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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

 

 

 

 

 

WHY JOIN HONORS?

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Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• A composite ACT score of 27

• A combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of 1310

• A high school GPA of 3.7

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT UW OR TRANSFER STUDENTS

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

 

 

Honors in the News

Thomas Fenn

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Scholarship Spotlight

(This article originally appeared in the winter 2019 AlumNews section of UWyo magazine.)

Thomas Fenn has the brains and character to accomplish his academic and professional goals of becoming a physician one day. Now, with a boost from the UWAA Premier Scholarship, he’s relieved of some of the expenses of those goals.
Fenn is about to complete his studies in physiology, neuroscience and the Honors College, finishing in three and a half years. He’s embarking on applications for various medical school programs, including WWAMI.

He has done all this while working the last three years at the neuroscience lab at UW and a night shift at the emergency room at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. He wrote a scholarly article, currently undergoing peer review. He also has found time to volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and enjoy what college life at UW is also about: making friends.

Fenn came to UW from Sheridan in part because his parents are alumni. “We were raised that we’d come to school here, and we came to town for games a lot,” he says. Besides that, many of his friends were Laramie-bound.

He looked forward to combining his school time with plenty of outdoor recreation, including hiking, fishing and skiing. “I was a little hesitant about what I’d heard about it being cold and windy,” he says. “But it has worked out.”

Earlier in Fenn’s life, he’d even thought that a ski shop, not a medical degree, could be in his future. But that was more of a fleeting thought than a real Plan B. When he was younger, Fenn had an illness, as did his father. “During this, I saw the positive aspects of medicine,” he says. Since then, volunteering at medical clinics working with underserved populations showed him medicine was what he wanted to pursue.
One issue now is which medical field to enter someday—perhaps neuroscience, or maybe orthopedic surgery. But first he must determine where to go to school, if he should receive numerous acceptances.

“My parents probably want me to be in WWAMI because then I’d stay in Wyoming,” Fenn says. That is a good thing, because that’s what he hopes for, too. “Once I get into medical school, I’ll be locked in for 10 years. Come January, it’ll be time to relax, hang out and wait to see what happens.”

Tyler Julian

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My name is Tyler Truman Julian, a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming's Honors Program, and while I was born and raised in Wyoming and my heart is still there, I currently find myself on the northern edge of the Chihuahua Desert in an MFA program at New Mexico State University. About a year and a half ago, before getting into this graduate program, I did not quite know where life would take me, and as I struggled with that question, I began to revise and edit my senior Honors project, a short collection of poetry about memory and loss and home that I had initially put together with Dr. Erin Abraham's guidance. Over the course of several intense months of revision, that piece turned into the book, Wyoming: The Next Question to Ask (to Answer), which is now on sale from Finishing Line Press. Without the support of the Honors Program (and many others), this book would never have come to be. The book is available for purchase online at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/wyoming-the-next-question-to-ask-to-answer-by-tyler-truman-julian/.

 

 

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Faculty and Staff

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Dean
Guthrie House 206
307-766-4110 dcs@uwyo.edu

 

 

 

Click here to meet our Honors faculty.

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Associate Dean
Guthrie House 201
307-766-4110  parolin@uwyo.edu

 

 

 

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Senior Thesis Coordinator
Guthrie House 212
307-766-4110  jcassady@uwyo.edu

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Program Coordinator
Guthrie House 208
307-766-6828  ctolman2@uwyo.edu

 

 

 

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Office Associate
Guthrie House 104
307-766-4110  jlamb9@uwyo.edu

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Honors Advising Coordinator
Guthrie House 205
307-766-4110 astebner@uwyo.edu

 

 

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SOAR Coordinator
mkscott@uwyo.edu

 

 

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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