The Student Honors Organization (SHO) serves the Honors Program and its members by hosting events that support community engagement.


Connect with SHO on Facebook and Instagram @uf.sho.


The University of Florida's Student Honors Organization strives to build an Honors identity for each member of the community so that they can achieve individual aspirations, establish meaningful connections and create lifelong memories. SHO's most notable events include the Fall Kick Off and BBQ, Honors Involvement Conference, and Luminaire – all of which aim to unite and inspire Honors students.

Expectations and Benefits

SHO members enjoy the following benefits-

  • SHO t-shirt; option for t-shirt each additional year based on availability
  • Early leadership opportunities in SHO 
  • Free food, Honors merchandise and admission to the many events hosted by SHO 
  • Discounted rates for Honors outdoor adventures and retreats
  • Priority registration access to events 
  • Membership in a large and very engaged peer network

Signature Events

Check the events calendar for additional events, dates, and details.

  • BBQand Kick Off
  • Town Halls 
  • Honors Involvement Conference
  • Luminaire Art Showcase
  • Spring Formal

How to Join

SHO membership is valid for a student's entire time in the UF Honors Program. Honors students that entered UF prior to 2021 are all SHO members. Lateral admits and incoming students that did not elect to join SHO when they confirmed with the Honors Program may still join

More information can be found on the SHO Facebook page.


2022 – 2023 SHO Executive board:

  • President: Chase Virta-Steel
  • Vice President of Member Engagement: Keelyn Fife
  • Vice President of Internal Affairs: Momin Ahmed
  • Director of Marketing: Ainslee Nichols
  • Director of Operations: Nicolas Namia
  • Director of Finance: Anna Theissen

Faculty Advisor: Kristy Spear

Each year, SHO selects our university’s top scholars and student leaders to represent the greater Honors community and host events. SHO leadership is devised of officers and Assistant Directors. Recruitment for Officers takes place in February/March; recruitment for Assistant Directors takes place early in the fall semester. Check the Honors on Wednesday for application information and deadlines.

Honors students interested in serving on SHO can expect to:

  • Gain leadership experience
  • Create valuable connections with Honors students, alumni and faculty
  • Grow personally and professionally
  • Develop a powerful network across campus and in the Gainesville community


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