Pre-Approved Experiences

Accelerating Racial Justice group in 2019

Each of the 50+ pre-approved experiences is a unique opportunity with experiential components and built-in reflection. They cover a variety of topics and types of involvement from campus, to the local Cincinnati community, and even destinations domestic and abroad.

The pre-approved experiences will count as honors experiences if completed as directed (by the contact listed) and showcased in your learning portfolio within one month of completing the experience. Application deadlines can be months earlier than the beginning of the experience, so plan accordingly. 

Important considerations

  • Please note that some of the programs listed on these pages have competitive application processes and/or specific deadlines. For more information about a particular program/project, please visit the website or contact the individual listed below.
  • Most pre-approved experiences can only be counted one time as an honors experience; if you are completing a pre-approved honors experience for a second time, please contact your honors advisor to see if it can count as an additional experience.
Pre-Approved Experiences List
Program Contact Exp # Description
AACRC Transitions Mercedes Johnson 1 First-year experience for students of color
AACRC Spring Break Tour Mercedes Johnson 1 Contact the AACRC regarding application process
Accelerating Racial Justice TBD 1 This program is on hold until further notice.
AFFIRM TBD 1 This program is on hold until further notice.
Bearcat Buddies Lead Tutor Antione Spriggs 1  
Belong Coordinator for University Honors Program Shawna Obregon 1

The Belong Coordinators experience focuses on fostering awareness and inclusivity among UHP students, staff, and faculty through interactive educational programming.

The experience is a one academic year commitment (October-April).

Breakthrough Cincinnati Tiffany Dolder-Holland 2 Apply early spring semester; experience happens over the summer
BRIMS: Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students R. Matthew Schauseil 1  
Credit-bearing Study Abroad UC International 1 Includes any program for which student will receive UC credit (UC semester exchanges, UC-led faculty study tours, UC-led summer programs, third-party programs)
Crossroad Health Center Volunteer Internship Program (VIP) Crossroad Health Center 1 Applications generally due 2 months before start date
Emerging Ethnic Leaders Peer Leader Marquez Jones 1 This program is on hold until further notice.
Engineering Diplomats Leadership Team Oxana Prokhorova 1-2 Experience range based on domestic/international involvement
Engineers Without Borders International Travel Jim Tappel 1  
Experience-Based Learning & Career Education -  International Experience Programs Erin Bove 2  

Foundations of Engineering Design Thinking - Honors Research Experience

Nora Honken


CEAS students only

Gen-1 Alpha Ambassador Amber Conley 1 Apply in spring semester
Gen-1 Program First Year Experience Amber Conley 1 Apply as part of UC admissions process
GlobeMed GROW Internship Robin Selzer 1  
Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Shawn Adkins 1  
iLead Manager in College of Nursing Deborah Gray 1 Apply in spring semester
iLead Mentor in College of Nursing Deborah Gray 1 Apply in spring semester
iLead transition/transfer participant in College of Nursing Deborah Gray 1 Confirm participation in summer  
International Co-op Program Erin Bove 2 Apply through Professional Assessment + Learning (PAL)
International Virtual Collaboration Experience Cedrick Kwuimy 1
  • Open to STEM majors across UC
  • Collaborate virtually with students at a university abroad that partners with UC to solve a global problem
  • Develop cross cultural, problem solving, project management, design process and programming skills
  •  Experience takes place virtually during spring semester; can be extended through summer and fall if needed to complete experience
  • Contact Dr. Cedrick Kwuimy during fall semester to express interest
Kuamka Participants Mercedes Johnson 1 Apply in October
LCB PACE Leader Sarah Jernigan 1 Lindner College of Business students only; capped at 2 experiences
Lindner Honors-PLUS Business Ethics Raqule Crawley 1 Register for summer semester
Marian Spencer Scholars International Travel   1 Open to students in the Marian Spencer Scholars program only
McNair Prep Charity Winburn 1 Apply in Mid-February of first year
McNair Scholars Charity Winburn 2 Apply in Mid-February of second year
NEXT Innovation Scholars Innovation Advancement Project Aaron Bradley 1

Open to students in the NEXT Innovation Scholars program only

Students use design thinking processes and tools to complete a series of team-based innovation projects in collaboration with the Office of Innovation and the Cincinnati Innovation District.

Projects will focus on the growth of UC’s innovation ecosystem and increased student engagement with innovation programming and resources.


