Archive | February, 2013

Last Chance to Win [Strasser Prize]

28 Feb

You’re running out of time to submit your best paper to the Strasser Writing Prize!

UHPers can win a grand prize of $100 or one of two runner-up prizes of $50. You can only enter one paper from any UHP course during the past year, so make sure it’s your best!

Submit your entry online after reading the full rules (which have changed from last year).  This year’s deadline for entries is Friday, March 1st, 2013.

You’ve already written the paper, now submit!

Food for Thought: The 2012 Election [Lunch Event!]

28 Feb
Prof. Sides can probably tell you whether a bearded candidate would have made a difference.

Prof. Sides can probably tell you whether a bearded candidate would have made a difference.

Join the UHP and Prof. John Sides, Professor of Political Science and UHP Faculty Fellow, 2012-2013 as he presents on his research over a UHP provided lunch.

Food for Thought: The Story of the 2012 Presidential Campaign (in Graphs!)

“Game changer.” We heard it so many times during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. But what actually made a difference—and what was just hype? John Sides will tell the story of the election in just a few graphs — using a “moneyball” approach that gets beyond the anecdote, folklore, and conventional wisdom that often pass for election analysis.

Tuesday, March 19th from 11:30am-12:30pm in Ames 101Q (MVC).

Seats are capped at 15, so register now!

RSS. It Comes In All Shapes And Sizes!

27 Feb

You can subscribe to this blog and make it a part of your daily feed. Get all the info, really quickly.  You can subscribe here and have all of the blog posts arrive wherever you want instantly.   Think how wonderful it will be to see a post from the UHP appear on your reader, telling you about all of the great things happening here in the Honors Program. It’s a great way to customize your UHP experience!

Work at Commencement

26 Feb
If you want to…
* see your friends graduate,
* earn extra money before summer begins,
* extend the stay in your residence hall until May 20 at no charge, and
* be part of a university tradition
…then a Commencement Student Staff position is right for you!  Continue reading

Be the Student Speaker at Commencement

26 Feb

For too long we have sat silently, listening as others tell us what we shall do, who we shall be.  Patiently, politely, we watched others climb the stage at graduation and take a place behind that powerful podium of ceremony.

But no more.

It’s time that an Honors student seize the opportunity.  It’s time for a voice that speaks for us to be heard.  Seize the moment, apply to be the student commencement speaker at graduation.

You have until Friday.  We’re all counting on you.


Commencement Student Speaker Competition 2013


  • Any student (undergraduate, graduate, on-campus, distance learning, etc.) who has completed or will complete graduation requirements after May 20, 2012 (i.e. students who earned their degrees in Fall 2012 or will earn their degree in Spring 2013 or Summer 2013) is eligible.
  • Good academic standing


  • Click here to submit the following materials by March 1, 2013:
    • Biography (150 words or less)
    • Video link (Youtube, vimeo, etc.) – speech three minutes in duration
    • Note:  This video is an audition designed to evaluate the students’ speaking and presentation skills, so the speech in the video should be the speech that the student will give on the National Mall.
    • Text of your speech
  • Up to ten finalists will be asked to audition in person (or live Skype) their speeches to the CommencementStudent Speaker Committee on April 5, 2013.  The committee will select a winner shortly thereafter.

Winner receives:

  • Six reserved seating Commencement tickets on the National Mall
  • Photo with Commencement speaker
  • Invitation to special events for self and two guests
  • Commemorative Commencement photo CD

For additional information or questions, contact University Events at 202-994-7129 or You can also download the flyer.