University Honors Program
NC State’s University Honors Program (UHP) adds contextual learning to real-life challenges for some of the university’s best students, asking students to push their discovery outside the textbook with unique opportunities to critically engage in meaningful problems around the world. Students identify problems, explore issues, and debate ideas across multiple disciplines.
“The University Honors Program surrounded me with some of the most dedicated scholars at NC State. When you have so many people really pushing the boundaries of academia, you can’t help but be inspired to get started yourself. The support and mentorship from the program showed me that I wasn’t just a student, but someone with the power to make a difference and change the education process.” - University Honors Student
University Scholars Program
Inspiring high-achieving students to explore concepts beyond their imagination, encouraging them to engage deeper with international opportunities, and activating their senses with outdoor education programs - for more than 35 years the NC State University Scholars Program has used experiences like these to transforms students into active citizens and prepare them for a rapidly evolving world.
“It was great to live with people who were just as dedicated to their school work and learning as I was, but who also loved to explore new opportunities. - Lindsay Richardson, University Scholars Student
“As alumni of NC State and graduates of the University Scholars Program, we have first hand experience with the value that the Scholars Program provided us as students and (we’d like to think!) to our employers and communities. Today, perhaps more than ever, students are challenged to obtain skills in both strictly academic as well as non-academic spheres, as well as navigate an increasingly complex global job market and economy. The Scholars Program exists in part to support them in meeting that challenge, and we believe in supporting these programs that were such an important part of our NC State experience.” -Michelle and LJ Wobker ‘99
What good is research if it isn’t shared? The OUR created University Symposiums specifically with that in mind: annual poster sessions at the Talley Student Union occuring in April, July, and August where undergraduates share their research and creative projects with the campus and the public. Those presentations are then judged by college and discipline representatives. Those selected by the judges receive a certificate and reception.
Aside from learning about all the research opportunities available, the Speed Data-ing event doubles as a great networking opportunity for students. They’re able to meet faculty outside the classroom in a casual setting, opening doors to a better mutual understanding and relationship.
Deciding on what to research can, sometimes, be more perplexing than the research itself! Speed Data-ing, a play on the idea of speed dating, provides first and second year students an opportunity to meet faculty and learn about trending research. These quick meetings give undergraduates a taste of many different research opportunities without having to dive too deep.