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Honors at ESF

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At ESF we see our Honors program as a two way street with the college providing enrichment, experience, and special opportunities and honors students providing leadership and service to the Honors Program, the college, and the broader community.

Some of the ways Honors students may engage the program is by translating their academic skills into leadership, service, or both (e.g., undergraduate student government, leadership or membership on special committees, student clubs, or in campus or community service (e.g., Orientation Leaders, student mentors, ESF ambassadors). We also hope that former Honors students eventually will return to campus after graduation to share their experiences with their younger peers.

In line with these broad goals, ESF offers two distinct honors programs:

Lower Division Honors Programfor first-year and sophomore students

The Lower Division Honors Program provides freshmen and sophomore students in all academic majors with value-added educational experiences. Academic components of the program strengthen exploration and communication skills through interdisciplinary assignments presentations, and discussion. All freshmen who are admitted to the lower division program are awarded merit-based academic scholarships. These are most often awarded as SUNY-ESF Presidential Scholarships or National Scholarships and require meeting performance targets for continuation.

Upper Division Honors Programfor junior and senior students

The Upper Division Honors Program provides opportunities for junior and senior students to complete intensive research and creative projects under the guidance of faculty, emphasizing and encouraging holistic and multidisciplinary awareness of the problems and opportunities in studying the environment. The subject matter and type of thesis or project is intentionally left open to the student(s) and their advisors. ESF students enrolled in all academic departments and programs are eligible to participate in the ESF Honors Program.