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What do you think of when someone says, "Honors Program student?" Nerd? Geek? Overachiever?

Well, we are much more than that.

A second-year Honors student said, "Honors isn't just for the ‘nerds.' It's for anyone who likes to have fun and wants to get the most out of their college education."

What do you think of when someone says, "Honors Program student?" Nerd? Geek? Overachiever?

Well, we are much more than that.

A second-year Honors student said, "Honors isn't just for the ‘nerds.' It's for anyone who likes to have fun and wants to get the most out of their college education."

Honors students are not child prodigies or geniuses. They are self-motivated, hard-working and determined scholars who enjoy achievement and accomplishment.

Honors students are just like you. They come from different backgrounds, are pursuing a wide variety of degrees and have various goals for their lives. They believe the Honors program offers diversity and opportunity.

There are many reasons to become a university-level Honors program participant. Some people join after being involved in a high school program, others want an extra edge for graduate school acceptance, while some join just for the experience or to discover what the program is about and what degrees are offered.

The Honors Program is a unique but defined way to be creative and go further than students ever thought possible. Outline-based projects that students get to choose and study independently are completed through working one-on-one with Honors faculty and staff.

Most everyone who joins is pursuing the Honors Baccalaureate Degree, but not all. They are working to integrate the EOU Honors Program with the requirements of OSU and OHSU, so if you are pursuing a degree from either college, don't let it discourage you from participating in Honors.

Other benefits may include improved chances at getting a job or into the graduate school of your choice. Obviously this isn't guaranteed, but what college, or workplace wouldn't want to see an Honors degree on a resume?

To join the Honors Program, you must have a cumulative GPA at EOU of 3.5 or better to graduate. You must take Honors 201 and pass with a B or better. There are two three-credit honors classes, Honors 201 and Honors 301, that are scheduled fall term, usually on Monday nights to avoid conflict with other courses.

To complete the Honors Program you must meet the stated criteria in addition to completing one independent project of your choice, one independent project associated with your major's capstone, by joining a professional or honorary society and by giving a presentation at a professional conference.

Another way to get involved in Honors program is by joining the Honor Society. This student-run program was created by a few upperclassmen who felt that more involvement was needed. President Leah Hess and Vice President Kimberly Farman are both extremely involved in Eastern Oregon University and the Honors Program. Both are currently enrolled sophomores and are taking the Honors 301 course.

When asked if she felt the program was worthwhile, Hess said, "Definitely — because it connects you to students in different fields of study and also provokes a diverse thought process."

And Farman said, "Honors is definitely a worthwhile experience. It provides me with a way to enhance my learning while having a lot of fun, and of course, it looks great to graduate with an Honors Degree."

The Honors Society will be putting on some different programs throughout the year. The first will be a Nerd and School Girls dance, open to anyone wanting to attend. More information on this will be posted when the planning is completed.

For more information about the Honors Program, e-mail Jeff Woodford at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Peter Johnson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information about the Honors Society, e-mail Hess at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or go online to the Honors web site at http://www3.eou.edu/honors/

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