Dr. Geoffery Kain/Director of the Honors Program
With 90 new students admitted for Fall 2016, the Embry-Riddle Honors Program begins its 14th year with established opportunities and successes that have benefitted the entire campus and the surrounding community. We have:
- 350 total students from a majority of the campus’ degree programs
- 80 faculty from 18 academic departments involved in Honors teaching experiences
- An increasingly organized, active and service minded Honors Student Association.
- A high concentration of the most active undergraduate researchers on campus
- An Honors Series that draws in speakers and performers of both the highest national and international caliber and routinely fills the auditorium to capacity. This year’s first event (Oct. 5) features Heather Knight of Carnegie-Mellon displaying the prowess of her comedic, stand-up “independently-minded, audience-interactive” robot named Data.
- A slate of unique, interdisciplinary Honors seminar courses on a range of topics and taught by faculty from multiple colleges and departments.
- A consistently stellar retention and satisfaction rate
- A comfortable Honors Center that serves as the communal and intellectual hub for Honors Program students
As this past year ended, we witnessed many of our students receiving prominent awards, heading off for prime internships or study abroad opportunities and moving into Ph.D. or Master’s degree programs at major universities. Some moved straight into employment with NASA, SpaceX and various other notable organizations.
Our goal is, and always has been, to attract and retain the very best students at Embry-Riddle. Then our mission becomes challenging our students, providing them with imaginative and unique opportunities, allowing them to exercise and grow their leadership potential, and helping them feel that they can plug into a rather close-knit community of like-minded individuals. For the faculty, our goal remains to encourage excellent and innovative teaching, afford greater stimulation through freedom to design meaningful and demanding courses and to allow for greater overall satisfaction via the Honors classroom experience.