What can students expect from their CHIP?
- Exploration. Each CHIP investigates a particular field of study or interest.
- Networking. CHIPs connect incoming students with upperclassmen (i.e. CHIP leaders) in the CHC. Each CHIP also has a faculty advisor who assists the CHIP leader and serves as the four-year CHC academic advisor to the CHIP students. Additionally, many CHIPs host guest speakers who work in the field which the CHIP is investigating.
- Field trips and fun. During fall term, each CHIP goes on a field trip and has a dinner with the CHIP’s faculty advisor. CHIP field trips may include going to Powell’s books in Portland, attending theatrical productions in Eugene, touring a hospital, or foraging in local forests.
- Summer reading. Most CHIP leaders ask that their students acquire and read a particular text over the summer prior to NSO (September 20th, 2011). Alternatively, a few CHIP leaders have students purchase the CHIP’s text along with other fall course materials for use during fall term, not before. Please view the individual CHIP descriptions here to learn about the required reading for each CHIP.
- Convenience. During fall term, each CHIP holds class regularly for one hour, once per week.
After the formal CHIP classes conclude at the end of fall term, socials and academic events open to all CHIP students continue to take place throughout the year.
Are CHIPs required?
Taking a CHIP is required of incoming Honors College freshmen; transfer and visiting students may also choose to take a CHIP.
Can Honors College students enroll in a CHIP and a FIG?
Yes, however, the only FIGs that honors college students may sign up for are Honors Science, Nano-Newton, and Global Oregon. For more details, reference the FIG FAQ and the Big Fig Book here. If a student decides to enroll in a FIG, he or she must also take a CHIP.
Who teaches a CHIP?
CHIP leaders (selected CHC upperclassmen) develop their own unique CHIP courses and syllabi, and are the primary instructors for their respective CHIPs throughout fall term. Each CHIP also has a faculty advisor who assists the CHIP leader and serves as the four-year CHC academic advisor to the CHIP’s students.