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 community and create opportunities for students in the Honors Program. SHO's most notable events include the Fall BBQ, Honors Involvement Conference, and Luminaire – all of which aim to unite 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 - members are eligible to apply for Assistant Director positions 
  • Free food 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

Dates You Should Know

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

  • SHO BBQand Kick Off: August 23, 2022
  • Town Hall Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning September 13, 2022
  • PJ and Paddle: November 4, 2022
  • Honors Involvement Conference: (January) 2023 date TBA
  • Luminaire: (April) 2023 date TBA
  • Spring Formal: (April/May) 2023 date TBA

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 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
  • Secretary: Nicolas Namia
  • Treasurer: 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. Recruitment for Assistant Directors (ADs) takes place early in the fall semester. Check the Honors on Wednesday for more information. The Fall 2022 deadline to apply is September 14. 

Honors students interested in serving on SHO can expect to:

  • Gain leadership experience
  • Create valuable connections with Honors alumni and staff
  • Grow personally and professionally


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