How can you get involved with HOP?

  • Speak about your research during the Spring Honors Seminar
  • Serve as a research mentor for a HOP student doing research
  • Welcome a HOP student to assist you with your research
  • Have a HOP student complete a teaching practicum in one of your courses
  • Serve on the HOP Advisory Committee

If you are unable to participate this year but would like to stay informed, please let us know.

If you have any questions or would like to express your interest, please email Haley Wikoff, HOP Graduate Assistant at

Faculty members say:

"I have been able to meet very capable students in education who would have never crossed my path otherwise. I have been able to discuss research with them in follow-up conversations and give them the opportunity to work with children in need of services."
-- Kit Gerken, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

"I’ve very much enjoyed serving as the faculty mentor for students involved in the Honors Opportunity Program, as the students in the program are highly capable and focused and eager to make the most of their educational experience in the College and at the UI. Not only is it exciting to support such learners in their research endeavors, it’s interesting to learn about the research they are pursuing right along with them; a real win-win."
-- Nancy Langguth, Department of Teaching and Learning

"I've especially enjoyed opportunities to help future teachers initiate the kind of classroom-based research that I hope they'll continue to do in their own classrooms."
Linda Fielding, Department of Teaching and Learning