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Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program

The Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program at Notre Dame of Maryland University is designed for Women’s College students of outstanding academic ability and high motivation.

Dr. Morrissy's legacy

Named in honor of Elizabeth Morrissy, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of history, political science and economics at Notre Dame for 40 years, the program provides opportunities for students to experience the kind of excitement in learning that Dr. Morrissy inspired.

The Honors Program offers both general education and interdisciplinary seminars. It supports learning through experience with internships, service learning, directed research and honors conference presentations.

The Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program provides welcoming study areas, a seminar room for classes as well as individual and group activities, and a comfortable lounge where students interact with other honors students and faculty. Morrissy Scholars embrace many exclusive opportunities—from studying and gathering in the charming, cozy Morrissy House to visiting our sister college in Tokyo. They are intellectually curious honor students, active learners and global citizens.


Otenasek House

Tour the Otenasek House

Activities and Events

  • Financial support for two-week study tours abroad.
  • Director’s Night Out: dinner and activity for incoming students with the Honors Program director.
  • Participation in national, regional and Maryland honors conferences. The Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program has hosted the Maryland Collegiate Honors Conference, and Morrissy Scholars have participated in honors
    conferences in New Orleans; Chicago; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; Providence, RI; and Portland, ME.
  • Dinners and other social activities in the
    Morrissy Honors House.
  • Cultural outings in Baltimore: Center Stage, Baltimore Symphony, Baltimore Opera, Walters Art Gallery, among others.
  • Short-term exchange program with Aoyama Gakuin Women's College in Tokyo.


  • Students participating in the honors program receive Notre Dame’s largest and most prestigious merit scholarships.
  • Honors courses are designated on student transcripts.
  • “Morrissy Scholar” is noted on transcripts and at Commencement (for those who complete the required 18 credits of honors courses).
  • Scholars are recognized publicly at Notre Dame’s annual fall Honors Convocation.
  • The Morrissy Honors Club, with student officers elected annually, works with the director to plan activities.
  • Students may have opportunities to present outstanding research papers and posters at the spring research symposium at Notre Dame and at state, regional and national honors conferences.
  • Exclusive off-campus activities enrich students’ Notre Dame honors education.
  • The Morrissy Honors Wing in Doyle Residence Hall provides peer mentoring and expands the Morrissy experience to residence life.

Honors Councils

The University maintains membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the Northeast Regional Honors Conference (NE-NCHC) and the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council (MCHC).