Experiential learning, or learning-by-doing, is the personal acquisition of knowledge and skill through practice; practices can range from those closely connected to one’s career plans, as with research or internships, to those that shape one’s perspective profoundly but may not be closely connected to professional aspirations, as is often the case with study abroad. Students select those experiential learning opportunities that they expect will cultivate the knowledge and skills that interest them; a reflection process facilitates students' ability to understand and articulate how these experiences will integrate with formal academic learning towards their broader self-conceptions and goals.

Important Notice Regarding Experiential Education – Fall 2020  (Issued August 21, 2020) 

Requirements

  • Earn at least 12 honors credits (see semester hour equivalents below) in addition to 12 semester hours of honors coursework by graduation.
  • You can start at any time, but must complete all applied experiences at the time of degree conferral to earn University Honors.

Honors Reflection Process

The pre- and post-experience questionnaires are designed to be completed as their titles indicate, before and shortly after the experience, respectively, with the submission timeline for the narrative being the same as the post-experience questionnaire. Late submission of these assignments for qualifying experiences will be accepted for reduced credit at the discretion of the Experiential Learning Director. For questions about late submission of the pre-experience questionnaire or other reflection process assignments, contact Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard at andrew-willard@uiowa.edu.

Important Note on Late Submissions

If submitting late, please make sure your experience qualifies before beginning the honors reflection assignment (i.e., pre-experience questionnaire, post-experience questionnaire, and narrative).  Here’s how to determine if your experience qualifies:

1)  Is your experience registered and listed on your grade report (transcript)?  If yes, please prepare and submit your pre-experience questionnaire, and after submitting it, Andy Willard, Honors Experiential Learning Director, will contact you to let you when to prepare and submit your post-experience questionnaire and narrative.

2)  If your experience is not registered and listed on your grade report, then email Andy (andrew-willard@uiowa.edu) for instructions for how to proceed.
 


Honors Independent Study Form

To fill out if enrolled in: HONR: 3050, 3994, or 4990

Experiential Learning

An alternative assignment, designed originally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is open to all Honors students, except incoming students. Up to 3 experiential learning credits can be earned from anywhere with its successful completion!

Students may now submit a Honors Summer Project Pre-experience Questionnaire!

Project Description

You may be on summer break, but there's still a wide world of ideas and knowledge to explore! Honors has developed the summer 2021 introspective assignment to resource and reward you for staying intellectually engaged with your professional and academic goals. The project will count towards your honors experiential learning requirement.

Similar to the honors reflection assignments, you will complete a pre-experience questionnaire and a post-experience questionnaire. More than a reflection, the Summer 2021 Project is an introspective research assignment making connections between the events and changes in the world around you and your professional/academic trajectory. The assignment itself, which is described below, is available to all honors students regardless of major or summer plans and will earn up to 3 honors credits in experiential learning. The pre-experience questionnaire must be completed by 06/01/21, and the post-experience questionnaire and project submission will be due by 09/01/21. Get started by completing the ‘HSP pre-experience questionnaire’.


Quick Links


Step 1: Read the Instructions

Scroll down the page and read the Honors Summer 2021 Project Description and look at the Rubric. If this opportunity for Experiential Learning Credits is something you would like to take advantage of, please continue!


Step 2: Identify a Project Topic

The assignment also requires you to perform introspective work on how you’ve been impacted, academically and/or professionally, by the world around you (i.e.: a social or cultural development/ event with broad impact, or a technological advancement). This event or impact can be thought of as your Reference Point. It could be the pandemic resulting from Covid-19, as it was for the Summer 2020 Project, or a different impact. (If you wrote about the pandemic for 2020, please select a different reference.)


Step 3: Complete the HSP Pre-Experience Questionnaire

This consists of a few basic questions. It is designed to help you begin considering your intended outcomes for the Summer 2021 Project.

Click here to navigate to the HSP pre-experience questionnaire. 

Due by June 1st, 2021.


Step 4: Do the Project!

Get creative! Push your comfort zone! Engage!


Step 5: Complete the HSP Post-Experience Questionnaire 

Click here to navigate to the HSP post-experience questionnaire. This is the place where you can comment on how you were able to engage with this Project, and hopefully help you tie together the benefits you gained from completing the Project. Some of your answers here will be evaluated as part of the Project.

Due by September 1st, 2021.


Step 6: Submit the Project

Click here to navigate to the form to submit your project.

Due by September 1st, 2021.


Project Guidelines

Click here to learn more about the project, develop a deeper understanding of the requirements, and find a rubric detailing the process. Contact honors-program@uiowa.edu with questions!

Earns you 12 experiential learning credits for University Honors.

 


Honors in the major is awarded to students who make their connection within a field of study by collaborating with faculty, often via research and/or creative work. This scholarly activity is regulated and overseen by the individual academic departments. University Honors does not award, confer, or validate honors in the major.

