University Incorporates New Honors Program

Cal Poly Pomona will begin offering a new University Honors Program to select students in fall 2003.

The honors program provides opportunities for students to challenge themselves with more rigorous course material and to network with others who also seek such challenges. Students enrolled in the program will experience smaller classes (about 20-25 students), special mentoring relationships with faculty, summer research opportunities and involvement in community service. Additional advising will also be provided to those students who wish to compete for national academic recognition and fellowships, such as Fulbright, Truman, Marshall and Rhodes scholarships.

?The whole idea with this program is to develop a small community of highly motivated students ? and equally motivated faculty ? who will work, study and get involved in co-curricular activities, both culturally and service-oriented,? says chemistry professor Barbara Burke, chair of the Honors Program Committee. ?Through all of these activities, students will be able to develop professional types of relationships with professors that will lead to more opportunities in research, international study and community service.?

Students who will be eligible to participate in the honors program include high school seniors graduating in the top 10 percent of their class with at least a 3.5 GPA, Cal Poly Pomona freshman who have made the dean?s list and transfer students who were eligible for honors at the last institution attended. Upon admittance to Cal Poly Pomona, eligible students will be given a supplementary honors program application. In addition, students will be asked to write an essay and provide references of their academic success.

The Honors Program Committee expects to begin a pilot program with about 60 current Cal Poly Pomona students in spring 2003.

For more information on how students can enroll in the University Honors Program or how faculty can become program mentors, call Dorothy Fleck, director of orientation services, at (909) 869-6889.