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.

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). 

This NEXUS experience aims to help you prepare an effective scholarship application, whether you are a junior applying this spring for post-graduate awards or a sophomore planning for the future.

Activity Period: Spring 2024
Meets: Fridays, 3pm-4pm

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 2024
Meets: Tuesdays, 4-5pm

Minecraft, Creativity, and Community is an in-depth exploration of various aspects of the blockbuster video game Minecraft, including social, artistic, and cultural aspects of the most popular video game of all time.

Activity Period: Spring 2024
Meets: Mondays, 1:00–2:30pm (virtual)

With all the demands of college life, the time and space for leisure reading can be difficult to come by, so we’re carving out some hours in the summer for you! We'll read and discuss six books that examine faceted experiences across several genres, such as science fiction, memoirs, historical and contemporary fiction, and graphic novels. We hope you will walk away from this experience with a renewed enthusiasm for reading.

Activity Period: Summer 2024
Meets: TBD

American culture and politics during the late 1960s and early 1970s were dominated by the conflict in Vietnam. Explore the conflict and its reception in the US through documentaries, films, and musicals and discussion with faculty and members of the air force and Vietnam combat troops. 

Activity Period: Spring 2024
Meets: Tuesdays, 4-7:30pm in Northrop's Best Buy Theater

Explore strategies for dealing with the challenges of college life: handling stress, mental health, finding purpose, fighting perfectionism, and making big decisions. Through journaling, guest speakers, field trips, and more, you’ll learn new strategies for wellness and how to apply them in your own life.

Activity Period: Spring 2024
Meets: Fridays, 9:45am-11am in Northrop