Monday, March 27, 2017

Iwanter Prize for Undergraduate Research

The annual Iwanter Prize provides an unrestricted $2,000 award to one graduating senior who, through a senior thesis and general academic distinction, demonstrates outstanding humanities-based scholarship of a broad and interdisciplinary nature.

Applications for the Iwanter Prize may come directly from students, but must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor. Eligibility is restricted to seniors graduating from the College of Letters & Science who are receiving a degree with a major in a humanities discipline. 

The Iwanter Prize is made possible by a gift to the UW Foundation by Sidney E. Iwanter, an alumnus of the College of Letters & Science (BA History, 1971). 

Full application information available here.
Deadline: May 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
For additional information call (608) 263-3412, or email

Upcoming HSO Events

Coffee + Attending Margaret Atwood's talk, Hag-Seed & Technology: Revisiting The Tempest in the 21st Century
When: Monday, April 3rd @ 7 pm
Where: Prairie Fire, then Varsity Hall of Union South
Join us for coffee at Prairie Fire, followed by Margaret Atwood's "Humanities without Borders" talk on her upcoming novel. Please email me ( if you plan on joining! Friends from outside of the Honors Program are more than welcome to join. See here for more info.

The Magic Flute presented by Madison Opera
When: Sunday, April 23rd @ 2:30 pm
Where: The Overture Center for the Arts
HSO's annual opera show attendance will be to Mozart's The Magic Flute! Tickets will be subsidized by the Honors Program, so they'll cost either $10 or $20 for each student that attends. Once again, friends from outside of the Honors Program are more than welcome to join. If you'd like to come, please email me ( with how many people you would plan on bringing so we can purchase the correct amount of tickets. See here for more info.

HSO's Graduate School Information Session

Are you interested in applying to graduate/medical schools? Would you like a chance to hear from seniors who have successfully applied to grad schools? HSO is offering a graduate school information night on April 11th at 6pm at the Washburn Observatory library. Join us to learn more about the MCAT/GRE, the application process, and other questions you may have. Come and go as you are able to. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Please email if you have any questions about this event. 

Date: April 11th, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Washburn Observatory Library

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Language for Life: Alumni Career Mentoring

 Language alumni are coming to campus, and they want to talk to you about their careers and yours! Come to this event to meet and network with alumni who took their language to work with them in a broad range of career areas, from business to education, healthcare to social change. Learn about the paths former students took to get where they are today and get advice on your own next steps. Refreshments will be provided.

When: March 29
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Union South
Register to attend today!
Alumni biographies
Networking tips for students

Morality and Justice in Higher Education

Join WISCAPE for a conversation with Harry Brighouse, professor of philosophy, about the award-winning book he co-edited, "The Aims of Higher Education: Problems of Morality and Justice."

Topics of discussion will include whether a liberal arts education has social value​; the aim of developing students into critical thinkers​; and the ethical issues and pedagogical questions arising from recent criticisms, particularly from legislators, that faculty at highly selective universities are disproportionately liberal.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Ethics & Education and the Department of Philosophy.

When: Monday, April 10
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: School of Education

For more information, please view the Facebook event.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fall 2017 Automatic Honors Course List

The Fall Automatic Honors Course List has been posted on our website:!

On the Honor's Website Homepage, you will see a grey box (like that displayed to the right). Click on "Check out our list of Fall 2017 Honors classes" for the list! 

A direct link to the Automatic Honors Course list is found HERE.