The Honos Civicus Society at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, in collaboration with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, honors and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon TUSDM active citizenship and service to communities.
To become a member of the Honos Civicus Society, TUSDM graduating students must complete an online application. The application includes a summary of your community service, a guided reflection describing the importance of community service in your professional development, a letter of good standing from the Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs. Applications are due by March 1, 2013.
To become a member of Honos Civicus, dental students must:
- Be a graduating student in good standing at TUSDM.
- Apply through the online application at the bottom of this page.
- Submit a reflection on your civic growth and how your academic and co-curricular activities have transformed you into an effective active citizen. (no more than 500 words)
- Upload a letter of good standing from the Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs.
- Receive favorable review by the TUSDM Honos Civicus Committee.
Honos Civicus Benefits
- Recognition at a joint ceremony of Class of 2013 Tufts Dental and Medical School students accepted into the first professional school group of the Honos Civicus Society.
- Recognition at graduation, with a notation in the commencement program and an Honos Civicus pin on your commencement gown.
- Reflect on the courses and experiences that shaped your development as an active citizen.
- Articulate and document your active citizenship accomplishments for future graduate studies and professional applications.
- Receive information about future active citizenship opportunities through Tisch College.
- Be featured on the Tisch College website and other Tufts University publications.
Part I: Academic
Upload a letter of good standing from Dr. Kasberg, Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs indicating that you have successfully completed all didactic and clinical requirements for graduation, are in good standing academically and clinically and have no violations pending with the Committee on Ethics, Professions and Citizenship.
Part II: Civic Engagement
Your civic engagement submission must capture those activities that helped develop your civic knowledge, skills and values during your educational experience at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Appropriate on-campus and off-campus activities, as well as externships and community service experiences may offer these opportunities. Successful applicants will illustrate how courses or activities relate to their personal and/or professional development. Do not simply describe the course or activity.
Part III: Reflection
The reflection is an opportunity to reflect on your civic growth and how your academic and co-curricular activities have transformed you into an effective active citizen. Applicants should respond to ONE of two essay prompts.
- Compare and contrast two community experiences you have had while at Tufts – one early in your career and one more recently. Illustrate how your approach and/or reaction to community circumstances have changed over time. Describe how your academic and co-curricular preparation contributed to this change in approach or reaction.
- Describe how a particular course, set of courses or research project prepared you for work in the community, and how your community work influenced your understanding of the material in those courses or research. Explain how your understanding of academic materials and community experiences were deepened from connecting the two.
2013 applications for Honos Civicus are now closed.