Each major identifies the requirements to graduate with honors and appoints an Honors Advisor from the Department to guide you through the process and verify satisfactory completion of the requirements upon graduation. You do not have to be a member of the University Honors Program in order to complete honors in your major and not all majors require a thesis/project. Contact your Academic Advisor with questions.

A note about GPA requirements: Because some majors/departments require their students to earn a GPA higher than the Honors Program's 3.33 requirement, occasionally a student will fulfill all of their major/departmental requirements to graduate with honors in their major but will not have the required GPA to do so.  When this occurs, if a student has fulfilled all of the major/departmental requirements for graduating with honors in their major except for the major/departmental GPA requirement, the Honors Program will count their major/departmental honors work as fulfilling the University Honors experiential learning requirement for graduating with University Honors if such students have a 3.33 GPA or higher. Email honors-program@uiowa.edu or the Assessment Manager & Admissions Coordinator at addison-woll@uiowa.edu for next steps if this applies to you.

 


Honors in the major will not appear on your University Honors degree audit. Your Academic Advisor reports you have completed honors in the major, and during the degree conferral process, University Honors will see that verification and credit you the experiential learning credits. If you have questions about your progress in University Honors email honors-program@uiowa.edu or the Assessment Manager & Admissions Coordinator at addison-woll@uiowa.edu.


Honors in the Major by College

Honors in the major is based on the college and department you are earning your degree from. Information on honors in the major for each undergraduate degree granting college can be found at:

There is no distinct universal application for graduating with honors in the major. It is associated with your degree application. Information on the Degree Application process can be found here. Questions about your eligibility to graduate with honors in the major should be directed to your department or college.


Step 1

Meet specific requirements set by your major or college. Contact your departmental/major Honors Advisor and your Academic Advisor to begin the process. Verify that your academic advisor reports you as an Honors Interest for honors in the major.


Step 2

Complete the requirements or be meaningfully engaged towards completing the requirements for honors in your major. Ensure your academic advisor knows you are Pursuing Honors in the Major.


Step 3

Apply to graduate through MyUI. Ensure your academic advisor knows you are Pursuing Honors in the Major and then indicate this on your degree application. 


Graduation

Students who have earned honors in their major will be announced at commencement, and the designation will be noted on their transcript and diploma. If you are walking early (see Early Participation on the Registrar's website) you must have completed your major's requirements for honors at the time of commencement participation to receive your cordons.

A statement of Honors in the Major is recognized by the college in which you are earning your major. General information about Honors the Major, and links for specific collegiate requirements can be found here.


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In the above video presentation, the Honors Program's Addison Woll (MA in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies and MS in Molecular Medicine) gives an overview of undergraduate research, senior Caroline Meek (English and Creative Writing), and second years Amy Zine (Biology, Anthropology) and Eden Conroy (Education Studies and Human Relations, Psychology) discuss their research experiences in diverse fields and offer tips for how to get started.

Earns you up to 12 experiential learning credits. 

Limited to 4 experiential learning credits per Fall, Spring, Summer semester per experience.


The University of Iowa depends on robust and creative research efforts, and honors students are able to receive honors credit for participating. There are many opportunities for honors students to get involved in research and creative activities at the University of Iowa, and not just in the sciences! Research happens in every department and major on campus. Research can be done with UIowa faculty members (known as mentored research) or as your own project as a part of earning honors in your major.


Instructions

There are two options for Honors students to receive experiential credit for their research experiences.

Option 1-- A S.H. CREDIT-BEARING RESEARCH COURSE: Register for a credit-bearing research course such as HONR:3994 or departmental research courses such as BIOL:3994. See below for details.

Option 2 -- VOLUNTEER/PAID/0 S.H. RESEARCH: Follow the steps below to register and submit research experiences that are not billed as tuition hours (s.h.), excluding URES:3995 registration.

If you’re not sure if your research fits in either of these options, reach out to Honors Assessment Manager & Admissions Coordinator Addison Woll (addison-woll@uiowa.edu).

Students may earn honors credit for research whether it is paid or unpaid, registered for credit or not. See the various ways to earn honors credit for your research below.


The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) anchors these efforts by promoting and supporting research by undergraduates throughout campus. ICRU serves all students with interests and talents in research. The ICRU office is located at 6 Gilmore Hall and provides advising on how to get involved, training and development opportunities, and funding. Contact them at icru@uiowa.edu or visit uiowa.edu/ircu


Option 1: Earn Honors Credit for Research via Credited Coursework

The following research opportunities appear automatically on your honors degree audit:

The following research opportunities will be added to your honors degree audit after final grades are posted for the semester*:
If you have registered past mentored research with a course code below that is not currently reflected on your honors degree audit, please submit the honors research experience verification form, linked below.

*Effective Fall 2020 unless otherwise noted. If you have registered past mentored research with a course code above that is not currently reflected on your honors degree audit, please submit the honors research experience verification form, linked below.


