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Freshman Honors SOAR Badge

SOAR and Honors

SOAR is a competency based program at UW made up of experiences that will shape, engage and prepare students to meet unpredictable and complex challenges for the future. As a participant, you will participate in high impact learning experiences in research, cross-cultural and international perspectives, internships, entrepreneurship, leadership and community service. SOAR is an important component of the Honors experience and cirriculum as it promotes experiential learning and connections. In the first year an Honors student should complete the Freshman Honors SOAR Badge using the Suitable application.

Freshman Honors SOAR Badge Requirements (250 points)

The Freshman Honors SOAR Badge includes requirements in the following areas: Intellectual and Creative Engagement, Plenary Lectures, Service, and the Capstone Training Module. Please see the descriptions of each required component below.

*Due to Covid-19, all resources are available, and all activities and requirements may be fulfilled, online.


Intellectual and Creative Engagement (30 points)
Research Experience

As an honors student, you will explore some of the many intellectual and creative opportunities available to you at UW and in the Laramie community. Engagement in a minimum of 3 separate opportunities is required. 3 separate events required (10 pts each)


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Plenary Lectures (120 points)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Throughout the semester all students will engage with expert faculty from various departments and with distinguished visiting scholars and writers. Plenary lectures provide a rare opportunity to interact with outstanding individuals who grapple deeply with the themes and questions we are studying in class, and they will help us to understand and synthesize course texts from wide ranging perspectives. Attendance at all 12 of the plenary lectures over the course of the year is required. (6 per semester). Students who are enrolled in the online version of Colloquium or the Time Alternative section of the Colloquium discussion will be able to access recordings of the plenary lectures in order to complete this activity. 12 lectures required (10 pts each)


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Service (30 points)
Civic and Community Engagement

As an honors student, you will take action by engaging in a minimum of 3 hours of service or philanthropy on campus, in the Laramie community, or in your own community and submit a short reflection of your experience in the SOAR app. If your instructor of Honors Colloquium does not specify a group service project that is required for your section, you may choose an opportunity from the Civic and Community Engagement Achievement in SOAR, or propose your own unique service project via the SOAR app.


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Completion of Capstone Training Module (70 points)
Honors Capstone Project

First year honors students will successfully complete the Honors Capstone Module via WyoGroups.

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The Honors College

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Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-4110

Fax: 307-766-4298


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