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Meet the Students

We represent a vast diversity of thought, age and culture. We are first-generation college-goers, just graduated high school seniors and non-traditional students. We are poets and artists and programmers and science fiends from as far away as Thailand and as close as down the road.

But we all share the same ideal: a deep desire for rigorous scholarly learning and intense academic growth that will help us make a difference in the world. We are self-motivated, intellectually curious, and unconventional thinkers. And together, we challenge each other, debate and collaborate in solving complex problems and applying real-world solutions.  We are Urban Honors.

Here are some of our stories.

Kevin Vilbig

“The program has let me explore. I wouldn’t have been able to do anything like this otherwise. There’s just no way.”

Kevin Vilbig is a graduating senior from Dallas, Texas, majoring in Social Science. His senior thesis, Hack all the History, is about the hacker quest for the freedom of information. He spent seven weeks in India embedded in a hacker group to complete his research.  Read Kevin’s story


Supichaya Sunthornjittanon

“Even the gym at PSU uses reclaimed rainwater. I want to learn from here, and bring it back to Thailand.”

Sophomore Supichaya Sunthornjittanon is a 4.0 President’s Scholar from Bangkok, Thailand, majoring in Mathematics and interested in pursuing a masters of International Management at PSU.  Read Supichaya’s story


Dale Herr

“I like how Honors integrates the real world into everything you’re studying. Everything is relating back to Portland.”

Freshman Dale Herr is an Environmental Science Major from San Francisco, California, and one of four Honors Sustainability Scholars, awarded for her interest in sustainable practices and policy.  Read Dale’s story