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Talented and motivated students have a unique educational experience that integrates curricular, co-curricular, and extra curricular learning in both interdisciplinary study and the students major. 

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Students take a series of courses featuring close faculty-student interaction in small class settings. The honors sequence culminates in an intensive research project in the major during senior year. Students present the results of their work shortly before graduation at the annual SPARC (Scholarship, Performance, Art, Research and Creativity) Festival.

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MSMU Honors graduate becomes first African-American female accepted into neurosurgery program at Johns Hopkins University

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah has become the first African-American female to be accepted into the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine department of neurosurgery.

Abu-Bonsrah graduated from the Mount nearly five years ago with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, and was a member of the honors program. She will graduate from Johns Hopkins Medical School in May and begin her fellowship for a seven-year residency later this summer.

“The Mount definitely played a huge role in how far I have come,” says Abu-Bonsrah. “It is a true privilege and honor to join the department [at Johns Hopkins] and to be trained by such excellent surgeons.”

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Nancy Abu- Bonsrah, C’12, was a biochemistry major and honors student at the Mount.

Inclusion into the Honors Program at Mount St. Mary's University is offered to academically gifted incoming students and to talented students who apply to the program after their first year of study.

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The mission of the University Honors Program is to help academically gifted students achieve their full potential, preparing them to be leaders in a world acutely in need of their talents.

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