Pre-Approved Experiences

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
Accelerating Racial Justice TBD 1  
Bearcat Buddies Lead Tutor Fran Larkin 1 Application for Spring 2022 closes January 6, 2022
Belong Coordinator for University Honors Program Bria Howard 1 The Belong Coordinators experience focuses on fostering awareness and inclusivity among UHP students, staff, and faculty through interactive educational programming. This 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  
Character-Based Leadership (Lindner Honors-PLUS only) Raqule Crawley 1 Register for fall semester course
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 TBD 1  
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
McNair Prep Stephanie Davis 1 Apply in Mid-February of first year
McNair Scholars Stephanie Davis 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 work on a team-based, 2-semester (Fall/Spring) design thinking and innovation project in collaboration with a cohort and industry partners from the Cincinnati Innovation District

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 Christina Meyer 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
  • 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 either COOP1000 or MPRO 2025 for any of the on-campus internships listed on the On-Campus Internship link provided to count as an honors experience. 
Protege Undergraduate Research James Boerio 2 Email Dr. James Boerio in early November to express interest
Student Orientation Leader (SOL) UC New Student Orientation 1 Apply through UC New Student Orientation office website
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) R. Matthew Schauseil 2 Apply by February 1
Taft Undergraduate Research Award Taft Research Center 2 Apply by early March
Teaching Assistant at Chongqing University Sherry Liao 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
THRIVE Mentor & Facilitator with LGBTQ Center R. Chad Freeman 1
  • The THRIVE 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
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 Discover Marcell Crawford 2 Apply in early February
UHP Student Leader Roundtable Ashley Webber 1 Apply in August for Fall 2021; Participants must be leaders in a student organization or within the community
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 Sue Casey-Leininger 1
To apply, please submit the following materials to Sue Casey-Leininger:
  • A resume that has been updated within the last month
  • Two references from relevant supervisors or outside evaluators
  • A brief summary of approximately 500 words through which the applicant outlines relevant experience and motivations for Co-op 
Welcome Experience Student Leader for UHP (mentor or coordinator) Bria Howard 1
  • Apply in spring semester
  • Experience takes place between February and October
Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL) UC Women's Center 1/year Apply in mid-February
UC UPRISE: University of Cincinnati Undergraduates Pursuing Research in Science and Engineering Heather Norton 2 Applications open Jan. 3, 2022