Nursing Co-Op Deborah Schwytzer 1 Apply in January of third year
Nursing iLead Next Gen Peer Mentoring Deborah Gray 1 Apply in spring semester  
Nursing Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Gina Britton 1
  • Open to College of Nursing undergraduate students with strong interest in research
  • 2-semester (Fall/Spring) commitment
  • Students should apply by May 1 between first and second year
  • Students may re-apply if not accepted
Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Fulbright Bootcamp Jenny Hyest 1
  • Experience takes place over the summer
  • Must be applying for a Fulbright award to participate
  • Must complete the registration form
  • Must participate in Fulbright Bootcamp, and complete and submit a Fulbright application, for this to count as a pre-approved experience
On-Campus Internship/Co-op (Co-op2.0) Kelly Thompson

1 You must register for and complete the COOP1000 course for any of the on-campus internships listed at the link provided to count as an honors experience. 
Protege Undergraduate Research James Boerio 2 Email Dr. James Boerio in early November to express interest
PRISM Mentor Program with LGBTQ Center R. Chad Freeman 1
  • The PRISM Mentorship program is designed to connect and pair LGBTQIA+ first year students with upper class mentors from across campus
  • Students must serve as both mentors and facilitators for a weekly LGBTQ+ based discussion group in order to count this as a pre-approved Honors experience (a 1-year commitment)
  • Applications open mid-May and deadline is typically mid-August
  • Must apply and email R. Chad Freeman  to express interest in being a facilitator as well as a mentor
Service Learning Co-op Paula Harper 1 Undergraduate students in any non-mandatory co-op major are eligible; You must register for and complete COOP2000 course for this to count as an honors experience. 
Social Change Leadership Program (RAPP) Keith Lanser 1

Applications will close in September 2022

Students can choose to pursue either the co-curricular or course option of the program. Students choosing the course option must register for the Honors section of ORGL 4095 in Fall Semester (1 credit hour) and the Honors section of ORGL 4098 in Spring Semester (2 credit hours)

Student Orientation Leader (SOL) New Student Orientation Office 1  Check the link provided for application deadlines.
Student Orientation Coordinator (SOC) New Student Orientation Office 1  To be a SOC, a student must successfully complete being a SOL first.  Contact New Student Orientation Office for more information on the position.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) R. Matthew Schauseil 2
Taft Undergraduate Research Award Taft Research Center 2 Apply by early March
Teaching Assistant at Chongqing University TBD 2 Apply through Professional Assessment + Learning (PAL)
Teaching Assistant for First-Year Engineering classes Jeff Kastner 1
  • Students who plan to participate in this pre-approved experience need to contact Dr. Kastner by the second week of classes
  • Students are required to complete a set of leadership modules throughout the semester in addition to the TA job responsibilities, in order to count this as a pre-approved experience
The Washington Center Brodie Theis 2 Register for INT3030 Section 2; Applications reviewed on rolling basis; 1 exp. for seminar, 1 exp. for internship
UHP Ambassador Leadership Team Jason Autry 1
12-month commitment
Must be a UHP Ambassador. Apply by early summer.
Must be in good standing with UHP
  • Support UHP’s goals related to cultivate an inclusive and engaging community of students supporting the UHP vision
  • Cultivate a supportive and engaging community of UHP Ambassadors
  •  Strengthen the UHP social community internally and externally to campus
  • Assist with logistics related to and training of UHP Ambassadors
  • Advise and develop new initiatives and processes to improve recruitment outcomes
UHP Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program (RaMP) Kyle Key 1 Application opens late fall; research takes place in spring
UHP CRITS (Critical Reflection and Introspection Through Storytelling) Kyle Key 1

Collaborative storytelling in the form of tabletop role playing, using the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition System

No prior experience with this game is required to participate! 

UHP Discover Whitney Menser 2 Apply in early February
UHP Student Leader Roundtable Vikki Kowalczyk 1

Complete an interest form, available mid-August for Fall semester; early January for Spring semester

Students must be leaders of their campus or community organization to participate. Students who fully participate through a full semester can earn one honors experience. 

Special topics available: International Development Roundtable

UK Fulbright Summer Institutes Jenny Hyest 1 Apply in February
University Innovation Fellows Program Aaron Bradley 1 Only open to students in NEXT Innovation Scholars Program who are selected for the leadership circle each year
Upspring 360 Summer Camp for Children Experiencing Homelessness Maurice Stewart 1 Apply in April
Village Life Outreach Co-op/Internship and special projects   1 This program is on hold until further notice.
Welcome Experience Student Leader for UHP (mentor or coordinator) Bria Howard 1
Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL) UC Women's Center 1/year This program is on hold until further notice.
UC UPRISE: University of Cincinnati Undergraduates Pursuing Research in Science and Engineering Heather Norton 2 Applications typically open in early January