University of Kansas Honors Program

September 2013


University Honors Program
Nunemaker Center
1506 Engel Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
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The University Honors Program provides enriched educational opportunities to academically talented, promising, and motivated undergraduate students at KU.

New Honors students participated in the Walk Up the Hill, at this year’s Honors Convocation, before classes began. The University Honors Program has expanded to increase the number of incoming students by 45 percent, from 275 to 400, and to include more international students. The expansion is a way to lure more high-caliber students to KU, who often go elsewhere if they are not accepted into the Honors Program.

2013 Honors graduate Dani Onions during her internship with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran
“KU has an environment that is hard to replicate – you get the benefits of a large research university, but the Honors Program has tiny Nunemaker, which is like its own community. In Honors, your peers aren’t competing with you for GPA, but instead they’re challenging you and inspiring you.”

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Ryan Steele is already saving lives

While many KU students were relaxing, hitting the beach and soaking up the rays this summer, University Honors Program student Ryan Steele spent three weeks in Guatemala City, doing hands-on medical work in a government-run free health clinic.
Read more.

Honors student Ryan Steele working at a state-funded medical clinic in Guatemala.

Professor Misha Barybin

Misha Barybin encourages research early and often

In his native Russia, Misha Barybin began doing chemistry research at age 16. So it’s no wonder that Dr. Barybin, associate professor of chemistry, strongly encourages University Honors Program students to start research early in their undergraduate careers. Read more.

“Social activism and change”

Alumni lecture by Michael Wade Smith, class of 2011 and student body president 2010-2011, who just completed a two-year Teach for America assignment in New Jersey. Member of the Honors Program Advisory Board and current MBA student at KU.

4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, Nunemaker Center. Reception immediately following.

Michael Wade Smith


The University of Kansas Honors Program, Nunemaker Center, 1506 Engel Road, Lawrence, KS 66045