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 allows 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

Hi! My name is Nina Cardillo and I am a senior in the Design Cultures & Creativity living-learning program studying art history and communication. Around campus, I work as a resident assistant on a floor with Design Cultures & Creativity students. I am also involved in Catholic Terps, Greek life, and the Oral Communication Center. I joined Design Cultures & Creativity because of how it approaches today's problems in innovative ways and brings together people from many backgrounds to collaborate on solutions and projects. I love being a part of Honors Ambassadors because it gives me the opportunity to share my love for UMD and the Honors College with prospective students and help them in the college decision process. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me!
-Nina Cardillo ’19

Hello! My name is Alex Echikson, and I'm a junior in the University Honors living-learning program studying economics and math. Outside of class, I'm a member of the Maryland Academic Quiz Team in addition to Honors Ambassadors. I joined Honors Ambassadors in the first semester of my freshman year because I enjoy talking to prospective students and families about the University of Maryland and everything the Honors College has to offer. I'm very excited to serve as one of your student coordinators, and I look forward to a wonderful semester! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Go Terps!
-Alex Echikson ’20

Hello! My name is Radhika Gholap, and I’m a sophomore in the Integrated Life Sciences honors program. I’m majoring in cellular biology and molecular genetics with a double minor in Spanish and statistics. Outside of HA, I’m the recruitment & retention coordinator and CMNS legislator for the UMD Student Government Association, and I’m also involved with UMD’s American Medical Student Association. I also volunteer for a women’s health clinic and tutor at a local high school. I’m really excited to be part of HA for a second year because I love talking to prospective students and introducing them to all the Honors College has to offer.
-Radhika Gholpa ’21

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

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