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The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College attracts a diverse body of high-performing students to the University of Mississippi and prepares citizen scholars who are fired by the life of the mind, committed to the public good, driven to find solutions.  Established in 1997 through a gift from alumni Jim and Sally Barksdale, the Honors College merges intellectual rigor with community action. It offers an education similar to that at prestigious private liberal-arts schools and universities, but at a far lower cost. Small, discussion-based classes, dedicated faculty, and a nurturing staff enable honors students to experience intellectual as well as personal growth.

News & Events

Honors College Professor Wins Elsie M. Hood Award!

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Congratulations to Bob Brown, Professor of Political Science, for being this year’s Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award.  Dr. Brown has taught on the Honors Freshman Seminar team since Fall 2004, and now coordinates the faculty development for these foundational honors courses.  To learn more about Dr. Brown, visit here.

SMBHC Senior and Alum Win NSF Fellowships

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Congratulations to senior Megan Smith (B.S. biology, B.A. English) on winning an NSF Graduate Fellowship.  Megan, who has done research under Dr. Brice Noonan and Dr. Rich Buchholz, plans to use the Fellowship to fund her graduate studies at the Ohio State University.  2011-04-reinemann-nsaCongratulations also to another NSF GRF winner, Nikki Reinemann, SMBHC alum (2012; B.S. chemistry, B.S. Chemical Engineering).  Nikki is currently studying at Vanderbilt University; while an undergrad, she conducted research under Dr. Nathan Hammer.

Deadline to Accept Offer of Admission is May 1

We want to remind those students accepted into the Fall 2015 cohort that you must accept the offer by 11:59 pm CDT May 1.  To do so, log into my.olemiss.edu, access the Special Programs and Scholarship application, and click on Check Application Status to enter your decision.  Please note, if we have not heard from you by May 1, we will assume you are declining the offer and will give your spot to a student on our waitlist. If you have any problems or questions, please call us at 662-915-7294.

Congratulations to Two Fulbright Scholars

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The Honors College is happy to announce that Jordan Troisi, our Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions, and Colby Woods (2014, B.A. International Studies, German) have been award Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Jordan will be going to Turkey and Colby to Germany, as English Teaching Assistants. Great news to celebrate!

SMBHC Alum Wins Gates Cambridge

OMLP Portrait (Compressed) (170x212)Chiedozie Ibekwe (2012, B.S.in Electrical Engineering) has won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.  Dozie, who has been working for General Electric since he graduated, plans to earn his MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge.  With that degree, he hopes to become involved in international development consulting and policy advisory, with particular attention to developing policies to boost manufacturing and diversify African economies.  Congratulations, Dozie!

Fall 2015 Courses Now Available

Fall 2015 course lists are now available as hard copies in the SMBHC lounge and on the web.

Honors College Construction Time-Lapse Video

My, how time flies.  Our ground-breaking ceremony was March 7, 2014.  Watch this short video to see the progress this past year.

Honors College Congratulates Students Accepted for Fall 2015 Freshman Class!

The Honors College congratulates those applicants accepted for our Fall 2015 freshman class.  This group has a record average ACT of 30.8 and an average high school GPA of 3.96.  Students hail from 34 states and two foreign countries.  Those accepted to join the entering freshman class of citizen scholars at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College must accept or decline the offer by 11:59 pm CDT May 1.  To do so, log into my.olemiss.edu, access the Special Programs and Scholarship application, and click on Check Application Status to enter your decision.  Please note, if we have not heard from you by May 1, we will assume you are declining the offer and will give your spot to a student on our waitlist. If you have any problems or questions, please call us at 662-915-7294.

Barksdale Award Winners Announced!

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Congratulations to our 2015 Barksdale Award Winners:  Joe Bell and Kate Lindsay!  Joe will be spending time with cowboys (California or Colorado) and gauchos (Uruguay), learning what happens to men and to myths when modernization infringes on the frontier.  Kate will travel to Washington, New York, and Los Angeles to explore ways that Deaf theatre (of/by/for the Deaf) pushes the notion of theatre itself, for both Deaf and hearing audiences, actors, crew, and playwrights.  Joe is a sophomore working toward a B.A. in international studies, Public Policy Leadership, and Spanish, with a minor in environmental studies.  Kate, a junior, is earning both a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts and a B.Accy.  Click here for more information about these two students’ plans.  Good luck to both as they pursue some dreams, courtesy of the Barksdale Award!

Honors College Construction

The Honors College expansion project is starting to rise above ground.  Click this link to watch the progress live.

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Last Updated:09/29/2014