News Archive


Art Show

The Visual Art and Design Showcase featured MU undergraduate student art and design projects from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 in Jesse Hall.

Manal Salim

Med School Ready

Honors pre-med students Manal Salim and Danielle Koerner have two very different aspirations for their future careers. Fortunately for them, the pre-med program at MU offers tracks that can open doors to nearly every field of medicine.

Maya Gibson

Recruiting the Best and Brightest

The annual Honors Scholars & Fellows Recruitment Weekend kicked off on Nov. 5 with a series of events and programs geared toward accomplished prospective students.


Getting Our Geek On

The Honors College hosted its second annual Geek Week from Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Throughout the week MU students were encouraged to indulge in all things geeky and nerdy while enjoying free food and time with friends.

Associate Director Jenelle Beavers

Alumna Joins Honors Staff

The Honors College welcomed alumna Jenelle Beavers as the new Associate Director on Nov. 1, 2016.


Celebrating Homecoming

In October, the Honors College took part in MU’s nearest and dearest tradition of Homecoming. Following the university-wide “A Tail of Tradition” theme, the Honors College was assigned the book “James and the Giant Peach” as its central theme.

Kane at Taylor Stadium

MU’s ‘Moneyball’ Guru

The tension between “mathletes” and athletes is one that doesn’t have to exist, according to Show-Me-Scholar freshman Matthew Kane.

State Pen Tour

A look at life behind bars

On Oct. 2, a group of honors students toured the Missouri State Penitentiary as part of the Honors One Read Program. The trip was co-sponsored by MU Residential Life’s FIGS Program and Residence Hall Association, and was offered to students at no cost.


Meaningful Discussions

The MU community welcomed back alumna Stephanie McClure on Oct. 6-7 for a series of lectures and discussions about social justice, inclusion and misconceptions about race. McClure graduated from Mizzou in 1998 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Black Studies.


Learning Beyond the Classroom

Landing internships, building resumes and traveling abroad are all part of being a college student. Finding a place to start can be daunting for many, but junior Maddie Niemann had no problem figuring that out.


Distinction - Issue No. 1

Honors College Newsletter – Issue No. 1…

Maya Hill

Embracing New Opportunities

Each year, the Brazeal Scholarship offers one incoming freshman funding for up to eight semesters, as well as a yearlong research opportunity through Discovery Fellows and a study abroad experience.

Enowski and class

Answering the Call

MU freshman becomes first Borlaug-Ruan intern in school history.


Student in a lab

Jump Right In

Programs such as Discovery Fellows, the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) and the Freshman Research in Plant Sciences (FRIPS) encourage first- and second-year students to get involved in research early.

From Undergraduate Research

Helen Bass

England Bound

MU Honors student Helen Bass has been selected to receive the Mark Twain Fellowship.

From the Fellowships Office

Alana Simpson in front of Jesse Hall

Her Time to Lead

Honor student Alana Simpson finds opportunities close to home.

Kyle Gunby

Commitment and Comedy

A wide variety of interest has shaped Kyle Gunby's undergraduate experience.

Robert Schmidt poses with one of the cats that lives at Horton Animal Hospital, where he works part-time. Schmidt, a freshman studying biochemistry at the University of Missouri, is a member of the Discovery Fellows Program.

Family Genes

Discovery Fellow Robert Schmidt follows in aunt’s footsteps while exploring career options.

From Decoding Science

Kelsey Boshert leading a cheer squad

We’ve Got Spirit

Mizzou student creates Special Olympics cheer squad.

From Mizzou Endeavors

J.D. Bowers

J.D. Bowers Named MU Honors College Director

J.D. Bowers has been named Director of the Honors College at the University of Missouri. Bowers has been Associate Vice Provost for University Honors at Northern Illinois University (NIU) since 2013.

Rachel Harper

Honors Professor Rachel Harper Wins Kemper Award

The William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence includes a $10,000 stipend, and is awarded to five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri each year.

From the Kemper Awards