Option 2: Earn Honors Credit for Research via Volunteer or Paid Research

If you are engaged in research on a volunteer basis, a paid basis, or for a 0 credit hour course such as URES:3992,  then you should fill out the Honors Reflection Process, detailed below starting in Step 1.
Research is an inclusive term, as in all faculty at the University of Iowa are required to do research. Research in Dance looks different than in Microbiology, AND both are quality and valuable research experiences.

Report hours engaged in research and creative project activities. This includes, but is not limited to: data collection, data analysis, team meetings, ethics/technique/skill trainings, data presentations, collaboration meetings, manuscript/publication writing, etc

Starting Spring 2021, 30 hours of research engagement qualifies for 1 experiential learning credit with proper submissions.

 


STEP 1: Complete the Pre-Experience Questionnaire

This consists of a few basic questions. It is designed to guide you through considering and then describing what you hope to gain or accomplish from your research/creative project experience.

You will need to keep an explicit log of the hours you engaged in research, either total by semester, or average weekly to report at the culumination of your experience in the Post-Experience Questionnaire

Pre-Experience Questionnaire


STEP 2: Engage!


STEP 3: Complete the Post-Experience Questionnaire

This is the place where you can comment on how your experience has shaped your growth. It is designed to guide your reflection on your research/creative project experience to see how and in what ways it fulfilled or did not fulfill your hopes and expectations.

Post-Experience Questionnaire

You can start this once you complete your experience and must do so within five (5) weeks after your experience concludes. If you are in your final semester at Iowa, this is due four weeks before the close of classes.


STEP 4: Submit your Narrative

The purpose of your narrative is to present highlights of your experience to others and demonstrate how they have contributed to your growth and self-knowledge. There isn’t one way to do this, but in general, we want it to be fun and informative, yet easy to read and/or understand.

Narratives can take many forms including a written piece, podcast, comic strip, video, slideshow, etc. There is no required format. We do expect a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words for written pieces. Video and audio can be varying length. Video, audio, and comic strip submissions will require a short explanation (minimum of 250 words) detailing their pertinence to your experience.

Here is a list of what your narrative must include and what we might ask for you to expand on after reviewing it:

  • Where you went and what you did
  • How long you were there
  • Highlights of your experience 
  • How this experience fostered self-discovery and personal growth
  • Two (2) images (more are welcome, though!)
  • Your author bio (you have the option to include a photo of yourself)

Your narrative may be published on the honors blog and social media. By sharing your narrative with others, what you learned can have a broader impact and possibly lead someone else to take part in a new experience. To prepare your narrative for others, you will need to reflect on the experience and think about what you want to share. You may draw on ideas and even whole paragraphs from your answers to the post-experience questionnaire; however, please keep in mind that you are writing the narrative for a general audience.

Here are some tips for blog-writing:

  • Avoid unnecessary jargon, like technical terms and acronyms.  Make sure to explain any ideas or concepts that are not common knowledge. 
  • Use paragraphs to break up the ideas in your narrative.
  • Be specific about your experience by including examples and anecdotes. Get creative and be descriptive!
  • Pay attention to the transition and flow of your main ideas—your narrative should make sense from start to finish.
  • Finish strong. What do you want others to take away from your narrative? What advice do you want to impart to your peers? How did this experience impact you the most? End your narrative with gusto!
  • Fix grammatical errors and submit a polished final draft.

Submit Your Narrative

The timeline for the narrative is the same as for the post-experience questionnaire.

 

HONORS SERVICE LEARNING OPTIONS

Earns you up to 12 experiential learning credits. 


Honors education often celebrates leadership, especially leadership through service projects. By the century’s turn, service learning had become a national movement in college education. Already honors students at Iowa have contributed one of its major inventions, generating the 10,000 Hours Show as a device for motivating many students to volunteer community service in small amounts that can cumulate into important effects. For service to become service learning, though, there needs to be academically informed reflection on the experience.


Instructions

There are two options for Honors students to receive experiential credit for their service learning experiences. If you are already in a volunteer position, skip to Option 2 and contact Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard prior to beginning the Honors Reflection Process.

Option 1-- A S.H. CREDIT-BEARING SERVICE LEARNING COURSE: Register for a credit-bearing service learning course such as PHIL:3920 “Philosophy in Public” or the independent student course HONR:3150 “Honors Service Learning”. See below for details.

Option 2 -- VOLUNTEER SERVICE: Follow the steps below to identify and engage with a local service partner.

If you have already begun volunteering or you’re not sure if your service fits in either of these options, reach out to Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard (andrew-willard@uiowa.edu).


OPTION 1

PHIL:3920 Philosophy in Public

To get credit for service through an experiential learning course, students can enroll in the course, PHIL:3920. In this course, students will participate in a community internship, volunteer activity, or UI student group and write short weekly reflections that connect the activity with their larger personal, professional, and/or community aims.  Each week there will be a single text -- an article from a newspaper or blog, a video podcast, or an excerpt from a piece of philosophy -- and then the write-ups will be a matter of weighing in on these.
Honors students earn honors experiential learning credit for the course.

