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University of Wyoming Honors College

The Honors College is 100% about the students — a truly exceptional group of people who make a difference at UW and in the world. Honors scholars are intellectually curious students from all majors who are creative, inspired by diverse ideas, and seek a greater understanding of their place in society.

Combine excellent students with superb faculty in small classes and the result is an invigorating and highly effective learning environment. Honors faculty talk with students, not at them. Honors students thrive in this stimulating environment, develop lasting friendships, and succeed in their academic and professional pursuits.

Prospective Students








Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• A composite ACT score of 28

• A combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of 1310

• A high school GPA of 3.7







• Students currently enrolled at UW or external transfers must have an overall college GPA of 3.25  



Honors in the News

Rosemary Hopson


I am researching neighborhood effects on frugivory rates on a native Hawaiian plant species, Dianella sandwicensis. Oahu has no extant native frugivorous birds which has affected the seed dispersal of native plant species. Oahu also has a lot of invasive plant species that are competing with native plants. I am looking to see if the frugivory rates of D. sandwicensis is affected by its neighborhood in particular the abundance of nonnative and native fruits, focal plant characteristics, and concealment. I am on Oahu for 6 weeks this summer to collect field data and then will spend the next year analyzing data and writing a paper.


Josephine Tagestad

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I am working with audio recordings tracking the behavior of red-called manakins, Ceratopipra mentalis. I'm quantifying audio snippets of the various vocalizations made at a lek by the males in an effort to establish a non-invasive method for a) identifying individuals and b) establishing a system for population monitoring. So far, it seems that there is indeed a clear difference between each bird's calls, which is very exciting. I travel to Panamá this January to work with the birds myself, to address whether they can determine individual identity among their own peers and assess the effect that ambient noise has on their vocalizations. This research will provide insight into the effects of climate change in the tropics, as C. mentalis is a sensitive species, as well as address the overall population health, the effects of development on the environment, and create a new method for any reliable bird species to safely assess their population. It's a project at the forefront of bioacoustics that's reassessing some of the assumptions we've made about avian intelligence.

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Going Places

Our vision is that every Honors scholar should be able to study for a semester abroad or go on a faculty-led international course at least once. We live in a global community; recognizing this and being part of that community are fundamental first steps to full engagement. We work with our Study Abroad Office to facilitate semesters abroad or develop courses, with no fewer than 9 being led from Honors in 2019. Nothing opens your mind like an international experience!

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Upcoming Events

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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Dr. Dava Newman

Exploring Space for Earth: Earth's Vital Signs Revealed


Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.
UW Classroom Building 129
9th & Fremont, Laramie<

Dava Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at MIT and a Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences and Technology faculty member.

Faculty and Staff


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Click here to meet our Honors faculty.

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Associate Dean
Guthrie House 201




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Senior Thesis Coordinator
Guthrie House 212

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Program Coordinator
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Office Associate
Guthrie House 104

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Honors Advising Coordinator
Guthrie House 205



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SOAR Coordinator



Contact Us

The Honors College

Guthrie House
1200 Ivinson St.
Laramie, WY 82070
Phone: 307-766-4110
Fax: 307-766-4298

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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