The word "Odyssey" comes from Homer's epic poem about the 20-year journey of Odysseus, who is changed by his adventures, learns and grows as a person, and takes an active role as a leader. The Hendrix Odyssey Program inspires similar life-changing experiences for Hendrix students.
The Hendrix Odyssey Program ensures that you'll complete at least three hands-on learning experiences chosen from six different categories.
Explore other cultures through Global Awareness Odysseys in the U.S. or abroad.
For example: Participate in Hendrix-sponsored study abroad programs; take a study tour of the rainforests of Costa Rica; travel to Peru on a mission trip; join a biology excursion to the American Southwest or the Everglades.
Tackle social, environmental, and spiritual needs through Service to the World Odysseys on campus, in the community, across the country, and around the world.
For example: Participate in a mission trip or internship; take a service-learning course; volunteer with various organizations and agencies; complete a service project.
Professional and Leadership Development Odysseys include internships and other professional experiences, as well as leadership roles in campus, community, or professional life.
For example: Tutor or mentor other Hendrix students; complete a leadership or service scholarship program; serve as a Resident Assistant; co-captain an athletic team or lead a student organization.
Dig deep into specific topics that grab your interest through Undergraduate Research Odysseys in any academic area.
For example: Present your results at national and regional academic conferences; have your work accepted for publication in an academic journal.
Let your creativity shine in art, music, dance, drama, or creative writing through Artistic Creativity Odysseys.
For example: Participate in a music performance group or take music lessons; take a course in photography, painting, or sculpture; play a major role in a theatrical production
Special Projects Odysseys offer endless possibilities to create new ways to explore interests beyond your major.
For example: Create a business plan for competition through the Hendrix Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; complete an independent study project; design a multidisciplinary Odyssey experience that reflects your special interests and talents
Through the Odyssey Program, Hendrix students have pursued everything from undergraduate research and internships to service and civil rights projects.
Sami Kennedy's research Odyssey at the Biomedical Research Institute of New Jersey was an eye-opening experience. For one thing, she saw that in biomedical research "it's actually common to learn through mistakes." She says, "I gained an incredible amount of knowledge in one summer. Most importantly, I discovered I really love research."
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Biochemistry and molecular biology double major with a minor in medical humanities
Hendrix's exclusive partnership with Italy's Accademia dell'Arte gave Robert Durante the chance to merge his love of theatre with his desire to study abroad. He says, "I studied Commedia dell'Arte, an Italian style of improvisational theatre. I also learned how to create (by hand!) the leather masks that are used in Commedia performances."
Theatre arts major; psychology minor
During Annie Vogt's internship in the Neonatology Department of Columbia Presbyterian's Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, she saw how doctors and families process decisions that impact extremely preterm infants born with serious impairments. Medicine, ethics, and religion all come into play. She says she was able to observe "the way doctors function in high-stress situations and how they communicate with families."
Religious studies major with a chemistry minor
Asli Ahmed expanded her global awareness right in the U.S. heartland by immersing herself in the Minneapolis Somali refugee community. She used ethnographic research techniques, including interviews, to document her on-site experience with this understudied population. She says, "I began to see the real difficulties of assimilating in a country that is so different from your central beliefs."
Little Rock, Arkansas
Psychology major; religious studies minor
A talented pianist, guitarist and violinist, Nate Drahn used music to spark forgotten memories in those suffering from dementia and similar afflictions. He volunteered for a summer at a residential care facility, playing for "anyone and everyone." He discovered that "People can progress from utter confusion to incredible clarity within the course of one song."
Lopez Island, Washington
Inspired by a similar Hendrix trip in 2010, Adelia Shiffraw designed and led (in concert with Dean of Students Jim Wiltgen) a civil rights Odyssey road trip. She and 10 other students visited landmark civil rights sites and retraced the footsteps of the Selma to Montgomery marchers, a highlight for Adelia, who says, "I think, 'What if this march had not happened? What kind of life would I be living today?'"
Little Rock, Arkansas
Psychology major with a religious studies minor
In addition to designing their own projects, students can earn Odyssey credit through pre-approved activities.
Court Appointed Advocates (CASA) with 20th Judicial District
Miller Center Internships, Mission Trips & Service Fellowships
Peer Note Taking: Service and Research in the Field of Disabilities
Summer Semester in Costa Rica
Hendrix-approved Study Abroad Programs
Miller Center - mission trips to other cultures, service fellowships abroad, undergraduate research scholarships abroad
Baker Prize Competition Winner
Miller Center Undergraduate Research Scholarships
Explorations Peer Assistants
Hendrix Mock Trial Association
Hendrix Student Congress Delegation
International Ambassador Program
Academic Peer Mentoring & Peer Tutoring
Chaplain's Office Student Ministerial Appointments
Hendrix Experience Ambassador Team (HEAT) Internships
Hendrix-in-Brussels & Hendrix-in-Rwanda Internships
Orientation Coordinators & Peer Leaders
Get involved in major theatrical productions
At Hendrix, we don't want funding issues to limit our students' intellectual adventures. Odyssey grants provide support for projects that require additional funding. We also provide $1,000 toward travel expenses for students when they make their first research presentations at state, regional or national conferences.
Download the Odyssey Program guide and application for grant support, meet the Odyssey staff, and see how Hendrix supports engaged learning.