Honors student organizations aim to foster communication and leadership skills while giving students a voice within the honors program. Members can make friends, network, and learn more about the program and KU.

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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.

  • 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 training prior to the fall semester, as well as 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. 
  • 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.

Current students in the University Honors Program apply during the spring semester for the following academic year. Honors students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Students can request more information, and seminar instructors may nominate a student, by contacting Student Experience Designer Mauricio Gómez-Montoya.

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. 

  • 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.
  • 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 apply during the spring semester for the following academic year. Well-qualified applicants will be interviewed by the program coordinators.

If you have questions, please contact the ambassador program's coordinator, Taylor Thomas.

Additional involvement

When you’re ready to get involved, consider the following roles:

  • Honors Community Advocates member: By coordinating social activities and advocating for Honors students' interests, Honors Community Advocates strengthen the UHP community and its mission to help challenge students to launch extraordinary lives. Interested? Get in touch through HCA's Instagram page or email
  • Program design team member: Members of these teams assist with the planning, promotion, and presentation of programming like Take Care Tuesday, Living in Color, and Common Cause. Interested? Contact Student Experience Coordinator Preston Braun.