Events & Traditions

Aims of Education

Each year, the Honors program invites a distinguished scholar at NC State to give an address to incoming Honors students on the topic, “The Aims of Education.” Following the address, students and faculty gather over refreshments to discuss the matter further. As Honors students enter their formal undergraduate career, the address serves as a way to reflect on the nature of education, in general, and the nature of education at NC State, in particular.

The address is also intended as the starting point to the University Honors Program, during which students will develop the habits of mind necessary to begin an education characterized by inquiry-, discovery-, and creativity-based learning. Our address is modeled after the Aims of Education address, which has been given annual to incoming first-year students at the University of Chicago since 1962.

Past speakers:

  • 2016: Genia Sklute, Associate Director of the University Honors Program
  • 2015: Sarah Stein, Associate Professor of Communication
  • 2014: Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of English Linguistics
  • 2013: Mary Schweitzer, Professor of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2012: Rupert Nacoste, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Psychology
  • 2011: Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry, UNC; William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, NCSU


Research Unplugged

Research Unplugged is a series of student conversations the UHP holds each semester, which serve as a way to connect current research and scholarship to problems of interest to the UHP community. Rather than a traditional panel discussion of faculty speaking to students, Research Unplugged is a dialogue between friends where faculty bring a level of expertise, nuance, and gravity to the conversation that would not be possible otherwise. Each week 2-4 faculty from various disciplines, whose research generally concerns the topic of the day, participate as members of the conversation. You can read more about the series here and here.

All conversations begin at 3pm in Berry Lounge. Light refreshments are provided. For more information, or to recommend faculty speakers, contact

Spring 2017 schedule

January 20: Student Research Panel: Panelists Nikita Chintalapudi, Jotionette Jones, Sarah Lucas  Facilitator: Joanna Copio

January 27: Bethany Cutts, College of Natural Resources “What is Environmental Justice?”

February 10: Dr. Jennifer Campbell, Zoology  Teaching the Complexity of the Human-Animal Relationship. What we need to know about the bond between humans and animals – our pets, our iconic exotics in zoos, the animals we eat, the ones we encounter in our yards, even our house spiders – in order to create space for all?

March 31: Matt Cuneo, MaNDi Instrument Scientist from Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, TN will join us to present on and discuss his work, with a presentation titled “Deciphering Human Disease from Meters to Nanometers.”

April 7: Student Research Panel


Prospective Students Overnight

Each spring the University Honors Program hosts a prospective students overnight where high school seniors and their parents come to NC State to get a deeper sense of what the University and the UHP have to offer.

The event begins in the afternoon with an overview of the University Honors Program, which is followed by breakout sessions for students and parents covering a wide range of topics from the UHP curriculum, to undergraduate research and scholarship, to life in the Honors Village, to open question and answer sessions with currently enrolled UHP students. Students and families then join the UHP faculty and staff for dinner.

For students who choose to spend the night, the rest of the evening offers great entertainment including “Quad’s Got Talent,” painting the Free Expression Tunnel, movies and games, and a number of other activities.

For more information, please contact Ms. Carolyn Veale.


Rise & Grind

Coffee and Conversation with Faculty and Alumni will be held in the University Honors Program Library (#216 Clark Hall) 8:30 – 9:30am

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Capstone Celebration

Each Fall and Spring, the University Honors Program will host the Capstone Celebration. This event provides a place for students to present their projects to other students, faculty mentors, family and the honors program faculty. The next celebration will be held in conjunction with the Honors Village awards and will be held on April 19. More information will be forthcoming.


l-r Tyler Roth, Kane Gooden, Kayla Christianson, Joshua Irvin, Mitch Kessler

Completion Ceremony

The Spring 2017 Completion Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00pm in Withers Hall #232A. A reception will follow immediately after in the Riddick Hearth. Light refreshments will be served.

Dress is business attire. Please no caps and gowns. Photo opportunities will be available.

Parking options and driving directions are available via this Google map

For additional information, please contact