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 fall 2022 semester are open!


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 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.

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


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: Fall 2022

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


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 2022 semester.

Meets: Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm for the fall 2022 semester


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 2022 semester

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


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: Fall 2022 semester

Meets: Mondays from 1–2:30pm, Online


Spotlight Lecture Series: Human In The Data

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.

Activity Period: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters

Meets: All lectures held on Thursday afternoons. Lecture and Q&A from 3:30-5:00pm; Dinner from 5:00–6:20pm; Discussion from 6:30–7:30pm. Specific dates TBD. Students must be free at these times on Thursdays for both semesters.


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 8–14, 2023

Meets: 9:00am–4:00pm daily, January 8–14, 2023 in Nolte Lounge.


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 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters

Meets: For fall term, every other Thursday from 9:30–11:00am; independent work to follow and a final showcase in Spring