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Honors College Requests Proposals for Interdisciplinary Courses

A student works on the computer; a sculpture in white paper is on table beside him.

Martin Mugisha, a computer science major who participated in the Computational Craft course, refines his final project, a patterned surface in Polystyrene. The course received seed funding from the Honors College last year and was offered last fall. Photo courtesy Santiago Perez.

Tuesday, January 8

Faculty members: do you want to work with high-achieving students to explore big issues that cut across disciplines? The Honors College can help. Interested University of Arkansas faculty members are encouraged to apply for grants ranging from $10,000 - $25,000 to develop courses for honors students that investigate interdisciplinary themes. These new courses may expand upon a current line of research or launch a service learning or study abroad program. Approximately six to eight grants will be awarded in this round.

Recent Honors College grants have sparked development of courses exploring topics from childhood obesity to nanotechnology to music, language and thought. The courses themselves often prompt further research and grants. For example, a 2006 Honors College grant to fund development of the Visualizing the Roman City course spawned three additional courses, eight student research grants, two honors theses, two faculty grants and a national award.

“Our goal is to bring together faculty and students from multiple disciplines to tackle cutting edge issues,” said Bob McMath, dean of the Honors College. “These grants provide an opportunity for honors students and faculty to address problems that transcend the boundaries of academic specialization.”

The proposals must be submitted by two or more faculty members from different departments and/or colleges. Special consideration will be given to teams that include faculty members who have taught honors courses or supervised honors research or other creative work. For examples of previously funded initiatives view the eight interdisciplinary courses that received Honors College curriculum development grants in 2011. For more information on assembling and submitting a proposal view the request for proposals. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 15, 2013.


Bob McMath, dean
Honors College

Kendall Curlee, director of communications
Honors College