While offered by the Philosophy department, Phil:3920 is designed for a wide variety of service experiences and is a popular option.


HONR:3150 Honors Service Learning

For this independent study course, students need to:

  1. Approach an instructor and request they serve as your mentor/guide for a service learning project*
  2. Working with your instructor and volunteer supervisor/organization, develop:
    1. A description of what you will be doing as a volunteer
    2. How many hours per week you will be volunteering
    3. A reflective piece (we encourage journaling or blogging)
    4. A further learning piece (e.g. readings on social issues that the service aims to address)
    5. Discussions/meetings on an as-needed basis with your instructor
  3. Enroll in HONR:3150 Honors Service Learning and complete the Honors Reflection Process as described in Option 2 below.

HONR:3150 is the best option if you have a preference for a specific faculty member or department to provide the academic component of the experience. You choose your mentor/guide and design the course together.

*Your instructor must have faculty status at the University of Iowa. If your instructor is not listed in MyUI, email honors-program@uiowa.edu with their name and department and we will notify you when they've been added.​​​


OPTION 2

Quick Links - Honors Reflection Process


STEP 1: Identify a Service Opportunity

If you are already engaged in service, see "Important Note on Late Submissions" below. If you do not already have a volunteer position, schedule a meeting with Volunteer Coordinator Lindsey Meyer (lindsey-meyer@uiowa.edu) or visit https://leadandserve.uiowa.edu/service/volunteer/ to learn more. 

Set up a profile with the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties: http://volunteer.unitedwayjwc.org/

Your meeting will consist of a few basic questions. It is designed to guide you through considering and then describing what you hope to gain or accomplish from your service.

This needs to be done before your service begins, although exceptions are made for volunteer service and service learning done before Spring 2021.


Important Note on Late Submissions

If submitting late, please make sure your experience qualifies before beginning the honors reflection assignment (i.e., pre-experience questionnaire, post-experience questionnaire, and narrative).  Here’s how to determine if your experience qualifies:

1)  Is your experience registered and listed on your grade report (transcript)?  If yes, please prepare and submit your pre-experience questionnaire, and after submitting it, Andy Willard, Honors Experiential Learning Director, will contact you to let you when to prepare and submit your post-experience questionnaire and narrative.

2)  If your experience is not registered and listed on your grade report, then email Andy (andrew-willard@uiowa.edu) for instructions for how to proceed.

STEP 2: Complete the Honors Program pre-questionnaire Form

Pre-Experience Questionnaire


STEP 3: Serve!


STEP 4: Complete the Post-Experience Questionnaire

This is the place where you can comment on how your experience has shaped your growth. It is designed to guide your reflection on your experience to see how and in what ways it fulfilled or did not fulfill your hopes and expectations.

Post-Experience Questionnaire

We recommend that you start this as your service experience comes to a close and submit the completed form within five (5) weeks after your service experience ends. If you are conducting your service learning in your final semester at Iowa, this is due four weeks before the close of classes.

STEP 5: Submit your Narrative

The purpose of your narrative is to present highlights of your experience to others and demonstrate how they have contributed to your growth and self-knowledge. There isn’t one way to do this, but, in general, we want it to be fun and informative, yet easy to read and/or understand.

Narratives can take many forms including a written piece, podcast, comic strip, video, slideshow, etc. There is no required format. We do expect a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words for written pieces. Video and audio can be varying length. Video, audio, and comic strip submissions will require a short explanation (minimum of 250 words) detailing their pertinence to your experience.

Here is a list of what your narrative must include and what we might ask for you to expand on after reviewing it:

  • Where you went and what you did
  • How long you were there
  • Highlights of your experience 
  • How this experience fostered self-discovery and personal growth
  • Two (2) images (more are welcome, though!)
  • Your author bio (you have the option to include a photo of yourself)

Your narrative may be published on the honors blog and social media. By sharing your narrative with others, what you learned can have a broader impact and possibly lead someone else to take part in a new experience. To prepare your narrative for others, you will need to reflect on the experience and think about what you want to share. You may draw on ideas and even whole paragraphs from your answers to the post-experience questionnaire; however, please keep in mind that you are writing the narrative for a general audience.

Here are some tips for blog-writing:

  • Avoid unnecessary jargon, like technical terms and acronyms.  Make sure to explain any ideas or concepts that are not common knowledge. 
  • Use paragraphs to break up the ideas in your narrative.
  • Be specific about your experience by including examples and anecdotes. Get creative and be descriptive!
  • Pay attention to the transition and flow of your main ideas—your narrative should make sense from start to finish.
  • Finish strong. What do you want others to take away from your narrative? What advice do you want to impart to your peers? How did this experience impact you the most? End your narrative with gusto!
  • Fix grammatical errors and submit a polished final draft.

Submit Your Narrative

The timeline for the narrative is the same as for the post-experience questionnaire.


