Sara Head & Jennifer Kaczmarek Nominated for Goldwater

Honors College juniors Sara Head and Jennifer Kaczmarek have been nominated for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Ms. Head, from Auburn, Alabama, and Ms. Kaczmarek, from Tampa, Florida, are pursuing a major in Chemical Engineering and work under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Lipke, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Here they are seeking to engineer materials to regenerate cardiac tissue. Ms. Head is using a “biomaterial, gelatin methacrylate, for the encapsulation and direct differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into functional 3D cardiac tissues,” while Ms. Kaczmarek is engineering “an accurate ontogenic model through the direct encapsulation of human pluripotent stem cells into a photo-crosslinkable biomaterial.”

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Sara Head

Their individual research projects will play a role in better understanding the use of gelatin as a developmental model that is similar in terms of structural and biological properties to the heart. Both have also presented their research findings at the 2015 Biomedical Engineering Sciences Annual Meeting and have recently co-authored a journal article with Dr. Lipke which is currently under review.

Among their many activities and honors, both are members of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, as well as Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Ms. Kaczmarek is also a member of the Auburn University Marching Band.

Jennifer Kaczmarek
Jennifer Kaczmarek

The Goldwater Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 annually for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and housing. In awarding scholarships, the foundation of trustees considers the nominee’s field of study and career objectives along with the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to the field of science or engineering.

Congratulations Sara and Jennifer!

Natasha Narayanan Nominated for Goldwater

Honors College junior Natasha Narayanan has been nominated for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Ms. Narayanan, an Auburn, Alabama native, is pursuing a double major in Biochemistry and Spanish. Since enrolling at Auburn in the fall of 2013, she has been an active participant in undergraduate research in biochemistry field. Under the direction of Dr. Bradley Merner, in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ms. Narayanan has developed a short, 9-step synthetic sequence to a complex bicyclic nucleoside precursor that will serve as a key intermediate in the synthesis of several, new nucleic acid modifications for antisense technology.Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 1.46.47 PM

Among her many awards and honors, she was a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention; she placed first in the Undergraduate Oral Presentation at the 2014 Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society; she is a 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Fellow; and a recipient of the 2014 Cellular and Molecular Biosciences (CMB) Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 annually for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and housing. In awarding scholarships, the foundation of trustees considers the nominee’s field of study and career objectives along with the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to the field of science or engineering.

Congratulations Natasha!

Stephanie Campbell Nominated for Goldwater

Honors College junior Stephanie Campbell has been nominated for the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship Program was established to provide scholarships to outstanding students who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 annually for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and housing. In awarding scholarships, the foundation of trustees considers the nominee’s field of study and career objectives, along with the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to the field of science or engineering.

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Stephanie Campbell |  Image provided by Auburn Athletics

Ms. Stephanie Campbell, from Wildwood, Missouri, is pursuing a double major in Animal Sciences and Microbial, Molecular and Cellular Biology. In addition to her studies, she is also a middle-blocker on the Auburn Volleyball team. For the past two years Stephanie has worked under the direction of Dr. Terry Brandenbourg, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences investigating clock gene expression in porcine adipose and pituitary tissue in lean and obese pigs. Her research will play a role in better understanding the development of obesity. Stephanie has presented her research findings at national and regional conferences and she has a co-authored journal article under review.

Among her many awards and honors, she was a Cellular, Molecular and Biological (CMB) Summer 2014 Research Scholar; she was elected to membership to the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi last spring; she was named the 2015-2016 SEC Volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year; since her freshman year she has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll; and she was named to the 2014-2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District 1st Team.

Congratulations Stephanie.

Honors College Hosts Welcome Back Breakfast

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Welcome back Honors College students.  We hope you enjoyed your winter break, and would like to see you this Wednesday, January 13 from 8 – 10 am for a Bagel Breakfast.  We’ll have fruit, juice, and everything you need to start your spring semester off right!  See you Wednesday at 1084 Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (Honors College offices).

Honors College Exceeds Tiger Giving Day Goal

Through the generous support of Honors College alumni, students, and friends, we are establishing two endowed study abroad scholarships (including the Red Diamond Endowed Honors College Study and Travel Scholarship) with the remainder of the funds directed towards Honors College Study and Travel Scholarships for current students. Thanks to your hard-work and the time spent posting to social media, emailing, calling, and giving during yesterday’s #TigerGiving Day, deserving Honors College students are now able to discover the world and learn more about themselves. We exceeded our #TigerGiving goal for a grand total of $90,260, with 64 different donors, and gifts ranging from $5 to $50,000. We couldn’t have done any of it without your support.

