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Honors Student Organization Provides Leadership, Volunteer Opportunities

The Honors Student Organization is a student-run group for Honors Program members and students of any major. Beginning freshman year, students in HSO can apply for a leadership role, volunteer to serve on a committee, as well as lead projects and activities.

HSO students lead numerous leadership and volunteer activities throughout the year, including:

  • Alternative Spring Break (past trips included helping nonprofits in New York City).
  • Annual Pittsburgh Great Race volunteering
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Dreams projects
  • Monthly HSO meetings
  • National Collegiate Honors Council and Northeast Regional conferences
  • Opportunities to serve as Honors Mentors and on the HSO Executive Board
  • Pittsburgh cultural and professional meetings and events
  • Speaker and volunteer opportunities dedicated to each year's Honors Program theme, chosen by the HSO president. This year's activities include a hike on the Rachel Carson Trail, guest speakers from Grounded Strategies, a tree inventory with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and adopting a community garden in Downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Spring Honors Symposium and Poster Session
  • "Welcome to Honors" orientation program before classes begin

These leadership and volunteer activities offer invaluable learning experiences that enhance a student's resume when they apply for internships, scholarships, graduate school or jobs.

HSO has regular meetings throughout the semester, along with other activities and events. Check out information about meeting dates and locations on the HSO Facebook page.

HSO Executive Board Members

  • President: Natalea Hillen
  • President-Elect: MC Carder
  • Treasurer: Kelsey Geary
  • Secretary: Mara Van Thiel
  • Service Events Coordinator: Tanya Batista
  • Social Events Coordinator: Sarah Juba
  • Academic Events Coordinator: Alexis Bonifate
  • Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator: Delaney Metikosh