University Scholars Prospect Weekend

To be admitted to the University Scholars Program, students must submit an application packet (link below) AND must attend "Prospect Weekend", in which they will have interviews, write an essay, and do group activities. A typical Prospect Weekend schedule is shown below.


To prepare for the weekend, we ask students to read the material linked below prior to coming. During the weekend, there will be a lecture on the topic, group discussions, and an essay writing session.


PLEASE NOTE: Students should have already applied and been admitted to UT Martin prior to attending Prospect Weekend. Please visit for more information!

Prospect Weekend will be November 16-18, 2017

Download the Application Packet (PDF)

Theme: How Social is Social Media?


  • E. M. Forster. "The Machine Stops in Collected Short Stories of E. M. Forster." London: Readers Union with Sidgwick and Jackson, 1909/1950. Also online at: SOURCE MATERIAL
  • Michael Price. "Alone in the crowd: Sherry Turkle says social networking is eroding our ability to live comfortably offline." Questionnaire. American Psychological Association, vol. 42, no. 6, June 2011, p. 26. SOURCE MATERIAL
  • Jean M. Twenge. "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" The Atlantic (September, 2017). SOURCE MATERIAL
  • BRIEFING, Friday November 17th at 11:00 AM: "Girl with a Gadget: From Illiteracy, to Literacy, to Aliteracy" by Dr. Arthur Hunt, Communications




Tentative Schedule

Below is a typical schedule for the Prospect Weekend. Please note that this schedule is likely to change from year to year and should only be viewed as a guideline..

Thursday, November 16


3:00-5:00 PM Students and families arrive at Honors Center; meet hosts. (Note: students may choose to arrive Friday or Saturday).
5:00 PM Students eat supper with faculty and Scholars student hosts.
7:00 PM No required activities; students may go to a social event with Scholars hosts. Students may stay in dormitories with University Scholars students if they wish.

Friday, November 17

Optional but HIGHLY recommended

7:00 AM Breakfast (complimentary student meal ticket for campus cafeteria).
9:00-11:00 AM Students attend classes with Scholars hosts.
11:00 - 11:30 AM Briefing on Weekend Topic
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch (complimentary student meal ticket for campus cafeteria).
1:00-2:00 PM Students and families take campus tours.
3:00-5:00 PM Students participate in group discussions with Honors Council members to discuss the weekend topic.
6:00-7:00 PM Office of Admissions banquet with Honors faculty, prospective, and family members.
7:00 PM-12:00 AM Scholar hosts meet students for evening social activities. Students may stay in dormitories if they wish.

Saturday, November 18


7:45-8:30 AM Complimentary continental breakfast for students and families.
8:30-11:30 PM Students alternate between interviews with Honors Council and essay writing (note: this is a different essay from the one that accompanies your written application).
10:00-11:00 AM Admissions & Financial Aid Informational Meeting for parents (optional)
11:30-1:00 PM Chancellor's Luncheon for prospects, family members, Honors Council, and selected University Scholars students. Current Scholars make presentations about the University Scholars Program. Students who have completed all above activities (interview and essay) may depart for home following the luncheon.
1:30-4:00 PM Students alternate between interviews with Honors Council and essay writing. Students may depart for home following the completion of the essay and interview.


Hotels in Martin

Days Inn -- 800 University St. -- (731) 587-9577 or (800) DAYSINN

Econo Lodge -- 853 University St. -- (731) 587-4241 or (800) 553-2666

Hampton Inn -- 5575 Skyhawk Parkway -- (731) 587-5800

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