Student Organizations

Honors Student Organizations Get Involved With Honors!

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Looking for away to get involved in Honors, build community with fellow Honors students, and take a leadership role on campus? Join one or more of our five Honors recognized student organizations (RSOs)!

Dr. Michael W. Combs Honors Scholars

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Our Mission:

  • To help students of color find community and foster inclusive excellence
  • To provide students of color a safe space for leadership and opportunities
  • To provide mentorship for and by students of color
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About Dr. Combs:

The late Dr. Michael W. Combs was more than a distinguished professor of political science, community leader and UNL researcher and author. He daily embodied excellence and a holistic view of education. We created this RSO to ensure that every student knows that they are a young scholar with infinite potential.

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Membership Details:

Open to all students interested at UNL with a 3.4 GPA or higher with an expressed interest in students of color.

Interested in becoming a member?

Please contact the CHS Executive Team at combs.honors.scholars@gmail.com

Daniela Chavez

"Through the Combs Honors Scholars RSO, I am hoping to provide resources, share experiences and celebrate diversity in the Honors Program."

Daniela Chavez, President of Combs Honors Scholars

Honors Afterschool Club Coaches

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Our Mission:

To maximize learning and engagement for K-12 students in the afterschool space with fun, hands-on Honors Afterschool Clubs.

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What We Do:

Recruit, support, and connect Honors Afterschool Club Leaders on the UNL campus and in the community through the development and implementation of quality curriculum in the afterschool space.

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Membership Details:

  • Applications for Club Leaders are open to all Honors students who are in good standing in the Honors Program.
  • Applications for Club Coaches, who mentor the Club Leaders, are open to all Honors students who have previously led an Honors Afterschool Club and are in good standing with the Honors Program.

Applications due in November

Questions? Please reach out to Honors at Emailuhon-office@unl.edu

Club Leader Application - Open in November Club Coach Application - Open in December

Kelly Wong

"Working with students from all kinds of backgrounds from kindergarten to high school is incredibly rewarding, and I have enjoyed sharing my love of science through leading experiments making ice cream in a bag, dropping eggs from the tops of bleachers, suturing bananas, making edible water bottles, and more."

Kelly Wong, President of Honors Afterschool Club Coaches

Honors Ambassadors

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Our Mission:

  • To provide prospective students and their families with access to real Honors students who can share their experiences and answer questions
  • To promote and facilitate quality recruitment events for prospective and on-campus students
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You May Know Us From

  • Red Letter Days
  • Honors recruitment activities
  • Honors Campus Visits
  • Honors Student Panels
  • Honors Welcome Events
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Membership Details:

Applications are open to all Honors students in good standing in the Honors Program.

Applications due in October

Questions? Please reach out to Emailuhon-office@unl.edu

Honors Ambassadors Application - Open in October

Keegan Oldani

"I chose to join Honors Ambassadors because the Honors Program and the Honors Ambassadors had a significant impact on my decision to attend UNL. I knew that getting involved with Honors Ambassadors would not only be a great experience, but it would also be rewarding to help future Nebraska Honors students discover what could lie ahead for them here at UNL."

Keegan Oldani, Honors Ambassador

Honors Peer Mentors

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Our Mission:

  • To support first-year Honors students in their transition to college
  • To help students build meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and student peers; understand Honors Program expectations; and connect with a wealth of valuable opportunities across campus
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What We Do:

Each peer mentor guides 8-12 first- year Honors students through their first semester in Honors. Mentors also design experiential learning opportunities, called Honors Impacts (HIs), to help students develop in areas such as: academic development, wellbeing, and global awareness.

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Membership Details:

  • Applications for Peer Mentors are open to all Honors students who are in good standing in the Honors Program
  • Applications for Peer Mentor Leaders, who oversee Peer Mentors, are open to all Honors students who have served one or more semesters as a Peer Mentor and are in good standing with the Honors Program

Applications for Peer Mentors due in February
Applications for Peer Mentor Leaders due in October

Questions? Please reach out to Jacob Schlange at jacob.schlange3@unl.edu

Peer Mentor Application - Open in February Peer Mentor Leader Application - Open in October

Jared Long

"As an out-of-state, first-generation student, I learned first- hand the importance of building community and a support system at college. That is the ultimate goal of Honors Peer Mentoring, and I want to make sure incoming students have the same support I did because it made all the difference for me."

-Jared Long, President of Honors Peer Mentors

Honors Program Student Advisory Board (HPSAB)

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Our Mission:

  • To foster community among Honors students by planning and hosting social and professional development events for current Honors students
  • To provide a place for Honors students to provide input to the Honors Program administrators
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You May Know Us From

  • Honors Week
    • Game Night, Ice Cream Social, Watch PartY, and More!!
  • The HPSAB Scholarship
  • Professional Development Events
    • Cooper Conversations
  • Honors Apparel Sales
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Membership Details:

Applications are open to all Honors students in good standing in the Honors Program.

Applications due in October

Questions? Please reach out to Dr. Burnett at tburnett2@unl.edu

HPSAB Application - Open in October

Libby Valerio-Boster

"Through HPSAB, I have gotten to work with students and faculty across campus, helped plan several events, and run social media platforms for HPSAB. Overall, this RSO has given me opportunities to lead, have my opinion heard, and helped me develop valuable interpersonal and communication skills for my future."

Libby Valerio-Boster, HPSAB president

Honors Societies on Campus

There are many honors society options at UNL, and Nebraska Honors students have a history of involvement in all of them. All of these groups are open to students within and outside of the Honors Program.

The following are some of the most prominent honor societies on campus. Please see their websites for more information.

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Mortar Board

"The Black Masque Chapter of Mortar Board strives to exemplify the organization's goal of advancing scholarship, leadership, and service."

This is a UNL chapter of a national senior honorary. Application is open to current juniors.

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Innocents Society

"Membership is based upon superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service to the university and community."

This is the Chancellor's Senior Honorary, and uniquely Nebraskan. Application is open to current juniors. 

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Omicron Delta Kappa

"To identify, honor and develop leaders in collegiate and community life, to encourage collaboration among students, faculty, staff and alumni to advance leadership, and to promote and publicize our ideals."

Open to current juniors, seniors, and graduate students. 

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Phi Beta Kappa

"The organization recognizes and encourages a commitment to excellence in the liberal arts."

Open to students in the humanities and social sciences, by invitation only.