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Undergraduate Honors Students: Rising to the Challenge

Associate Dean Carole Kacius meeting with a studentThe Fairbanks School of Public Health recently launched an Honors Program designed to help students build a strong foundation in their degree program with opportunities for research and international study, rigorous coursework and one-on-one advising. The B.S. degree in Health Services Management has attracted top students into the honors track and has created a close-knit community of students working and challenging each other to make an impact on the IUPUI campus, Indianapolis and the world.

Junior Health Services Management student Katie McDonald feels that the honors program has created new opportunities for her. “I have been able to work one-on-one with faculty to complete my honors projects for the given semester and gain relationships I wouldn't have been able to otherwise. My favorite so far was researching big data in healthcare with Professor Menachemi. This topic is developing rapidly and I didn't know a thing about it when I entered his class. The honors program helped me get to know more about the Fairbanks School of Public Health and I also met a lot of new people in other honors programs throughout IUPUI.”

Fairbanks honors students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be enrolled full-time. Students must complete honor’s projects within their major and elective courses which include work beyond the regular course requirements. The honor’s program is another way we are attracting the brightest students and preparing them for successful careers in health administration.