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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 27

• A combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of 1310

• A high school GPA of 3.7







• A 3.25 cumulative college GPA  

• Completion of 30+ post-high school credit hours  

• Completion of a COM1 and COM2 course  



Honors in the News

Katelyn Moorman

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Katelyn’s piece is included in the Scribendi 33rd Edition. What a great achievement!

This is what Katelyn had to say about her article:

I wrote Pokémon NO! for CW 1040 and then decided to submit it to Scribendi. The piece is about the time my younger brother and I tried to scam the game Pokémon GO! by taping our phones to the ceiling fan so the game would think we were walking. It was poorly thought out, and we ended up breaking the TV. I chose to make it a humorous piece simply because my life is full of chaotic hilarity like this, which ultimately leaves me with two options: laugh or stress. I choose to laugh.

Jasper Hunt

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Jasper Hunt, a University of Wyoming student who grew up in Laramie, has been accepted into a neuroscience doctoral program at the University of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. He is a senior majoring in psychology and philosophy, with minors in neuroscience and Honors.

Oxford University is consistently ranked as among the world's top 10 universities worldwide.

Hunt’s family moved from Michigan to Indiana to New Hampshire for his father’s work as an urban planner before settling in Laramie, where the younger Hunt attended Laramie Junior High School and Laramie High School.

After initial interest in philosophy when he enrolled at UW, Hunt became curious about the underlying mechanisms that give rise to personality and was drawn to psychology. He worked with Department of Psychology Associate Professor Robin Barry to study how writing style relates to personality. To gain an even deeper understanding of the actual processes behind brain functions and to satisfy his fascination with the mind, Hunt later turned to neurophysiology and, along the way, he worked with Associate Professor Kara Pratt in the Department of Zoology and Physiology.

Both UW professors have been instrumental in shaping his research interests, he says.

Last spring, Hunt spent a semester abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and was able to take courses in brain plasticity and a computational modeling course on the neuroscience of decision making. He spent last summer reading research papers and learning the essentials in the Pratt Lab at UW for forming his own research questions. The groundwork has paid off.

Hunt was awarded an IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Fellowship for fall 2018 and spring 2019 for his proposal, titled “Tectal activity underlying phototactic preferences in the Xenopus laevis tadpole.” Hunt uses electrophysiology to link neural activity to behaviors in tadpoles.

“Whether he is at a conference or studying abroad, Jasper makes sure he networks with other students and faculty,” says Annie Bergman, UW’s INBRE Education Program director. “His ability to ask questions and forge more than superficial connections has served Jasper well.”

After submitting applications for various graduate programs, Hunt was invited to interview and present his INBRE research at the University of Oxford. Soon after that, he was accepted into the prestigious university’s doctoral program on a full-ride scholarship.

Hunt, who will graduate from UW in May, is excited to begin his Oxford experience this summer. His professional goal is to become a professor of neuroscience and to continue future research work.

“I’m incredibly excited to take the next step in my education and I’m so thankful for everyone’s help in getting to where I am now,” Hunt says.

Hunt will present his research at the INBRE Conference Undergraduate’s poster session Friday, April 26, in the Marion H. Rochelle Gateway Center and also at the Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Day Saturday, April 27.




Faculty and Staff


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Click here to meet our Honors faculty.

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Associate Dean
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Senior Thesis Coordinator
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Program Coordinator
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Office Associate
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Honors Advising Coordinator
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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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