The mission of the Honors College is to inspire and facilitate an extraordinary education for students of exceptional motivation and ability who seek to be active learners and who will apply their knowledge and skills to critical real-world problems. To this end, the Honors College provides opportunities and challenges founded on meaningful and sustained relationships with faculty, independent learning, undergraduate research, place-based and problem-focused experiences, and intellectual engagement in global contexts. Honors curricula are designed to maximize the disciplinary depth, transdisciplinary capabilities, and purpose-driven engagement that are the hallmarks of the Virginia Tech undergraduate student experience and the VT-Shaped Student.

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  • Examining Health Conditions as Predictors of Unmet Need in Older Adults 

    Broshkevitch, Anna; Cáceres, Madeleine; Foley, Carolyn; Vipperman, Drew (2018-12)
    According to current research, unmet need for activities of daily living (ADLs) are associated with greater negative health outcomes in older adults. ADLs include eating, bathing, dressing, transferring from a bed or a ...
  • Potential Influential Factors of Cognitive Decline and Engagement in Participants of Adult Day Services 

    Elms, Lauren; Hayes, Catherine; Shelburne, William (2018-12)
    As the global population of older adults increases, so does the need for more affordable care taking services such as Adult Day Services (ADS) at Virginia Tech. Data collected over a 10-year period was assessed to understand ...
  • Increasing Equity and Decreasing Costs for Medicare Access and Treatment 

    Bourret, Kira; Cironi, Kate; Guzinski, Max; Huaman, Jonathan; Jones, P'trice; Mitchell, Shannon; Scott, Reilly; Slinde, Neil; Smith, Brett; Wear, Robert; Lewis, Stephanie N. (2018-05)
    In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a bill that established Medicare. Since then, the medical needs and structure of our society have changed in many ways. But does our current medical care and payment ...
  • Designing an Honors Peer Advising Center 

    Smith, Amber Zoe (European Honors Council, 2017-10-18)

    ...As we transition from honors program to college, our services are growing in scope and complexity, as are our responsibilities. We need a new way to provide reliable, personalized honors student support.

    Learning ...

  • Supporting Peer Educators in First-Year Honors Seminars at Virginia Tech 

    Smith, Amber Zoe (Michigan State University, in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the Honors Education at Research Universities biennial conference, 2016)
    First-year seminars help students transition to and get involved in college faster, which can result in higher academic achievement, stronger peer relationships, and deeper self-knowledge: elements of a more successful and ...
  • Discussion Facilitation Techniques for Honors Peer Educators 

    Smith, Amber Zoe (European Honors Council (EHC), 2017-04-28)
    In the Virginia Tech Honors College, honors peer educators are students who apply to be the sole instructors for discussion-based classes, such as first-year seminars and reading seminars, for academic credit (Smith, 2016). ...
  • Neuroscience, Medicine, and Culture Diploma: Diploma Requirements Checksheet 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017)
    This diploma is available to non‐Neuroscience majors only. Students pursuing an Honors Laureate: Neuroscience, Medicine, and Culture Diploma will earn a minimum of 30 honors credits across the Four Elements of an Honors Education.
  • Presidential Global Scholars Program 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017)
    Presidential Global Scholars Program credit fulfillment for a self-directed diploma