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 Construction Web Cam
Click this link to watch the ground-breaking March 7 and the progress on the expansion of the Honors College.
Dickason Named Truman Finalist
Junior Christine Dickason (B.A. Public Policy Leadership) has been invited to interview for the Truman Scholarship. Good luck to Christine in Nashville, March 24th!
2014 Barksdale Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to Jillian Cowart and Megan Smith, the winners of this year’s Barksdale Awards. These $5,000 awards, announced at the Spring Honors Convocation, support independent projects of the students’ own design. Jillian (junior, B.A. International Studies, Public Policy Leadership) will be exploring connections between local farming and local economies, comparing efforts in Senegal and the Mississippi Delta. Megan (junior, B.S. biology, B.A. English) will be talking with landowners all around the country to explore the efficacy of incentive-based conservation efforts. Good luck to these citizen scholars!
Jillian Cowart and Megan Smith
SMBHC Hosts Dr. Hannah Gay
On February 5th, the SMBHC welcomed Dr. Hannah Gay as its Spring 2014 Honors College Convocation speaker. Dr. Gay, an associate professor and HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is credited with “functionally curing” an infant of HIV. For pictures of the event, visit here.