Honors student and Communications major, Megan Swets researches acceptance among the transgender community and how the support people in their lives can help.
Physics and English double major and Honors student, Alex Kirkvold studies zone-refining germanium with her research grant further understand neutrinoless double-beta decay.
Honors student Danielle Mack focuses her research on the basic mechanisms of pain signaling in an attempt to better understand how stress impacts the brain.
Honors student Sam Curry delves into the world of chemistry to create a stronger protection against counterfeiting.
Many Honors students participate in undergraduate research. While there are Honors students working in traditional science lab settings across campus, undergraduate research also takes place in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts. The research often results in Honors projects and/or presentations at local, regional or national conferences with many Honors students’ research being published in academic journals. Undergraduate research at USD can also often give you an advantage when searching for internships.
We strongly encourage Honors students to explore new cultures through study abroad opportunities. You may choose to compliment your USD class work by engaging in individual study abroad programs, internships, and faculty-led (group study abroad) opportunities. Each experience is customizable: you can independently select your study abroad focus based on your areas of interest (culture, language, business, biology and so on) and program lengths can vary depending on your academic plans. Although Honors students make up only 8 percent of the total student population, approximately 33 percent of the USD study abroad participants are in the Honors Program.
Check out Nationally Competitive Scholarships that support study abroad
National Student Exchange (NSE)
Honors students also have the opportunity to participate in National Student Exchange programs. NSE provides affordable and practical opportunities to study and live in new and diverse settings. NSE students take on new academic challenges, immerse themselves in a different environment, search for graduate schools or future employment, experience life from a different point of view and expand their personal and educational perspectives. Students may also study abroad through an NSE campus.
There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom - that’s why Honors students are often the most engaged in their community. Service learning is a great way to gain real-world experience and explore topics hands-on, all while volunteering your time. Recent alternative break service experiences have included:
- Urban Poverty in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Education in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico
- Healthcare in Houston, Texas
During the 2019-2020 winter break, the Honors Program will be hosting a service learning trip to Memphis, Tennessee, making an impact in the area of educational poverty. More details coming soon!