First-Year Honors

Living and learning together builds a great foundation for the Honors community, so we require all first-years to live in Louis L. Redding Hall together (unless commuting from home).  Munson Fellows, upper division peer mentors, live in the building with you and help build community and guide you through that first year. To learn more about Louis L. Redding, who the building is named for, click here

Upper Division Honors

Students can continue their Honors housing experience by living in the the upper-division Honors LLC. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the community is centrally located and close to classroom buildings.  The Honors Community Fellows support the LLC by planning social events and bring faculty to the residence halls.  

Information Sessions

Students who wish to apply for Munson Fellow and Community Fellow positions should attend an information session to learn about the position and interview process.  Sessions are held through the fall and winter. If you missed an info session, contact us! 

Application and Interview Process

In the application you will be asked for demographic information first and then will answer a series of prompts designed to get to know you and your thought process.  Expect questions about involvement, leadership experience, and how you might develop an inclusive community.  You will also need to provide the name and contact information for a reference.  Please do not ask your current Munson Fellow to be your reference – they already assist with evaluation of candidates.  Optional workshops are available through the Career Center if you wish to participate in a mock interview. 

After applications are reviewed, you may be contacted for an interview.  These interviews may be scheduled in-person or on Zoom, depending on the candidate’s preference. Candidates will meet one-on-one with the Honors Co-curricular Coordinator for a 30-minute interview.  Interviews will be scheduled between February 28 through March 11, 2022. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Dobe-Hund at dobehund@udel.edu.  

Munson Fellows

MF website by Sarah Dobe-Hund

What is a Munson Fellow?

When you find yourself uncertain about a decision you have to make, who do you reach out to?  It could be a trusted friend or older sibling.  Munson Fellows are kind of like that.  They are peer mentors you can go to with questions, observations, or ideas.  They help bring the Honors first year experience to life!  You’ll see them planning events like tea time, or cookies and decompression (both great after the first week of classes) and larger events like the Coffee House talent show and interdisciplinary discussions with Honors faculty.  They also collaborate with other student organizations to arrange cultural and service events our students are interested in.  Ultimately, Munson Fellows are an essential part of the living learning community who love connecting and serving our first year students. Munson Fellows are named for Dr. Burnaby Munson, the renowned professor of chemistry and founder of the original Honors Program at UD.

Students interested in serving as a Munson Fellow must have lived on campus in Honors housing for at least one semester.* The application process runs from late November to mid-March.

*Covid-19 altered this expectation for 2021-2022. 

Community Fellows

What is a Community Fellow?

Honors Community Fellows are student programmers and event planners who help continue building community beyond the first year.  Most live in the upper division living learning community (located in Brown & Sypherd halls for 21-22) but some live nearby in off-campus housing.  Most Community Fellows are sophomores like most of the residents in the living learning community.  Like Munson Fellows, these students will let you know what’s happening in Honors and around campus and will coordinate social events too.  They are volunteers, so show your appreciation by attending their events!

Students interested in serving as an Honors Community Fellow must be social people who like event planning.  They also should plan to live on campus during the years they want to serve as Community Fellows.* The application process runs from late November to mid-March.

*Covid-19 altered this expectation for 2021-2022. 

First Year Fellows

What is a First Year Fellow?

These Honors students work with the Munson Fellows to develop community in Louis L. Redding residence hall as well as the Honors first-year community in general. We recruit in the early fall semester and take around 30 students into the program.  In the fall, FYFs shadow Munson Fellows and learn about programming.  Through the winter session, FYFs are encouraged to attend leadership workshops and assist with virtual and in-person winter programming.  In the spring semester, FYFs primarily work in small groups to plan fun events for the entire first-year community, but they also work in larger groups to plan a Welcome Back Dance, Cupcake Wars, and the spring Coffee House talent show. These students are dedicated and regularly attend meetings and seek feedback from their peers.  It’s a great way to get connected to Honors!

If you are interested in any of these Fellows positions, please contact honors@udel.edu.