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JULIA HASELEU
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Honors Program

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The Madison College Honors Program is a college wide, project-based program. Qualified students work with an honors supervising faculty member over the course of a semester to develop an honors project within the faculty member’s discipline. The student and faculty member complete an Honors Program Learning Contract and determine the learning objectives, meeting schedule, required resources and criteria for grading the honors project. Faculty and students from over 60 programs, departments and disciplines across the college participate in the Honors Program. Students from all Madison, Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown campuses as well as online students can participate. The Madison College Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council.

 

  • Program Overview
    • Students can enroll in two to three honors project credits per semester.
    • Each honors project credit requires 51 hours of work. Work includes such activities as meetings, research, reading, writing, designing, drawing, building, recording, practicing and/or developing and giving presentations. 
    • The honors project is graded at the end of the semester by the honors faculty member. 
    • Qualified students can take up to six honors project credits during their time at Madison College.
    • Honors students who successfully complete four to six honors project credits with a minimum AB average are recognized with a medallion.  
    • Honors students may apply for an Honors Project Materials Scholarship each semester for resources needed to complete their project.
    • Students are encouraged to present their honors project at the end of the semester at the Honors Competition. The first, second and third place winners receive cash prizes and have the opportunity to receive financial support to present at the next Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference.

    Eligibility

    • Current Madison College students with at least 12 earned college credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
    • High School graduating seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and a letter of recommendation from a High School teacher.
    • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to remain eligible for the Honors Program.
  • Benefits of Participation
    • The opportunity to learn more about a topic.Honors Medallion
    • The opportunity to learn new skills.
    • The opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on an honors project.
    • Having your honors project listed on your transcript.
    • Receiving strong letters of recommendation from your honors faculty members.
    • Increased competitiveness for scholarships and awards.
    • Receiving a medallion for completion of four to six honors project credits.
    • Special recognition in the written Madison College Graduation Program.
    • Increased competitiveness when transferring to other colleges and universities or when entering the job market.
    • Receiving benefits from Edgewood College through the Articulation Agreement we have with their Honors Program.
  • Getting Started
    1. Review the Honors Program website.
    2. Identify a full- or part-time Madison College faculty member who is willing to supervise your honors project. If the faculty member has not completed the Honors Faculty Workshop, he or she will need to do so before being eligible to supervise your honors project.
    3. Contact the honors program director to express your interest in the Honors Program and get more information.
    4. Work with your honors supervising faculty member to develop an honors project. You may enroll in two to three credits for each honors project. One credit equals 51 hours of work.
    5. Work with your honors supervising faculty member to develop and submit a completed Honors Program Learning Contract to the administrative coordinator of the school in which the honors project is being conducted. This action enrolls you in the honors project and Honors Program. Learning Contracts are due by 4:30 p.m. on the designated date (See Important Dates).
    6. Wait for notification by the honors advisory committee of approval of your honors project before starting work on it. Notification of approval of your project will be sent to you and your honors supervising faculty member by email.
    7. Once your honors project is approved and you are officially enrolled, you will meet weekly with your honors supervising faculty member throughout the semester as you work on your project. At the end of the semester, your faculty supervisor will submit a final grade using the A-F grading scale.
    8. Need money for your Honors Project? Materials Scholarship Application Instruction Page

      As students began working on their honors projects, some may need to purchase supplies and materials to complete their project. An Honors Project Materials Scholarship is available to help defray these costs. Materials Scholarship awards range from $50 to $150 per honors project.

      Download the Materials Scholarship Application form. Honors Students interested in applying for a Materials Scholarship should submit an application that outlines:

      • The supplies and materials that are needed
      • How these resources will be used
      • The estimated cost and quantity
      • The priority ranking from most to least needed resources
         
    9. At the end of the semester, an Honors Program Assessment Survey will be emailed to you and your honors supervising faculty member. It is important that you both complete the survey; this is one of the best ways for us to get feedback and suggestions to make the Honors Program even better.

    10. Research involving Human Subjects must follow a semester in which a Literature Review or Annotated Bibliography was conducted on the topic in an Honors Project. In that first semester, IRB approval should be obtained for the research to take place in the second semester. All materials for IRB submission must first be submitted to the Honors Program Director and approved by the Honors Advisory Committee before being forwarded by the Honors Program Director to IRB.

    If the Honors Project involves research with human subjects, this should be indicated by checking the box on the Learning Contract.  The Learning Contract should be submitted to the Honors Program Director along with an Informed Consent Form and a completed Honors Faculty Research Experience Checklist.  If the project, involves survey research, then a copy of the survey questions must also be included. 

  • Honors Project

    There are several different options for the type of project that a student may develop into an honors project. Options are dependent upon the subject area of the faculty member with whom the student choose to work.

