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Honors Program

񱦵 launched its Honors Program in the fall of 2020 with a select cohort of 28 scholars. The program affords academically gifted students an enhanced learning experience through:


  • Interdisciplinary team projects
  • Internships
  • Enhanced curricula for general education courses
  • Leadership development
  • Service opportunities
  • Formal research projects

Admission to the 񱦵 Honors Program is subject to the following requirements:

  • High school GPA minimum of 3.7
  • A minimum score of 1150 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT
  • A robust high school transcript that includes:
    • precalculus or calculus
    • physics or at least one AP or college dual enrollment course

Note: No single course can satisfy more than one requirement.

Recognizing that a single academic metric may not accurately predict a student’s success in the Honors program, students can qualify for the program by meeting at least two of the three admission requirements.


Team projects will allow interdisciplinary groups of students to work together to solve real-world problems. The teams will work outside the traditional classroom setting with the guidance of a project advisor. Projects will reflect the values of 񱦵 as an HBCU and a Seventh-day Adventist institution. The project categories include:

  • Public Health
  • Humanitarian
  • Educational Disparities
  • Environmentalism
  • Social Justice

Project teams will have an opportunity to present their solutions to a panel of faculty evaluators at a research symposium near the end of the sophomore year.


All Honors scholars will have opportunities to apply and grow their knowledge while participating in research or corporate internships. This will provide students with valuable experience and competitive compensation. A minimum of one internship is required for graduation.

A dynamic aspect of the Honors program is the exposure it provides students to the formal research
enterprise. The research curriculum includes:

  • Orientation on information literacy and best research practices
  • Research project & thesis
  • Thesis presentation

Honors scholars will present their thesis as a capstone requirement for graduation. The thesis will also be filed with the Eva B. Dykes Library to facilitate greater access.

Honors scholars will also grow through participation in service activities and leadership assignments. These experiences will increase their value proposition when matriculating to graduate programs or professional employment.

Some benefits that Honors scholars will receive include:

  • Dedicated living accommodations
  • Curriculum vitae that includes leadership, service, team projects, and formal research
  • Premier library services
    • Information literacy orientation & research consultation
    • Collaborative workspaces
    • Dedicated online resources
    • Extended material loan periods
  • Special distinctions at graduation and on transcripts that improve competitiveness for graduate school and employment opportunities

For more information, please contact Brandon Dent, Honors Program Director

Brandon Dent, BSE, MSE, CPM
Honors Program Director
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

7000 Adventist Boulevard, NW
Huntsville, Alabama 35896


񱦵 Honors Program Steering Committee

Marcya Burden, J.D./LLM
Associate Professor and Pre-Law Program Director
Department of History and Political Science
7000 Adventist Boulevard, NW
Huntsville, Alabama 35896


Karen Benn-Marshall, Ed.D
Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education
Interim Dean of Health Professions
(256) 726-7005

Lisa James, Ph.D
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
(256) 726-7270

Kenneth LaiHing, Ph.D
Professor and Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
(256) 726-8463

Gilbert Ojwang, Ph.D
Professor and Chair,
Department of Religion & Theology
(256) 726-7385

Chandra T. Mountain, PhD.
Associate Professor and Chair,
Department of English and Foreign Languages
(256) 726-7549

Prudence Pollard, Ph.D., MPH, RD, SPHR
Vice-President of Research and Faculty Development
Professor, Management, Evaluation, Measurement & Research Design
(256) 726-7734

Marlon Rhem, Ph.D
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
(256) 726-8437

Elaine Vanterpool, Ph.D
Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
(256) 726-7465