Archive | September, 2012

When a Freshman Misses A Small Group Meeting

26 Sep

And has to schedule an individual appointment with Liz:

We’re already halfway done with small groups!  If you still need one,  register online right now.  If none are available that work for you, call or email the UHP at

What is RSS and How Do I Get It?

26 Sep

You may have heard about “subscribing” to so-called “RSS” feeds. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary (not Radioactive Swimming Squirrels) and is a way of getting content from web sites that update frequently. Subscribing to an RSS feed allows you to access the newest content from different blogs in a condensed format. Many web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have an RSS subscription built into their Bookmarks features. You can also get a RSS feed reader for the platform of your choice – be it web browser, desktop, or smart phone!

In order to stay on top of the latest UHP Blog posts and news, you should subscribe to our RSS feed – as well as our other social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. It’s not like radioactive swimming squirrels will come and get you…

Seniors: Verify Special Honors [Deadlines]

25 Sep

Not all seniors take HONR 4198 (Honors Senior Thesis).  Many of you choose to pursue Special Honors in your degree instead.  If that’s you, and you’re graduating this semester, we need your Special Honors Verification Form to clear you for graduation.  Don’t delay!

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Study Your Passion, Get $500 To Do It [SURE Award]

24 Sep

Did you know that Honors students have the exclusive opportunity to win up to $500 for their research? It’s true!  Apply to the UHP/Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement Award (SURE) and we might just cut you a check.

We know “Undergraduate Research Enhancement” doesn’t sound that exciting (well, to most people at least, but you are UHPers), but what you can actually do with that money is pretty sweet. Some of last year’s winners used it to buy high tech equipment to learn about Climate Change for their class project, figure out childhood speech patterns, or study Christianity and homelessness.  Others — like Jonathan Robinson – combined the money to help him get to a conference in Chicago to present on his work on the Federal minimum wage.  The possibilities are endless, but the deadline to apply this semester is October 26, 2012.

Keep reading for more info, or read about the award here.

What’s Up Alum? – Michael Bennett

21 Sep

Michael Y. Bennett CCAS/UHP ’02 graduated from the University Honors Program with a major in English. Michael is an assistant professor of English in drama at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is the author of three books, all published by Palgrave Macmillan: Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (2011); Words, Space, and the Audience (2012); and Narrating the Past through Theatre (forthcoming October 2012). His is currently under contract with Cambridge University Press to write The Cambridge Introduction to the Absurd.

I began my four years in the UHP at GWU as an English major, but I wanted, ultimately, to go to medical school. My plan proceeded without a hiccup through my freshman year. But one day during my sophomore year, during Organic Chemistry, I had an epiphany and realized that I needed to do something more creative. I spent the next year and a half searching for that something. Continue reading