    The details of the each honors project are worked out by the student and the honors supervising faculty member when they complete the Honors Program Learning Contract. Each honors project is worth two to three credits. Each credit is worth 51 hours of work. Work includes such activities as meetings, research, reading, writing, designing, building, recording, practicing and/or presentations. Over the course of one semester, the student produces an academically rigorous body of work that allows the student to explore more in-depth a topic in the faculty member’s discipline. The completed honors project may be presented by the student at the Honors Competition at the end of the semester. The Honors project is graded by the supervising honors faculty member at the end of the semester.

    Some Honors Project examples include:

    • Composing music
    • Composing new music
    • Conducting research
    • Constructing a website
    • Creating artwork
    • Designing a building
    • Developing a business plan
    • Developing a curriculum project
    • Developing a marketing campaign
    • Developing new mobile apps
    • Inventing a new product or process
    • Planning a major fundraising event
    • Writing a book
    • Writing a literature review

     

    Developmental and accelerated courses, internships, service learning experiences, study abroad programs and experiential learning do not qualify as an honors project. Honors projects are expected to provide challenging learning opportunities for academically outstanding students that will enhance student achievement and success. The supervising faculty member and the student are encouraged to be as creative as possible when crafting these experiences.

    Additional Information

    • You may enroll in more than one honors project within a single semester, but keep in mind that each honors credit is equal to 51 hours of work. You may also enroll in projects in more than one discipline.

    • Your honors project can span across multiple semesters as long as your work each semester results in a product that can be graded as a stand-alone section of the larger project.

    • You are able to do a large project with another student as long as both students qualify for the honors program and the honors supervising faculty member agrees and your individual work on the honors project is easily identifiable.

    • You can do a single honors project for at least two credits that cuts across more than one discipline. Have one faculty member supervise one credit in their discipline and the other faculty member supervise one or two credits in their discipline in the same project. You will need permission from the Honors Program director.

    • If you are not able to complete your honors project by the end of the semester, it may be possible for you to receive an incomplete. Please discuss this with your honors supervising faculty member.

    Withdrawing from an Honors Project

    If you must withdraw from the Honors Project, you will need to notify your honors supervising faculty member by email. The faculty member will then forward your email to the Honors Program director and the administrative coordinator of your School to officially drop you from the honors project. You are not officially dropped until you receive a confirmation email from the administrative coordinator of your School. Withdrawing from an honors project is governed by the same refund policies that apply to other courses at Madison College.

  • Important Dates

    General Enrollment and Event Deadlines

    Summer 2017

    06/02/17          DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN HONORS PROGRAM (4:30 p.m.)

    (Honors Program Learning Contracts due to Faculty member’s School office)

    06/16/17          Financial Aid Pell Grant Recalculation Date (similar to Date of Record)

    06/16/17          Deadline to submit Faculty Stipend Request Form to Dean’s office

    06/23/17          Deadline to submit Materials Scholarship Application

    Fall 2017

    09/08/17          DEADLINE TO ENROLL IN HONORS PROGRAM (4:30 p.m.)

    (Honors Program Learning Contracts due to Faculty member’s School office)

    09/15/17          Financial Aid Pell Grant Recalculation Date (similar to Date of Record)

    09/15/17          Deadline to submit Faculty Stipend Request Form to Dean’s office

    09/22/17          Deadline to submit Materials Scholarship Application

     

    Faculty Workshops

    05/09/17          Honors Faculty Workshop (1-5 p.m., room B3214)

    05/12/17          Honors Faculty Workshop (11 a.m.-3 p.m., room B3214)

    05/23/17          Honors Faculty Workshop (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Learning Academy)

    05/24/17          Honors Faculty Workshop (12:30-4:30 p.m., Learning Academy)

    08/21/17          Honors Faculty Workshop (11 a.m.-3 p.m)

    08/24/17          Honors Faculty Workshop (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

    Or call (608) 243-4715 to schedule a workshop for you and your friends or colleagues.

    Honors Competition

    Spring 2017

    04/21/17          Last day to sign up for Honors Program Competition Spring 2017

    05/05/17          Honors Program Competition Spring 2017 

    (11 a.m.-8 p.m., Room B3279)

    Fall 2017

    11/17/17          Last day to sign up for Honors Program Competition Fall 2017

    12/08/17          Honors Program Competition Fall 2017 (Room TBA)

  • Programs and Faculty

    Below is a list of participating programs, departments and disciplines within the Honors Program, and the faculty who have completed the Honors Faculty Workshop. If interested in the Honors Program, please contact a faculty member in your are of study. If you do not see your program or a faculty contact in this list, please contact the honors program director.

