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Maria DiValentin

"I chose to transfer to Lake Superior State University because of the personal attention I would receive. I did not want to attend a large university where I would be a number lost in the masses. The well-rounded curriculum allowed me to obtain my position at John Deere. Having a good balance of theory and hands-on knowledge is critical for my position and Lake State gave me a good foundation in these skills."

Maria DiValentin, Mechanical Engineering 2001
Field Service Representative,
John Deere Power Systems
Waterloo, IA

Honors Program

Overview

The LSSU Honors Program admitted its first 18 students in the Fall of 1995. Since then, the Program averages about 50-60 students per year and has had over 30 graduates.

Small seminar classes (15-18 students) facilitate strong student/faculty interactions; honors seminars are interdisciplinary in focus and incorporate experimental learning activities. Recent course topics include: Biodiversity, Art of Mathematics, Poetry as Performance, National Parks and Monuments, Engineering for Life, The Science of Science Fiction, Artificial Intelligence, Wilderness Literature, Gender and Communications in the Workplace, Paradigm Shifts, Opera and Broadway, Science and Religion, and Biomedical Ethics.

The Honors Student Organization sponsors activities such as a Fall retreat on Lake Superior (Vermillion field station), dinner with a professor, movie nights, mentoring, Diversity Week, etc. 

Honors students have opportunities to present at state, regional and national honors conferences.

Other benefits to Honors students include early scheduling of classes (on the first day of scheduling-same as seniors), advising from the Honors Director (in addition to regular academic advising), and the option of living in Ontario Hall (the “Honors house”). 

Honors students receive a University Honors Degree upon graduation; all 21 Honors credits are noted as such on the student’s transcript.

Honors Program graduates receive an Honors stole to wear at commencement in recognition of their achievements.

After graduation, letters of recommendation from the Honors Program Director and Honors Council will help you gain fulfilling employment or admission into law, medical, or graduate school. 

Program Requirements

  • Students with an ACT composite score of at least 27 and a high school GPA of at least 3.0 are automatically invited to become Honors students. Others may petition the Honors Director for provisional admission to the program.
  • Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain academically eligible for the program.
  • The University Honors Program requires 21 honors credits, half of which come from taking honors sections of general education courses or from completing “Honors Contracts” in non-Honors sections.  With Honors Contracts, the student meets with the professor to tailor and undertake a project above and beyond the course’s typical expectations. 
  • To remain active in the Honors Program, students must enroll in Honors courses. Incoming freshmen should enroll in Honors English (ENGL 110 and ENGL 111) and Honors Speech (COMM 101) during their first year at LSSU. This will secure 9 of the 21 Honors credits required. 
  • Other Honors courses include: HONR 101 (Honors Freshman Seminar; 1-2 credits), HONR 202 (Honors Contemporary Issues Seminar; 3 credits), HONR 302 (Honors Ideas Seminar; 3 credits), HONR 401 (Honors Senior Thesis; 3-4 credits).
  • The remaining credit(s) may be obtained either by enrolling in the appropriate number of HONR 101 seminars, contracting a regular course for Honors credit, or enrolling in other Honors courses.
  • Students entering with 6 AP credits in English will be granted a waiver of 3 Honors credits.
  • Honors students must meet with the Honors Director at the beginning of each semester for advising regarding their progress in the program.

Sample Schedule

Fall

Spring

1st Year

ENGL 110-H

Honors English I (3cr)

ENGL 111-H

Honors English II (3cr)

COMM 101-H

Honors Speech (3cr)

2nd Year

HONR 101 Seminar (1cr)

(or Honors Contract)

HONR 202 Seminar (3cr)

Contemporary Issues

3rd Year

HONR 302 Seminar (3cr)

Honors Ideas

HONR 101 Seminar (1cr)

(or Honors contract)

4th Year

HONR 401 (4cr)

Honors Thesis (or equivalent in major)

Continue thesis work

Any questions?: Please contact Dr. Jason K. Swedene, University Honors Program Director, 223 Arts Center, (906) 635-2122, jswedene@lssu.edu

Fisheries and Wildlife Mgmt...

Thaddeus Lewandowski

Thaddeus Lewandowski
Fisheries and Wildlife

"The opportunity at LSSU to do research is amazing. This past summer I motored through coves and islands with Prof. Garvon surveying water birds for the affects of pollution. I spent the other part of my summer on the shore of Lake Superior monitoring nests of the endangered Piping Plover."

 

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