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Marquette’s University Honors Program is designed for intellectually curious, academically engaged students who want to learn in a close-knit community of their peers at the heart of a vibrant research university. Its broadly based, interdisciplinary curriculum addresses our most pressing contemporary challenges with cutting-edge knowledge and research and the wisdom of centuries of Jesuit values and pedagogy. The University Honors Program offers an intense, individualized and experiential education by which students learn to become leaders — at Marquette and in their careers.

News and Events


Congratulations to the newly elected 2018-2019 Honors Program Student Advisory Board

Congratulations to Honors Award Winners
Emerging Leaders: Sofia Driscoll and Gabby Lorance for their contribution of service and leadership.
Magis Award Winners Jane Lorenzi and Brian Martindale for exemplifying Marquette's mission.
A&S Undergraduate Scholar Award: Emily Davis for her research with Amyloidosis Transthyretin. Emily was also a recipient of a 2017 Honors Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Outstanding Sociology Senior 2018: Lauren McDuffie.

Honors Research Fellowships
We are delighted to announce the recipients of the summer 2018 Honors Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Award Recipients.

Study Abroad Scholarships Awarded
Congratulations to Lindsey Clark (South Africa Service Learning), Theresa Welebob (Community Nursing in Peru), and Kelsie Lamb (Education in the Americas, in Peru), who have each won an Honors Study-abroad Scholarship for 2018! Anusha Das (Encuentro Dominicano) is first alternate.

Check out the new Honors Photo Gallery

Honors Director Travels to Nicaragua
Honors Director Amelia Zurcher accompanied students on the first-ever College of Arts & Sciences Global Brigades trip, a Public Health Brigade, to Nicaragua in January. More Information.

Honors student performs for the Pope

Recent Honors graduate Matthew Serafin (Communication, Dec. 2017) just returned from performing for the pope with Up with People, a program providing experiential learning with a blend of music, social action, and travel. The group, representing 20 different countries, performed an original Up with People song called "What Color is God's Skin?" and performed for 30,000 people. See the video here

Creative Stress Relief
Students in the Honors sophomore seminar The Art and Science of Creativity invited Marquette students, faculty and staff to the Marquette 707 Hub for a pre-finals week creative stress relief activities. Activities included: Irish dance lessons, deep thoughts with Matt and Connor, candy and cereal necklaces, giant Jenga and snacks, hot cocoa, coloring/snowflake making, cookies and compliments, and awesome music.
creative stress relief

Honors Study Abroad Scholarships Spring 2018
Dan Brophy, A&S, for Saint Louis University en Madrid, Spain; Andrew Himmelberg, A&S, for Kings College, London, Nina Gary (alternate), A&S, for Kings College, London

Honors in the news: Marquette Journal

More Honors news


  • Honors Commencement Ceremony & Reception
    Saturday, May 19, 2018
    Ceremony and refreshments 3 to 4 p.m.
    (no tickets required)
    (Academic apparel will NOT be worn)
    Alumni Memorial Union
    1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue
    Grand Ballroom –3rd Floor
    University Graduation Details
  • HOPR 3957H #blacklivesmatter
    Final Presentations
    Wed. 5/2, 5 – 6:15 pm
    Eisenberg Room, Sensenbrenner Hall
    Honors juniors are critically examining the #blacklivesmatter movement, reactions to it, and the social, political and economic atmosphere which created the conditions for its birth. Refreshments, open to the public.
  • Honors Lightning Lectures
    Eisenberg Reading Room
    The HPSAB sponsored four professors to talk for five minutes on their favorite topic: Ben Kemp (Biological Sciences), Kristen Foster (History), Tim Cigleski (OMC), and Amelia Zurcher (English and Honors Program). Refresments served.
  • Honors Night at the Haggerty
    Museum of Art

    Honors students enjoyed a study break with the opportunity to enjoy portrait drawing, T-shirt screen printing, art exhibitions, and refreshments.
  • Spring Advising Calendars Available
    Honors advisor Dr. Karalee Surface is available to discuss academic progress, Honors and other requirements, course and major and minor selection, and any other academic matter. She can also help with referrals to other units on campus. Dr. Surface's hours are available on the current student page with links to her monthly calendars.
  • A First-Year Honor Student Shines
    Ariana Madson is a freshman in the Honors Program with a major in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in music. She's also the star of this year’s Marquette Christmas video.
  • ariana
  • Honors First-Year Seminar in the News
    Assistant English Professor Gerry Canavan is offering an honors, pass-fail course this semester for freshman called Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, after the musical's creator. Canavan uses the soundtrack, videos and lyrics as well as the Ron Chernow biography of Alexander Hamilton, which Miranda used as inspiration for the play. The Associated Press has picked up the story: The New York Times

    University Honors Program Undergraduate Research Symposium
    The University Honors Program awards summer undergraduate research stipends to Honors students on a competitive basis for research to be performed between June and August. The Honors Undergraduate Research Project is intended to provide the Honors Student with an opportunity to participate in, conduct, write up, and disseminate an original research project with a university faculty member. Free and open to the public. Refreshments. More information

More Honors events

Quick links


    University Honors Program
    Sensenbrenner Hall 002
    P.O. Box 1881
    1103 W. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53233
    (414) 288-7516
    University Honors Program

    Dr. Amelia Zurcher
    Director, University Honors Program
    (414) 288-3475

    Maria Cooper
    Assistant Director, University Honors Program
    (414) 288-7517


    Help support the Honors Program. In the drop-down menu of the “Designation Box,” select “other,” then copy and paste the following phrase “Honors Program” into the box labeled “other."


Honors graduates

Where are they now?

Student on campus

Honors in the news

Marquette Journal, December issue