Occasionally, an Honors student will complete a noteworthy experience and not earn academic credit or pursue an experience that does not fit into the existing categories of Honors Experiences. When this occurs, the student may petition to include the experience towards their Honors credits.
Some examples of successful petitions include:
*Volunteer hours must be confirmed by a supervisor and students must be able to make a connection between their volunteer experience and their academics and/or career goals.
The Honors College is partnering with the Experiential Learning Network (ELN) to enhance honors experiences and the petition process. Through this partnership, you will earn both honors credits and an ELN digital badge.
The Honors Experience Petition is embedded within the ELN Digital Badge, so you will submit your petition for approval in the sign-up form to begin the digital badge.
Simply click the button to get started, and when you arrive at the “Starting the Project” section, please select “yes” and “Honors College Experience Credit” from the list of UB programs.
After you complete the experience and earned the digital badge, your mentor/supervisor will automatically be sent a request to confirm the number of hours you completed during the experience. Your supervisor will not receive your reflection or any other materials submitted. Petitions will not be accepted and added to your Honors record without supervisor approval.
The hours noted on this petition will only be applied to Honors Experiences and, therefore, will not count towards major or degree credit requirements. For every 45 hours invested in the endeavor, the petition process would award you one Honors Experience credit, up to a maximum of six credit hours.
Please be specific in your explanation as to why you chose to pursue this opportunity and how it pertains to your academic and professional goals. You will be notified via automated email once a decision has been made on your request. If you have any questions, please contact the Honors College at 716-645-3020 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! Students can now petition through ELN, even if they have completed the experience.
Students will receive 1 honors credit for every 45 hours completed during their experience, up to a maximum of 6 honors credit per petition.
No. To streamline the petition experience, ELN has reduced the number of activities required to complete a digital badge. Therefore, students will no longer receive an additional honors credit for completing a digital badge.
The Honors College will receive your petition through ELN and there’s nothing additional you would need to do.
The original form utilized for petitions will be removed from the Honors College website on Sept. 15, 2021. Any petitions submitted using this form prior to Sept. 15, 2021, will be honored for the petition process.
By completing an honors experience petition through ELN, we’re ensuring our students will engage in thoughtful, well-researched preparation; produce tangible products from their experiences; and demonstrate their growth and value for potential employers or graduate programs. Overall, the honors petition through ELN creates a more valuable and celebrated experience for our students!
Last updated: October 01, 2021 12:21 pm EST