If you select Interdisciplinary Honors, your program will be composed of three academic experiences beyond the classroom walls. We call these “high-impact experiences.” Honors staff will support and guide you as you design a program that epitomizes experiential learning, and helps you ask and seek answers to the questions that truly motivate you.
Here are some examples of pre-approved high-impact experiences you might enjoy if you select Interdisciplinary Honors:
- Study abroad in a UNH-managed, UNH exchange, or UNH-approved program of at least 8 weeks
- Complete the application process for a major national fellowship.
- Participate in an IROP, SURF, REAP, or other approved research experience
- Co-author a publication in a peer-reviewed journal
- Present at a regional or national academic conference
- Complete a Social Innovation Summer Internship
- Study away at the Washington Center
- Study away at Semester in the City
- Participate in the McNair Scholars Program (different parts of the Program could count for more than one high impact experience)
We encourage students to be creative in designing their high-impact experiences. Students may submit a proposal to have experiences not on the above list approved to count toward Interdisciplinary Honors.
Experiences such as the Winant Fellowship, internships, or service experiences can be approved if they include regular meetings with a UNH faculty member to situate the experience in an academic context.
In order to be approved, these experiences must be shown to:
- Contribute to a student’s academic development (in addition to career preparation or other benefits to be gained from the experience)
- Be overseen by a UNH faculty or staff member to whom the student is accountable
- Be comparable in scale and time commitment to the above pre-approved experiences
Some examples that would require a proposal include but are not limited to:
- Work with fellow students and faculty to address a community problem
- Service experiences with an academic focus
- Internships that advance both academic and professional development
- Participation in the National Student Exchange
- Experiences abroad of less than 8 weeks
- Grants or fellowships not listed on the pre-approved fellowships list
- Extensive and/or successful participation in competitions such as the Holloway Competition
In order to submit a proposal for a high-impact experience, students can go to the University Honors Program Canvas page. Within this page is an Interdisciplinary Honors module, and the 'proposal for pre-approval for a high-impact experience' is listed as a quiz. Review of each experience is done carefully and with attention to the specifics of each person's particular circumstances. If you have questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.