The Honors Student Organization (HSO) focuses its efforts in community service, community building and academic and professional development. It provides Honors students an opportunity to extend what they are learning beyond the walls of the classroom and, in the process, build a strong sense of community with their peers, faculty and staff members. All UW students are welcome to join the Honors Student Organization and work together to create the best undergraduate experience possible at the UW.
How do I get involved?
Email to join our mailing list! You can also contact a student representative according to your interests, visit this website, or read our weekly Honors On-Line (HOL) e-newsletter for updates of events and meetings. If you do not currently receive HOL but would like to, please visit the HOL subscription page.
How do I become a member?
If you are an L&S Honors student, you are already a member. You get to vote and run for the executive committee, request funds to support an HSO event or group and benefit from networking with Honors alumni.
Is this an "Honors only" thing?
Not at all! HSO events and activities are open to all UW-Madison students. Come join us!
What kinds of events and activities does the HSO sponsor?
HSO is a co-curricular organization; we focus on events and activities that contribute to the diverse intellectual, leadership, social and service interests of Honors students. Scroll down a little bit to see our upcoming events!
Wednesdays at Washburn
Come join us the first Wednesday of every month as we invite faculty from across the university to speak about their disciplines, research interests, and current projects. These informal sessions are held from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Washburn Observatory library. Dinner and a great time are included.
2015 Spring Schedule
September 16Chuck Snowdon    Psychology
October 7Jenny Saffran Psychology
November 4Sarah Clayton Archaeology
December 2Hemant ShahJournalism and Mass Communication
Tentative Events
Volunteering in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Cultural Events such as The Madison Opera
Study Socials
Social Events such as ice skating/Basketball/Game Nights
We welcome suggestions for events and activities! If you have any ideas, please email Matt Hoyer at