Honors College Office of the Provost

Destination Cuba

With diplomatic relations restored between the United States and Cuba, Auburn University students recently traveled to the island nation.

Sophomore Alisa Mobley enjoys the cool mist of a waterfall in the Escambray Mountains.

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.

Read the full article on the Auburn homepage.

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)

Honors College Exceeds Tiger Giving Day Goal

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.

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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


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.

Spend a Week at Harvard Business School

Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP), sponsored by Harvard Business School (HBS) is a one-week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. Participants are members of groups typically underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g., African American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender). HBS covers on-site expenses, and corporate sponsors typically cover other costs associated with participating in the program.

SVMP 2015 will take place from June 20 – June 26, 2015. The application deadline is Monday, May 11, 2015, and we are hoping to see your school represented in the candidate pool.

You can learn more about SVMP by visiting the program’s website.

K(no)w Poverty? Lecture Series

The k(no)w poverty? Lecture Series kicks off on January 22 at 6 pm in Haley 2370. Our speaker is Michael Lynch, MBA and Director of External Relations / Director of Special Projects of Project Horseshoe Farm in Greensboro, AL.

Mr. Lynch is a graduate of Auburn University where he majored in accounting. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham and his Masters in Real Estate Finance/Valuation from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mr. Lynch has developed a strong track record of building coalitions and helping to initiate important community based projects in the Black Belt and in the state. In 2007 he initiated and helped lead the effort to build local and statewide support for the successful recruitment of Teach for America to Alabama. Since that time, he has worked to develop relationships between local organizations and state leaders to help strengthen our local community.

He served on the board of Project Horseshoe Farm prior to joining the organization as Managing Director/Director of External Relations in 2012. He also serves on the board of VOICES for Alabama’s Children, and serves on the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) Roundtable and is a member of the Leadership Alabama Initiative. He attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greensboro where he has served on the vestry.

The Honors College k(no)w poverty? lecture series supports the Auburn University land-grant mission, and includes a variety of speakers over the semester. Other speakers in the series will include Ms. Lisa Pierce, Alabama Rural Ministry; Dr. Conner Bailey & Dr. Michelle Worosz, AU Dept of Agricultural Economics & Sociology; and Prof. Rusty Smith, Rural Studio.