STEP 6: Earn Honors Credit!

For service learning not registered as an enrolled course:

  • 30 hours of service = 1 credit of experiential learning
  • Service hours can include: commute, trainings, service work, planning, meetings with site partnerships, meetings with Volunteer Coordinator, and more.
  • Maximum credit hours earned in a semester for a single experience are 4 credits.

Note: It is possible to participate with a different service partner with a different organization within the same semester for an additional 1-4 honors experiential learning credits.


Study Abroad Option

Earns you up to 12 experiential learning credits. 


    Honors at Iowa encourages students to explore—and studying abroad allows them to do just that. To earn honors credit for a study abroad experience all students must complete a guided reflection process, which includes a pre- and post-experience questionnaire and a narrative submission.

    Honors Outreach Ambassadors partnered with the Office for Study Abroad for a roadshow entitled "Study Abroad for the Pandemic Era." Watch on video below. Presentation starts at 0.33.


    Quick Links - Honors Reflection Process


    Step 1: Identify a Study Abroad Opportunity

    At the University of Iowa, the Office of Study Abroad connects students with many established programs for studying abroad. The University of Iowa offers approximately 75 study abroad programs scattered across every continent (except Antarctica). If none of the UI’s programs are right for you, you may participate in a program offered by another U.S. university or foreign university or a program approved by the Office of Study Abroad. The possibilities are nearly limitless.

    Contact the UI Study Abroad office with questions at (319) 335-0353 or study-abroad@uiowa.edu, or visit the Study Abroad Office website.


    Step 2: Register with the Office of Study Abroad

    As long as a student is registered for the program through the Office of Study Abroad, the student is eligible to earn honors credit.  


    Step 3: Complete the Pre-Experience Questionnaire

    This consists of a few basic questions. It is designed to guide you through considering and then describing what you hope to gain or accomplish from your study abroad experience.

    Pre-Experience Questionnaire


    Step 4: Go abroad!


    Step 5: Complete the Post-Experience Questionnaire

    This is the place where you can comment on how your experience has shaped your growth. It is designed to guide your reflection on your study abroad experience to see how and in what ways it fulfilled or did not fulfill your hopes and expectations.

    Post-Experience Questionnaire

    We recommend that you start this as your study abroad term comes to a close and submit the completed form within five (5) weeks after your study abroad program ends. If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Iowa, this is due four weeks before the close of classes.


    Step 6: Submit Your Narrative

    The purpose of your narrative is to present highlights of your experience to others and demonstrate how they have contributed to your growth and self-knowledge. There isn’t one way to do this, but in general, we want it to be fun and informative, yet easy to read and/or understand.

    Narratives can take many forms including a written piece, podcast, comic strip, video, slideshow, etc. There is no required format. We do expect a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words for written pieces. Video and audio can be varying length. Video, audio, and comic strip submissions will require a short explanation (minimum of 250 words) detailing their pertinence to your experience.

    Here is a list of what your narrative must include and what we might ask for you to expand on after reviewing it:

    • Where you went and what you did
    • How long you were there
    • Highlights of your experience 
    • How this experience fostered self-discovery and personal growth
    • Two (2) images (more are welcome, though!)
    • Your author bio (you have the option to include a photo of yourself)

    Your narrative may be published on the honors blog and social media. By sharing your narrative with others, what you learned can have a broader impact and possibly lead someone else to take part in a new experience. To prepare your narrative for others, you will need to reflect on the experience and think about what you want to share. You may draw on ideas and even whole paragraphs from your answers to the post-experience questionnaire; however, please keep in mind that you are writing the narrative for a general audience.

    Here are some tips for blog-writing:

    • Avoid unnecessary jargon, like technical terms and acronyms.  Make sure to explain any ideas or concepts that are not common knowledge.
    • Use paragraphs to break up the ideas in your narrative.
    • Be specific about your experience by including examples and anecdotes. Get creative and be descriptive!
    • Pay attention to the transition and flow of your main ideas—your narrative should make sense from start to finish.
    • Finish strong. What do you want others to take away from your narrative? What advice do you want to impart to your peers? How did this experience impact you the most? End your narrative with gusto!
    • Fix grammatical errors and submit a polished final draft.

    Submit Your Narrative

    The submission timeline for the narrative is the same as for the post-experience questionnaire. 


    Step 7: Earn Honors Credit!

    Honors Experiential Learning credit will be awarded per semester accordingly:

    • 1-2 week experience with reflection process: 1 honors credit
    • 3-5 week experience with reflection process: up to 2 honors credits
    • 6-9 week experience with reflection process: up to 3 honors credits
    • 10 or more week experience with reflection process: up to 4 honors credits

    Note: For study abroad in the same country for one semester (regardless of the number of weeks), four (4) is the maximum number of honors credits that can be earned by completing the honors reflection assignment. 


     

    HONORS INTERNSHIP

    Earns you up to 12 experiential learning credits. 


