Northeastern University’s Honors Program is dedicated to recruiting an exceptional group of students to the Honors community and the University as a whole. Honors Ambassadors began in the fall of 2009. Being an Honors Ambassador is a way to share your enthusiasm for the Honors Program while acting as a representative of the program in a number of ongoing events including recruitment.
What do Honors Ambassadors do?
This is a unique opportunity to participate in recruitment events and activities. Some of the responsibilities include:
- Attend monthly planning meetings
- Participate in recruitment events as requested and serve on Open House and Welcome Day panels representing the Honors Program (approximately 3-4 per semester usually held on weekends)
- Assist with Honors Welcome Week and Honors Evening
What are the qualifications of an Honors Ambassador?
- Must be a second semester first-year student or upper-class student, students on co-op are eligible
- Students applying should possess the following qualities: outgoing, friendly, comfortable speaking in front of of large groups, able to represent the Honors Program positively, and capable of answering a range of questions about the Honors Program and the university-at-large.
Honors Mentors are upper-class Honors students that help co-teach the Enhancing Honors 1102 class that all incoming first-year students take. It is a great opportunity to have a hands-on leadership experience and interact with the first-year Honors students.
Mentors must be available in the fall on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays between 4:35pm-5:40pm. All mentors must participate in late spring and early fall training. Mentors must be comfortable leading a bi-weekly class discussion with a co-mentor and facilitating a “walk-about” in the larger Boston community.
If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Cronin to learn more about the opportunity.
Honors First Pages Readers
During the late fall of every year, we go through the process of nominating potential authors for the university-wide First Pages event held during the first week of classes. The nomination process and the development of a list of potential authors is facilitated by the Honors Program. After a list of authors is developed, a call is made for Honors Readers – students who volunteer to read nominated selections. These readers play a pivotal role in narrowing down the nominations by providing critiques of a number of books based on a set criteria (this fall almost 90 students read from an extensive list of nominated books). The top selections – as defined by the Honors Readers – are then referred to the First Pages Committee which includes staff, students and faculty as members.
Final selection is guided by the comments of the Honors Readers to the First Pages Committee. Anyone in the Honors Program can participate as an Honors Reader – look for the announcement each fall for volunteers.
They help provide guidance to the Honors First Pages Committee by reading and evaluating each book nominated for the First Pages selection. Students can volunteer to be Honors Readers in the fall semester.
Honors First Pages Committee
Committee members help to select the book each year for the university-wide First Pages initiative. This year’s selection is Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. There are four student members of the committee. Students are chosen to be members of the First Pages Committee.