Discover new opportunities (or create your own)
A big-city, major research university is rich with opportunities — including plenty that you may not even know exist! As an Honors student, you have access to them all, whether you're on a traditional academic path or forging your own.
- Could your pet project become a paid research topic?
- How could you travel abroad this summer?
- What can you do now to be more competitive for a national award later?
Your Scholar-Mentor can guide you through all that, and more. Think of them as your advisor for outside the classroom — for all of those other experiences that make the most of your time here. And that means starting a plan your very first semester!
360° advising: In addition to your dedicated Scholar-Mentor, you can also work with an Honors Community Engagement Advisor to make a broader impact on issues you care about. Students in Honors housing their first year will also be matched with an upperclassman Peer Mentor. We can connect you to Faculty Fellows and alumni who share your interests, too.
Lesha spent 15 years designing and managing international scholarship programs for a major non-governmental organization — so she knows the ins and outs of prestigious scholarships. She's been all over the world, and is fascinated with travel. With an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, she's also an incredible resource for personal scholarship essays.
Aidan Beatty is from Ireland, and has published 2 books on Irish and Jewish history. His PhD is in history, so he's always interested in talking about history, religion, Jewish studies, philosophy, politics, or gender studies. He has won many competitive academic grants himself, so he can give you great tips!
Dave was a professor for 10 years with PhD in neuroscience, so he's a great resource for STEM opportunities. He's a global scholar who has lived abroad in Egypt, Puerto Rico, Madrid. But he also has an eclectic background including carpentry, sales, landscaping, and more. He also volunteers for the ACLU.
Community Engagement Advisors
Pitt Honors also has specialized advising for students interested in academic community engagement.
Holly is a leader of innovative community service on and off campus. She spent 6 years working in international development in Zambia, first in refugee camps, then conducting research with Poverty Action Lab. She built on her undergraduate foundation in math to earn a Master of Public Policy and Management, so she's well versed in different research methodologies.
We bet she can teach you about a few ways to make an impact that you wouldn't have considered!