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  • Dixon Fellows Program

    Honors students may apply to join the Dixon Fellows Program, which pairs undergraduates with a top Clemson professor to explore a wide range of intellectually challenging topics through readings, theater, film and travel.

    Learn more about the Dixon Fellows Program here.

  • Dixon Global Policy Scholars

    The Dixon GPS students will travel to Strasbourg, France and Berlin, Germany in May for a study program, and will take specialized courses in dealing with politics, economics, philosophy, and public policy. Other features of the program include topical discussion groups and individualized mentoring.

    This program is limited to 12 students per year. Freshmen and sophomores from all majors are encouraged to apply.

    Learn more about the Dixon Global Policy Scholars here.

  • Honors Center @ Core Campus

    Honors enrichment activities take place across campus, but the Honors Academic Activities Center serves as the hub of the Honors community. Many Honors courses are taught in the Center, Honors staff hold drop-in advising hours there, and all Honors students may access the space in the lower level of Holmes Hall 24/7 to meet and study.

    Learn more about the Honors Academic Activities Center here.

  • Honors Student Advisory Board
    The Honors Student Advisory Board (HSAB) is a group of students from all majors and years within the Calhoun Honors College who aim to represent the interests and needs of students within the college. We strive to serve as a link between the Honors College staff and the Honors student body. The goal of the HSAB is to increase the amount of communication and student input that is exchanged between the student body and members of faculty to better plan and improve the college. We believe that increasing student input into conversations concerning the running and direction of the Calhoun Honors College will lead to more programs tailored to the needs and wants of Honors students.

    The HSAB has pushed forward many student led-initiatives for the Honors College. We suggested and helped develop the Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH) advising program, the Honors College student directory, the Honors Networking Night, and the Honors Pre-Professional groups. There are currently three Pre-Professional groups: the Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, and the Pre-Allied Health Groups. As we continue to strive to make improvements to the programs and events offered by the Calhoun Honors College, we need your help.

    Please submit your feedback, input or suggestions here. All submissions go directly to the HSAB who will present feedback anonymously to Honors College staff.

  • Peer Mentoring Program

    The Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentoring Program creates a community of students working and learning together to develop a unique perspective of living and learning through shared experiences.  Peer mentors are current upperclassmen in the Honors Program that work with groups of 4-7 newly admitted Honors students throughout the academic year.

    Learn more about the Peer Mentoring Program here.

  • Honors Wellness Ambassadors

    Wellness Ambassadors is a peer education program created to encourage honors students at Clemson University to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles. The program is designed to not only provide interesting and engaging programs to educate honors students on the importance and implementation of wellness, but also to provide peer support from fellow honors students. 

    Learn more here.

  • Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors - SASH

    The SASH Program provides sophomore honors students the opportunity to connect with and learn from senior honors students. The SASH Program promotes a collaborative environment among honors students to enhance educational experiences. Senior Advisors work to provide a high level of service to honors student by helping them connect to and utilize honors and campus resources.

    The goals of SASH are:

    • To facilitate student personal and professional growth and confidence
    • To develop students’ leadership skills, communication skills, and public relation skills
    • To provide students with a supportive environment


    Meet Your Advisors:


    Cecilia Armstrong

    Hometown: Clemmons, NC 

    Major: Animal Veterinary Sciences - Pre-Vet concentration 

    Minor: Modern Languages - French

    Campus Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, FCA, Clemson Dancers, Tigers 4 Tigers

    Honors Involvement: Honors seminars and contract courses, SASH

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: “Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and say yes! If someone asks you to get dinner or go do something just say yes; you never know when something unexpected will happen. :) ”


    Phillip Burkhardt

    Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

    Major: Biochemistry, Genetics

    Minor: Biology

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Sailing Club President, member of the Clemson Sailing race team, Academic Success Center Peer Tutor for statistics and organic chemistry, research with Dr. James Morris

    Honors Involvement: Dixon Global Policy Scholars

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: “Always maintain confidence in yourself, it is infectious to others and your own actions. To do great things and set high goals you must first fully believe in yourself, and it’s surprising how far that alone will take you.”


    Irene Cheng

    Hometown: Charleston, SC

    Major: Bioengineering (Biomaterials), Modern Languages (Mandarin Chinese)

    Minor: Biological Sciences

    Campus Involvement: Honors College Resident Assistant, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Clemson Child Development volunteer, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology Laboratory), Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society, Clemson Community Scholar, Engineering Without Borders, Alternative Break Program

    Honors Involvement:  Honors Resident Assistant (Fall 2015-Spring 2017), Pursuing Departmental Honors (Bioengineering) with Dr. Jiro Nagatomi, Educational Enrichment Travel Grant (Tokyo, Japan with AMGEN Scholars Program), Honors Contract (Functional Human Anatomy and Intermediate Chinese), Holmes LLC, Honors Community Service Group

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: “Get involved!! There is no shortage of clubs/events/organizations here at Clemson, and you only have four years to explore as much as you can. Use this time to find what you’re passionate about and just go for it! Learn as much as possible, and remember that there is always so much more to learn!!”


