Honors Experience Petition

Occasionally, an Honors student will complete a noteworthy experience and not earn academic credit or pursue an experience that does not fit into the existing categories of Honors Experiences. When this occurs, the student may petition to include the experience towards their Honors credits.

Types of Petitions

Some examples of successful petitions include:

  • Internship experiences completed outside of a decanal unit
  • Tutoring with Tutoring & Academic Support Services
  • UB’s CSTEP program
  • Research experiences completed outside of a decanal unit at UB or Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at another institution
  • Executive board positions in a UB-approved student organization
  • UB Honors Alternative Spring Break
  • UB’s URGE to Compute program
  • Volunteering at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Executive board positions must be confirmed by a UB faculty/staff club advisor and students must be able to make a connection between their role and their academics and/or professional and career goals.

Earn Honors Credit and a Digital Badge

The Honors College partners with UB’s Experiential Learning Network (ELN) to enhance honors experiences and the petition process. Through this partnership, you will earn both honors credits and an ELN digital badge.

By completing an honors experience petition through ELN, we’re ensuring our students will engage in thoughtful, well-researched preparation; produce tangible products from their experiences; and demonstrate their growth and value for potential employers or graduate programs.

Digital badge icon with UB logo.

How to Submit Your Petition

The Honors Experience Petition is embedded within the ELN Digital Badge, so you will submit your petition for approval in the sign-up form to begin the digital badge. You can petition through ELN even if you have completed the experience.

1. Click the button to get started

2. When you arrive at the “Starting the Project” section, please select “yes” and “Honors College Experience Credit” from the list of UB programs

3. Please be specific in your explanation as to why you chose to pursue this opportunity and how it pertains to your academic and professional goals

4. The Honors College will receive your petition through ELN. There is nothing additional you need to do.

5. You will be notified via automated email once a decision has been made on your request.

Supervisor Approval Required

After you complete the experience and earned the digital badge, your mentor/supervisor will automatically be sent a request to confirm the number of hours you completed during the experience. Your supervisor will not receive your reflection or any other materials submitted. Petitions will not be accepted and added to your Honors record without supervisor approval.

How the Hours Count for Experiences

  • The hours noted on this petition will only be applied to Honors Experiences and, therefore, will not count towards major or degree credit requirements.
  • For every 45 hours invested in the endeavor, the petition process would award you one Honors Experience credit, up to a maximum of six credit hours.
  • Students will not receive an additional honors credit for completing a digital badge.

Frequently Asked Questions


University Honors College

106 Capen Hall

Phone: 716-645-3020; Fax: 716-645-3368

Email: honors@buffalo.edu