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Welcome from the Director

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On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the Honors Program at Clarkson University, I welcome you to our website.  Here you will find information about the program and on the opportunities we have for our talented and motivated students.  Please click around to find answers to questions you may have but don't hesitate to contact us directly.

What is an Honors student?

Clarkson's Honors students defy convention of course.  It goes without saying that they excel in their classes (mean GPA = 3.85) and they typically sweep a majority of the academic awards on University Recognition Day.  Their commitment to excellence extends beyond the classroom, however, to research laboratories across campus, across the nation, and even across the world; to co-ops and internships in Fortune 500 companies; to study abroad from Australia and Singapore to France and Germany; to leadership in SPEED teams, campus clubs and student governance; to residence life where they are RAs and RDs; to athletics, where they swim, run, ski and play just about every team sport for Clarkson; and to shadowing physicians, volunteering for hospice and performing service on campus and to surrounding communities.  Honors students are widely recognized at Clarkson for scholarship, leadership and service at Commencement, and they win prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, NSF and SMART.

For more examples of excellence, see Student Achievements

What is the Honors difference?

The Honors Program provides a curriculum focused on developing team-based problem-solving skills, which also meets Clarkson’s general education or Common Experience requirements.  The curriculum culminates in the Honors Thesis, a piece of cutting-edge research that each student completes under the personal mentorship of a faculty member.  Students gain invaluable research experience along the way, often beginning as early as the summer before they officially matriculate at Clarkson by joining our unique “Pre-Frosh” Summer Research Program.  Our students can do fully-funded research in the Honors Program Summer Research Program any summer while they are in the Honors Program, and many of our students continue during the semester as lab assistants, both paid and for credit.

The Honors experience is not all about work, of course, and our students also play hard.  Many choose to live in our Residential Learning Community, with 24/7 access to a student lounge--and to the Honors Program’s cookie and candy jars!   The Honors Program has a special overnight orientation trip to Camp Oswegatchie where new students engage in leadership training & build community and throughout the year there are opportunities to connect with students in sports events, board games, field trips, the etiquette dinner, and end of semester parties.  Students themselves administer a Service Requirement and organize civic engagement opportunities on campus and in the local community so Honors students always have opportunities to do good.

The Honors Program sponsors a Personal Enrichment Program that helps students develop all sides of their personality and a Professional Development Series that focuses on career preparation.

The Honors Program staff is eager to assist you and to hear suggestions on how to improve on our services and this website in particular.  Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns or special requests.

Dr. Jon D. Goss
Director, Honors Program

Jon D. Goss