    Accounting (10-101-801) and Finance (10-114-801)

    Tim Szmanda, Full-Time Instructor, Watertown

    Administrative Professional (10-106-801)

    Penny Johnson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Christine Yero, Full-time Instructor, Truax

    Animation/Concept Development (10-207-801)


    Anthropology (20-809-802)

    George Christiansen IIIArcheology Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Donnie Dean, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Luke Matthews, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Architectural Technology (10-614-801)

    Robert Corbett, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Michael Ford, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Jessica Klehr, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Astronomy (20-806-806) 

    Dixie Burns, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Automotive Technology-Comprehensive (10-602-801)

    Paul Flogel, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    David Heinzen, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Craig Lathrop, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Joseph Padrutt, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Juan-Antonio Palacios, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Martin Prew, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Greg Weier, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Steve Wilcox, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Biology (20-806-801)

    Kitrina Carlson, Botany Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Betsy Krieger, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Robert Lovely, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Chidi Obasi, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Biren PatelEnvironmental Studies Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Teresa Pelletier, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Elise Van Ginkel, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Biotechnology Laboratory Technician (10-007-801)

    Mary Ellen Kraus, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Business and Marketing (10-104-802)

    Carrie Andersen, Full-Time Instructor, Fort Atkinson
    Reba Heberlein, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Betty Hurd, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Holly Mercier, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Steve Noll, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Chemistry (20-806-802)

    Jennifer Jackowski, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Amy Payne, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Ned Rubert-Nason, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Christen Smith, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Jeannine Szczech, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Ken Walz, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Civil Engineering Technology (10-607-801)


    College Transfer Art (20-815-801)
     

    Computer Science (20-804-802)
     

    Construction and Remodeling (10-410-801)

    Sandra Thistle, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement (10-504-801)

    Jack Pace, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Martin Redmann, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Culinary Arts (10-316-801)

    John Johnson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Dental Hygienist (10-508-801)

    Diane CallahanFull-Time Instructor, Truax
    Susan Kloosterboer, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Marcy LeFave,
     Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Early Childhood Education (10-307-801)

    Kristal Kagy, Part-Time Instructor, DTEC
    Karen Natoli, Full-Time Instructor, DTEC
    Emily Pink, Full-Time Instructor, DTEC

    Economics (20-809-803)

    Richard Shaten, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Jennifer Tracey, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Electrical Engineering Technology (10-662-801)
     

    Electronics (10-605-801)

    Karl Buschhaus, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Jacob Eapen, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Andrew Kurth, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Alberto Rodriguez, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Ann Thompson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    English (20-801-801)

    Paul Barribeau, Full-Time Instructor, Watertown
    Laurie Benda, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Cherif Correa, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Gwen Ebert, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    John Galligan, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Sarah Z. Johnson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Katherine Lydon, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Michael McDaniel, Part-Time Instructor, DTEC
    Kristin Muir, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Kevin Piper, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    John Pruitt, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Marty Richards, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Heidi Rosenberg, Part-Time Instructor, Watertown
    Mary Sarko, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Carl Stewart, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Catherine Stover, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Marihelen Stoltz, Part-Time Instructor, Truax

    Fashion Marketing (10-104-801)
     

    Film (20-810-801)

    Franklin Cham, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Finance (10-114-801)

     

    Fire Protection Technician (10-503-801)

    John SpohnFull-Time Instructor, Truax

    Gender and Women's Studies (20-809-807)

    Jenna Behm, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Autumn Behringer, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Dawn Delaney, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Angelika Gulbis, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Julia Haseleu, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Geology (20-806-803)

    Jason Huberty, Part-Time Instructor, Truax

    Graphic Design and Illustration (10-201-801)

    Penny Aguilera, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Laura Cherry, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Courtney Dicmas, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Elizabeth Ketter, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Katheryn Kloehn, Part-Time Instructor, 
    Michael Kress-Russick, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Deb Vogt, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Health-Related (10-501-801)

    Amy Lemkuil, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    History (20-803-801)

    Christine Cina, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Michael Dubin, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Jonathan Pollack, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Joel Ryan, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Hospitality Management (10-109-801)

    Lynea Lavoy, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Human Resources Management (10-116-801)
     

    Human Services Associate (10-520-801)


    Interior Design (10-304-801)

    Lisa Nienhaus, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    IT-Mobile Applications Developer (10-152-801)

    Eric Knapp, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Ken Marks, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Caeli Rice, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Paula Waite, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    IT-Network Security Specialist (10-150-801)

     

    IT-Network Specialist (10-150-802)

     

    IT-Systems Administration Specialist (10-154-801)


    IT-Web Software Developer (10-152-802)

    Ken Marks, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Caeli Rice, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Cary Walker, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Journalism (20-801-802)

    Larry Hansen, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Judicial Reporting (10-170-801)
     

    Mathematics (20-804-801)

