Honors NEXUS Experiences

Honors NEXUS Experiences, while distinct in content and format, all share the goal of bringing together students and faculty from across the University in small groups to engage in non-standard learning models. These experiences take a variety of forms, treat a diverse array of subjects, and occur over different spans of time.

The following Honors NEXUS Experiences are not required for graduation with Latin Honors, but they may be used to fulfill non-course experience requirements. 

UHP welcomes ideas for future experiences—please send them to Ian Ringgenberg, Associate Director for Curriculum and Outreach (imr@umn.edu). 

Join Northrop staff for a behind-the-scenes look at the cultural experiences available on campus and throughout the Twin Cities, with discussions, field trips, and tickets to productions and events.

Activity Period: Fall 2023
Meets: Tuesdays 3:30-5pm, plus performances on various dates

Why talk with strangers? Oh, just to expand your worldview, develop compassion, give or receive help in the moment, understand fear and anxiety, practice resilience, and make surprising connections that could change your life.

Activity Period: Fall 2023
Meets: Fridays 9:45-11:00am

Gain insight into your future in research as we read articles, tour labs, and speak with faculty from a range of academic disciplines.

Activity Period: Spring 2023
Meets: Wednesdays 3:30–5:30pm.

The LEGO experience will comprise about a dozen one-to-two-hour meetings. Readings, video viewings, presentations, guest lectures, site visits, and hands-on sessions will serve as catalysts for discussion in the hopes of spurring future research and community connections. 

Activity Period: Fall 2023
Meets: Mondays from 1–2:30pm, Northrop 240

Spend the day reading the newspaper, enjoying wide-ranging conversations with students and faculty across the University, and thinking more broadly about how we source and evaluate information.

Activity Period: Winter Break (January 7-13, 2024)
Meets: 9:00am–4:00pm daily, Nolte Lounge

Guided networking and connection creation to investigate some of your biggest academic, personal, and professional life questions.

Activity Period: Fall 2023
Meets: Select Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm

Dive into (some of) the biggest issues of the 21st century -- namely ecological catastrophe and energy scarcity -- in a peer-led experience, as we investigate, discuss, and act together to shape the impact our generation can, and must, have on the world. 

Activity Period: Fall 2023
Meets: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm, Bruininks Hall

Explore the psychology, mathematics, and design decisions that make tabletop games so compelling through faculty lectures and ample time to learn and play a variety of games -- all culminating in your own independent project.

Activity Period: Fall 2023
Meets: Tuesdays 3:00-5:00pm