Information for Prospective Students

At this time, the Honors College has decided to suspend all in-person Honors Ambassadors activities and services, as a preventative measure for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Honors College Ambassadors

Honors Ambassadors (HA) is a student-run group of current honors students who represent the Honors College at open houses, question and answer panels and other recruitment events. Honors Ambassadors are available to host prospective students on select days during the year. Host-a-Days allow new students to explore the everyday life of an Honors student, from classes to campus activities. Honors Ambassadors are the bridge between prospective and current Honors students, and a powerful resource for attracting students to UMD.

Students who are interested in becoming an Honors Ambassador should email

Meet Our Student Coordinators

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Radhika Gholap

Hello! My name is Radhika Gholap, and I’m a junior in the Integrated Life Sciences honors program. I’m majoring in Physiology & Neurobiology with a double minor in Spanish and Statistics. Outside of HA, I’m involved with UMD’s American Medical Student Association and Camp Kesem. I also volunteer for a women’s health clinic, tutor at a local high school, and work as a crisis counselor. I’m really excited to be part of HA for a third year because I love talking to prospective students and introducing them to all the Honors College has to offer.

— Radhika Gholap ’21

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Carolyn Payne

Hi! My name is Carolyn Payne, and I’m a sophomore in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in the Honors College. My major is Mechanical Engineering and I hope to do research on renewable energy in the future. I’m also involved with Alpha Omega Epsilon, which is a professional engineering sorority, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where I am the Treasurer, and Clark School's Ambassadors. I enjoy being part of HA and interacting with prospective students because I get to show how much I love Maryland and share my Honors College experiences!

— Carolyn Payne ’22

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Anika Samee

Hello! My name is Anika Samee, and I am a sophomore in the Design, Cultures, and Creativity Program. My major is Neurobiology and Physiology with a minor in Statistics. In addition to working with the Honors College, I am a Research Assistant for UMD’s Gender, Culture, and Health Lab, a College Night volunteer with The Choice Program, and a Terps Against Hunger Event Manager. I am currently on a pre-dentistry track, and in the future I hope to provide dental care to marginalized communities. Working with HA is an exciting experience because I am able to introduce prospective students to this amazing school and to the endless possibilities within the Honors College!

— Anika Samee ’22

Meet Our Staff Advisors

Hello and welcome to the Honors Ambassadors! As the recruitment and programming graduate assistant, I look forward to working with some of the best and brightest students UMD has to offer, as well as our intellectually curious prospective students. I am currently enrolled in the Higher Education master’s program at UMD and enjoy working with students and families to ensure a positive college admissions experience. If you have any questions about the University of Maryland Honors College or Honors Ambassadors, please feel free to contact me.

— Oscar Avilez, Recruitment and Programming Graduate Assistant

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Oscar Avilez

Greetings and thank you for your interest in joining the Honor Ambassadors team! As the Recruitment and Programming Coordinator, my role is to oversee and support this exceptional student-run organization. So, what does being an Honors Ambassador (HA) mean? It means you are the student representation of the Honors College, as a whole. It is through your knowledge, experience, and commitment that prospective students are able to make a sound decision on if UMD Honors should be the place for them to call home. Plus, through being an active HA, you are able to connect with other Honors College students who may be in different Living-Learning Programs (which can be beneficial for your own self-growth). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or the Recruiting and Programming Graduate Assistant.

— Chantelle Smith, Recruitment and Programming Coordinator

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Chantelle Smith