Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 7 | Issue 15


Congratulations Ms. Hunter!

Congratulations Ms. Hunter on your new role as Assistant Director of Honors Advising within the Honors College. As Assistant Director of Honors Advising, Ms. Hunter plans to bring new initiatives to the advising unit based on students’ changing needs. Ms. Hunter will continue to advise on course selection, requirements for selected area of concentration, and post-college plans with students with last names that begin with H-O. Well done Ms. Hunter!


History of the Honors College

Dr. Sippial is looking for a team of students who would be interested in producing an exhibit on the history of the Honors College in honor of our 40th Anniversary celebration. While public history coursework or experience is preferred, it is not a requirement.

Students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr. Sippial at tat0004@auburn.edu


Honors College Research Colloquiums

Staying Healthy: Addressing the Impact of Discrimination on Mental Health and Wellness

Unity Walker

March 19, 2019 | 3 pm

Haley Center Room 2456

Discrimination has been shown to result in poor health outcomes in marginalized communities. From race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and gender identity, being a member of a marginalized group can come with unique challenges that can make it more difficult to stay well in stressful situations. Learn about how discrimination impacts the Auburn community and harmful behaviors that often go unnoticed.

Unity Walker is the LGBT+ Advocacy Coordinator for Auburn University’s Cross-Cultural Center for Excellence. They have worked as a mental health professional in the community and have been involved in research on discrimination since their time as an undergraduate at Auburn University.

Dynamic Inorganic Chemistry and Renewable Energy Technology

Chase Richburg

March 21 | 10 am

Davis Hall 255

Transition metal inorganic chemistry has a broad range of applications in everything from smart phones, metalloenzymes in biology, to renewable energy conversion and storage. This talk will begin by examining some of the unique properties and applications of transition metals followed by focusing in on electrochemical techniques used to probe properties of redox active molecules, specifically, Nickel dithiocarbamates.

Chase Richburg graduated as an Honors Scholar with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in August of 2017. While at Auburn, Chase participated in undergraduate research with Dr. Byron Farnum, where he studied small inorganic molecules. In the course of his undergraduate three years at Auburn, Chase was a student worker at the President’s Estate on campus and the President’s Office in Samford Hall. He was involved in many organizations, including the International Buddy Program and Honors Serves, and he also was a peer instructor for a freshman honors orientation class. After graduating in early August, Chase married his college sweetheart, Nicole, and started graduate school in chemistry under his undergraduate research professor, Dr. Byron Farnum. Currently, the Farnum group is studying p-type metal oxides for thin film solar cell application and electrochemical energy storage using nickel coordination compounds. The specific molecules of interest in Chase’s research are Nickel dithiocarbamates, and their unique metal-ligand bond properties to drive two electron oxidation and reduction with the addition of nitrogenous bases. Outside of research, Chases teaches undergraduate honors chemistry labs and enjoys hunting, camping, and hiking with friends and family.

Radish Cover Crop Growth and Compaction Alleviation: Effects of Cultivar and Planting Date

Trevor Cofer

March 22 | 2 pm

Haley Center Room 2324

Soil compaction in the form of hardpans often restricts cash crop root growth in the Southeastern U.S., reducing plant vigor and yield potential for crops with deep taproots such as cotton. Planting forage radish (Raphanus sativus) as a cover crop has been introduced as a method to alleviate hardpans, preserve soil structure by reducing the need for deep tillage, and aid in subsoil nutrient cycling. Research is needed to assess the effectiveness of forage radish to alleviate compaction in Coastal Plain soils.

