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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”