Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 8 | Issue 11


Honors College Student Awards:

Nominations or self-nominations are welcomed from Honors College students, faculty, and alumni. To be eligible for these awards, a student must be classified as a senior (completed 90 hours) with a minimum 3.2 GPA. Please submit the following materials in a single pdf document labeled last name, first name, award via email to Dr. Tiffany Sippial (Director of Honors College) at tat0004@auburn.edu no later than Friday, March 1:

  1. Letter of Nomination
    2. Résumé or CV
    3. Contact information for three (3) references.
    Awardees will be recognized at the annual spring Honors College graduation ceremony.

Honors College Student Awards:

Edward Gentle III Award: Awarded to a graduating Honors College student in recognition of his or her outstanding scholarship, mental attitude, and leadership qualities over the course of his or her career in the Honors College. To be eligible for the award, the student must complete the entire Honors curriculum, which includes the Senior Capstone Experience.

Meritorious Service Award: Awarded to the Honors College student whose dedicated service to our local, regional, or national community best embodies the Honors College mission to “serve others with compassion.”

Distinguished Research Scholar Award: Awarded to the Honors College student whose distinctive research record best embodies the Honors College mission to “pursue truth with courage and conviction.”

Wayne and Louise Crews Award: Awarded to the Honors College student whose contributions to the Honors College embody the full spirit of the Honors College mission to serve others with compassion, to pursue truth with courage and conviction, to honor the diversity of human experience, and to participate in the creation of a more just world.

Faculty Award:

Professor of the Year: Awarded to the professor whose outstanding teaching has most inspired, enriched, and challenged Honors College students.

Non-Student Awards:

Honored Alumni Award: Awarded to a graduate of the Honors College whose contributions to the Honors College, to Auburn University, and/or to our broader world embody the full spirit of the Honors College mission to serve others with compassion, to pursue truth with courage and conviction, to honor the diversity of human experience, and to participate in the creation of a more just world.

Jane and Sherman Pitts Volunteer Leadership Award: Awarded to an outstanding volunteer who graciously gives their time, talent, and resources back to the Honors College.

Honors College Film Series

The Honors College Film Series was developed to highlight contemporary issues in America. 

“In Football We Trust” captures a snapshot in time amid the rise of the Pacific Islander presence in the NFL. Presenting a new take on the American immigrant story, this feature length documentary transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah.”

February 5 | Library 4035 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Newsweek Middle East editor, Janine di Giovanni, submitted a proposal to cover the war in Syria. The magazine denied the request, deeming the situation too dangerous. She decided to go anyway. Journalists are targets, and that much Janine knows. Yet, she and her crew put themselves in harm’s way to bear witness and make sure the world knows about the suffering of the Syrian people.

February 10 | Library 4035 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

HBO Original Documentary that shows how humans are becoming more and more dependent on robots nowadays. This film also features several points of view from engineers, journalists, and philosophers who talk about different situations where robots have caused the death of humans, and how they represent a threat to society.

February 18 | Eagle Hall | 8 – 10 pm

Honors Information Session with Pharmavite

Graduating Honors students in the fields of engineering, operations and supply chain management, or manufacturing management who want to make the world a healthier place are invited to the Honors only Pharmavite Information Session on Feb 10. This informational session will give you an overview of Pharmavite’s ACE rotation program which rotates participants through a series of hands-on skills and accelerates career experience in technical, management and leadership areas. Coffee and donuts will be provided! Not able to make it to the session? Make sure you stop by the Pharmavite table at the Engineering and Technology Career Fair that afternoon!

Feb 10 | Library 4027 | 10 – 11 am

Free Peer Academic Coaching

Ask an Honors Student offers free academic coaching provided by your peers who have taken the course in a previous semester. This spring they are offering coaching in:

Biology + Chemistry + Math + Physics + Humanities

Spring 2020 Coaching Session Schedule:

Tuesdays | 5 – 7 pm | Haley Center 2228 

Thursdays | 5 – 7 pm | Haley Center 2228

Career Networking Opportunity in Huntsville Exclusively for Honors Students

February 22  | 1 – 4  pm | Hudson Alpha in Huntsville, Ala.

Save the date to engage in a career networking opportunity with some of Huntsville’s most dynamic and innovative companies including Dynetics, Polaris, Lockheed Martin, and more. This event can turn into real world opportunities. All participants will have an added value of participating in a practice workshop prior to the event.

