Medaille University Honors Program: Benefits, Eligibility, Events and Opportunities for Honors Students

Honors Program

Medaille University Honors Program
Honors Program

Join like-minded honors scholars in an environment of vigorous intellectual inquiry.

Dr. Gautam Sarkar
Co-Director, Honors Program

Dr. Bridgette Slavin
Co-Director, Honors Program


Honors Program & Benefits

What Makes a Medaille College Honors Scholar?

Medaille University honors scholars have strong academic credentials and a high school record of active extracurricular participation. Upon acceptance to the program, you will engage with like-minded individuals to address challenging issues in an environment of vigorous intellectual inquiry, which develops leadership skills and solid social and moral commitment. Honors scholars have the opportunity to register for special honors sections of eight interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences courses, which link together to reinforce fundamental skills and concepts. Medaille University is proud of its reputation for having small classes and a low student-to-faculty ratio. As Medaille students, therefore, it is natural for students participating in the University Honors Program to maintain close contact with their professors. The honors curriculum is fully integrated into each major and requires no additional coursework.


Mentoring opportunities include a variety of co-curricular activities which bring honors faculty, administrators, staff and students together outside of the classroom.  For instance, the University honors students are encouraged to participate in receptions, presentations and other co-curricular activities throughout the academic year.

Every honors student is assigned a mentor who will provide academic and personal guidance.

Honors Program Benefits

Benefits to students participating in the Honors Program include:

A challenging and richly integrated honors curriculum in which courses are carefully designed to interconnect, reinforcing important critical thinking tools, communication skills and scholarly ideas.

Unique opportunities for mentoring from honors faculty, administrators and staff.

Special honors receptions, presentations and other social events.

Flexible advisement and registration procedures to ensure enrollment in honors courses on schedule and in sequence. Including priority registration for classes at the beginning of each semester.

Official recognition at commencement.

A unique housing grant for all Honors students choosing to live on campus!

More detailed descriptions of the aims, structure, and policies of the Medaille University Honors Program can be found in the honors student handbook.



Honors Program Eligibility Guidelines

Eligibility will be determined by the Admissions Office at the same time as an acceptance decision. Eligible students' application materials will then be forwarded to the provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, as well as Honors Program directors, for candidacy review. A student will be offered acceptance into the Honors Program if the student exhibits strong leadership and scholarship, both inside and outside the classroom. Furthermore, because the University Honors Program is built around honors-level sections of Medaille's general education core courses, talented and committed full-time day students pursuing any of the University's baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to participate.

Those students accepted into the Honors Program will be expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2, as well as a B- or above in all honors courses.

Required Courses

INT 110_H Honors Introduction to Critical Thinking
INT 130_H Honors Fundamentals of Public Speaking
ENG 200_H Honors Advanced College Writing   
Honors American Dialogues
Honors Creative and Reflective Dialogues
Honors Sustainability Dialogues
Honors 410 Junior Capstone
INT 450_H Honors Capstone in Citizenship  

For questions or further information about the program, please contact:

Dr. Gautam Sarkar
Co-Director, Honors Program
(716) 880-2301

Dr. Bridgette Slavin
Co-Director, Honors Program
(716) 880-2156

Please note, space in this program is limited and participation is always voluntary.


Apply for Honors Program 2023 Enrollment


Events Recap

Honors Program Events Recap

Honors Students have the opportunity to have their senior research papers published in the annual Honors Capstone Collection. View the 2014 Honors Capstone Collection.

During the Fall 2019 semester, Freshman Honors students (class of ’23) focused on setting long term academic goals through Career Services’ program: “Begin with the End in Mind.”

Honors Program Event

In November 2019, the Honors Program hosted a Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creativity Panel to mentor students on the scholarship process and promote academic excellence on campus.

Honors Event

In February 2020, Honors students attended a lecture by Yusef Salaam, social activist and member of the “Exonerated Five,” as part of the University of Buffalo’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Honors Program Event

During the 2016-2017 Scholarship, Research, and Creativity Day, honor students were encouraged to participate in a variety of ways, such as making a piece of artwork or presenting a poster on their research.

An honor’s art class working hard on their buffalo project.

