The UI College of Nursing Honors Program offers a competitive and selective mentorship opportunity. Nursing Honors is available to undergraduate nursing students of high academic achievement who want to develop skills and experience to prepare for graduate study.

Undergraduates with a nursing major (pre-licensure BSN students or RN to BSN students) may be considered for Nursing Honors whether or not the student is participating in University Honors. To be eligible to apply:

  • Students must be enrolled in the nursing major coursework and must be junior or senior undergraduate students.
  • Students must have two or more sequential semesters remaining in their program of study.
  • The grade point requirements are a UI cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a Nursing GPA of 3.5. To graduate with honors in nursing, the student must maintain a minimum 3.5 nursing and a 3.5 UI cumulative GPA through the final semester.
  • Nursing student participants are selected based upon their academic record, faculty mentor match, and the quality of the student goal and project statements in the application.  

How is nursing honors different than University Honors?
University Honors is a program offered for freshmen, sophomores, and students transferring from other four year institutions. It is not necessary to participate in University Honors in order to apply for Nursing Honors. However, Nursing Honors does meet the requirements for the experiential learning (Part II) of University Honors.
For more information about University Honors, click on: https://honors.uiowa.edu


  • Honors in Nursing is a two sequential semester commitment.
  • In the first semester, students will complete an online seminar designed to plan and develop the honors independent study and related scholarly product. (1 semester hour credit)
  • In the second semester, students will complete the project planned during the first semester. Students should anticipate a minimum investment of 90 hours (avg. of 6 hours per week) to accomplish this project. (3 semester hours credit)
  • The project must produce a scholarly product. The form of the scholarly product is negotiated with the faculty mentor. Typical forms include a research paper, professional poster, development of an evidence-based guideline, quality improvement project, or other evidence-based professional product.
  • Students are expected to meet regularly with Faculty Mentor for guidance on their Honors Project.
  • Develop an abstract of the project for the College of Nursing Honors Repository.


  • Preparation for the successful completion of graduate school.
  • Honors is an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor and expert clinician(s) who best facilitate your career development.
  • Through Honors course work, the student will develop enhanced skills in the rigorous application of evidence related to a topic of interest to the student.
  • The student will receive recognition at graduation as having earned Honors in Nursing

You will solicit a mentor who matches your area of interest. If you aren’t sure of faculty who are potential mentors, the Honors Advisor is available to help guide you regarding faculty who might be good mentor matches.

The Honors Advisor invites students to explore the program and is available for either individual or group appointments. The Honors Advisor can share examples of honors projects that have been completed, discuss ways that clinical/career interests may be developed into honors work and guide students interested in research to active research faculty members in the student’s area of interest.

To schedule an appointment with the Honors Advisor, email Dr. Ruth E. Grossmann (ruth-grossmann@uiowa.edu)

To apply for Nursing Honors, please complete the application via the link below.

Honors Application Link

December 10 for spring enrollment
May 10 for fall enrollment