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Honors College Temporary Office Move

We are moving!

The Honors College will be temporarily moving offices October 15-16 to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum Room 1084 while construction to the historic Katharine Cooper Cater Hall moves inside. Beginning October 19, 2015 students will be able to find Honors staff on the Biggo Drive side of Beard-Eaves. Signs will be posted to help you along your way. Staff phone numbers and emails will stay the same, please contact us if you have any questions.
See you at the coliseum!

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Inaugural Involvement Showcase featuring Stephen Black

Honors students who have dedicated their time and leadership skills to campus wide organizations will be highlighted during the Involvement Showcase, a new series developed by the Honors College at Auburn University, on Thursday, October 8 at 6 pm in Langdon Hall. Each program will highlight three Auburn University student organizations and feature a keynote address from individuals across the southeast that have professionally and personally committed their lives to teaching the power of leadership, citizenship and the importance of community.

The inaugural showcase will spotlight Honors students from: Auburn for Water, Honors Serves, and the Alabama Rural Ministry at Auburn University, with a keynote address from Mr. Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama titled “The future of moral citizenship in America.”

Stephen Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, grew up in New Mexico after most of his family left the state in the 1950’s and 60’s following his grandfather’s role in controversial Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Despite growing up over 1,000 miles away, from a very young age, he was fascinated by Alabama and the legacy of his family’s commitment to public service in their home state.

In 2004, Mr. Black founded Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative and currently serves as its President and Chairman of the Board. In October, 2014, Impact Alabama became Impact America with pilot efforts beginning in three states and a full expansion planned for Tennessee in 2015. Housed at the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, of which Mr. Black serves as director, Impact America is an award-winning nonprofit with a staff of 53 full-time college graduates who have provided more than 7,000 college students the opportunity to participate in structured service projects designed to promote learning and leadership development.

The Honors College salutes these students for their efforts to carry out the land-grant mission of Auburn University. Honors students challenge themselves through undergraduate research and studying abroad, as well as through a sustained commitment to leading on-campus student organizations.

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Registration Advising Prep Sessions

It’s time for registration – are you ready?
Although it might seem like you just began your first semester at Auburn, registration for Spring is quickly approaching, and one of the many benefits of being an Honors student is priority registration. Be prepared and ready to successfully register on your own by attending one of the Honors College Registration Advising Preparation sessions.

What will you get out of this session?
Tips to make the most out of your Honors academic advising session.
Learn how to successfully navigate tigeri including, finding your registration time ticket, viewing Spring semester class availability and checking any holds on your record.
Discover Degree Works and how to use this tool to your benefit by learning how to work in a minor, double major, or dual degree and staying on track for graduation.
Receive tips for using Auburn’s brand new Tiger Scheduler system.
Get your questions answered early about academic policies and registration.

The Honors College will offer group information session in the mornings and afternoons the week of September 28th-October 2nd at the days and times below. Please plan on attending one of the 45 minute sessions.

Mon 9/28             8:00-8:45 Haley 2204 and 2:00-2:45 Haley 2204

Tues 9/29             8:00-8:45 Haley 2204 and 3:00-3:45 Haley 2334

Wed  9/30            9:00-9:45 118 Mary Martin Hall and 3:00-3:45 Haley 2334

Thurs 10/1            11:00-11:45 118 Mary Martin Hall and 4:00-4:45 Haley 2334

Fri 10/2                 10:00-10:45 Haley 3238 and 4:00-4:45 Haley 3238

Auburn University graduate to study at Oxford University with Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Clarendon Fund Scholarship

Auburn University and Honors College graduate Alyssa White has been awarded both a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship and a Clarendon Fund Scholarship which she will apply to graduate studies beginning this fall at Oxford University in England. The receipt of both will provide full funding of her graduate studies in archaeological science for the next four years – from a Master of Science degree, or MSc, through a doctorate.

White, a native of Auburn, Alabama, graduated in spring of 2014 from the Honors College and the College of Liberal Arts with a double major in anthropology and Spanish and a minor in East Asian studies. Her research advisor is Kristrina Shuler, associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. White lives in Oxford with her husband, Patrick Donnan, who is currently a Marshall Scholar.

Read more about Alyssa.