Medaille College welcomed Rodney C. Haring as the keynote speaker for the day.

Students and faculty both were present to enjoy the keynote speech and poster presentations.

Faculty & Staff
Meet the Honors Program Team
Current Honors Scholars

Medaille College Honors Scholars


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Stellani Bechakas
Shannon Butler
Lauren Carducci
Melissa Chudzinski
Jessica Culbert
Erin Cullen
Bryson Delano
Brittani Diamond
Sophia Downey
Cassidy Fleming
Marissa Gaughan
Haley Graczyk
Thomas Greenhalgh
Olivia Hallstrom
Jessica Helm
Alexa Hoiensahl
Stephanie Hovan
Alecsy Howell
Taryn Humpheries
Noah Kenyon
Andrew Kerl
Derek Klemer
Courtney Kline
Jesse Kulesza
Rebecca Lesser
Jordan Lux
Shae Messemer
Matthew Micglire
Mohammed Khairul Firas
Kismet Mohammed
Juan Montoya
Grace O’Neil
Michael Omilian
Abbyleigh Osborne-Jones
Adrianna Paar
Marissa Pecorella
Alison Pierpaoli
Claire Purdy
Julia Rinaldi
Brittney Schecterly
Allisa Smith
Cameron Steer
Megan Strunk
Miranda Van Hout
Daniella Ward
Justin Weiskerger
Katherine Willett
Daniel Alvarado
Rachel Banning
Zoe Bornes
Jay Bortel
Nicholas Cicero
Eleanor Clarke
Olivia Cudney
Amanda Davis
Anthony DeJoseph
Abbigail Doherty
Amber Durrett
Hallie Dworzanski
Katarina Ewing
Emily Feikls
Morgan Foster
Kassidy Gaik
Anna Gehl
Claire Hildebrand
Kyla Hobbs
Jillian Jeziorski
Allison Kennedy
Julia Khoury
Erika Kliss
Kelsa Larsen
Barbara Leary
Joanna Long
Nina Marranca
Emily Maziarz
Yusuf Mojawall
Jessica Munson
Jack Napier
Robert Neumann
Mark Santucci
Megan Sherlock
Jessica Terry
Daelin Thomas
Kelsey Voss
Corissa Wagner
Hannah Wallace
Ashley Weiskopff
Olivia Anderson
Hunter Antilla
Sabrina Banoo
Ophelia Banoo
Claire Boyle
Maile Campbell
Kevin Cashdollar
Dakara Davis
Amber DeVantier
Jacob Deveso
Nicole Gorny
Erin Hardick
Cassidy Hinsken
Hope Ignaszak
Aidan Isbrandt
Cole Kahwaty
Kailey Kline
Paula Kuminski
Mackenzie Lennert
Rebecca Leon
Kaitlyn Lisiecki
Kylie Lyons
Audra Marley
Kelsey Matuszak
Sophie May
Jason McCarthy
Haley Nason
Adrian O’Toole
Alexandria Olvera-DeGennaro
Sadie Penwright
Tabitha Peterangelo
Gabrielle Presutti
Haleigh Renaud
Parker Ribbeck
Jessica Sawynsky
Miranda Scott
Sesilleya Slade
Timothy Spengler
Amanda Sprung
Hayley Streer
Arianna Tschip
Trevor Young
Madison Zimmerman
Johnny Adkins
Ashley Bliss
Katherine Bobowicz
Cameron Boeckel
Victoria Bolden
Natalie Boldt
Brianna Bubernak
Kayla Carl
Grace Earl
Julia Koller
Machaela Kozlowski
Skylar Lewis
Melissa Mazurek
Emma Ridolfi
Alexis Wassink
Adrianna Sandoval
Katelyn Schlager
Kennedy Schreier
Maddison Scott
Ryan Scumaci
Emma Sexton
Bryce Smith
Shannon Smith
Sierra Susice
Xaneya Thomas
Brianna Thurston
Kylie Tolsma
Allisa Richardson
Yulisa Tosado-Munoz
Marissa Webner
Honors Student Research

Honors 410 Student Research Showcase

View Honors Student Research


Honors 450 Capstone Showcase

Honors Program
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