Honors Experiential Learning Opportunities (HELO) provide students with hands-on experience outside of the classroom. These non-credit opportunities allow students to learn through experience and help to connect what they learned in the classroom to real-world situations. These experiences will aid in developing new skills and provide professional and personal growth opportunities. HELO's are guided by either a faculty mentor, a director, or coordinator/liaison. All Experiential Learning Opportunities must involve a reading, writing and speaking component as well as address at least one of the Honors College Student Learning Outcomes.
Categories of HELOs include, but are not limited to:
- Honors College Symposium
- Honors College Fellowship
- Faculty-led research
- UMass Lowell-sponsored study abroad (non-Honors programs)
- UMass Lowell Professional Co-op with an Honors component
- Honors College community engagement
- The Washington Center Experience
- Air Force ROTC
- Army ROTC
- Emerging Scholars
- Immersive Scholar
- River Hawk Experience Distinction (RHED)
Students may use an Experiential Learning Opportunity to satisfy the H4, H5 or H6 Honors Curriculum requirements. However, students may only use up to two total HELOs for their H1-H8 requirements.
Julian Zabalbeascoa, Associate Director of Honors Experiential Learning Opportunities and Communication, approves all HELO opportunities. Students must be successfully approved for an HELO prior to starting the activity for Honors credit. If you would like to learn more or wish to initiate an opportunity, please contact Julian_Zabalbeascoa@uml.edu.