    Honors at Iowa encourages students to intern — whether as volunteers, paid employees, or as students enrolled for academic credit. Internships are supervised work experiences related to your career goals and are available across all disciplines. The word “internship” does not need to be in the job title for your experience to count as one.


      Students are strongly encouraged to register their internship (see Step #2), which will be listed on their grade report. Occasionally, students may be able to earn honors credit for an internship even though they cannot register it.

      If a student’s internship supervisor is a relative, the internship is not eligible for earning honors credit.


      Quick Links - Honors Reflection Process


      Step 1: Identify an Internship

      At the University of Iowa, the Pomerantz Career Center connects students with many established programs for interning or service learning. Many undergraduate colleges and departments also provide regular rubrics for internships or service-learning programs that tie substantively to their areas of inquiry and practice. Contact Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard (andrew-willard@uiowa.edu) if you are unsure if your internship is eligible for honors credit.

      Students registering their experience through the College of Engineering may earn honors credit for their internships or co-ops but they should not use the procedure presented on this page; rather, they should contact the Director for Engineering Professional Development in the College of Engineering for the appropriate procedure.   


      Step 2: Register your Internship

      Option 1: Enroll in an internship course (CCP:XXXX) from the Pomerantz Career Center. These courses are available for zero (0) or more semester hours. Request to register by following these instructions and deadlines. To enroll in a zero (0) semester hour credit course, your internship must meet these requirements. 

      • Professional experience that relates to student's major field or area of career interest
      • At least 80% professional work
      • Full or part-time intern must work a minimum of 10 hours per week 
      • Intern must work at least 10 weeks during spring or fall term, or 8 weeks in summer 
      • Requires continuous supervision by a professional in the field (not a student)

      Option 2: All Tippie College of Business students must enroll in the zero (0) semester hour internship course BUS:3100. Request to register by following these instructions and deadlines.  

      Option 3: Enroll in an internship or practicum course usually offered by your college or department. This is a credit-bearing course and has associated tuition and fees. Contact your college or department to find out more about the course options and registration process. 

      Option 4: Enroll in HONR:3160. You can choose to earn zero, one, two, or three credits for this course with associated tuition and fees. This option is only available for internships supervised by a UI faculty or staff member with authority to issue a grade. 

      Option 5: If your internship does not meet registration requirements, it still might qualify as an experience for which you can earn honors credit. To explore this option, please contact Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard at andrew-willard@uiowa.edu

      If you were not able to register your internship before the late registration deadline, contact Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard.


      Important Note on Late Submissions

      If submitting late, please make sure your experience qualifies before beginning the honors reflection assignment (i.e., pre-experience questionnaire, post-experience questionnaire, and narrative).  Here’s how to determine if your experience qualifies:

      1)  Is your experience registered and listed on your grade report (transcript)?  If yes, please prepare and submit your pre-experience questionnaire, and after submitting it, Andy Willard, Honors Experiential Learning Director, will contact you to let you when to prepare and submit your post-experience questionnaire and narrative.

      2)  If your experience is not registered and listed on your grade report, then email Andy (andrew-willard@uiowa.edu) for instructions for how to proceed.

      STEP 3: Complete the Pre-Experience Questionnaire

      This consists of a few basic questions. It is designed to guide you through considering and then describing what you hope to gain or accomplish from your internship.

      Pre-Experience Questionnaire


      STEP 4: Intern!


      STEP 5: Complete the Post-Experience Questionnaire

      This is the place where you can comment on how your experience has shaped your growth. It is designed to guide your reflection on your internship experience to see how and in what ways it fulfilled or did not fulfill your hopes and expectations.

      Post-Experience Questionnaire

      We recommend that you start this as your internship comes to a close and submit the completed form within five (5) weeks after your internship ends. If you are interning in your final semester at Iowa, this is due four weeks before the close of classes.


      STEP 6: Submit your Narrative

      The purpose of your narrative is to present highlights of your experience to others and demonstrate how they have contributed to your growth and self-knowledge. There isn’t one way to do this, but in general, we want it to be fun and informative, yet easy to read and/or understand.

      Narratives can take many forms including a written piece, podcast, comic strip, video, slideshow, etc. There is no required format. We do expect a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words for written pieces. Video and audio can be varying length. Video, audio, and comic strip submissions will require a short explanation (minimum of 250 words) detailing their pertinence to your experience.

      Here is a list of what your narrative must include and what we might ask for you to expand on after reviewing it:

      • Where you went and what you did
      • How long you were there
      • Highlights of your experience 
      • How this experience fostered self-discovery and personal growth
      • Two (2) images (more are welcome, though!)
      • Your author bio (you have the option to include a photo of yourself)

      Your narrative may be published on the honors blog and social media. By sharing your narrative with others, what you learned can have a broader impact and possibly lead someone else to take part in a new experience. To prepare your narrative for others, you will need to reflect on the experience and think about what you want to share. You may draw on ideas and even whole paragraphs from your answers to the post-experience questionnaire; however, please keep in mind that you are writing the narrative for a general audience.

