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.

Involvement Showcase

 

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.

Record number of Auburn students and alumni awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Eight Auburn University students and alumni have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, an Auburn record.
The National Science Foundation announced earlier this spring that four current Auburn University graduate students and four graduates have been selected for the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides three years of support at $30,000 annually and an additional $10,500 cost of education allowance. The purpose of the fellowship program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States.
“We are especially happy to see the increase in the number of Auburn students being awarded this most prestigious fellowship,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “This award would not be possible without the support and mentoring of dedicated Auburn University faculty.”

The following currently enrolled graduate students have been selected as 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellows:

– Chloe Josefson is a doctoral student in biology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Her research advisor is Haruka Wada.
– Hannah Correia is pursuing a doctoral degree in biology and a master’s degree in statistics, both in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Her research advisors are F. Stephen Dobson and Ash Abebe.
– Johnathan Bolton is a doctoral student in aerospace engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. His research advisor is Brian Thurow.
– Steven Boomhower is a doctoral student in cognitive and behavioral sciences in the College of Liberal Arts. His research advisor is M. Christopher Newland.
In addition, four Auburn undergraduate alumni were selected for the award:
– Erik Brush is a 2013 graduate in biological sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall. His research advisors were Nanette Chadwick and Kenneth Halanych.
– Ethan McCurdy is a 2014 graduate in biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and will pursue graduate study at Columbia University. His research advisor was Douglas Goodwin.
– Amber Hubbard is a 2014 graduate in chemical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and will pursue graduate study at North Carolina State University. Her research advisor was Virginia Davis.
– Brad Rogers is a 2003 graduate in mechanical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and is pursuing graduate study at Indiana University. His research advisor was Sushil Bhavnani.
The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. For more information, go to www.nsfgrfp.org or contact either Paul Harris or Ken Thomas in the Honors College.

A record four Auburn University students named Fulbright Scholars for 2015

Four Auburn University Honors College students who graduated this spring have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships. Tyler Look, Matthew Goforth, Matthew Pollock and Steven Vickers will continue their studies in Berlin, Munich, the village of Trittau in Germany, and Latvia, respectively.
In the past six years, 14 Auburn University students have been named Fulbright recipients; this year’s four students is a school record.
Houston native Look graduated from the colleges of Business and Liberal Arts with a double major in aviation management and German-international trade and a minor in Spanish. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to examine public transportation systems at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2014, Look participated in the Auburn University exchange semester in Germany where he earned the Goethe Institute German Language certification. While at Auburn, Look was a four-year member of the Marching Band.
“The focus of my research is to analyze the economic, political, social and environmental factors that specifically influence citizens to choose various modes of transportation within a densely populated city,” Look said. “I am looking forward to spending the next academic year abroad and to the adventures that lie ahead.”
Huntsville native Goforth graduated from the colleges of Sciences and Mathematics and Liberal Arts with a major in physics and a minor in German. He has conducted research on fusion energy plasmas under the direction of David Maurer in the Department of Physics for the past year and a half. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his research on complex plasma experiments at the Technical University of Munich where he will join the Complex Plasma Research Group at the German Aerospace on the university’s campus. Goforth is the son of a retired U.S. Army officer and was born in Ansbach, Germany.
“My work at the German Aerospace Center will include the planning of complex plasma experiments as well as providing a detailed analysis of space data using specially adjusted image analysis techniques,” Goforth said. “I am eager to join leading German scientists and researchers in support of the International Space Station. My Fulbright year promises to be a life-changing experience and I am grateful for this opportunity.”
Port Orange, Florida, native Pollock graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a double major in English literature and Spanish and minors in linguistics and German. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach high school students in the northern German village of Trittau. Pollack served as a tutor with the Miller Writing Center for the past two years and last summer attended the Goethe Institute in Berlin summer language program.
“My work as a tutor in the Miller Writing Center has prepared me well for the rigors of teaching English in Germany,” Pollock said. “Of course, teaching is a two-way street and I look forward to improving my German language skills and cultural competence while abroad.”
Mobile native Vickers graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a major in history. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English to high school and middle school students in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Before coming to Auburn, Vickers served on the City of Mobile Police Department for six years. For the past two years he has served as a tutor with the Athletics Department.
“My experience as a police officer in Mobile forced me to see the world from many different perspectives,” Vickers said. “In Latvia, I will be immersed in a culture completely different from my own which will challenge me in way I could only imagine. I am looking forward to the challenge.”
“We are excited for Tyler, Matthew, Steven and Matthew,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “The Fulbright award is an acknowledgment of their hard work and their potential for future accomplishments in their disciplines. They are all outstanding representatives of Auburn University and we send them off with sincere wishes for great success.”
“The Fulbright offers our students a life altering experience” said Paula Bobrowski, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and chair of the campus-wide Fulbright screening committee. “This international experience will forever change their views of the world and help them to realize how they can make an impact on the world.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with our scholars throughout the application process and their selection brings great credit upon Auburn University,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “I am especially grateful to their faculty mentors Tom Nadar, associate professor of German; James Truman, assistant director of University Writing; David Maurer, associate professor of physics; and Alan Meyer, assistant professor of history, who all provided support and encouragement and wrote glowing letters of support on their behalf.”

