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

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Honors Program

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

Medaille College Honors Program

Kenya Hobbs
Co-Director, Honors Program

Dr. Bridgette Slavin
Co-Director, Honors Program



What Makes a Medaille College Honors Scholar?

Medaille College 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 College 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 College 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 College 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 College 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 College 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 College'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

Honors 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Honors 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Honors 200 Advanced College Writing   

Honors 220 Justice and Democracy in America

Honors 230 Creative Expressions

Honors 340 Scientific Discovery + 340L (Lab)

Honors 410 Capstone I

Honors 411 Capstone II 

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

Kenya Hobbs
Co-Director, Honors Program
(716) 880-2203

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 Enrollment


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.

Meet the Honors Program Team

Medaille College Honors Scholars

Class of 2021

Stellani Bechakas
Cullen Becker
Shannon Butler
Melissa Chudinski
Jessica Culbert
Erin Cullen
Brittani Diamond
Makayla Dodge
Sophia Downey
Emma Filipski
Cassidy Flemming
Marissa Gaughan
Haley Graczyk
Thomas Greenhalgh
Olivia Hallstrom
Jessica Helm
Alexa Hoiensahl
Stephanie Hovan
Noah Kenyon
Andrew Kerl
Derek Klemer
Courtney Kline
Jessica Kulesza
Jordan Lux
Shae Messemer
Mohammad Khairul Firas Mohammed Farid
Kismet Mohammed
Grace O'Neil
Michael Omilian
Abbyleigh Osborne-Jones
Adrianna Paar
David Pachla
Marissa Pecorella
Alison Pierpaoli
Claire Purdy
Julia Rinaldi
Brittney Schechterly
Lindsey Schlager
Amrita Sikder
Alisa Smith
Megan Strunk
Miranda Van Hout
Daniella Ward
Justin Weiskerger
Katherine Willet
Alexandra Wilson

Class of 2020

Kellen Adderly
Mitchell Ali
Kaitlyn Antkowiak
Amanda Arnold
Megan Barry
Samuel Beesley
Abigail Blankenship
Caitlin Bruscia
Emma Campagna
Marissa Campbell
Cortney Corroccia
Kaileigh Carroll
Caitlyn Cornish
Cassandra Davern
Matthew Dickerson
Brenton Fischer
Vittoria Giuseppetti
Amanda Hartman
Harry He
Leah Hoyt
Brandi Jezerski
Samantha Klein
James Lang
Sean Law
Anthony Marafioti
Christine McConnell
Samantha Morcio
Kelsey Naab
Courtney Parrilla
Caitlin Quinn
Brandon Roach
Brady Rogers
Hannah Wentland
Lachlan Wilkinson
Hannah Wotjulski
Kaley Zelaski

Class of 2019

Morgan Allen
Kayla Barone
Dorian Billups
Justin Bulega
Diana Burgos
Daniele Card
Sierra Clute
Rachel Duewiger
Matthew Gabalski
Colin Gemerek
Erin Griffin
Megan Hassenbohler
Sarah Hawk
Kimberley Izard
Daniel Joseph
Jannelle Komsonkeo
Monica LaRock
Alex Margarucci
Kimberly Miller
Matthew Morrison
Valerie Mueller
Alyssa Murzynowski
Lindsay Naab
Karalyn Oddy
Charles Panepinto
Andrew Parks
Christina Parsnick
Connor Priester
Elizabeth Reed
Alexi Ruggiero
Katie Schnier
Katleigh Slazyk
Kristine Snyder
Mary Margaret St. Pierre
Mercedes Sulzbach
Jessica Swan
Alexis Trice
Colleen Voigt

Class of 2018

Kaylie Bauer
Marissa Brockway
Clare Christy
Samantha David
Alissa Eckborg
Justice Fagan
Katie Hale
Racheal Hess
Steven Hostinsky
Tyler Ineson
Brianna Kepfer
Lauren Kochner
Brandon Leone
Sarah Lussier
Margaret Mineo
Matthew Ryberg
Nathan Senick-Albanese
Emily Senick
Lindsey Spengler
Sarah Starkweather
Elise Stempien-Myrick
Patrick Sullivan
Sarah Uschold
Shawne Witte

Honors Program