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 Samantha Hahn-Douville, Student Engagement Coordinator.

Applications for experiences that begin during the spring 2022 semester are open! Submit your application by the deadline of December 6th, 2021


Cities & Urban Communities: Data, Organizing, and Equity

Examine the processes, organizations, and forces that shape the cities in which we live through an organizing and justice-oriented lens. Read more. . .

Activity Period: Spring 2022

Meets: Meetings times TBD


Contract Bridge

Contract Bridge is a trick-taking game played with a standard 52-card deck that can help hone skills like memory, communication, and strategy—and you can earn an Honors Experience this year for learning how to play! Read more. . .

Activity Period: January 24 – May 2, 2022 (excluding spring break)

Meets: Mondays from 5–7pm in the Middlebrook Hall Terrace Room (bring your dinner!)


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. 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. Read more. . .

Activity Period: January–April 2022

Meets: From 3–4pm every other Friday.


Digital Storytelling

This NEXUS experience will use personal stories about moments of triumph and failure, about culture and identity, and about the yearning and fear we all have to be authentically known. Come to this NEXUS and listen and tell the stories of our lives that will help us see others and let others see us. Read more. . .

Activity Period: Spring 2022

Meets: Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm


Minecraft, Creativity, and Community

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

Activity Period: Spring 2022

Meets: Mondays from 1:00–2:30pm


Transformative Conversations

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

Activity Period: February–April 2022

Meets: Four Tuesdays from 3-4:30pm, specific dates TBD


What To Do About A F@!*#& Up World

Delve into the biggest threats of the 21st century — ecological catastrophe, political economic fragility, energy scarcity, and systematic oppression — in a peer-led experience, as we discuss, learn, and act together to shape the impact our generation can, and must, have on the world. Read more. . .

Activity Period: Spring 2022

Meets: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm, Northrop 240


Arts 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. Full details.

Activity Period: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.

Meets: One Monday a month from 3:30–5:00pm, and cultural events in various evenings (some degree of schedule conflict with evening events is anticipated)

Applications closed August 31, 2021

Fear, Failure, and Catastrophe -or- How to Talk with Strangers (And Even People You Think You Know)

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. Full details.

Activity Period: Fall 2021 semester.

Meets: Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm for the fall 2021 semester

Applications closed August 31, 2021

Laboratory Research Sampler

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

Activity Period: Fall 2021 semester

Meets: All lab visits will be on Wednesdays from 4:00–5:00pm.

Applications closed August 31, 2021

Spotlight Lecture Series: Patriotism, Public Service, and Civic Engagement

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. Full details.

Activity Period: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters

Meets: All lectures held on Thursday afternoons. Lecture and Q&A from 3:30-5:00pm; Dinner from 5:00–6:45pm; Discussion from 7:00–8:00pm. Specific dates TBD. Students must be free at these times on Thursdays for both semesters.

Applications closed August 31, 2021

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. Full details.

Activity Period: January 9–15, 2022

Meets: 9:00am–4:00pm daily, January 9–15, 2022 in Nolte Lounge.

Applications closed August 31, 2021

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. Full details.

Activity Period: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters

Meets: For fall term, every other Thursday from 9:30–11:30am; independent work to follow and a final showcase in Spring

Applications closed August 31, 2021