Nisbet Honors Program

Nisbet Honors Program

If you are academically gifted, this invitation-only program offers you the challenge and the community with which you can reach your full potential. Explore new avenues of thinking, conduct independent research, and discuss intellectually challenging topics with other gifted students.

More than half of our Nisbet graduates pursue advanced study at graduate schools, including well-known institutions such as Princeton and Cornell. Many of these grads receive excellent financial aid packages, some getting full scholarships and stipends.

Why Join the Nisbet Honors Program at Converse?

As a Nisbet Honors student you can:

  • Participate in priority registration
  • Conduct independent research with faculty mentors
  • Take fascinating, interdisciplinary courses exclusive to honors students
  • Receive funding to study abroad and present your research at regional, national, and international conferences
  • Discuss intellectually challenging topics
  • Receive guidance on how to secure funds for summer research
  • Participate in a selective honors study abroad program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, one of the best science universities in western Europe

Listen to why our Nisbet Honors Scholars love the program:

A research experience can open a spot for you in a top graduate program and help you earn competitive scholarships. The Nisbet Honors Program will assist you in planning, proposing, and funding your research project, and then we can send you to present your research at regional, national, and international conferences. Your faculty mentor will be your guide throughout the experience.


  • Spending the summer after your freshman year being paid to research your favorite topic, after writing a successful grant application
  • Designing your own Directed Independent Study project working one-on-one with a faculty mentor
  • Publishing your research and presenting alongside your mentor at a professional conference
  • Completing a substantial independent research project known as the Senior Honors Thesis and presenting to the college and community in a public forum


Meet Our Scholars

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