Williams Honors College Students

In developing their natural gifts and talents, honors students also are encouraged to cultivate their leadership skills. This may be as subtle as active participation in classroom and group projects, or more visible roles, such as participation in Emerging Leaders or Phi Delta Epsilon. 

As a Williams Honors College student, you have access to an academic adviser and are encouraged to participate in a peer mentoring program. You'll also have unique opportunities for such activities as study abroad programs and service opportunities. In addition, students in the Williams Honors College are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research programs both on campus and throughout the world.

Our students are nationally competitive, and our achievements are recognized by graduate fellowships and awards like the Fulbright scholarship.

Honors students


Each honors student is assigned an Honors Faculty Advisor, who is a faculty member specializing in the honors student's major field of study.

See the list of advisors.

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Research creates new knowledge and students in the Williams Honors College have unique opportunities to pursue undergraduate research both here at the University of Akron and through nationwide programs.

  • National Science FoundationResearch Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
    NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
    Search for an REU opportunity by subject
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
    The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), founded in 1978, is an organization of individual, institutional, and affiliate members from around the world. CUR members share a focus on providing high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity opportunities for faculty and students.

Service Opportunities

Service opportunities allow you to give back to the community while gaining valuable experience in (or out of) your field.

Study Abroad

International experience and global awareness enhance your academic background and your worldview. Studying abroad is an excellent way to develop academic and professional skills that will enable you to gain a competitive edge in today's job market.

Fellowships and Awards

Do you dream of earning a Fulbright Grant? Or a summer research scholarship? How about a cultural criticism award? 

As a student in the Williams Honors College, you will be encouraged to apply for exceptional grants and scholarships that allow you to advance your research or study at prestigious universities both at home and abroad. Here are just some of the awards you can apply for as an Honors College student.

  • Fulbright Grant
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • James Madison Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship
  • Summa Summer Research Fellowship Program
  • Marshall Scholarships
  • Boren Award
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarships
  • Rhodes Scholarship
  • Rotary Scholarship

For more information, contact Dane Quinn.