Honors Seminar Assistants

As an Honors Seminar Assistant, you will serve as a role model, a resource, and a mentor to a group of first-year or transfer Honors students. The HSA also contributes to fostering an inclusive environment in first-year seminars, welcoming of all students. At least one HSA supports each Honors first-year seminar (HNRS 190/195).

Serving as an HSA provides an opportunity to give back to the Honors community, to develop leadership skills, and to strengthen your relationship with an Honors faculty member. Because of the diversity of academic interests of incoming students, we encourage Honors students from all disciplines to apply (see qualifications below).

To be the best HSA you can be, you should be motivated by a desire to help other Honors students adjust to college and share the wealth of information you’ve accumulated while at KU and in Honors. As an expert in being a University Honors Program student, you expected to attend class regularly and complete all assigned course readings. HSAs may lead a course discussion, take attendance, prepare the class poster presentation for the Honors Seminar Symposium, or lead the seminar group in a service activity. HSAs are expected to attend training, the Honors Seminar Symposium, periodic Honors events, and attend the first-year seminar they are assigned to. 


  • Successful completion of HNRS 190 or HNRS 195 with a grade of A.
  • A Sophomore, Junior, or Senior with an interest in teaching, mentoring, or sharing your KU and Honors experiences.

Duties:  An HSA shall treat all students in the course with dignity and respect, as well as treating grades and the content of student assignments confidentially.  In addition, HSAs:

  • Participate in training prior to the start of classes and attend trainings and group check-ins approximately once a month during the semester.
  • Periodically attend Honors events (such as Take Care Tuesday, welcome events, or the Schedule Release Party), and invite your class to attend.
  • Attend class regularly and complete all assigned course readings.
  • Meet with the instructor regularly and respond promptly to emails.
  • Complete assigned duties in a professional manner. For example, you may be involved in the preparation of the course content, assignments, and syllabus development; lead a discussion; maintain Blackboard; hold office hours; take attendance; keep records; or prepare a poster in collaboration with your students representing the contents of the seminar for the Honors Seminar Symposium. 
  • Facilitate a peer mentor relationship with students in the HNRS 190/195 section through get-to-know you meetings, class discussion, and additional support agreed to by your faculty member.
  • 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 (because it is 0 credits, it will not count toward the 18-hour credit hour minimum).  

To nominate a student, Honors Seminar Instructors can email regan.baker@ku.edu 

Please consider how you can help first-year students make their transition to college a smooth and successful one! Join our team of Honors Seminar Assistants!

For more information, please contact Regan Baker (regan.baker@ku.edu).

Applications to be a Seminar Assistant or Student Ambassador for the 22-23 academic year have closed.

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