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Student Leadership & Engagement

University Honors offers highly accomplished students the opportunity to expand their curiosity, collaborate with peers, discover their life-career direction, hone their academic and leadership abilities, and make an impact in Tennessee and beyond. Students in University Honors find that they belong to a community of peers, faculty, and staff that share the same drive to challenge themselves and improve the world around them. We foster this sense of community, in part, through our signature student leadership and engagement programs:

  1. University Honors Peer Mentors
  2. University Honors Ambassadors
  3. Honors Student Engagement Council

If you would like more information on any of these opportunities and/or are interested in submitting an application, please refer to the dropdown tabs below. Note: The University Honors Peer Mentors application opens January 22, 2024.

University Honors Peer Mentors (PMs) serve as dedicated and encouraging role models, mentors, and resources for honors students enrolled in UNHO 101: Honors First-Year Seminar. PMs collaborate with the seminar instructor, and, as representatives of University Honors, are responsible for attending their assigned section of UNHO 101 each week, providing academic support to their honors students, and leading one-on-one and group meetings with their students. PMs receive peer mentor training and are eligible to receive a $500 stipend at the end of the semester when all of requirements and responsibilities are fulfilled.

For more information about University Honors Peer Mentors, please email Caroline Christian at

University Honors Ambassadors are selected each spring to serve as representatives of our programs at various events around campus. Throughout the academic year, Ambassadors are called upon to meet with prospective students during campus and attend various admissions events both on and off campus. As an Ambassador, students must participate in a weekly training course and have availability to participate in events on select weekends.

For more information about University Honors Ambassadors, please email Claire Morrell at

Honors Student Engagement Council (HSEC) is a UH student-driven initiative that is open to all University Honors students. Each semester HSEC coordinates inclusive, innovative events and service opportunities for University Honors students to build connections and create community. 

If you have questions or want to get involved with HSEC, please email Caroline Christian at or HSEC President Anna Weis