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Iowa State University. Honors Program records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 3/3

Scope and Content

This collection (1959-2014) contains materials related to the Honors Program at Iowa State University. It includes news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, subject files, biographical files, honors project files, and records from pre-collegiate programs for talented and gifted students.

Dates

  • 1959-2014

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The Honors Program at Iowa State University was established in 1960 under the guidance of then Dean of Instruction W. Robert Parks. Initially, honors students engaged in individual study or research. In 1963, the first optional honors course was offered (Psychology 234, Developmental Psychology). In the 1970s, under the direction of Edwin Lewis, honors courses were developed in order to increase interaction among Honors students and give them special educational experiences. Lewis was also instrumental in the development of a Student Advisory Board for the program. As the program matured and expanded, student research projects culminated in poster presentations. Students who completed honors research projects graduated with the Honors distinction.



When the Honors Program was first envisioned it was designed for students who had proven superior academic ability at Iowa State, thus freshmen were excluded from participating. The Freshman Honors Program was initiated in 1973 on a trial basis. A research component, the Freshman Mentor Program, was adopted in 1987.



The Honors Program is housed in the Jischke Honors Building, where it has resided since the building's construction in the fall of 2002. The program had previously been housed in Osborn Cottage. Currently (2012) the Honors Program coordinates academic courses, offers seminars, provides research grants and study abroad opportunities in an effort to provide an intellectually stimulating environment to well over 1,000 student participants.

The Honors Program offers as opportunity for qualified students to develop and individualized program of study to enable them to obtain maximum benefit from their undergraduate careers. Each undergraduate college operates its own honors program with a college committee responsible for its administration. The chairs of the college committees compose the University Honors Program Committee, which is responsible for general coordination and policies for the Honors Program. A Faculty Advisor position was also created in 2004, to oversee the academic side of the Program.



Coordinators:



Don C. Charles 		(1960-1966)

		Edwin C. Lewis 			(1966-1973)

		Ann Feyerherm 			(1973-1977)

		Elizabeth Beck 			(1977-2004)

		Ricki Shine			(2004-2005)

		Elizabeth Beck			(2006-2007)

		Laurie Fiegel			(2007- )



		Faculty Advisor:

		Ricardo Salvador		(2004-2005)

		Gene Takle			(2005-2008)

		Susan Yager			(2008- )

Extent

15.75 Linear Feet (36 document boxes and 5 half-document boxes)

Abstract

The Honors Program at Iowa State University was established in 1960. The Honors Program coordinates academic courses, offers seminars, provides research grants and study abroad opportunities in order to provide an intellectually stimulating environment to students who participate in the program. Students must complete an honors project in order to graduate with the Honors distinction. This collection contains news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, subject files, biographical files, honors project files, and pre-collegiate programs for talented and gifted students files.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-06-06.

Title
RS 3/3. Iowa State University. Honors Program records, 1959-2014
Date
March 26, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672