    Sarah Bannen, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Nataliya Batiya, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Flynn Dustrud, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Ian Falu, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Jeffrey Havens, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Antonio Hernandez Roman, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Richard Kendrick, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Al Lehnen, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Valerie Maciejewski, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Tony Przbylski, Full-Time Instructor, DTEC
    Wayne Sigelko, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Mechanical Design Technology (10-606-801)

    Ryan Ubersox, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Medical Administrative Specialist (10-106-802)

    Amy Whitcomb, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Susan Peterson, Part-Time Instructor, Truax

    Medical Assistant (10-509-801)

    John Otterson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Rachel Otremba, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Medical Laboratory Technician (10-513-801)

    Susan Bergs, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Sue Blankenheim, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Meeting and Event Management (10-109-802)
     

    Meteorology (20-806-804)

    Matthew Lazzara, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Music (20-805-801)

    Tim Patterson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Brian Short, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Nursing (10-543-801)

    Nancy Cederholm, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Marie Dusio, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Mara Eisch-Schweitzer, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Colleen Ley, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Catarina Poehnelt, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Ruth Rexroat, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Dana Schardt, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Occupational Therapy Assistant (10-514-801)

    Darcie Olson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Philosophy (20-809-804)

    Aric Doak, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Joseph Lee, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Laura Osinski, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Peter Trumbull, Part-Time Instructor, Truax

    Photography (10-203-801)

    James Wildeman, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Physical Education (20-807-801)

    Dean Thompson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Physical Therapy Assistant (10-524-801)

    Wendy McNall, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Physics (20-806-805)

    Archie Paulson, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Political Science (20-809-805)

    Maurice Sheppard, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Psychology (20-809-801)

    Justin Aoki, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Jenna Behm-Lawton, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Dawn Delaney, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Eugenia Friedman, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Julia Haseleu, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Margaret Brittany Noreuil, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Elliot Paletz, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Carola Pfortner, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Recreation Management (10-109-803)

    Adrian Sheppard, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Sociology (20-809-806)

    Gloria Agas, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Autumn Behringer, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Kristen Brown, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Chuck Ditzler, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Angelika Gulbis, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Jackie Jebens, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Victor Raymond, Part-Time Instructor, DTEC
    Matthew Sargent, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Diane Soles, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Speech (20-810-802)

    Christina Ballard, Part-Time Instructor, Truax

    Supervisory Management and Leadership (10-196-801)

    Antonio Molina Rivas, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Surgical Technologist (10-512-801)
     

    Theatre (20-810-803)

    Mike Lussenden, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Therapeutic Massage (10-537-801)

    Brenda Frasser, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Amy Nicholson, Part-Time Instructor, Truax

    Veterinary Technician (10-091-801)

    Lisa Bach, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Andrea Foley, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Clarissa Sheldon, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    Visual Communications-Media Design (10-206-801)
     

    Welding (10-442-801)

    Anton Stute, Full-Time Instructor, Truax

    World Languages (20-802-801)

    Carolina Bailey, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Eric Baxter, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Arsenio Cicero Sancristobal, Part-Time Instrictor, Truax
    Magdalena Coll-Cabonell, Part-Time Instructor, Truax
    Marcelo Touma Portilla, Full-Time Instructor, Truax
    Elizabeth Towey, Part-Time Instructor, Truax

  • Honors Competition

    As part of the Madison College Honors Program, an Honors Competition is held at the end of each semester, at which students present their honors projects to members of the Madison College community and a panel of judges. 

    The panel of judges, composed of faculty and administrators from across MATC, selects the first, second and third place winners, who are awarded cash prizes:

    First Place: $300
    Second Place: $200
    Third Place: $100

    All three winners have the opportunity to receive financial support to present their honors project at the next Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council Conference.

    Honors Competition Judges

Successful Completion of the Honors Program


Graduating Students

Honors students who successfully complete four to six Honors Project Credits with a minimum AB average are recognized at graduation with a medallion. If you meet these requirements and are graduating, please complete and submit to the honors program director the Honors Program Completion Checklist to document completion of your honor projects. 
 

Transferring Students

Honors students who successfully complete four to six honors project credits with a minimum AB average and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university rather than graduate from Madison College will be awarded a medallion at the Honors Program Competition. Please contact the honors program director to make arrangements to receive your medallion.
 

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HONORS TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

Tuition is charged based on the number of honors project credits indicated on the student's Honors Program Learning Contract. The tuition cost is the same as for a regular (10- or 20-code) course credit at Madison College. If you have electives in your program or are a Liberal Arts Transfer student you may count honors credits towards your financial aid total.

To determine the tuition amount, multiply the number of honors project credits you plan to take by the 10- or 20-code rate per credit. Check out the current 10- and 20-code tuition rates.

If you are an international student, a veteran, or covered by the federal or state GI bill, please review this important information about Financial Aid for International Students and Veterans.