In order to graduate with distinction from the Pavlis Honors College, students choose a pathway and complete the following five components: seminar courses, academic enhancement, immersion experience, project experience, and a leadership/mentorship experience. Pavlis graduates leverage all opportunities available to them at Michigan Tech, furthering their personal and professional growth.
Seminar Courses build personal and professional development skills necessary to complete the other program components.
- Academic Enhancement are upper division credits that complement the student's career goals. These typically consist of a minor, dual major, accelerated masters, or a certificate.
- The Immersion Experience stretches students outside their "comfort zone" - could be volunteer work in a foreign country, teaching underrepresented students, or a challenging internship or co-op.
- The Project Experience is a distinct project created by the Pavlis Honors College student and informed by a Project Mentor. The projects are as diverse as our students!
- Leadership and Mentorship puts what the student has learned into action. Prior to the experience, students document their expectations and then upon completion, capture their learning through reflection.
Michigan Tech's industry partners are encouraged to ask our Pavlis Honors College students what their Honors experience has meant to them! Pavlis students often display the Pavlis Honors College "green flag" on their name tag at Career Fair, and may be active in undergraduate research, the Husky Innovate, or the Enterprise Program. If you have questions or would like more information about the Pavlis Honors College email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Large companies such as Goldman Sachs and J. Walter Thompson both cited that instead of hiring students with Ivy League diplomas, there is an emphasis on hiring self-driven individuals who show 'an entrepreneurial spirit,' according to a Goldman Sachs spokesperson. Successful hires at JWT are 'innovative problem-solvers' and 'have awareness to other people and cultures.'"
Where will you find your next great hire? Today's intern with the potential to be tomorrow's CEO? The new graduate who will understand that most big decisions need a balance of technological, financial, and interpersonal buy-in—and how to strike that balance? Start with Pavlis Honors College.
Why work with Pavlis students?
Pavlis students have a unique combination of in-major, communication, and self-authorship skills, plus an internal drive that's hard to beat. You already recruit from Michigan Tech because you know our graduates are ready from day one. Pavlis Honors College students are prepared for day one, and all the days that follow.
In order to graduate with distinction from the Pavlis Honors College, students design their own honors experience and complete five components: seminar courses, academic enhancement, immersion experience, honors project, and a leadership/mentorship experience. Pavlis graduates leverage all opportunities available to them at Michigan Tech, furthering their personal and professional growth, with mentorship and guidance provided by University faculty. As employees, they're able to work independently while keeping lines of communication open for questions, updates, and adjustments.
A cornerstone of the honors curriculum, our self-authorship training produces graduates who are better equipped to manage the unique challenges of continuous and potentially disruptive change. They'll shape the future, rather than simply experiencing it.
The Pavlis Honors Abilities are set of nine competencies developed through research and collaboration with individuals from industry, small business, academia, public service, non-profits, and startup companies. The lessons targeting these abilities help students develop strong communication skills, an intercultural perspective, and the skill sets necessary to be competitive in a global marketplace.