Honors in Allied Health Sciences

The Honors Program in Allied Health Sciences is an engaged community comprised of Honors students, Honors Core Academic Advisors, and Honors Research Advisors. All honors members in the Department promote and support a community of Honors scholarship, enrichment, involvement, leadership, and diversity within AHS.

Our community approach takes advantage of the rich resources available through AHS faculty, follows an interdisciplinary health model, and allows for individualized advising in an effort to promote academic and research excellence. Our students graduate prepared for advanced graduate or medical school training and/or immediate entry into the workforce.

AHS Honors students are valued members of the Department who benefit from their opportunities to work with and learn from faculty experts in a wide range of health and health promotion fields.

The AHS Honors program seeks to promote academic and research excellence and honors within Allied Health Sciences, support students involved in honors, encourage an interest in honors among prospective students, and build a community of intellectually engaged students and faculty. As a member of the University of Connecticut Honors Program, students will actively participate in academics and co-curricular activities. Students will comply with the Honors Program requirements according to their year of entry into the University of Connecticut. The Department of Allied Health Sciences has additional requirements for students who want to complete Honors in the major. This document serves to assure that the prospective or current AHS Honor student is aware of departmental requirements for admission to and continued matriculation in Allied Health Sciences Honors.

AHS Honors Students are expected to demonstrate the following behaviors:

  1. self-initiative
  2. independence
  3. awareness of academic and professional responsibilities with the UConn Honors Program
  4. collegiality and respect for others
  5. openness to and growth and change in responsiveness to feedback
  6. awareness of and compliance with deadlines
  7. adequate and appropriate preparation for class, lab, research, and interviews
  8. routine and recurrent communication with Honors academic advisors about achievements or challenges in academics and research
  9. early, repeated, and documented investigation of academic, research, outreach, leadership, mentor, and career options and opportunities using UConn and other provided resources
  10. engagement in the major as agreed upon by the student and Honors academic advisor
  11. adherence to all federal, state, University, Department, and programmatic regulations and guidelines for confidentiality and safety

In addition, the student will:

  1. Participate in regularly scheduled advisement sessions
  2. Attend a minimum of one University-sponsored thesis preparation workshop before the start of the last academic year in the AHS program
  3. Attend two separate Office of Undergraduate Research workshops or information sessions before the conclusion of the "sophomore" year on campus. Junior admits will attend sessions within the first 10 weeks of the start of their first semester in AHS Honors.
  4. Include and successfully complete the following courses in the AHS Honors Plan of Study:
    1. AH 4239 & 4240W Honors sections (3 credits total) - Research Methods in Allied Health / Writing for Allied Health Research.  Advised to take during sophomore year.
    2. AH 4297W - Honors Thesis in Allied Health Sciences (other courses in other departments may be substituted with prior approval from the AHS Honors Core Advising Committee)
    3. AH 4289 - Honors Research in Allied Health Sciences (other courses in other departments may be substituted with prior approval from the AHS Honors Core Advising Committee)
    4. Two classes listed in CAHNR/AH course options  as honors conversions or at the graduate level
  5. Provide an AHS Honors Research Outline/Draft to your advisor for AHS Honors Core Advising Committee review by end of fourth week of spring semester of the junior year (year prior to anticipated graduation). Note: To be eligible to continue in the Honors Program, you must obtain departmental consent by submitting an approved Honors Scholar Preliminary Plan of Study signed by your Honors advisor(s) in your Honors major(s). Honors advisors and department heads may review Honors enrollment for their majors.
  6. Demonstrate “engagement in the major.pdf.” Participatory activities may include: job shadows, internships, mentoring or leadership positions, community service work, participation in a professional organization or conference, and other opportunities related to a career in health.  Additionally, seniors will present their research in an AHS Honors Event.
  7. Submit an Honors Research Plan to your advisor for the AHS Honors Core Advising Committee review by the end of the 4th week fall semester senior year.
  8. Register with UConn Career Center's Husky Mentor Network at anytime, but no later than the junior year.
  9. Register with UConn Career Center's Husky Career Link in the sophomore or junior year.
  10. Attend workshop or complete "Graduate School Preparation" from the Center for Career Development On-Demand Video Learning no later than end of junior year.

Useful Links:

Honors Programming & Events Office

Office of Undergraduate Research

UConn Honors Program

AHS Honors Advising

All AHS Honors students are advised by a team of honors core advisors who work collaboratively to provide quality academic and honors advising and who can help connect advisees to appropriate academic, research, and Honors resources. Honors Research Advisors provide experiential and/or research opportunities and mentorship to Honors students and supervise the final thesis.