In addition, basic information on radish management is needed for producers to determine appropriate planting dates and cultivars for their production systems. Five radish cultivars (i.e., ‘Smart’, ‘Sodbuster’, ‘Nitro’, ‘Tillage’, and ‘CCS779’) were planted at two locations in the Southern Coastal Plain region of Alabama to test the effect of cultivar and planting date on radish growth and soil compaction in strip-till cotton. Each cultivar was evaluated at three planting dates (i.e., mid-September, mid-October, and mid-November) and replicated three times. Plant canopy height and width, root length and diameter, and total biomass were measured at five sampling times during the growing season. Following cover crop termination and subsequent cotton planting, plots were evaluated for soil compaction using a tractor-mounted penetrometer. No statistically significant differences were found between cultivars for most growth parameters, however, the differences between planting dates were often significant. This suggests that the date of planting is much more important than cultivar selection for optimal growth. Penetrometer data shows no significant differences between cultivar treatments or planting dates. While some roots may reach deeper, the fleshy portion of the radish taproot reached consistent depths at each location, likely coinciding with a root-limiting layer. Further research is being conducted to determine the ability of fleshy radish taproots to penetrate soils at various bulk densities.

Trevor Cover is an Honors College alum and current graduate student in Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University.

Thank You!

Thanks to your generous support during this year’s Tiger Giving Day, the Honors College raised $19,415 towards our k(no)w poverty? Week of Service. We can now provide much needed safety equipment, meals, educational materials, films, and cover the cost for speakers for next year’s participants.


Peer Tutoring

Psyched for Success

Compare and Despair: Comparing Self to Others

College can cause you to evaluate various aspects of the self-relative to others around you. You may compare things like attractiveness, intelligence, success, and even wealth. Social comparison theory states that individuals determine social and personal worth based on these various dynamics. Comparison can be positive if you use it as fuel to motivate yourself to greater academic and personal achievements. However, comparison can be negative if it works as a means of tearing down the self or creating feelings of inferiority or superiority relative to others.

As the familiar adage goes, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Self-acceptance and working toward creating a better version of you every day, and using self as a comparison instead of others, can go a long way toward happiness, personal self-improvement, self-efficacy, and self-esteem.

Taking a closer look at social comparison theory. (2018, April 19). Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/spotlight/issue-115

Gerber, J.P., Wheeler, L., & Suls, J. (2018). A social comparison theory meta-analysis 60+ years on. Psychological Bulletin, 144, 177-197.


Provided by Student Counseling and Psychological Services (http://www.auburn.edu/scps)


Student Organizations

Esperanza House

Honors student Ethan Kinnard is currently in HONR 3007 Sustained Community Service and his project for the semester revolves around helping Esperanza House determine and meet their needs. So far Ethan has set up a clothing drive and benefit night. The clothing drive is looking for apparel for males and females of all ages and runs now through March 29. Donations can be dropped off at Cater Hall with Dr. Ken Thomas.


Around Campus

College of Veterinary Medicine Research Opportunity

Dr. Hofmeister is a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine and is looking for one or more undergraduate students interested in participating in research for credit starting fall 2019.  Any student who will be a sophomore or junior next academic year is invited to contact him. He has a wide variety of projects, including education-oriented ones, so students from almost any major are welcome. The goal is for you to write a research article which is publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  If you are curious, please send an email to (ehh0019@auburn.edu) with a little bit about you and a writing sample (such as from a class this year).

Examining the Arrhythmogenicity of Dobutamine when used in Conjunction with Isoflurane in Horses

The Relationship Between Phenolic and Antioxidant Concentration of Humulus lupulus and Alpha Acid Content

Appearance of Veterinarians and Client Perceptions of its Relationship to Professionalism

The incidence and treatment of pain in canine oncology patients

The effects of extubation with an inflated versus deflated endotracheal tube cuff on endotracheal fluid volume in the dog

Adverse reactions following administration of an ionic iodinated contrast media in anesthetized dogs

Multimodal evaluation of the effectiveness of a hand hygiene educational campaign at a small animal veterinary teaching hospital.

Refinement of the dose of doxapram to counteract the sedative effects of acepromazine in dogs

Anesthetic complications in dogs undergoing hepatic surgery: cholecystectomy versus non-cholecystectomy

Agreement between veterinary students and anesthesiologists regarding postoperative pain assessment in dogs.

Outcome following inhalation anesthesia in birds at a veterinary referral hospital: 352 cases (2004-2014).

