Signature Programs

The Purdue Honors College is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities to enhance the honors student experience. Below are descriptions of our recurring event series, each with a specific focus to enhance the four-year student experience.

Meet the Innovator
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The Meet the Innovator speaker series was created to connect our bright students with interdisciplinary thinkers who are making a difference in the world around them. This series also includes the in residence visiting scholar program, Innovator in Residence.

Honors First Year Orientation
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This is a welcoming event to introduce new students to our vibrant honors community, learn more about the college, and meet faculty, staff and student leaders. Our orientation is typically held the weekend before classes start in the fall semester.

Design Garage
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Design Garage workshops are creative explorations in technology. Small groups of students work on projects, led by our faculty partners.

Leadership Toolbox
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This series is dedicated to giving students all the tools that they need to succeed in the real world: academically and in the job market. It is planned by the Honors Leadership Council.

Building Blocks of Undergraduate Research
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This series is geared towards first and second-year students looking to jump-start their undergraduate research experience. Students learn about beginning steps to take from both faculty and upper-division students in discipline-specific lunchtime discussions.

Honors Across Campus
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The Honors College is an integral partner in the larger Purdue campus community with participation in time-honored traditional events such as Homecoming, Family Weekend and SpringFest.

Cooking with the Dean
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In these events, enjoy seasonal meals hand-prepared by Dean Phillips herself. Join us for the most delicious form of community-building.

Welcome Home
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A new tradition of welcoming back all of our honors students at the start of the fall semester to reconnect with the college and join in on the excitement of a new academic year.

Honors Holiday Party
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A chance to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy a relaxing break before the end of the fall term. Cookies, hot chocolate, and ginger bread houses will be a part of this festive event with fellow honors students, faculty, and staff.

Leave Your Legacy Party
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How will you leave your legacy in the Honors College? Join the honors college community in a celebration to share memories, relax before finals, and say goodbye to old and new friends.