    Hannah Gardner

    Hometown: Greenville, SC

    Major: Visual Arts

    Minor: Psychology

    Campus Involvement: Calhoun Honors College, Volunteer YoungLife Leader, PAL leader Math 1020, Fine Arts Student Association

    Honors Involvement: Interdisciplinary Honors, SASH sophomore year, EETG Summer 2016 and Summer 2017

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: “Try to build a relationship with one of your professors whose work you admire or who you would be interested in doing research with. Also find something that you really love to do and make time to do it – whether it’s volunteering, a sport, research, traveling, set time aside each week to do that thing.”


    Grace Glenn

    Hometown: SC

    Major: Computer Science

    Minor: Economics

    Campus Involvement: CS Teaching Assistant (spring 2017 - present), Pendulum Editor in Chief (2015-2016), WSBF Student Radio DJ/volunteer (2014-present)

    Honors Involvement: Chair of HSAB Cultural subcommittee - Spring 2016 - Fall 2016 (2 semesters) Dixon GPS Scholar (2015 cohort) Dixon Fellow (2 years) Departmental Honors in Computer Science Research with Dr. Alex Herzog (Spring 2017 - present)

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: “The cure for imposter syndrome is stepping up to the plate.”


    Rusty Hawes

    Hometown: Simpsonville, SC

    Major: Biochemistry, Genetics

    Minor: German, Physics

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Crew, CUSG Judicial Board

    Honors Involvement: I have participated in honors research with Dr. Michael Sehorn every semester that I've been at Clemson. This has been immensely helpful for both my understanding of my major as well as for my future career plans. I was an honors college delegate to the International Affairs/ Study Abroad conference. I also enjoy the occasional Brooks Center event.

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: “Make sure the activities and groups you're involved with outside of class are fun for you. If they aren't fun in some way, they're not worth it. And don't worry about things that are out of your control.”


    Rebecca Jones

    Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

    Major: Genetics

    Minor: Microbiology, Psychology

    Campus and Co-Curricular Involvement: Clemson Wesley Foundation, Volunteer St. Ann Hope UMC Soup Kitchen, Clemson International Genetically Engineered Machine Team

    Honors Involvement: Honors Ambassador, Honors Ambassador Student Committee Member, Head Counselor EUREKA! Program 2015, 2016, EUREKA! Participant 2014, Honors LLC Resident (Holmes), Pursuing Departmental Honors.

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: "Discover what makes you happy. If that discovery means you should change your major, your career plans, or your extracurricular involvements, then do so! You still have plenty of time. Your career is what you're going to spend most of your life doing, so it might as well be something that makes you happy."


    Madeline Lynn

    Hometown: Dallas, TX

    Major: Biological Sciences

    Campus Involvement: Kappa Delta Sorority Vice- President of Public Relations, Clemson Undergraduate Student Government (Public Relations Director), Pencils of Promise Club Volunteer, Calhoun Honors College Dixon Fellow, Pre- Dental Club, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), Order of Omega, Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, Mortar Board Honor Society

    Honors Involvement: SASH participant, Dixon Fellow Program (since 2014), Peer Mentor Program participant, EUREKA! 2014 participant, Brooks Center events

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore Students: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." -Alan Watts

    “Sophomore year, you can never account for the changes to your path that will happen. But roll with any changes to your major, your friend groups, or your passions! You never know where your new path will lead you, and the journey just might change you in who you are supposed to be - cheesy but true! I promise!”


    Lizzy Rhodes

    Hometown: Columbia, SC

    Major: Political Science

    Minor: Business Administration, Legal Studies

    Campus Involvement: Sigma Kappa Sorority, Political Science Honors Thesis, Teaching Assistant, Honors Ambassador, Order of Omega Honor Society, Dixon Global Policy Scholar, Mortar Board Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

    Honors Involvement: Honors Ambassador, Dixon Fellow, Dixon Global Policy Scholar, Honors Peer Mentor, Honors Thesis Research

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: “Don't be afraid to try new things! Some of the best opportunities and experiences I've had came from putting myself out there and stepping out of my comfort zone!”


    Stephen Moore

    Hometown: Anderson, SC

    Major: Biological Sciences

    Minor: English

    Campus Involvement:  Tutor (Mentor) - Academic Success Center, Peer Dialogue Facilitator, Campus Campaign Coordinator - Teach For America, President - Clemson Vida Volunteer, Educational Presentations Coordinator - Clemson University Paw Pantry, Treasurer - Southern Poverty Law Center on Campus-Clemson, Undergraduate Student Senate - Health and Human Services Committee.  

    Honors Involvement: Pursuing both general and departmental honors, SASH Advisee during sophomore year, attends Honors social and cultural events as well as thoughts worth thinking events, Dixon Fellows Program (since Fall 2015)

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomore students: “It's ok not to know exactly what you want to do after graduation. College is the perfect time to determine what drives you. I recommend getting involved on campus and discovering what you're passionate about. It's been my experience that pursuing your passions will lead you to the right career path.”