Fall Project Horseshoe Farm Internship Opportunity

Horseshoe Farm works with medical students, medical residents, health professions students, and other graduate students interested in learning about innovative community health and education programs, biopsychosocial approaches to care, non-profit initiatives, and community service leadership.

Visit their website to learn all about their fellowship and internship opportunities.


Around Campus Events

Getting Over Imposter Syndrome


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Student Center 2222


Based from the Facebook series Red Table Talks created by Jada Pinkett Smith

Black Women in Mental Health will be hosting a mentoring workshop for Black undergraduate women

Don’t miss your opportunity for a mentor! Black Women in Mental Health will be hosting a mentoring workshop for Black undergraduate women in the following majors: Psychology, Social Work, Human Development & Family Studies, Rehabilitation, or any mental health-related major this Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5-7 pm in Student Center Room 2107. The goal of the workshop is to network and introduce potential mentors to mentees, develop an understanding of what mentees would like from their mentors, and share information about BWMH. Members of BWMH will serve as mentors. These women are currently enrolled in mental health-related masters and doctoral graduate programs. Refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending and being paired with a mentor, please RSVP no later than Wednesday 3/20 at 5 PM at https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bf8xyLkEjcH9jZb. For additional information, please contact Taylor Langley at tzl0042@auburn.edu.

The BIG Event volunteer registration is open!

The BIG Event is Auburn’s largest community service event, serving 200+ sites in the Auburn-Opelika area on one big day of service. Volunteers meet at 8am on the Green Space for kickoff, where there will be a lot of free food, games, performances, and some speakers to send us off — then everyone will go to their site and volunteer until 1pm at the latest. This event is fueled by student volunteers like you, and I wanted to send out a reminder to register with your friends and volunteer this Saturday, March 23!

Volunteer Registration is open NOW and closes this Wednesday, March 20 at 11:59pm!

To register, visit the following link: https://aub.ie/thebigevent and click “Volunteer Signup.” You can register as an individual, with a team of friends, or with an organization that you’re already a part of on AUInvolve!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Julia Dickenson atjuliad@auburn.edu. Thank you, War Eagle, and I hope to see you all at The BIG Event this Saturday!

Professor David Stovall

The Critical Studies Working Group at Auburn University has the great honor and privilege of hosting Professor David Stovall from the University of Illinois, Chicago on March 22-23, 2019. Dr. Stovall is a Professor of Africana Studies, Educational Policy, and Criminal Justice who has made a tremendous contribution to scholarship on race, justice, and equity in education. To share his work with the Auburn and Opelika communities, Professor Stovall will be giving a public lecture “Justice and the Contradictions of Traditional Educational Research: Towards a Critical Analysis of Race, Place and School” on Friday, March 22, at 3:30 pm in 4129 RBD library (see the attached flyer). 

On March 23, Auburn University’s Cross-Cultural Center for Excellence will host a light breakfast with Professor Stovall for Auburn University students, faculty, staff, and community members. We would be honored and delighted if you could join us on this occasion.  The breakfast will be held on the Auburn University campus, Student Center, Room 2218 at 10 am. If you are interested in joining us for a conversation with Professor Stovall about racial justice and what we can collectively do to make Auburn and Opelika stronger communities, please, RSVP by March 19 to Elena Aydarova at eza0029@auburn.edu

Auburn University Career Fair

Make plans to attend the Auburn University Career Fair on March 25, 2019, from 2-6 pm where you can network with employers offering internships and full-time jobs to students of all majors. Employers will be recruiting for jobs in industries including business, sales, public relations, logistics, consulting, engineering, and more. View the list of companies by clicking the link below to see how your education and qualifications match with their needs. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with a variety of employers looking to hire Auburn students!

Students are required to dress professionally and bring copies of your resume to the event. If you do not have professional attire, visit the Campus Career Closet for free.

FREE professional headshots will be available during the event for students to use on their Handshake or LinkedIn profiles and online portfolios.

Last modified: March 19, 2019