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Director of Honors & Professor of Biology
As a member of the Stevenson University Honors program, you will:
- Receive priority registration.
- Take academically engaging Honors courses taught by talented faculty.
- Have access to specialized advising and mentoring (including a dedicated Honors librarian and Career Services advisor).
- Participate in career preparation programming tailored to the specific goals and aspirations of Honors students.
- Enjoy the opportunity to meet distinguished political, social, and cultural leaders from around the world.
- Receive an Honors designation on your transcript upon successfully completing the program.
In order to remain in good standing the the Honors Program, students must:
- Enroll as a full-time student
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 each semester
- Complete the academic requirements (see Curriculum)
- Attend co-curricular programming each semester
Honors students receive the highest level of merit scholarship and are also invited to apply for the Founders’ Scholarship, which recognizes a student’s potential to be an active, engaged member of the Stevenson Community. All scholarships are renewable for four years. For more information, please see the Scholarship & Grants page.
Second Semester Freshman Year
This course introduces students to foundational aspects of the Honors Program, including collaborative, interdisciplinary thinking.
General Education Honors Courses
Freshman and Sophomore Year
A minimum of four Honors sections of general education or introductory courses are needed to fulfill University degree requirements, such as the following:
- Honors Writing Seminar
- Honors General Biology Lab
- Honors General Chemistry I Lab
- Honors General Chemistry II Lab
- Honors Introduction to Psychology
- Honors Public Speaking
- Honors Introduction to Sociology
- Honors Intro to Creative Writing
- Honors Topics in Literature
- Honors Communications Ethics
- Honors Film and Moving Image History
- Honors Topics in History
Two Independent Projects
Sophomore – Senior year
These two independent projects (honors contracts) give you an individualized academic experience tailored to your own interests within courses you are already taking to meet your degree requirements. You will work one-on-one with your faculty member to design an additional component to the course work that will allow you to take an interdisciplinary approach to a project. This will give you the opportunity to explore the intersections between different areas that interest you and work closely with your instructor.
Junior or Senior year
This course allows you to explore your creativity and work with fellow Honors students from all different disciplines in a semester-long project-based class that asks you to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem or challenge. This class is creative and fun and prepares you for the kind of collaborative problem-solving that you will find in the workforce.
Stevenson University welcomes transfer students to join its Honors Program, which provides academically talented students the opportunity to develop a strong network of mutually outstanding and motivated peers and work closely with talented and engaged faculty.
Any transfer student who has completed an honors program at another college/university and has a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher will be granted guaranteed admission into the Stevenson University Honors Program. If you meet these criteria, please click here to indicate your interest in joining the Stevenson University Honors Program.
How to Apply
Transfer students who have not completed an honors program but fall into one of the following categories are strongly encouraged to apply to the Stevenson University Honors Program:
- Students with a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher who are currently enrolled in an honors program at another institution.
- Students not currently enrolled in an honors program but who have completed fewer than 30 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Please click here for the online application form.
Click here to view the Transfer Honors FAQ page.
Student Honors Advisory Board
The Student Honors Advisory Board plans and hosts co-curricular events for the program in addition to serving as liaisons between the students and the director.
Rivka Glaser , Ph.D.
Director, Honors Program
Owings Mills North N115
As a graduate of an honors program herself, Dr. Glaser is passionate about honors education and is thrilled to be the director of SU’s honors program.
Glaser earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Goucher College and her Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She joined the faculty of Stevenson University in 2006 and teaches introductory biology and genetics. She is a faculty member in the Genomics Education Partnership, a consortium of undergraduate institutions that strives to engage students in genomics research projects. She is the co-chair of the the Human Genetics Undergraduate Education Workshop, a member of the the Board of Directors of NFTumor Foundation, a support group for people with neurofibromatosis, and serves as the liason for Stevenson University to the Collaborative Teaching Fellowship Program, which helps mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine who are interested in teaching.
Glaser has presented pedagogy workshops at local, national, and international conferences about her work with the Genomics Education Partnership and the innovative, interdisciplinary service-learning project she has done with colleagues in Stevenson University’s School of Design in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Education and Community Involvement Branch.
On the Honorable Path
Jaibyn Hull ’22
Biology, Pre-Medicine Track
“The Honors program has truly enhanced my Stevenson education. It has allowed me foster connections with a network of peers and professors, while also providing me with rigorous coursework that has boosted my resume and made me more marketable as a student.”