From our inception, we've understood our mission must be grounded in a community-based approach to promoting excellence both within and beyond the classroom.

We are committed to a core group of common experiences and the cultivation of an educational culture with the values of...


Excellence is not an abstract value or virtue, but something very concrete.
It is what happens when talented individuals choose to do excellent things. Excellence requires expecting the best from yourself and others, and being ambitious without being competitive.


Opportunity means seizing the present time at hand to create an overall educational experience that matches your individual abilities and ambitions. (through special classes, research positions, internships, study abroad, service projects, mentors, leadership training, et cetera).


Community means belonging to a group that comes together to encourage, support, inspire and enjoy one another in the pursuit of excellence.

Authentic community is a place where individuals are encouraged to be individuals while being aware of and caring for how they impact others.

In EHP, it means entering a group of advanced peers already succeeding and expanding the possibilities for you.

The Honors Experienceslideehphome

EHP students participate in a core group of common experiences that serve to support and complement their individual pursuits, including:

Living in community with other talented and dedicated students in Andrews Hall,
which functions as a residential college

Having faculty in residence: Professor Scot Douglass, founder and director of EHP,
lives in Andrews Hall with his family

Gaining hands-on experience in the Idea Forge Maker Space
through workshops and informal student initiatives

Taking Critical Encounters I (EHP Director & Professor Scot Douglass
teaches this course for each entering class during the fall semester of their first year.)

Opportunities to participate in research, design, international development, and competitions
with, or with the help of, other honors students

Vertical peer mentoring and student leadership

Attending the annual EHP retreat

Completing an Honors ePortfolio and/or Honors Thesis

Participating in cultural, educational, sporting, and other fun social events

“…The greatest good of man is daily to converse about virtue…the life which is unexamined is not worth living…"


"The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking."

Martin Heidegger

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ethos: Living the Examined Life

EHP's culture might best be described as that of the philosophical life: honest self-examination, existential authenticity, and a thoughtful framework for an integrated and comprehensive worldview-- a Weltanschauung worthy of the root word Welt.

Our common values include:

Community that fosters individuality
• Individuallity that understands its dependence upon community
• Ownership of one's own ambition and its relationship to one's education
• Intentionality
• Initiative
• Responsibility

"Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves- and be free."

Cesar Chavez

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

Annie Dillard

"We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone... by mere study and calculation in our own isolated meditations... we find it with another."

Thomas Merton

Program Requirements

In order to serve, challenge and support the individual ambitions of our diversely talented students, EHP has resisted specific curriculum-based requirements that might preclude the involvement in key elements of any student's particular educational and formational needs. That is, within the framework of earning an engineering degree, we want to support an honors experience for those who desire, for example, to become professors, non-academic researchers, educators, professional engineers, development workers, lawyers, medical doctors, science policy experts, or have other diverse goals. We want to be a program that, wherever possible, uniquely supports and equally prepares individual students in their personal vocational goals.

That being said, we do have a few requirements for graduating "with honors."


Actively participate in the Engineering Honors Program. This includes living for at least one year in residence in Andrews Hall (required for the first year, optional after that. Over 50% of our upperclassmen choose to return) and regular attendance at major EHP events throughout your undergraduate career (approximately 4-5 per year, including the Welcome Brunch, the EHP retreat, the Spring cultural event, and Spring Banquet).

Complete EHON 1151: Critical Encounters I the fall of your first year.

Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3

Prepare an acceptable "junior level" Honors ePortfolio

Complete and successfully defend either a Senior Honors Thesis or a Senior Honors E-Portfolio.

Note: The College of Engineering bestows two different types of honors designations upon its graduates (one based on GPA and one recognizing successful completion of EHP). (For more details on graduating with honors, click here.)

item16"For me, EHP goes beyond its name. EHPers may be honors students on paper (academics, performance in extracurriculars, etc.) but what really sets EHP apart from any other honors program or society is the creative, collaborative, community space that the students, Scot Douglass and his family form. To us, being in EHP means being engaged in both engineering and in life, embracing ourselves and each other as individuals who each have something unique and special to offer each other, having a thirst for knowledge and understanding, and working with each other, rather than against each other, to each find our own successes and victories."

Erica Wiener
Entering class of 2013, Environmental Engineering

History of EHP