Nine Auburn University students are among the nominees for the nation’s top postgraduate honors, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships. Students awarded these scholarships will pursue their individual fields of study at prestigious universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
“These students evoke the core values of Auburn University,” said Melissa Baumann, assistant provost for undergraduate studies and director of the Honors College. “They have succeeded through hard work in their courses and extracurricular activities and they are men and women of character. These scholarships are some of the most prestigious international awards, and we are pleased to nominate them.”
Jamesa Stokes, an 2014 Honors College graduate in Physics, was recently named a NASA Graduate Aeronautic Scholar. Currently a student at Pennsylvania State University, Jamesa is no stranger to scholarship awards, while in Auburn, she received both a Gillman and a Fulbright scholarship. Read more about Jamesa’s newest accolade.
A number of Honors students took part in this year’s “Summer in London Program,” an intensive six-week study abroad program hosted through the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English, with support from Auburn Study Abroad. Most of the Honors College students in attendance took the opportunity to use the trip as a contract course, gaining a deeper understanding of the material, as well as Honors College credit. MeMe Collier, an Honors College student majoring in English – Creative Writing, contracted ENGL 3850: English Global Studies Shakespeare Goes to Hogwarts, which was a natural fit for this Harry Potter fan.
According to MeMe, “I chose to study abroad because I wanted to learn about Shakespeare and the Harry Potter series on site in London. I have always wanted to travel, and during this trip I learned how to live in and navigate one of the biggest cities on the planet. I was able to visit Edinburgh, and I also made it to Paris on continental Europe. I broadened my horizons and learned so much about the world and who I am as a person. I got to witness history due to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the EU referendum, and even through every museum, church, and castle I visited. It was truly the trip of a lifetime.”
Honors Special Topics courses are one of the five ways Honors College students complete their Senior-Year Experience. Recent graduate Claire Sullivan created a refreshing Honors Special Topics project that not only beautifully reflects the people and places of Alabama, but fulfilled her requirements to graduate with the Honors Scholar distinction.
Students completing Honors Special Topics work with a departmental professor in their major or minor to execute a project of their choosing. This course is similar to Honors Research as it gives students an opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor on a project that is both interesting to them, and helpful in future endeavors (i.e. resume builders).
Ms. Sullivan, who specialized in feature writing and visual storytelling, worked with Associate Professor Nan Fairley’s Advanced Magazine and Feature Writing (JRNL 4970) to created “HomeGrown” an online magazine that reveals the best of Alabama.
With diplomatic relations restored between the United States and Cuba, Auburn University students recently traveled to the island nation.
Eleven students from Auburn’s Honors College, along with Professor Tiffany Sippial from the College of Liberal Arts, were the first to participate in the 14-day Honors College Study and Travel course to Cuba in May.
Photo: Students from left to right: Victoria Roberson, Kelsey Guyan, Kaitlin Olander, Allison Kilroy, Madeline Sharp, Ashley Kinsey, Alisa Mobley, Kate Duke, Tristan Brown, and Hannah Skjellum pose by the famous words of Cuban nationalist leader Jose Marti , La Rosa Blanca (The White Rose)
Four Auburn University alumni have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships, a celebrated educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Recent Auburn University graduates Catherine Tabor (Honors College), Andrew Bates (Honors College), Brianna Gorman and Benjamin Cole will continue their studies in Austria, Sweden and Germany. This is the second consecutive year that four Auburn students have received Fulbright Scholarships.
“These Auburn students, now Fulbright Scholars, are community-minded yet have a global perspective,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “They are international representatives for Auburn University and we wish Catherine, Ben, Andrew and Brianna great success during their fellowship studies.”
Seven Auburn University students and recent graduates have won this year’s National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Of those seven the Honors College is proud to know and have mentored four winners including Sean Bittner, Connor Dobson, Christy Pickering, and Ben Spearman.
Read the full story on the university’s news page.
Since many of you are traveling during your summer break we thought you might enjoy meeting one of our most recent graduates and traveling connoisseur Anna Grace. She’s *graced* the plains of Spain and most of Europe, as well as jungles and mountains of Costa Rica. Anna Grace was able to do all this through Auburn University’s Study Abroad program and used her experiences to write her Honors thesis on “Attitudes of Bilingualism in Madrid.” Read more on her blog.
Auburn University Honors College juniors Sara Head, Jennifer Kaczmarek and Natasha Narayanan have been chosen as 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, an honor bestowed to only 252 students nationwide this year. The scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Both Head and Kaczmarek are chemical engineering majors in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. They are undergraduate researchers on a team led by Elizabeth Lipke, the Mary and John H. Sanders Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering.
Narayanan, a double major in biochemistry and Spanish in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Liberal Arts, respectively, has conducted two undergraduate research projects, both under the direction of Bradley Merner, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Read more about Sara’s, Jennifer’s and Natasha’s individual projects, read the entire article on the Auburn University site.