Four Auburn University students awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study abroad

Four Auburn University students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study abroad. The nationally competitive scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies around the world.
Shannon Bewley, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Birmingham and a member of the Honors College, is majoring in studio art and art history with a minor in German. She was awarded the scholarship to study with the College of Liberal Arts Art Summer Program in Rome.
Braxton Nelson, a sophomore in the College of Sciences and Mathematics from Lilburn, Georgia, is majoring in biomedical sciences with a pre-physical therapy concentration and minoring in Spanish. He was awarded the scholarship to study with the College of Liberal Arts Summer Program in Madrid.
Sarah Grace Simpson, a sophomore in the Saumel Ginn College of Engineering from Russellville, Alabama, and a member of the Honors College, is majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in Asian studies. She was awarded the scholarship to study in Shaghai, China, this summer.
Catherine Tabor, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Centreville, Alabama, and a member of the Honors College, is pursuing a double major in English and German international trade and a double minor in psychology and community and civic engagement. She was awarded the scholarship to study in Vienna.

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Conner Bailey to Speak during k(no)w poverty? Lecture series

Conner Bailey, Professor of Rural Sociology, will give a public talk titled “Persistent Poverty in Alabama: Standard Theories and Other Realities” as part of the Honors College “k(no)w poverty?” lecture series Wednesday April 8, at 6 p.m. in Langdon Hall.

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Bailey has been involved in research related to natural resources and the environment, often focused on the demographically-defined region of Alabama known as the Black Belt. During his lecture Bailey will speak on the paradox of abundant natural wealth and persistent poverty, and how it can be explained by existing theories in sociology and economics as well as the factors that are specific to Alabama and the South that are often overlooked.

The event is part of ongoing talks on issues relevant to poverty in the community, region, state and world and has been developed by the Honors College at Auburn University to support the university’s land-grant mission. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Campus Food Pantry.

Honors student Rachel Pipan Received National PR Award

Auburn University College of Liberal Arts senior Rachel Pipan has been named a winner of the 2015 Daniel J. Edelman Public Relations Student Society of America Award by Edelman Public Relations. As one of only two national winners, she will receive $1,500 and a three-month paid internship at one of Edelman’s U.S. offices to help advance her public relations skills.

“I am beyond honored to one of the two winners of the Daniel J. Edelman PRSSA award for the outstanding public relations student,” said Pipan, a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in business. “Daniel Edelman was a true pioneer in the field of public relations, and his firm has an impeccable reputation for ethics, research and excellent execution of public relations campaigns. I am looking forward to interning for Edelman and following in his footsteps.”

The award, named after the founder of Edelman, has been presented annually since 1990 to active PRSSA students and honors those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, a commitment to a public relations career and esteemed contributions to PRSSA. Edelman is the world’s largest public relations firm home to more than 5,000 employees in 65 cities, as well as affiliates in more than 35 cities.

Pipan, an Honors College student who manages on-campus communications for the university’s Office of Undergraduate Research, has set a career goal to be the communications director for an international nonprofit organization.

“Having the opportunity to work in Edelman’s outstanding office will provide me with an invaluable educational experience,” said Pipan. “Edelman’s office in Washington, D.C., includes working on government and public policy campaigns, and since my passion lies in female political representation, I would ideally have an opportunity to sharpen my skills while working for causes and clients I love.”

In 2014, Pipan was the winner of the John D. Graham PRSSA scholarship and was the second place winner of the Betsy Plank PRSSA scholarship. She credits her achievements in the public relations field to her education in the School of Communication and Journalism.

“Auburn’s public relations program pushed me to be an ethical, curious and determined public relations student,” said Pipan. “All in all, my classes have intersected beautifully to both help me gain my past internships and to help me win this award.”

After graduation, Pipan, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, plans to attend American University to pursue a master’s degree in strategic communication.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”

Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found here.
DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email.

Travel to Italy with the College of Human Sciences

The Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program offers students, not only the experience of studying abroad, but in doing so, receiving 16 Auburn credit hours and an International Minor – a credential that will add to their professional resume.

Due to the popularity of the program, they currently only have 16 slots open (out of 110) for the next year and a half. They have eight beds for Fall 2015 and eight beds for Spring 2016. As of this morning, Summers 15 and 16 and Spring 2017 are completely full with waitlists.

If you need any assistance contact Sue Fox for questions her office hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 7:45-4:45 and Wednesdays, 7:45-11:44, 108 Spidle Hall or via email.