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Honors Program Stories

The Honors challenge

Photo of Diego Salinas in a rehearsal of the production of Stop Kiss

Want academic challenges? Diego Salinas ('18) says that's why he chose JMU's Honors Program.
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A focus on success

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Helping students succeed is a mission for this professor.
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Honors and the arts
Want an academic opportunity that you can mold into what you want and need? Senior Courtney Jamison recommends exploring JMU's Honors Program.


Challenge, yes, but also support
Caitlin McAvoy says studying musical theatre at JMU challenges students with intensity but provides plenty of encouragement.


Collaborative science
Biotechnology major and Honors student Joe Balsamo is researching auditory system development in hopes of finding better ways to address hearing deficits and hearing loss.


The lure of undergraduate research
What nations will dominate the world stage in the future? JMU senior Zachary Ochoa researches the rise of superpowers.


Honors Seminar Abroad
International Seminar


Living the education
Can we preserve what is left of the world's rainforests? Biology major Emily Thyroff ('15) is getting a chance to address the problem.


Challenged, but not alone
Honors student Michelle Amaya ('14) says involved professors have helped make her academic career a success.


Realizing your dreams
Hillcrest Scholarships unleash honors students full potential and vault them into promising futures.


Honors Seminar Abroad
Getting a globally minded perspective of the world, building independence, gaining confidence—all part of JMU Honors seminar abroad.


Seeing beyond boundaries
JMU senior Michelle Amaya came to a full realization of the value of an expansive worldview in an unlikely place—a Bolivian orphanage.


Diving into Honors challenges
Despite a rigorous athletics schedule, JMU student-athletes have a drive to also excel in academics and organizations outside of their sport. Camilla Czulada is one of them.


A winning combo
Despite a rigorous athletics schedule, JMU student-athletes have a drive to also excel in academics and organizations outside of their sport. Shannon Rano is one of them.


Embracing Honors challenge
Despite a rigorous athletics schedule, JMU student-athletes have a drive to also excel in academics and organizations outside of their sport. Sierra Hahn-Ventrell is one of them.


Winning spirit for Honors
Despite a rigorous athletics schedule, JMU student-athletes have a drive to also excel in academics and organizations outside of their sport. Jacqueline Crawford is one of them.


Undergraduate research put Wallace on path to medical school
Looking through a microscope and figuring out the mysteries is what Matt Wallace likes best