      Here are some tips for blog-writing:

      • Avoid unnecessary jargon, like technical terms and acronyms.  Make sure to explain any ideas or concepts that are not common knowledge. 
      • Use paragraphs to break up the ideas in your narrative.
      • Be specific about your experience by including examples and anecdotes. Get creative and be descriptive!
      • Pay attention to the transition and flow of your main ideas—your narrative should make sense from start to finish.
      • Finish strong. What do you want others to take away from your narrative? What advice do you want to impart to your peers? How did this experience impact you the most? End your narrative with gusto!
      • Fix grammatical errors and submit a polished final draft.

      Submit Your Narrative

      The timeline for the narrative is the same as for the post-experience questionnaire.


      STEP 7: Earn Honors Credit!

      For zero-credit internships, experiential learning credit will be awarded accordingly:

      • 1-2 week experience with honors reflection process: 1 honors credit 
      • 3-5 week experience with honors reflection process: up to 2 honors credits
      • 6-9 week experience with honors reflection process: up to 3 honors credits
      • 10-15 week experience with honors reflection process: up to 4 honors credits

      For credit-bearing internships/practicums, experiential learning credit will be awarded accordingly:

      • For a 1 semester-hour course with honors reflection process: 1 honors credit
      • For a 2 semester-hour course with honors reflection process: up to 2 honors credits
      • For a 3 semester-hour course with honors reflection process: up to 3 honors credits
      • For a 4 or more semester-hour course with honors reflection process: up to 4 honors credits

       

      TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSISTANTSHIPS OPTIONS

      Earns you up to 12 experiential learning credits. 


      Beginning Spring 2021, Honors students at Iowa may have the opportunity to expand their skill sets and academic understanding if asked to be a teaching assistant or learning assistant. Sometimes these are in the form of a semester hour based course, volunteer, or paid positions. These roles  allow a student to grasp an even deeper understanding of the material through facilitation of its dissemination, as well as developing useful transferable skills in instruction. Teaching roles may earn honors experiential learning credit through completion of the Honors Reflection Process.


      If a student’s TA/LA supervisor is a relative, the experience is not eligible for earning honors credit.


      Quick Links - Honors Reflection Process


      Step 1: Identify an TA/LA site

      At the University of Iowa this process is handled differently by each department, e.g. a solicitation by the instructor, an application for a position, etc. Many undergraduate colleges and departments also provide regular rubrics for TA/LAship programs that tie substantively to their areas of inquiry and practice. Contact Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard (andrew-willard@uiowa.edu) if you are unsure if your TA/LAship is eligible for honors credit.

      Students in the College of Engineering, being an TA/LA for an engineering course may earn honors credit for their TA/LAship via the Engineering Community Engagement Form rather than the Honors Reflection Process.


      STEP 2: REGISTER YOUR TEACHING EXPERIENCE

      Option 1: HONR:3100 Honors Teaching Practicum. You can choose to earn zero, one, two, or three credits for this course with associated tuition and fees. This option is only available for internships supervised by a UI faculty or staff member with authority to issue a grade. 

      • Serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) can be an experience that is treated as an internship and for which you can earn honors experiential learning credit.
      • There are different ways to register a teaching assistantship and perhaps the most common is to use HONR:3100 Honors Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits per semester).
      • However you register a teaching assistantship, to earn honors experiential learning credit for serving as a TA, you will need to complete the Honors Reflection Process.

      Option 2: If your teaching experience does not meet registration requirements, it still might qualify as an experience for which you can earn honors credit. To explore this option, please contact Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard at andrew-willard@uiowa.edu


       

      STEP 3: Complete the Pre-Experience Questionnaire

      This consists of a few basic questions. It is designed to guide you through considering and then describing what you hope to gain or accomplish from your internship.

      Pre-Experience Questionnaire


      STEP 4: Intern!


      STEP 5: Complete the Post-Experience Questionnaire

      This is the place where you can comment on how your experience has shaped your growth. It is designed to guide your reflection on your internship experience to see how and in what ways it fulfilled or did not fulfill your hopes and expectations.

      Post-Experience Questionnaire

      You can start this once you complete your internship and must do so within five (5) weeks after your internship concludes. If you are in your final semester at Iowa, this is due four weeks before the close of classes.


      STEP 6: Submit your Narrative

      The purpose of your narrative is to present highlights of your experience to others and demonstrate how they have contributed to your growth and self-knowledge. There isn’t one way to do this, but in general, we want it to be fun and informative, yet easy to read and/or understand.

      Narratives can take many forms including a written piece, podcast, comic strip, video, slideshow, etc. There is no required format. We do expect a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words for written pieces. Video and audio can be varying length. Video, audio, and comic strip submissions will require a short explanation (minimum of 250 words) detailing their pertinence to your experience.

