The Honors Program is designed to cultivate a community of academic excellence at Sierra Nevada College which challenges and engages high-achieving students with study and co-curricular activities that foster their scholarship, initiative, and leadership.

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Honors students work closely with faculty mentors to conduct innovative, student-directed research each semester in their classes. They have the opportunity to showcase their scholarship at the annual SNC Honors Program Symposium, as well as at national undergraduate research conferences such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which is the country’s largest and most diverse conference for undergraduate scholarship across disciplines. Honors students serve as models for academic excellence at SNC, and are actively engaged in all facets of campus life, in and out of the classroom.

The Honors Program is directed by Dr. Samantha Bankston and Dr. Robert King, who facilitate faculty-student research and mentor students through administrative committees, conference presentations, and participation in colloquia and on-campus events.

Program Components

Honors students conduct in-depth study in their areas of interest, and apply and communicate their understanding in the form of original research:

  • Honors Courses: students complete a minimum of four self-selected, regularly offered courses as “Honors Courses” by writing additional papers, developing a related project, or meeting other terms as specified in a contract with the instructor of the courses.
  • Colloquium Courses: each semester honors students register for a 1 credit “Honors Colloquium Course” where they all attend multidisciplinary, on-campus events as a group over the course of the semester.

  • Committees: honors students are expected to serve on an Honors Program committee for the semester, which may include writing blog entries about pertinent honors events and on-campus activities, revising the honors website, or creating fundraising activities for future conferences, symposia, and social events.
Honors Students:
  • are identified as such on their transcripts and graduation program, and have enhanced eligibility to become their class Valedictorian (one of SNC’s greatest academic honors!).
  • have access to increased scholarship opportunities.
  • enjoy a variety of program activities such as parties and field trips.
  • are eligible to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), where they network with other Honors students from the country, make professional connections, and showcase their work.
Eligibility Requirements

The Honors Program only admits new freshmen and sophomore students, and transfer students under certain conditions. Incoming students with a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply. Once accepted, the student’s GPA must not fall beneath a 3.25 for two consecutive semesters. A student’s SNC GPA must be at least 3.5 to graduate with Honors.

To Apply

By the end of the fifth week of the semester email Dr. King (rking@sierranevada.edu) or Dr. Bankston sbankston@sierranevada.edu with ALL of the following information:

  • Your full name and SNC Student ID number (or your Social Security Number)
  • Your GPA and the institution at which it was earned
  • Your year in school this semester (freshman, sophomore, or transfer)
  • Your email address and your telephone number
  • Which afternoons/evenings you are available for meetings, events, and parties
  • A short paragraph telling us why you would like to become a part of the Honors Program

All qualified students will be admitted to the Program.

For more information, please contact Samantha Bankston or Robert King.