  • Social and Cultural Events

    Calhoun Honors College enhances the cultural lives of its members by providing opportunities to visit area art galleries and museums and to attend a variety of dramatic and musical performances. Subject to available funds, a limited number of tickets are purchased for events at Clemson's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The calendar of events is established each year with input from the officers of Calhoun Society, the honors student organization.

    Calhoun Scholars are serious about their studies, but they also manage their time effectively in order to have an active social life. Recent Honors-sponsored activities have included a welcome for entering freshmen, snow-skiing and white-water rafting trips, horseback riding at Dillard Farms in Dillard, Ga. and visits to the Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C. Students are informed of upcoming events through electronic mail and other means of communication.

  • Thoughts Worth Thinking

    "Thoughts Worth Thinking" is the Honors College's TED Talk-style discussion series that brings Clemson's top professors together with Honors students to explore a wide range of ideas.

    Learn more about Thoughts Worth Thinking here.

  • Pre-Professional Groups

    Started in spring 2013 as an idea from the Honors Student Advisory Board, these three networking groups connect Honors students planning careers in these fields and coordinate specialized programming to support students in being successful in the graduate and professional school application process, including Q&A sessions with professionals in the field and staff advisors with expertise in helping students apply. visit each group's Facebook page at the links below.

  • Recap of Special Events - TAPS

    TAPS is “Talk Amongst Peers,” a student-led initiative in which students volunteer to speak in a TED talk format in the Honors College Great Hall @ Core Campus. Do you have a passion you want to tell others about? Do you have an interest in anything from psychology to business to global issues that you feel others should be informed about? Email for more information. 

    Clemson University, Clemson SCMy name is Jonathan Vogel, and I am a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Major from Tucson, Arizona. My entire life I've loved cars more than anything else, and it was my dream of pursuing this passion of mine as a career that brought me all the way here to Clemson.

    In my TAP talk, I wanted to be able to share this love with my peers at the honors college. More importantly, I wanted to share how it got to be that way- and advocate for a mentality that would help people discover new passions just like mine.

    Every art form today has its roots in a utilitarian purpose. Humanity has always been creative in using sounds, depictions, and tools to serve practical functions in every-day life. What sets humans apart as a species is our capacity for imagination, and to see past the pragmatic service of these tools. We dare to imagine, and to believe that we can elevate these tools to another level, transcending their functional purpose and material value, to a place where they can bring about emotional reactions from their users. All of a sudden, these medias can do more- they can tell stories, convey emotion, and explore abstract ideals. Once this occurs, and people can begin to form meaningful connections to their experiences- that is when art is created.

    Once you understand that all art has the same roots, and goes through a similar journey- from literature to painting to music- you can see that anything once thought of as simply a tool can become art. And we as humans can have that imagination, and that dream, to create the world's next art form. For me, I discovered art in automobiles, and from that discovery I have experienced fulfillment and happiness like nothing else. If one can learn to discover and appreciate art in themselves, there's simply no limit to what we can find and achieve.

    TAPS presentation Clemson University Reagan LeonardMy name is Reagan Leonard. I'm a freshman undeclared major from Spartanburg, SC. My talk was on a free market for organs, specifically focusing on kidneys. The need for kidneys (in the U.S. particularly) is great, and yet we still rely on donations for organs which is far from a foolproof solution to the kidney shortage. A free market in which kidneys from healthy individuals were sold (regulated by the government and hospitals just like any normal procedure) would allow those individuals who needed kidneys to secure those vital organs for themselves for the small price of about $20,000 (just my prediction).

    TAPS presentation Clemson University Kaitlyn RaglandI’m Katelyn Ragland, an honors student from Knoxville, TN and graduating in May 2017. Entering college, I knew that I had an engineering mindset and took pleasure in studying the human body–it’s my “favorite machine.” For this reason, I have majored in Bioengineering. One of the reasons I have such interest in health is because my younger brother was diagnosed with a compromising liver disease at birth. For nineteen years now we have been waiting on the Organ Donation list for the perfect liver match. I felt drawn to share the amazing program and need for organ donation; however, it’s not the most inviting topic on a college campus and very little visible action can be taken. For this reason, I have instead focused on blood donation. If a person is an organ donor and dies in perfect health, he or she can save or affect up to 50 others. But if that individual donates blood four times a year, he or she could save an additional 700 lives in a lifetime. We can donate every two months… up to six times in a single year! Colleges have great donor populations, so I helped found Donors for Life to ensure that the opportunity for donate is made easily available. We partner with the Blood Connection and bring a blood bus to campus at least once a month. As Community Outreach Chair I speak at various organizational meetings to help spread the word about donation, bust a lot of the associated myths that keep people from trying to donate, and encourage others to host their own drives. Join me in Lending an Arm to Save a Life!