Calendar of events

"Education is the process of turning an empty mind into an open one."
~Malcolm Forbes~

Spring 2009 Events

Honors Student Association Ice Cream Social - Friday, March 27th from 2-4pm in the Library Browsing Area
We will have several flavors of ice cream and toppings to make your own banana splits or sundaes! Don't miss it!!!

Six Flags Trip - Saturday, April 25th
Join us for a day of fun at Six Flags New England, located near Springfield, MA! The HSA invites any interested students to join us for a group trip to Six Flags for the day. The cost will be between $30-40, and includes bus transportation and entrance tickets. For more information, contact the HSA Social Chair, Samantha Bailey at

Relay for Life - Friday and Saturday, April 17th-18th
Honors students, do you want to get involved in helping the community? Why not join the HSA team (or any other team) in the Relay for Life walk? Relay for Life is an event which raises money to help fund cancer research. Relay for Life brings more than 3.5 million people from across the country together each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. This fun-filled, overnight event empowers everyone to help fight cancer by raising money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission. Every team will have at least one of its members walking in a path set up in the campus quad from April 17 at 3pm to April 18 at 10 am. Throughout the day and night, there will be all sorts of fun activities. The money spent at this event will all go to cancer research. The only thing left for you to do now is to register or join at A ten dollar fee is required, but any money raised after that is from the goodness of your heart. For more information, contact the HSA Community Service Chair, Ben Clarke at Hope to see you there!

Welcoming Party for New Honors Freshman - Sat, May 9th 1-3pm
Will you be an Honors student in the Fall of 2009? Mark your calendar! Please join us on Saturday May 9th in the Library Browsing Area from 1-3pm for a welcoming party. This event is a chance for you to get a taste of UMD life and to meet other current honors students. Food and refreshments will be provided. Please attend!

Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Honors Conference (link)
Friday May 1, 2009 , 8:00 am-5:00 pm at the Lincoln Campus Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Application and Abstract Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2009 

I would like to invite you to present your work at the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst on Friday, May 1st from 8am to 5pm. Every year from all around the state, students present work (either individually or in groups) on Thesis Research, Community Service, Creative work in the visual and performing arts, Independent Study, and Study Abroad. Last year's conference involved 400 students from all 28 Massachusetts higher education public institutions. Any undergraduate student is eligible to participate. This is a great opportunity for students to learn to present academic work or experiences in a formal setting, to receive feedback from scholars in their field, to enhance their resume, and to exchange ideas with other undergraduate scholars.

To apply, a student or student group needs to select a Faculty Sponsor and then submit an abstract online at: The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, March 2nd, 2009. If you have any further questions about the conference, please visit:, or send questions to UMD's Campus Contact, Jennifer Mulnix at

Twenty-Fourth Annual Honors Convocation
Friday, May 8th 3:00-4:30pm
Main Auditorium

This year's Keynote Speaker is Professor Tim Nulty in the Philosophy Department at UMD. Prof. Tim Nulty graduated from Clark University with Highest Honors in Philosophy, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While working on his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, Prof. Nulty was the recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award from 1999 - 2002. He was a University of Connecticut Humanities Institute Graduate Fellow from 2003-2004. He has published numerous articles on such topics as Asian philosophy, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. Prof. Nulty's areas of specialization primarily involve 20th century philosophy and the philosophy of language. He also published a book on the nature of truth, Primitive Disclosive Alethism: Davidson, Heidegger and the Nature of Truth, in 2006.

Other News

  • We will be taking some Honors Students to the Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Honors Conference in the spring. This conference is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their work in a professional setting before their peers, faculty, and the public, and it looks very prestigious on a resume. Application and Abstract Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2009.
  • We will be creating a student run Honors newsletter, with original work from Honors students, to be mailed out to campus faculty and UMD alumni. This is a great opportunity to get involved, either through contributing photos, articles, or your formatting/layout experience, etc.
  • We are opening a new Honors Center on the fourth floor of the Library. This Honors Center is reserved exclusively for Honors students and it will have several chairs and couches for group or individual study. We will also be showcasing your student work and Honors Theses in a display area. There will also be an Honors Classroom in the Honors Center, which can be used for Honors Student Association events. Stay tuned for an announcement about our Grand Opening!
  • Next fall, there will be an Honors Symposium on the UMD campus. The fall Honors Symposium is a chance for any student in the Honors Program to create a poster presentation of their current interests and/or research. Don't worry! You do not need to be working on a thesis to make a poster presentation - all you need is interest and some time. The Honors Symposium will be a formal event where all members of the UMD community are invited to attend and talk to honors students about their work. Additionally, the poster presentations will be judged by a committee and the top poster presentations will be awarded monetary prizes!

Past Events

Fall 2008

Honors Night Movie Series!

Thurs. Sept. 25: Much Ado About Nothing
Thurs. Oct. 9: Modern Times
Thurs. Nov. 13: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

All films will be shown in LARTS 104 beginning at 6:30.  Food and refreshments will also be provided!

National Collegiate Honors Council Conference October 22-26, 2008
Director Rob Darst and Associate Director Jennifer Mulnix went to the NCHC Conference in San Antonio this year. 

Are you interested in visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City?
Join us on a day trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Sunday, November 9th!

There are about 25 remaining seats on the bus. Bus transportation is $15. The admission to the museum is free, though you can give a donation.

You can reserve your spot on the bus by paying your $15 fee to the Honors Secretary Cindy Pisapia in the Honors Center on the First Floor in Chestnut Hall. Seats can be reserved up until Nov. 7th, or when all the seats are filled. Seating is on a first come-first served basis.

The bus will depart from UMD Lot 7 on Sunday morning at 6:00am. The bus will leave the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 4:00pm and head back to the UMD campus Lot 7.

Please dress appropriately, and bring some money for lunch.

For more information on the MET, you can visit their website at:

Spring 2008

Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Honors Conference May 2, 2008

Twenty-Third Annual Honors Convocation May 7, 2008