Honors College Pillars of Success
Leadership: Students in the Honors College are required to have at least one leadership experience. This need not be within the Honors College or even PNW. Students will benefit from leading groups towards a common vision, developing strategic goals, managing budgets, and engaging in conflict resolution.
Undergraduate Research: Through stacked course projects, a thesis option, and in other ways, students work with faculty to generate original, substantive research which can be presented at conferences or published in appropriate outlets.
Citizenship and Engagement: Potential employers and graduate admissions committees often ask applicants to discuss their activities beyond the bounds of any particular discipline. To this end, the Honors College promotes through its curricular and co-curricular initiatives such values as political awareness, community engagement, social responsibility, civility and volunteerism.
Global Learning: Students in the Honors College will engage in activities that urge them to understand, analyze and internalize new and diverse worldviews. This will include cultural immersion through study abroad, “Education America” courses, and/or reflection undertaken in connection with coursework or co-curricular endeavors.
Studying abroad can be a transformational experience. Students who study abroad engage deeply with another culture, learn about themselves and their values, and gain valuable perspective that will help them to be engaged citizens. The Honors College encourages students to study abroad, and supports students in identifying opportunities both at PNW and beyond.
Students can apply for Honors College study abroad scholarships, and we also assist students in applying for external funding such as the Gilman scholarship.
In recent years, Honors College students have studied abroad in the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, and Nicaragua. Some students study abroad for a week, over spring or winter break; others study abroad for a semester or year. To learn more about study abroad opportunities, visit the website of the Office of Global Engagement at PNW and talk with your Honors College academic advisor.
Honors College students can pursue a for-credit internship as part of their honors curriculum. As interns, students gain on-the-job experience, make valuable connections, and learn about themselves and their goals and values. Honors College students have recently completed internships at organizations including Disney World, Arcelor Mittal, John Deere, Porter Regional Hospital, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Stanford University. To learn more, please visit your Honors College academic advisor.
The Science Olympiad functions much like academic track meets, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each middle and high school-based team is allowed to bring at least 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events. The Science Olympiad competitions consists of a series of 23 team events in each division. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.
By combining events from all disciplines, the Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.Last year 20 middle and high school teams competed at the PNW Regional Science Olympiad Tournament.
The top teams move on to the State Science Olympiad Event where the best performing teams in Indiana compete for the opportunity to go to the National Competition. The Science Olympiad National Tournament is held at a different university each year. This rotating system gives students the opportunity to visit new parts of the country and tour colleges they might consider for their undergraduate studies, and provides a memorable experience that lasts a lifetime.
Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, recognizes and encourages superior leadership and exemplary character. OΔK encourages collaboration among members across the five phases celebrated by OΔK: scholarship, athletics, service, communications, and arts.
Founded in 1914, OΔK honors and develops leaders through scholarships, workshops, career opportunities, leadership resources and lifelong connection to other members.
Should you have any questions about Omicron Delta Kappa or interested in membership, please contact Amy Libauskas, Honors College Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 785-5366.