Designed by students, for students, Honors Exchange of Ideas, Skills & Talents— HEIST— is a learning festival in which students teach and learn from one another.

In this day-long festival, students design and present their own workshops to their peers on a topic or skill they are excited about. Honors students learn from their peers as they attend up to five different workshops of their choice.

While traditional conferences give students opportunities to display academic research and creative endeavors HEIST goes further, enabling students to present on a variety of areas of interest, that may stem from their life experience, their unique hobbies, or any topic or academic area of interest that they have expertise or passion. With the University Honors Program assisting with logistics and providing supplies and refreshments, HEIST is only limited by students’ imaginations. The festival ends with a celebratory reception.