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The mission of the Paradise Valley Community College Honors Program is to provide promising scholars with challenging, innovative, and enriching learning opportunities within a close community comprised of faculty mentors and Honors students. In this atmosphere, our students learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and act with integrity. PVCC’s Honors scholars are encouraged to take full responsibility for their journey of life-long learning and to excel in scholarship, leadership, and civic responsibility.

"There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience."
Jean de la Bruyere

PVCC Honors Program at a Glance

• Free printing, laptop and iPod checkouts, a study/community center, and symphony tickets
• Honors-only classes in many academic disciplines
• Active, small group learning supported by related extracurricular activities
• Leadership positions and community involvement events through the Student Honors Advisory Council (SHAC)
• Customize your own Honors curriculum and participate in research through honors projects
• Small class sizes
• Travel opportunities including but not limited to the Honors Retreat, Honors Explorer Classes, and national and regional honors conferences
• All-USA, Chancellors' and Foundation Scholarships
• Honors Forum Speaker series, which features nationally known experts
• Fine arts and cultural experiences

Upcoming Events 2014-2015


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The Annual PVCC Honors Project Showcase will be held this year during Faculty Appreciation Day on Wednesday, December 10th. This poster session event will celebrate the creative work performed by PVCC Honors students. Honors projects may be initiated as part of a course or as independent collaborations with faculty. PVCC encourages all students to consider enhancing their personal and professional development by engaging in scholarly and creative work with faculty and sharing your work with the PVCC community. Honors faculty and staff will select the top projects to be presented at the Western Regional Honors Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Basic Information:

  • Posters can be single, double, or tri-fold.
  • Posters should provide visual as well as written highlights of the research.
  • DO include photos, graphs, illustrations, and other visual elements.
  • DO provide short, written definitions, explanations, and conclusions to your poster.
  • A Works Cited addendum should accompany the poster, because audience members may ask about the research element of your project. Do not attach it to your poster.
  • Tables will be supplied for your poster.
  • Please dress appropriately (business casual - no shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, etc.)
  • Invite your instructors to attend! You can let them know that food will be provided.

Set up:

  • Please arrive at KSC1000 by 11:15am and have your poster ready for display by 11:30am.
  • Your display area will be assigned to you.

Presentation time: 

  • You will be excused from class during this time to present. Make arrangements with your instructor before the event.
  • Please stand by your poster during the presentation time. You may look at other presentations when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Food will be provided for your faculty mentors and all presenters.
  • During this time, we encourage you to engage faculty and guests, discuss your poster with participants and answer any questions they may have regarding your project.  This is your time to demonstrate your educational achievement.

Posters should be self-contained:

  • You may print your poster on a piece of poster board or mount it on a sheet of foam core board.
  • Ask Honors for poster supplies you need by November 14th.

If you are interested in entering a scholarly or creative project, you must contact Honors at 602.787.7888 or by November 14th.

ALL current Honors students need to join our Canvas Course Link

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Contact Us

Honors Center
K Building Rooms 101 and 102

Office Hours:
Mon-Thur.  8:30am to 4:30pm

Fri. 8:30am to 4:00pm


Honors Director
Dr. Doug Berry

Honors Director
Dr. John Douglass


Honors Program Coordinator
Rikki Shannon

Honors Program Assistant
Sawsan Abdurrahman

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