There are several student organizations run by Honors students. These organizations give you opportunities to engage with other Honors students in activities of your choosing and help develop your leadership skills. The organizations provide positive influence in the Honors and broader UConn communities. Find and develop your passion in an Honors Student Group!
Honors Across State Borders (HASB)
While we are associated with the Honors Program, our organization includes ALL students interested in learning more about social justice issues and lending a helping hand. HASB is student-run organization that is committed to community service around the United States. We offer an alternative spring break trip, a fall day of service, as well as several other events/discussions on prevalent social issues in America. Upon your acceptance, you will be assigned to a team and will begin to learn about the issues facing the in-need areas we will be traveling to during the year. On top of everything you will learn and be exposed to, you can expect to have a lot of fun! We have had phenomenal trips in the past which included making 55 new friends, camp fires, and of course the classic HASB riddles.
Advisor: Jennifer Napiorski
Honors Council (HC)
The UConn Honors Council (HC) is a leadership community for Honors students within the university. We seek to provide greater opportunities including academic achievement, community outreach, increased cultural awareness, and research opportunities in a welcoming atmosphere. HC is a venue through which Honors students can speak and be heard by the Honors administration and the community as a whole.
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Lease Butts
Honors in Business Association (HiBA)
Honors in Business Association (HiBA) is an Honors organization open to all students who have an interest in business. HiBA is formed jointly between the School of Business and the Honors Program, building upon the pillars of academics, research, leadership, professionalism, engagement and community. Members of HiBA, who represent every school and college at UConn, participate in various social and pre-professional events as it relates to being a business student in the Honors Program. HiBA has sponsored site visits to Boston and New York City; executives from top companies; etiquette dinners; and alumni panels among many other events.
Since HiBA’s founding, the organization has been host to some of UConn’s top students in business and has attracted top companies such as Google. If you have an interest in any aspect of business, HiBA is the organization for you! Feel free to reach out an executive board member at email@example.com with any questions.
Primary Advisor: Greg Champion
Business School Advisor: Travis Grosser
Honors Initiative for Prospective Students (HIPS)
HIPS (Honors Initiative for Prospective Students) is a volunteer-run organization that works to recruit prospective Honors students. By hosting Meet and Greet and Open House events, the organization serves to promote the Honors Program and inform current high school students and their families about the diverse opportunities the program offers. Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside Honors Faculty and Staff in planning and organizing events that positively influence the development and shaping of the next generations of Honors Students.
The Honors Program developed the HIPS to assist with recruitment of prospective Honors students. It sponsors:
- Meet & Greets (admitted high school seniors have a chance to meet Honors staff, students, and faculty)
- Personalized Day Visits (prospective students can experience life in Honors first-hand; offered in spring)
- Be a volunteer (host a high school visitor for the day or attend a Meet & Greet event)
- Be a coordinator (play an integral leadership role in the organization’s development and recruitment activities; coordinator applications are available in the fall)
Primary Advisor: Greg Champion
Honors in STEM
Honors in STEM seeks to educate students on topics in the STEM disciplines, connect students with research, career, and internship opportunities, and to build a community of STEM-minded students with the hopes of creating life-long connections.
Honors in STEM consists of three different coordinator areas:
- Education Coordinators seek to connect students with research and plan events such as conference trips, lab tours, faculty meet and greets, etc.
- Programming Coordinators aspire to connect Honors in STEM with outside organizations and departments both within the Honors Program and beyond. They speak to the social needs of STEM students by planning events such as movie nights, discussion groups, etc.
- Outreach Coordinators are responsible for discussing topics in STEM revolving about underrepresented populations. This committee will work with organizations like WiMSE to plan events and educate the UConn community about social justice and how this requires improvement in the STEM field.
Advisor: Ali Bergmark
Honors for Diversity (H4D)
H4D is a student run organization that seeks to embrace students that are underrepresented within the Honors community. We aim to foster growth by celebrating and accepting cultural differences among all students. We accomplish this by hosting events and discussions in a welcoming and respectful atmosphere. H4D is a venue in which minority Honors students can voice their opinions and seek changes in order to benefit the Honors community as a whole.
Advisors: Cara Connor and Stephanie Sellin
Humanities and Arts Collective (HArCo)
The Humanities and Arts Collective is a forum dedicated to connecting, engaging, and inspiring students majoring in or interested in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts in the UConn Honors Program through dialogue, networking, and community engagement.
We plan unique guest speakers, special events, and other various programming to promote open dialogue and continued learning focused on the fine arts, social sciences, and humanities. Our aim is to connect students through their interests in these subject areas while supporting their desire to learn.
Mission: Sustain and promote the visibility and participation in the Arts and Humanities within the UConn Honors Program through creative, innovative events and professional development opportunities, while building a sense of tight-knit community.
Advisor: Greg Champion
Biannual Newsletter: HArCo Zine
Honors Student Leadership Board – Stamford (HSLB – Stamford)
HSLB - Stamford (Honors Student Leadership Board - Stamford) is the only Honors student organization at UConn Stamford. We focus on facilitating spaces for Honors students to be able to come together and grow as a community. We plan out fun events, provide mentoring opportunities, and aim to connect Honors students within and beyond our campus.
Advisor: Kaitlin Heenehan
Peer Allies Through Honors (PATH)
Peer Allies Through Honors (PATH)
Available on the Storrs and Stamford campuses, PATH is a mentoring group for Honors students that develops mentorship on an individual level by pairing new incoming students with upper-division Honors students. PATH encourages developing the mentorship connection both on an individual level, coordinated by mentor and mentee, and on a group level, enabled by larger activities. PATH Coordinators put on a number of events throughout the fall semester for mentors and mentees to enjoy. PATH also encourages mentors to attend other UConn events with their mentees.
The goals of PATH are to:
- Help students connect to an upper-division student in their major
- Develop leadership skills in mentors and mentees
- Encourage communication between all members of PATH through interactive activities
- Help students transition to UConn and the Honors Program
Newly admitted students (Storrs Campus):
- Being a PATH mentee is a great way to get the inside scoop on being successful in Honors.
- Submit an application during the summer before your first year to be matched with a student mentor.
- There are a limited number of mentors, so don’t wait to apply! Available spots in the program are filled on a first-come first-served basis.
Newly admitted students (Stamford Campus):
- Being a PATH mentee is a great way to connect on an individual level with a student mentor in Honors!
- All applicants who apply by the deadline will be considered for a mentor, but a waitlist might be necessary based on mentor match availability.
Current students (mentors)
- Be a guide, be a friend, and advance your leadership skills in the process!
Current students (leadership)
- Help lead and grow this important program.
- Applications for new coordinators are accepted in the fall semester.
Primary advisor, Storrs: Nicole Waicunas
Primary advisor, Stamford: Kaitlin Heenehan