Honors Discussion Groups

Honors discussion groups are weekly discussion sessions offered in connection with certain specific courses at UMKC. In recent semesters, honors discussion groups have been offered in conjunction with courses in Accounting, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, French, Physics, Spanish, Management, Psychology, and Conservatory (Music, Dance, Theatre).

  • You may sign up for an honors discussion group during the first two weeks of each semester.
  • Honors credit may be assigned retroactively in a course for which a student has successfully participated in a related discussion group.  The letter “H” (for Honors) will be added to the course number on a student’s transcript.
  • A course grade of B or higher is required for a student to receive honors credit, and you may receive honors credit only for courses taken at UMKC.
  • Leaders of the discussion groups are upperclassmen in the Honors College who have good knowledge of the subject and are often majoring in the subject.
  • The discussion group meeting times are arranged by the leader. Attendance will be taken at all group meetings, normally once per week.
  • Regular attendance and participation in the discussion group is required in order for a student to qualify for honors credit in the related course.

Participants will be asked to complete an electronic evaluation at the end of the semester. This evaluation enables students to provide candid feedback that may be used to improve future discussion sections and enhance student learning outcomes.

All Honors Discussion Sections will begin the second week of the semester.

Spring 2021 Honors Discussion Groups

Discussion Leader Section Day/Time
Mary Zalmai Bio 109 Every other Tuesday, 4-4:50pm Online
Sam Hays Calculus I, II and Math 266 Asynchronous Online
Shefaa Allan Cell Bio (Bio 202) Every other Monday, 6-6:50pm Online
Riley Kemna
Ruth Vaccianna
Chem 115, 211, and 212 Thursday 4-4:50pm (Riley)
Friday 2-2:50pm (Ruth)
Asynchronous (both)
Brandon Merrill Chem 320, 321, and 322 Tuesday 4-4:50pm Online
Mariah Buettner
Emily Rackers
Conservatory courses (all) Every other Tuesday, 4:15-5:15pm Online
Gavin Ott Finance 325 Monday, 4-4:50pm Online
Anabeth Laaker
MaryBeth Reust
French Friday, 12:30-1:30 Online
Holden Joynes Global Health (Bio 319) Wednesday, 9-9:50am Online
Katey Johnston Management 100, 256, 301, 306, 330, 370, 471 Monday, 9-9:50am Online
Brayden Basch Philosophy 210 Wednesday, 3-3:50pm Online
Greg Attard Physics 220/250 Monday, 10-10:50am Online
Kaia Schott Psychology Asynchronous Online
Lauren Van Winkle Spanish 110-211 Friday, 12-12:50pm Online
Adam Sisk Spanish 221+ Every other Thursday, 1-1:50pm Online

Fall 2020 Honors Discussion Groups

Leader Section Day/Time
Gavin Ott Acct 210 and 211 Tuesday 4-4:50pm TBA
Tim Nguyen Bio 108 Friday 11-11:50am
Friday 5-5:50pm
Sam Hays Calculus I and II and Math 266 Asynchronous online online
Shefaa Allan Cell Bio (Bio 202) Monday 4-4:50pm online
Ruth Vaccianna
Riley Kemna
Chem 211 and 212 Thursday 5-5:50pm (Riley)
Friday 2-2:50pm (Ruth)
Asynchronous online (both)
Brandon Merrill
Chem 321 and 322 Tuesday 4-4:50pm online
Mariah Buettner
Emily Rackers
Conservatory courses (all) Every other Tuesday beginning Sept. 1
Lauren Hendrickson
French Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm
Friday 3:30-4:30pm
Mary Petropoulos
Management 100, 256, 301, 306, 330, 370, 471 Wednesday 9-9:50am online
Greg Attard
Physics 210 and 240 Monday 11-11:50am online
Kaia Schott
Psychology courses (all) Wednesday 3-3:50pm online
Lauren Van Winkle
Spanish 110-211 Friday 2-2:50pm online
Adam Sisk
Spanish 221+ Thursday 1-1:50pm online