Academics

The BW Office of Honors and Scholars offers a number of opportunities for students who want to do research with faculty members, spend time abroad after graduation, engage in the production of creative work in the arts or music, or simply join a community of students doing extraordinary things with their college experience.

Through our programs and faculty support, our goal is to help you to make the most of your time at Baldwin Wallace, to ultimately prepare you for internships, graduate school and your career. Our programs emphasize individualized mentoring between students and faculty as well as building skills and experiences that will set you apart after graduation.

Honors Program

The BW honors program helps motivated and talented students make the most of their college experience by joining a community of scholars dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development and community engagement.

As a student in the honors program, you’ll have access to early registration, funding for study abroad and other opportunities, specialized activities and housing, and long-term mentorship from your honors advisor.

Acceptance to the honors program requires an additional application. Students who meet the minimum test scores and GPA will be invited to apply when they are accepted to BW. Other students are welcome to contact honors@bw.edu or your admission counselor to see if the honors program might be a good fit for you.

Photo of Honors students interacting in one of the program's living and learning communities


Summer Scholars Program

The BW Summer Scholars 10-week summer program offers participants housing and a $3,500 stipend to conduct a major research or creative project with a faculty mentor. Along with completing their project, Summer Scholars live together and engage in enrichment activities and field trips around Northeast Ohio to learn more about the landscape of research and creative work that fuels our local economy and culture. Students build their skills and resume while making connections with regional businesses, research centers and arts organizations.

Summer Scholars is open to students of any major with sophomore standing and who have spent at least one academic year at BW.

photo of conservatory of music student Daixuan Ai


Faculty Student Collaboration Courses

Faculty student collaboration (FSC) courses allow a small group of students to team up with a faculty mentor to conduct a research or creative project during the semester. FSCs often bring together students and faculty from different academic programs to participate in unique cross-disciplinary work. For example, one recent FSC brought together a team from political science, mathematics and sociology who conducted polling research related to the 2020 presidential election. Another team from psychology and theatre investigated the personality effects that acting has on actors.

Photo of Yash Kahai and Dr. Herman Sahni


Research and Presentation Grants

At BW, the costs of research will not prevent you from participating in the exciting work you want to do in your field of study. Students can apply for funding to support expenses associated with their research and creative activities. For example, if your work is accepted to a conference, we can help to provide funding for you transportation there so you can present your work.

photo of Dr. Patrick Ledwidge with students


Fulbright Award Advising

Fulbright Awards are among the most prestigious scholarships a college graduate can receive. These U.S. State Department fund a year abroad to do research or creative work, earn a Master’s degree, or act as an English language-teaching assistant.

At BW, we provide intensive advising to ensure that students submit the strongest application possible. We will work with you through every step of the process, from selecting the country and type of award, to support with submitting your application materials and preparing for the interview.

Photo of William Lekan in Taiwan


Dayton C. Miller Honor Society

Dayton C. Miller Honor Society Logo

BW values strong academic performance, and we celebrate student achievement in part through the Dayton C. Miller Honor Society, a GPA-based honorary open to all members of the BW undergraduate community. The top 100 students with junior or senior standing are recognized every year at the Dayton C. Miller Honor Society Induction Ceremony. We invite your family and a faculty or staff member who has had the greatest impact on your BW experience to join us for the ceremony and honor your achievements.


Additional Programs

While these programs are not a part of the BW Office of Honors and Scholars, they offer additional opportunities that may be helpful for you.

Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep (PC Prep) program at Baldwin Wallace will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, you'll work with PC Prep advisors to build a personalized plan around four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support. Attend PC Prep workshops and events to connect with Returned Peace Corps volunteers and other PC Prep students. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate from the Peace Corps — and a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service or other international development opportunities.

Photo of BW alum in peace corps


Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program

The Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program provides holistic support to STEM students through one-on-one coaching, transitional guidance, peer mentoring, and professional development opportunities. Within this supportive community, students are encouraged to explore and emboldened to pursue academic, personal, and professional goals. All programs are accessible to students within the School of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Computing.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has granted Baldwin Wallace University funds to award annual, renewable $5,000 Choose Ohio First STEM Scholarships to incoming first year and transfer students. Learn about the eligibility, application process, and program requirements, visit the Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program website.

Photo of Women in STEM Symposium


Contact

Office of Honors and Scholars
honors@bw.edu
(440) 826-2266

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Amy E. Lebo
Associate Dean, Office of Honors and Scholars
Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Oregon
Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, University of Oregon
M.A. in Philosophy, University of Oregon
B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Emory University

(440) 826-2266
alebo@bw.edu

Margaret Stiner
Associate Director, Office of Honors and Scholars
Lecturer in English
M.A.T. in English, Brown University
B.A. in English and Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross
(440) 826-2242
mstiner@bw.edu