Munson Fellows are upper-division students living in Freshman Honors housing who are familiar with the Honors Program and have a strong commitment to help other students benefit from an Honors education. Munson Fellows are mentors who can assist students with questions or problems, both academic and social. They plan, promote and encourage involvement in social and cultural activities and help with the overall adjustment to college life.
The Munson Fellows are named for Professor Burnaby Munson, a long-time chemistry professor who was instrumental in starting the Honors Program at UD. Dr. Munson has served as director of the Honors Program at various times through his tenure here, and still hosts Wednesday Night Study Breaks in Freshman Honors Housing.
Students wishing to become Fellows can pick up applications from the Honors Program Office in early February and attend an interest meeting around mid-month, just before the applications are due. Selected students are notified in March or April. The paid position begins in April and continues through the following academic year. Call the Honors Program Office (831-1195) for exact dates and more information.
These first-year Honors students work with the Munson Fellows to facilitate community in the Redding residence hall. They assist with advertisement and plan programs for other Freshman residents that can be in the lounges, on campus, or in surrounding communities. Freshman Fellows are volunteers who are expected to plan several over the course of the year and attend regular planning meetings. They are recruited in early Fall via interest meetings in the Redding lounge. The application and selection process occurs in October, and Fellows serve through the end of the Spring semester. Call the Honors Program Office (831-1195) for exact dates and more information.
UDHP students can apply for this volunteer position to serve as a program assistant and peer mentor in upperclass Honors residence halls. Often times, these students are looking for ways to stay connected to the Honors program while living with their friends and hallmates from Freshman year. Senior Fellows plan the annual Halloween Dance and, the Upperclass Housing Tour as well as develop a community within their residence hall building. The application and selection process for Senior Fellows occurs in March each year. Call the Honors Program Office (831-1195) for exact dates and more information.
The Writing Fellows Program trains advanced undergraduates from all majors to work one-on-one with student writers in a number of different academic settings. The program rests on two assumptions: (1) Writing is an extended process that generally involves pre-writing, drafting, editing, and revising; and (2) instruction works best when it is individualized. Writing Fellows are advanced undergraduates selected through a competitive and rigorous process to assist faculty members in writing-intensive courses, including (but not limited to) first-year interdisciplinary Honors Colloquia and in selected sections of Honors E110. Writing Fellows are tutors, not teaching assistants: They work with students on such matters as theses, coherence, evidence, organization, paragraphing, transitions, and grammar, but they do not assign grades or comment on the paper's content.
In addition to its obvious benefit to students being tutored in writing, the Writing Fellows Program has proved to be of equal benefit to the sophomores and juniors who take a three-credit training course (ENGL 316, Peer Tutoring and Advanced Composition) the semester before they begin tutoring. Writing Fellows work closely with both the Coordinator of the Writing Fellows Program and faculty teaching the courses to which they have been assigned. Many Writing Fellows report significant improvement in their own writing and decide to go on to write Honors theses. They have also reported that the Fellowship is a central focus of their graduate and law school interviews. Each year some Writing Fellows enter professional careers in publishing and advertising, as well as science and technology writing.
For more information, please contact Ray Peters, Coordinator of the Writing Fellows Program, at 831-8567. The Writing Fellows Program page features a mission statement and resources for students, faculty, and Writing Fellows.