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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

    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 spaces in the lower level of the building 24/7 to meet and study.

    Be sure and look out for our weekly Honors email for a listing of upcoming events! 

    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 Clemson University 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 Clemson University 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 Clemson University 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 Clemson University 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.

  • SASH - Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors

    Senior Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH) aims to provide professional and career development opportunities to sophomore students in honors. Sophomores who complete the interest form will be paired with an experienced senior Honors student who will serve as a mentor throughout their sophomore year. Our Senior Advisors will assist sophomores with professional and personal goals that facilitate their intellectual, cultural and community development within the Honors College.

    Meet Your Advisors:


    Natalie Claypool (she/her)

    Hometown: Louisville, KY

    Major: Spanish and International Health

    Minor: Psychology

    Natalie is active on and off-campus in youth mentorship and support programs. She has research experience in child development and health disparities through her interdisciplinary honors thesis, various Creative Inquiries, and connecting with professors. This past summer, she worked in Costa Rica and Honduras. During her sophomore year, studied abroad in South Africa. She hopes to help students find their dream study and work travel opportunities!


    Zach Hubbarth (he/him)

    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

    Major: Mechanical Engineering

    Minor: Mathematical Science

    Within the Honors College, Zach is also an Honors College Ambassador and was a counselor for the EUREKA! program. He is the VP of Brand for the Grand Challenge Scholars and is doing research in the field of origami metamaterials for robotics. Zach studied abroad in France at GTL for a semester and likes to spend his free time playing sports with friends.


    Jake Liguori (he/him)

    Hometown: Marlton, NJ

    Major: Computer Science and Economics

    Jake Liguori is a member of Clemson's male acapella group TIGEROAR and has been active in the Honors College as a Peer Mentor and Ambassador. Jake worked in Walt Disney World for a semester and encourages students to always leave time to relax.


    Natalie Markley (she/her)

    Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

    Major: Microbiology

    Mino: English

    Natalie is involved in ClemsonLIFE as a nutrition and fitness instructor and part of the executive board for Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.  As an undergraduate researcher, she studies the impact of Clostrioides difficile infection on the human gut microbiome. She took part in the SASH program during sophomore year and learned ways to get involved and what Clemson has to offer. Don't be afraid to ask for help- more than often Clemson students and professors are happy to give a helping hand!


    Nan Miles (she/her)

    Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

    Major: Spanish and International Health

    Minor: Social Science

    Nan Miles is a PAL leader for Anatomy & Physiology, an ambassador for MedEx Academy, and works in Clemson's Eukaryotic Pathogen Innovation Center. Her research involves exploring alternative treatment options for amoebic dysentery. Off-campus, Nan volunteers for the Julie Valentine Center and runs her nonprofit, Project AID. She suggests finding something that you're passionate about outside of your major; for Nan, this is international relations and led to her studying abroad in the Balkans!


    Helen Schmidt (she/her)

    Hometown: Clemson, SC

    Major: Political Science and Philosophy

    Helen Schmidt is active in Model United Nations, the Honors College, and Creative Inquiry. During the fall she will be doing an internship in Washington, D.C., but can't wait to meet you all in-person in the spring. Her advice to students is to study abroad and travel as much as possible while also taking advantage of all the opportunities at home on Clemson's campus. Go tigers!!!


    Helena Upshaw (she/her)

    Hometown: Charleston, SC

    Major: Computer Science

    Minor: Sustainability

    Helena Upshaw is Co-Director of CUhackit, teaches coding classes for PEER/WISE Girl Scout events, and has been a TA for CpSc 1020 & 1060. In 2020, she was a UPIC Intern for the Clemson Energy Visualization & Analytics Center. She spent this past summer as a Software Engineering Intern at Deloitte supporting web & API development for the US Dept. of Education. Her biggest piece of advice to sophomores is to always choose what you're interested in over what you think you're supposed to do!


    Morgan Usher (she/her)

    Hometown: Greenville, SC

    Major: Mechanical Engineering and Psychology

    Morgan is a part of the club volleyball team, the grand challenge scholars program, a leadership training creative inquiry, and Navigators campus ministry group. She studied abroad in Rome, Italy and encourages all students to study abroad at some point in their college career! 


    Kathleen Wirth (she/her)

    Hometown: West Virginia

    Major: Biochemistry

    Minor: Business Administration

    Kathleen hopes to attend dental school after graduation. At Clemson, she has been involved in a wide range of research projects including psychology at the Prisma Healthcare hospital, material science with NASA, and most recently, photogrammetry technology for coral reef conservation with NOAA. Kathleen is a Dixon Global Policy Scholar and Peer Mentor in the Honors College where she was awarded 'Best Mentor' for the 2019/2020 year. She encourages everyone at Clemson to get out on Lake Hartwell by making use of the free kayak rentals at Y-beach!

  • Social and Cultural Events

    Clemson University 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.

  • Professional Development

    If you are interested in pursuing graduate study within the areas of pre-health or pre-law and want priority access to special events, workshops and guest speakers, join our specialized Canvas pages.

    Whether you want to pursue a career within the law, or any area of medicine, there is a Canvas page for you!

    To join one of our pre-professional groups, please contact Holly Williams with your Clemson username as well as the word "health" or "law."

    View all of our Professional Development Events.

  • 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 melisso@clemson.edu 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!