      Here is a list of what your narrative must include and what we might ask for you to expand on after reviewing it:

      • Where you went and what you did
      • How long you were there
      • Highlights of your experience 
      • How this experience fostered self-discovery and personal growth
      • Two (2) images (more are welcome, though!)
      • Your author bio (you have the option to include a photo of yourself)

      Your narrative may be published on the honors blog and social media. By sharing your narrative with others, what you learned can have a broader impact and possibly lead someone else to take part in a new experience. To prepare your narrative for others, you will need to reflect on the experience and think about what you want to share. You may draw on ideas and even whole paragraphs from your answers to the post-experience questionnaire; however, please keep in mind that you are writing the narrative for a general audience.

      Here are some tips for blog-writing:

      • Avoid unnecessary jargon, like technical terms and acronyms.  Make sure to explain any ideas or concepts that are not common knowledge. 
      • Use paragraphs to break up the ideas in your narrative.
      • Be specific about your experience by including examples and anecdotes. Get creative and be descriptive!
      • Pay attention to the transition and flow of your main ideas—your narrative should make sense from start to finish.
      • Finish strong. What do you want others to take away from your narrative? What advice do you want to impart to your peers? How did this experience impact you the most? End your narrative with gusto!
      • Fix grammatical errors and submit a polished final draft.

      Submit Your Narrative

      The timeline for the narrative is the same as for the post-experience questionnaire.


      STEP 7: Earn Honors Credit!

       

      For credit-bearing teaching roles, experiential learning credit will be awarded accordingly:

      • For a 1 semester-hour registration with questionnaires and narrative: 1 honors credit
      • For a 2 semester-hour registration with questionnaires and narrative: up to 2 honors credits
      • For a 3 semester-hour registration with questionnaires and narrative: up to 3 honors credits

      Note: It is also possible to participate in a different teaching experience with a different course within the same semester for an additional 1-3 honors experiential learning credits.

      If your teaching experience does not meet registration requirements, it still might qualify as an experience for which you can earn honors credit. To explore this option, please contact Honors Experiential Learning Director Andy Willard at andrew-willard@uiowa.edu


       

      Experiential coursework earns you up to 12 experiential learning credits. While some experiential coursework listed is of interest to specific majors, others develop skills and offer opportunities that are broadly applicable such as RHET:2090 Conversation Practicum. As neuroscience major Erin Golden says:

      "Enrolling in the Conversation Practicum (RHET:2090) was perhaps the best decision I made in college. In this course, confident English speakers meet with international students, faculty, and staff through a program called the Conversation Center. There are also opportunities for English-speaking students to have conversations with international community members. The course is centered on fostering intercultural exchange through developing communication skills and reflecting on one’s place in their community. As a domestic student, I feel very thankful for the opportunity to meet people from all around the world. I am endlessly grateful to have been able to get to know incredible people I am certain I would otherwise never have met."  

      Read course descriptions linked below to explore honors experiential coursework offerings further. 


      HONR Courses


      Honors Writing Fellowship

      Being an Honors Writing Fellow earns you up to 12 honors credits:

      *Credits contingent upon completion of final Writing Fellows reflection assignment


      Approved CLAS and UC Courses

      *see "Research" tab above for another 33 experiential learning courses in research.


      Approved Tippie RISE Courses

      For more information on Tippie RISE click HERE

      Applying for the Honors Experiential Learning Grant

      Honors at Iowa is occasionally able to offer financial support to undergraduates who:

      • are members of the Honors Program 
      • intend to travel for/participate in an experiential learning event, (e.g. professional conferences, study abroad experiences, internships, research trips/training endeavors, etc.).  

      *The amount of each award varies according to circumstance and need, but averages $500.


      Deadline Schedule

      • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis
        • Applications must be submitted at least a month in advance of the event
      • Notification of applicants will take place on an ongoing basis, (usually within two weeks of application submission). 

      Application

      Please note: Students will only be awarded an Honors Experiential Learning Grant once during their undergraduate career. The following requirements must be met in order to to be considered for funding:

      • Conference presentations - Must be co/presenting a poster/oral paper, be named on a presentation by a mentor, or contributing to the event.
      • Research - Must be traveling outside of the local area to access special resources or connect with subjects.
      • Study abroad programs - Must be participating in a program supported/endorsed by UI Office of Study Abroad.
      • Internships - Must register the internship experience for Honors Experiential Learning

      To complete the form, you will need to know:

      • Event, program, internship, travel information, including location and dates
      • A copy of the abstract, poster, application, notice of application to or acceptance from the program, etc. 
      • An estimated travel budget/expenses (airfare/gas, lodging, registration, food, etc.)

      You can find the application HERE


      Finding Additional Funding

        We encourage students to explore other options for funding, which may include, but are not limited to the following resources:

        If you have questions about Honors Experiential Learning Grants, the application process, or have difficulty accessing our online application form, please email honors-program@uiowa.edu