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 experience whether they live on campus or in the Newark area. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will have special events throughout the year in common spaces around campus.  Whether it’s having ice cream on the porch at Honors, performances in the student centers, connecting with faculty for coffee on Main Street, or events on the Green, there’s always something to do in Honors. 

Munson Fellows

2022-2023 Munson Fellows

L-R, Row 1: Kara Kimos, Jessica Benito, Jumaris Hernandez, Jessica Wilm, MJ Cicchinelli.

Row 2: Derek Wu, Nina Borodin, Eric Aquino, Sophia Surdovel, S.D. Weldin.

Row 3: Maggie Johnson, Michael Bly, Shannon Conway, Kassy Donohoe, Eve Doyle.

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 Dr. Munson’s Study Breaks 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.

Information Sessions

Students who wish to apply to be a Munson Fellow should attend an information session to learn about the position and interview process.  Sessions are held through the fall and winter. 

Application and Interview Process

Apply today: 

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 and will last 20-30 minutes. Interviews will be scheduled in late February and early March 2023. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Community Fellows

2022-2023 Honors Community Fellows

  • Talia Gillespie ’23
  • Jillian Reifsnyder ’24
  • Katie Rippon ’24
  • Rebeca Rojas ’24
  • Madison Holt ’25
  • Malika Iyer ’25 
  • Gabe Ma ’25
  • Jenna Tomasch ’25
  • Ava West ’25

What is a Community Fellow?

Honors Community Fellows are student programmers and event planners who help continue building community beyond the first year.  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!  


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 First-Year semi formal dance, Cupcake Wars, and a large-scale Coffee House talent show/open mic night. 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