• University Honors

  • Honors Reflection

    Reflections are a key part of the Honors program. For all work, accomplishments, or activities that you plan to apply to your Honors portfolio, you must submit a University Honors Reflection. Reflections give you the opportunity to substantiate, explain, and reflect upon your experience.

    In your Honors Reflection, you should provide a description of the event and your experience of it. In addition, you may want to mention how much previous experience you have at such events; any preparation you did before attending; and any post-event actions you took. You should also explain how your participation in this event is part of your Honors experience at Hamline.

    In your reflection, indicate whether you are reflecting on:

    • A one-day activity
    • A shorter activity (one with a duration of between two days and one month)
    • A long-term activity

    One-day activities are things such as:

    • For Area One, academic excellence, presenting at a conference.
    • For Area Three, contributions to community, attendance at a one-day community-building event such as Night on the Street, or Day at the Capitol.
    • For Area Four, development as a lifelong learner, attending a musical performance or one of Hamline’s many annual lectures.
    • It is not typical to have a one-day event related to Area Two, undergraduate research, but students are always welcome to petition in special circumstances.

    Shorter activities (those lasting between two days and one month) are things such as:

    • For Area One, academic excellence, attending a three-day national conference in your discipline.
    • For Area Three, contributions to community, participating in a Catalyst Service-Learning Trip over Spring Break.
    • For Area Four, development as a lifelong learner, short-term study abroad over J-term or May-term.
    • It is not typical to have a shorter event related to Area Two, undergraduate research, but students are always welcome to petition in special circumstances.

    Long-term activities (those lasting one semester or longer) are things such as:

    • For Area One, academic excellence, the achievement of a graduating GPA that is cum laude or higher.
    • For Area Two, undergraduate research, a participation in the Summer Collaborative Research program or a Departmental Honors Project.
    • For Area Three, contributions to community, participating in or holding office in a student society or organization, or working or volunteering at a center for victims of domestic abuse.
    • For Area Four, development as a lifelong learner, studying abroad for a semester or participating in Hamline’s Mock Trial or Model U.N. programs.

    Please download the University Honors Reflection Form (or download a PDF version) fill in your responses and reflections, save your newly filled-in document with the title “University Honors Reflection Form YOURLASTNAME,” and submit via Blackboard. Please maintain 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.

    Reflections must be submitted within one month of activities.