Information for Prospective Students

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Honors College Ambassadors

Honors Ambassadors 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

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

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 Treasure, and Clark School 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

Hello! My name is Elece Smith and I am a Senior Honors Humanities student and the Honors Ambassadors Social Chair Student Coordinator. I am currently double majoring in Japanese and Anthropology and I’m interested in pursuing a career as an East Asian Studies Subject Librarian. When I am not working with HA I also work in the McKeldin library as a student assistant and I write freelance for UMD’s on-campus newspaper, The Diamondback. I have loved working with HA the past three years and I look forward to spending my final year introducing prospective students to the Honors College.
-Elece Smith ’20

Meet Our Advisor

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