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Thurgood Marshall College Honors Program

The Thurgood Marshall College Honors Program is designed to address one of the greatest responsibilities and challenges of public higher education: the education of students of exceptionally high academic achievement. The program provides the organization and the environment within which students are encouraged to pursue individual excellence.

Honors activities and events are designed to introduce Thurgood Marshall students to the excitement of pioneering research and innovative scholarship in all disciplines at UC San Diego and to create opportunities for discussion on public issues with locally and nationally known figures. These opportunities occur through quarterly honors seminars (TMC 20) open to TMC honors students as well as various events hosted by the TMC Honors Program and Honors Council.  


To be eligible to participate in the TMC Honors Program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 graded units
  • Achieve a UC cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher

Currently, application to the program is not required as students who meet these criteria are automatically notified of their eligibility.  Once in the program, students retain their TMC Honors status by maintaining a minimum cumulative UC GPA at 3.5 or higher and are monitored quarterly.

Honors Seminars

FALL 2021

Course: TMC 20
Section ID: 55730
Units: 1 unit 
Instructor: Dr. Leslie Carver
Day/Time: Thursday, 2:00PM-2:50PM 
Location: SEQUO 119

Course Description:

In this class, students will read research papers written by UCSD faculty and/or research staff, and accompanying popular press articles about the research. Researchers from a range of disciplines (e.g. psychology, atmospheric sciences, medicine, chemistry, fluid mechanics) will participate. Faculty members will attend class during the week that their paper is discussed. Objectives for this course include:

  • Students will interact in a small group setting with researchers from UCSD whose work has been reported in the popular press
  • Students will gain skill in reading empirical research articles
  • Students will learn to critically assess how popular press reports relate to actual scientific reports
  • Students will learn how research is gathered and reported.

Honors Events

Events for 2020-2021 TBA

University and Department Honors

In addition to membership in the TMC Honors Program, students may also qualify for participation in various campus-wide honors programs as well as eligibility for honors awards at graduation.  Please see Honors Distinction for additional information. 

Honors Council

The Thurgood Marshall College Honors Council serves to address the needs and advance the interests of students within the Thurgood Marshall College Honors Program through meaningful programming and opportunities centered on the college mission of “Scholar & Citizen”.  Council members assist in planning honors events that connect high achieving students to faculty of diverse disciplines, locally and nationally recognized public figures, community organizations, and outreach both inside and outside the classroom.

Students interested in serving on the Honors Council are welcome to apply during the spring quarter.   Students must be current Thurgood Marshall College honors students in good academic standing with an interest in serving the Marshall College community through the Honors Program. 

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