This Week in Honors

Week of April 20th

Honors at the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity

Congratulations to the CHP Prize winners

We are pleased to announce the results of the second annual Commonwealth Honors Project Competition held at the Celebration of Scholarship & Creativity. The winners are:

1st place: Maria Rose (VPA): "Break the Silence with Their Words: Confronting Domestic Violence with Performing Arts" (advisors: Lisa Kramer & Sam O'Connell)

2nd place: Erin Aleicho & Laurissa Galipeau (CSD): "Communicative Acts of Children at Risk for CCN in Familiar Play With and Without AAC" (advisor: Kara Medeiros)

3rd place: Nicole Erickson (MA): "Effectiveness of an Integrated Learning Community for First Year College Students" (advisor: Maria Fung)

Congratulations to Team Fynan

As part of an honors class project in medical microbiology and in conjunction with the Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan, Dr. Ellen Fynan's students prepared materials to educate 15-24 year old individuals about the prevention of HPV. The presentation was judged against a competing team project that focused on the STI herpes, mentored by Dr. Roger Greenwell. Team Fynan received a donation in its name to an infectious disease foundation of its choice, and the team plans to continue its public health efforts. Congratulations to all the competitors!

General Registration Begins

April 21st Seniors

April 22nd Juniors

April 23rd Sophomores

April 24th First Years

Review our pre-registration flyer for details. Check out the list of courses on the Honors Blog.

Massachusetts Education Recruiting Consortium (MERC) Annual Career Fair 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:30am-3:30pm

Northeastern University. Cabot Gym, 400 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Need a teaching job? Interested in a career in the field of education? Join us at this unique collaboration between Massachusetts higher education institutions and nearly 100 school administrations. The goal is to recruit individuals for teaching, social work, nursing, administrator and other education related field positions at school districts, charter schools, private schools, and educational collaboratives throughout the country.

Eligibility: All WSU matriculated students and alumni who are pursuing or possess a degree in an education field may attend for free. Only individuals from MERC member schools may participate.

Register: To see a list of anticipated employers, and download the REQUIRED admission packet, please visit

Poetry Reading in Celebration of National Poetry Month

Wednesday, April 22 @ 7:00pm in the Student Center, Fallon Room, Third Floor

Dr. Michael True, peace activist and Professor Emeritus of Assumption College, and Margaret Lloyd and Henry Lyman from Group 18 in Northampton, will read poems from their new books in the Fallon Room of the Student Center in celebration of National Poetry Month. The reading is free and open to the public and is sponsored in part by the English department. A small reception will follow the reading. Please join us.

"Wrenched" (in honor of Earth Day)

Wednesday, April 22nd @7 pm in Eager Auditorium, Sullivan

The film Wrenched captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation which will carry Edward Abbey's legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness - the spirit of the West.

Hosted by Department of Earth, Environment & Physics and 350 Ma

UMass Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lincoln Campus Center

UMass Amherst

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Each year undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds from across the Massachusetts Public System of Higher Education gather to present the results of their original work in oral and poster presentations before their peers, faculty and the public. Students present work related to:

  • Thesis research
  • Creative work in the visual and performing arts
  • Independent study
  • Community service
  • Study abroad

Honors Graduates

Honors students wear special gold and white cords with their graduation robes.

Please be sure to stop by the Honors Office (LRC 218) and pick yours up if you have not already done so. Our regular office hours end on the last day of classes.


Be sure to fill out the online RSVP form for events you plan to attend!

Remember you are required to attend two honors events per semester.

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Contact Us

Commonwealth Honors Program at Worcester State University

Dr. Karen Woods Weierman, Director
Dr. Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier, Assistant Director
Mary Flibbert, Honors Assistant
Beth Powis, Graduate Assistant