Dr. Jerry Marx
A faculty member in the department of social work, Marx founded the UNH Center for Professional Excellence in Child Welfare, a university-state child welfare training partnership. He also served as department chair for six years and as a faculty fellow in the College of Health and Human Services, leading their communication efforts.
“Jerry has been an exceptional faculty member and a visionary in assisting faculty and students understand the changing nature of higher education in the college. Under his leadership, I am confident that the Honors Program will continue to strive for excellence.” –P.T. Vasudevan, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Katherine Gaudet
Kate joined the Honors Program in 2011. She oversees the Honors Symposia, program communications, and special projects, as well as advising students. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Humanities Department. In 2014 she was awarded a course development grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which led to the creation of her course "What Is a Criminal"? She also teaches "Plague: Literary Histories of Epidemics" and "Hooked: Narratives of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption." She is also a member of the HEAL (Health Education Through Arts and Literature) team, which is exploring the use of graphic narratives to support student mental health. Before coming to UNH she completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Chicago, focusing on the ways in which models of risk shaped ideas about novel-reading in the eighteenth century. She held a Mellon Fellowship in Early American Literature and Material Texts at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia and continues to research the history of readership. Her academic work has been published or is forthcoming from Early American Studies, Early American Literature, and Common-Place.
Kristen joined the Honors Program staff in 2017. Her role includes advising Honors students, creating Honors proramming, and managing the program office. She was a member of the Honors Program while a student at UNH, and was active in the founding years of the Peer Mentor program. After graduating from UNH she earned a degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and returned to work in the UNH Admissions office in 2013. She is committed to social justice on campus and beyond, contributing to the MLK Leadership Summit and the Waysmeet Center, where she is a member of the board.
Rebecca Leitt is the Hamel Scholars Program Coordinator. She is responsible for creating programs for Hamel Scholars to develop their skills in leadership and service through trainings, volunteer opportunities, and short- and long-term service projects. Rebecca is a graduate student in marine biology and a teaching assistant for the university. She graduated from Momouth University in New Jersey in 2014 with a BS in marine biology, and grew up in upstate New York. She plans to pursue a career in research or college teaching.
As the Community Coordinator, Shannon oversees student groups and helps to plan events for the Honors Program. She is from Glastonbury, CT and is currently a first-semester graduate student in the UNH Master's Program for English Literature. She completed her undergraduate degree in English at University of Connecticut, where she also minored in French and Human Rights. At UConn, Shannon was very involved in the Honors Program, as well as community outreach and alternative breaks where she exercised her passion for human rights and social justice issues. Shannon plans on becoming a professor in English and hopes to incorporate her passion for social justice into her studies.
Alex is from Leominster, Massachusetts and is a sophomore Political Science and International Affairs dual major with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She chose to attend UNH because of the honors and Arabic programs. Alex is treasurer of Model United Nations, a member of Amnesty International, and risk management chair for Phi Sigma Sigma. In the summer of 2015 she co-founded L.E.A.D. inc., a mental health advocacy and education nonprofit, and is working on bringing mental health awareness and first aid programs here to the university. In her years at UNH Alex hopes to continue exercising her passion for international diplomacy and social justice and to conduct research while studying abroad on such topics.
Gianna, from Westford, Massachusetts, is a sophomore Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance; she is also considering an education minor. She came to UNH because of the opportunities presented by the business school, the beautiful campus, and the proximity to her hometown, and joined the University Honors Program in January of 2016. She has not yet decided whether she wants to work in finance or teach kindergarten after graduation--as different as those fields are, she can't make up her mind.
Lindsey is from Dayton, Maine and is a sophomore Communication major with a Spanish minor. She has been a part of the University Honors Program since January 2015. She chose to come to UNH because of the beautiful campus, the great learning opportunities, and the short distance from home. She is a member of Alphi Phi Omega, the volunteer fraternity; President of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication honor society; and Editor-in-Chief of the online platform Odyssey. A highlight of her time at UNH was working alongside NBC when the Democratic Debate was held on campus. "UNH is the perfect place for me and is putting me well on my way to having a career in the Communication field," says Lindsey.
Honors Program Office
Location: Nesmith Hall 310
Office hours: 8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday – Friday (closed from 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. )
Telephone: (603) 862-3928
Campus maps can be found here.
University Honors Committee
The University Honors Council is the faculty advisory body for the University Honors Program. It is chaired by the Honors Director.
- Chair: Jerry Marx, Honors Director/Social Work
- Russell Carr, Chemical Engineer
- Elyse Hambacher, Education
- John Larsen, Admissions
- Mihail Miletkov, Finance
- Jeanne Sokolowski, Fellowships
- Paul Tsang, Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research/Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Science
Molly Wallace, Center for International Education
- Barbara White, Executive Director of Undergraduate Education/Occupational Therapy
- Charlotte Witt, Philosophy