Assistants and ambassadors

Honors students have two distinct opportunities to serve in a leadership capacity for the program: as an assistant in an honors first-year seminar or as an honors ambassador.

Honors seminar assistants

Seminar assistants serve as role models, resources, and mentors to first-year and transfer honors students. At least one assistant supports each HNRS 190 and 195 seminar.

As a seminar assistant, you’ll give back to the honors community, develop leadership skills, and strengthen your relationship with an honors faculty member. You’ll also contribute to fostering an inclusive environment in your first-year seminar that is welcoming to all students. 

To be the best assistant you can be, you should be motivated by a desire to help other honors program students as they adjust to college, and willing to share the wealth of information you’ve accumulated while at KU and in the program.

Duties

  • Enroll in HNRS 497 as a zero-credit, add-on course that will appear on one's transcript (HNRS 497 will count as an Honors course in your curriculum, but will not count toward the 18-hour credit hour minimum). 
  • Attend summer training and monthly check-ins.
  • Take part in syllabus development, course content, assignments, and discussions, as requested.
  • Attend class regularly and complete all assigned course readings. 
  • Meet with the seminar instructor regularly and respond promptly to emails.
  • Arrange additional meetings and support as agreed to by your faculty member.
  • Participate in program events and encourage seminar students to do the same
  • Treat all students in the course with dignity and respect, as well as treating grades and the content of student assignments confidentially. 

Qualifications

  • Successful completion of HNRS 190 or HNRS 195 with a grade of A.
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior status.
  • An interest in teaching, mentoring, or sharing your KU and honors experiences.

Announcements will come via email when applications open in the spring. We encourage honors students from all disciplines to apply. Students can request more information, and seminar instructors may nominate a student, by emailing Regan Baker at regan.baker@ku.edu.


Honors ambassadors

Has the University Honors Program played an important role in your education at KU? Would you like to help other high-ability students decide to come to KU, and to help make sure they succeed once they arrive?

As an honors ambassador, you’ll play an important role in making prospective students and their families feel comfortable at KU. You’ll also develop teamwork, communication, and leadership skills as you meet with families and plan events that enhance the recruitment process.

Involvement can range from speaking one-on-one with prospective students to giving brief presentations to larger groups of students and parents. Ambassadors have flexibility in determining their level of participation in events and programs, and your time commitment can vary depending on your schedule. 

Duties

  • Co-present with honors staff during prospective student visits.
  • Represent the program at on-campus recruitment events.
  • Attend select in-person and virtual receptions for admitted students.
  • Participate in outreach efforts (i.e. letter writing to admitted students).
  • Help welcome incoming students during Hawk Week and at other events aimed at first-year students.
  • Attend training sessions and ambassador/assistant meetings throughout the year.

Qualifications

  • Good academic standing with the University Honors Program.
  • Strong communication skills and comfort speaking to other students in a variety of structured and unstructured settings.

Current students in the University Honors Program can apply during the spring semester for the following academic year. The application process and timeline will be sent to all students in the Honors Weekly, typically after spring break. Well-qualified applicants will be interviewed by the program coordinators. If you have questions, please contact Harry Swartz at hswartz@ku.edu.