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The Five Aims

Aim 1:

To offer an enhanced collection of educational experiences to intellectually curious students. This occurs both inside and outside the classroom.

Aim 2:

To develop research skills and encourage creativity. Faculty mentors guide students through engaging scholarly experiences, such as Honors Fellowships, and ultimately their Honors Project or Honors Thesis.

Aim 3:

To encourage students to be interdisciplinary in their thinking and in their approach to solving problems.

Students in Honors are willing to take intellectual risks both in their discipline and outside of it; they enjoy the challenge. They are the exceptional English students who revel in discussions of quantum mechanics and the outstanding engineers who can’t read enough history.

-Charlie Slavin, Ph.D., former Dean of UMaine’s Honors College

Aim 4:

To strengthen five academic core skills:

  • Complex reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Study skills

Aim 5:

To inspire and prepare students to earn an advanced degree in their chosen field of study. Students gain increased confidence when they create, document, and present their Honors Project or Honors Thesis, skills that will allow them to earn a master's or a doctoral degree themselves.