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.

Fall 2020 Honors Discussion Groups

Honors Discussion Group leaders will be holding sessions online this fall, beginning the week of August 31. However, they have the choice to meet with their group outside when possible. When this is the situation, participants will be asked to wear masks and observe appropriate social distancing.

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
Brayden Basch
Philosophy 210 Wednesday 5-5:50pm 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

Spring 2020 Honors Discussion Groups


Leader Section Day/Time
Mary Zalmai
Bio 109  Monday 3-3:50pm 233 Swinney Rec
Carmen Zatezalo
Bio 319 (Global Health) Wednesday 3-3:50pm 212 Haag Hall
Victor Akinjole
Calculus I and II and Math 266 Tuesday 1-1:50pm 212 Haag Hall
Shefaa Allan
Cell Bio (Bio 202)  Friday 2:30-3:30pm 203 Royall Hall
Joseph Allen
Chem 211 and 212 Monday 10-10:50am
Tuesday 4-4:50pm
Friday 11-11:50am
428 Cherry Hall
428 Cherry Hall
428 Cherry Hall
Samantha Hays
Brandon Merrill
Chem 320, 321, and 322 Thursday 10-10:50am 415 Cherry Hall
Erica Lohman
Elise Eastin
Conservatory courses (all) Every other Monday, 4-4:50pm 415 Cherry Hall
Lauren Hendrickson
French Monday 10-10:50am 415 Cherry Hall
Mary Petropoulos
Management 100, 256, 301, 306, 330, 370, 471 Thursday 9-9:50am 428 Cherry Hall
Greg Attard
Physics 220 and 250 Friday 9-9:50am 415 Cherry Hall
Savanah Medley
Kaia Schott
Psychology courses (all) Tuesday 5-5:50pm

Wednesday 3-3:50pm

415 Cherry Hall

428 Cherry Hall

Amber Litteken
Spanish 110-211 Friday 9-9:50am 428 Cherry Hall
Griselda Hernandez
Spanish 221+ Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm 108A Miller Nichols Library