Stay safe and healthy. Stay whelmed, as always. And stay the course, Seniors. We’ll always be here when you need us.