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. Brief info on current and upcoming Honors NEXUS Experiences is displayed below. Click each experience for complete details. The following Honors NEXUS Experiences are not required for graduation with Latin Honors, but they may be used to fulfill non-course experience requirements. These experiences take a variety of forms, treat a diverse array of subjects, and occur over different spans of time.

UHP welcomes ideas for future experiences—please send them to Ian Ringgenberg, Honors Advisor and NEXUS Coordinator.


The application period for Spring 2021 NEXUS Experiences is now OPEN! Applications are due by the end of th day on Friday, November 20th, 2020.


Cities & Urban Communities: Data, Organizing, and Equity

This NEXUS experience will introduce students to concepts in urban affairs and public policy, looking at current debates and struggles across the metro through lenses of social justice, data analysis, and community organizing. We will be working with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), a center within the University of Minnesota’s Office for Public Engagement. 

Activity Period: Spring 2021 semester

Meets: Thursdays from 1-2:30pm, Online

 APPLY BY 11/20!

Developing Yourself Through Competitive Scholarships

Every year students in UHP win nationally competitive scholarships that help them to pay for their undergraduate education, conduct summer research, or pursue graduate studies or other experiences abroad after graduation. To successfully apply for most of these awards, students should start planning well ahead of the deadline. This NEXUS experience aims to help you prepare an effective application, whether you are a junior applying this spring for post-graduate awards or a sophomore planning for the future. Topics covered have broad application outside of scholarship application as well, and will include: Introduction to competitive scholarships and how they might fit into your academic and professional plans; Assessing a scholarship and yourself; Building relationships and soliciting letters; Composing a personal statement; Writing about what you do; Talking about what you do (i.e., interviewing skills).

Activity Period: January–April 2021

Meets: From 3–4pm every other Friday. ONLINE, with in-person options if the situation allows.

 APPLY BY 11/20!

Don Quixote

From Cervantes’s original tale to its many instantiations in music, dance, visual arts, theater, and other written works, this experience allows students to work with faculty across the arts and humanities in delving deeply into one seminal work, and in considering the challenges and opportunities artists face in adapting material from one medium to another.

Activity Period: Spring 2021

Meets: Mondays from 4-6pm, 240 Northrop or Best Buy Theatre with remote participation options available

APPLY BY 11/20!

LEGO, Creativity, and Culture

The LEGO experience will comprise about a dozen one-to-two-hour meetings of the participating faculty with sixteen Honors students. 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: Spring 2021

Meets: Mondays from 1–2:30pm, Online

 APPLY BY 11/20!

Cultural Exploration With Northrop

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 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

Meets: One Monday a month 3:30-5pm, and cultural events at various times. This experience can be completed remotely with in-person options

Ecology, Society, and Rewriting the 21st-Century Narrative

Delve into the biggest threats of the 21st century — climate change, economic collapse, and scarcity — in a peer-led experience, as we shape together the impact our generation can and must have on the world.

Activity Period: Fall 2020 semester

Meets: Thursdays from 3-5pm, East Bank. This experience meets primarily in-person with remote options.

Laboratory Research Sampler (f20)

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: Fall 2020 semester

Meets: All lab visits will be conducted online on Wednesdays from 4–5pm.

Spotlight Lecture Series: Polarization and Identity

Prepare for stimulating lectures with some advance reading, hear the speakers, join them for dinner, discuss the lectures with other Honors students from around the University, and draw your own conclusions and connections in a short final paper. (Click through for full details.)

Activity Period: September 2020 through April 2021

Meets: The following Thursdays: September 24, October 8, November 19, February TBD, March TBD, and April 15. Lecture and Q&A from 3:30-5pm; Dinner from 5–6:45pm; Discussion from –8pm. This experience meets primarily in-person with remote options

Tabletop Games

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. (Click through for full details)

Activity Period: Fall 2020 semester

Meets: Mondays from 4:00-6:00pm. This experience can be completed remotely with in-person options

The Many Values of Print Media

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: January 10–16, 2021

Meets: 9am–4pm daily, January 10–16, 2021 in Nolte Lounge Meeting modes TBD later in the fall 2020 semester

Transformative Conversations

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

Activity Period: September 2020–February 2021

Meets: Students must be able to attend the following four Tuesdays from 4-5pm: September 24, October 1, October 29, and February 4 (longer final meeting: 4–6pm). This entire experience will be conducted online.

Treasures of the Archives

Begin your journey in archival research with tours of the archives on campus and an independent project based on the collections.

Activity Period: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters

Meets: Tuesdays from 4-5pm during the Fall 2020 semester, with independent work and a final showcase during the Spring 2021 semester. This experience will be conducted online