Overview

The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service are accepting applications for the Honos Civicus Society Class of 2016 at TUSDM.  Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating predoctoral and postdoctoral students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon TUSDM’s community involvement while creating an alumni network of health professionals who are excited to continue their commitment to active citizenship throughout their careers.

150512_16687_civicus212.jpg

Benefits

The benefits of membership in the Honos Civicus Society include:

  • Recognition at a ceremony of the Class of 2016 Tufts Dental, Medical, and Nutrition students and residents accepted into Honos Civicus
  • Recognition at graduation, with a notation in the Senior Biography publication and an Honos Civicus pin for the commencement gown.
  • Featured on the Tisch College website and other Tufts University publications.
  • Membership in the Honos Civicus alumni group, an alumni network of active citizen health professionals.

Strong candidates will have:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service and civic engagement.  (This must be beyond the minimum expected for degree requirements which include the required off-site rotations and community service learning externship.)
  • Demonstrated dedication and/or leadership.
  • Made a positive impact on the community served and on you as an individual.
  • An outstanding record of professionalism and ethical behavior.
  • Must be in good academic and professional standing.

The application includes:

  • Four Short Essay Questions
  • Description of your community service/civic engagement
  • Applicants must complete the online application by Friday, February 19, 2016.

Timeline

  • Applications for the Class of 2015 are due by Friday, February 19, 2016.
  • Honorees will be notified by Friday, April 1, 2016.
  • Recognition luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Jump to application.

Review Committee and Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by the TUSDM Honos Civicus Subcommittee, which includes representatives from the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the TUSDM Department of Public Health and Community Service, and the TUSDM Office of Student Affairs.

The application review will be blinded and your application will be judged on the following attributes:

  • Consistency and Effort- The length and depth of your community service/civic engagement involvement during your time at TUSDM
  • Continuity and Sustainability – The degree to which your community service/civic engagement has made a lasting contribution on the community served
  • Leadership – The roles and responsibilities that you assumed during your community service/civic engagement
  • Impact – The degree to which your community service/civic engagement has made a meaningful impact you as an individual
  • Quality – The quality of your essay answers

Applicants will receive a notification of acceptance or non-acceptance by Friday, April 1, 2016.

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is active citizenship? 
Active citizenship includes the ability to:

  • Think critically about civic problems
  • Engage effectively with diverse individuals and communities
  • Communicate powerfully
  • Collaborate effectively with individuals and groups
  • Understand your own values, motivations, passions, and ethics—and act on them
  • Recognize one’s responsibility to a larger community

What types of activities should I have participated in to apply for Honos Civicus?
Suggested activities and/or combination of activities – above and beyond degree requirements – include but are not limited to the following:

  • Community outreach through TUSDM student organizations or self-initiated volunteer service through membership in non-University affiliated programs that involve underserved or vulnerable communities or population groups
  • Leadership role in TUSDM student organizations involved in community service
  • Public health related research project that is self-initiated or supported by the student research fellowship program
  • Extensive participation in dental public health journal club and associated community or public policy activities
  • Elective public health coursework and associated community or public policy activities.
    • Significant contribution through public health advocacy
    • Written works (e.g., featured story, newsletter article, reflection, or journal article)
    • Innovative idea/product (e.g., website, downloadable app, teaching/learning technique, product line, other)

Do I need to be nominated in order to apply?
There is NO nomination requirement for Honos Civicus. If you have participated in community service or civic engagement above and beyond what is required at TUSDM, you may apply directly for Honos Civicus by completing the application on this website.

Application

If you are a graduating predoctural student or postdoctoral resident interested in being considered for the Honos Civicus Society, please complete the following application and submit by Friday, February 19, 2016.

If you are a graduating predoctural student or postdoctoral resident interested in being considered for the Honos Civicus Society, please complete the following application and submit by midnight, February 19.
  • Please list your community service and/or civic engagement above and beyond what is required for academic credit during your time at TUSDM. 


    Please include all of your activities, such as one-time events, responsibilities that you assumed including leadership roles, length of service for each activity, and any other pertinent information.
  • Please provide total number of hours spent working with this organization and/or activity
  • Activity 2

  • Please provide total number of hours spent working with this organization and/or activity
  • Activity 3

  • Please provide total number of hours spent working with this organization and/or activity
  • Activity 4

  • Please provide total number of hours spent working with this organization and/or activity
  • Activity 5

  • Please provide total number of hours spent working with this organization and/or activity
  • Application Questions

    Limit 500 words per question.
  • For example: Illustrate how your approach and/or reaction to the community changed over time. Describe how your academic and co-curricular preparation contributed to this change in approach or reaction. Describe how your understanding of health care policy/reform changed. Describe what you have learned about advocacy on the state and/or national level.
  • Describe the benefit to the community and what you learned about yourself, public health, community partnerships, health care, communication,etc.
  • How it might influence your future career such as where you choose to practice, how you set up your practice, type of practice, your involvement in your community professionally and personally, and volunteerism, etc.
  • Explain how your understanding of academic materials and community experiences were deepened from connecting the two.