Alternative Spring Break

Honors College students will have the opportunity to work alongside Project Horseshoe Farm (PHF) and Rural Studio in Greensboro, Alabama over this year’s spring break. While there, students will tour Greensboro, Ala., work with PHF fellows to plan and execute community center and after school programs, as well as some building, maintenance, or construction work with the Rural Studio. Housing and food will be covered on this trip. The only thing you need to concern yourself with is transportation to and from Greensboro. Sign up by February 16.

Project Horseshoe Farm, Greensboro, AL

March 7 – March 10, 2020

Contact Dr. Thomas for more information.

Honors College Formal: Footloose

This year’s Honors formal theme is Footloose, so get ready to Cut Loose With Congress. Formal is on March 28 from 6-10 pm at Dogwood Farms. This event will be a blast with music, food, games, and a s’mores bar for dessert. Tickets are currently on sale and the price will increase February 28, so make sure to buy them early. All of the details on how to purchase tickets are on the attached flyer. As a reminder, Formal is open to all Honors College students and their dates (even if the dates are not in Honors or Auburn University student). If you have any questions about the event or how to buy tickets please email Nicole Nobles at nan0005@auburn.edu. We hope to see you all there!

March 28 | 6 – 10 PM | Dogwood Farms

Psyched for Success! 

Be Smart!  Tip #3: Work Smarter, Not Harder.

It can be easy to fall into a pattern of working too hard.  Many students say they don’t “have time” to do anything else because they’re always working!  It might seem like this is a good strategy because working harder = better, right? Not always. Research shows that this leads to burnout and poorer quality work overall. So instead of working harder, try these five tips to work SMARTER:

Take breaks to do things you love. This can help you feel more focused and energized when you sit down to work and can improve efficiency.

Prioritize. Make a list of the top three things that are most important to accomplish today.

Reflect when things don’t go as planned. This will help you avoid the same mistakes in the future.

Be aware of your own style of working and when you are most alert and productive. Work with these strengths.

Limit multitasking. There’s a time and a place for multitasking (think scrolling through instagram while you’re watching Netflix), but doing homework is not one of those. Focus on one task at a time.


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

Interested in STEM, education, or outreach? Join OutCELL!

What is OutCELL? OutCELL is a student built outdoor STEM learning laboratory in Auburn that hosts K-12 and community groups for hands-on activities at our field site located on the Saugahatchee Creek. OutCELL team members develop and deliver interactive STEM learning activities to community and K-12 groups. Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are welcome!

The first OutCELL meeting of the semester will be Thursday, February 13 at 5 pm in 314 Ramsay Hall. At this meeting will be planning our outreach activity for E-day and making plans for the rest of the semester. Interested but can’t make it? Email LEB@auburn.edu.

February 13 | 5 pm | 314 Ramsay Hall

Undergraduate Research Announcements

Abstracts are now being accepted for the “2020 Auburn Research: Student Symposium” to be held March 31 in the Auburn University Student Center. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate through oral presentations, posters and creative scholarship displays. Abstract submission will close on Feb. 8. Registration details, abstract guidelines, and criteria for awards can be found on the Research Symposia website, https://aub.ie/researchstudentsymposium. 

Questions may be directed to Dr. Lorraine Wolf, Director of Undergraduate Research, undgres@auburn.edu.

Work Smarter Not Harder: Integrating Research Into the Classroom

Dr. Jocelyn Evans, University of West Florida, and Dr. Sara Evans, Kennesaw State University, will be coming to Auburn to provide a workshop to faculty interested in incorporating undergraduate research directly into their courses. The purpose of this workshop will be to help faculty find innovative ways to use their regular course load to make progress towards their long-term research goals, tenure, and promotion, while benefitting student learning outcomes by embedding research into teaching. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Jocelyn Evans and Dr. Sara Evans have had some amazing success with several multi-disciplinary research programs that all heavily utilize undergraduate research within the classroom, and they are so excited to share some of their insights to assist any interested faculty. For more information contact Alex Sauer: ras0046@auburn.edu

March 6 | 1 – 3pm | Library 3035

Miller Writing Center is Hiring

The Miller Writing Center is in Need of Consultants and Front Desk Representatives.

The Office of University Writing offers full-time graduate assistantships (20 hours per week, 12 months) which include a monthly stipend and full tuition remission.

Program Assistants facilitate workshops, develop materials, assist with administrative tasks, and work on additional projects. Applications are due March 15 for positions beginning in the summer. For more information, please see the position description and application directions on our website: http://wp.auburn.edu/writing/index/get-involved/

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sunday 4 – 9 p.m.

Closed: March 8 – 13

Last modified: October 20, 2021