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News and Events: Spring 2019

February 5-9, 2019:  Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Buckminister Fuller's Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth legacy: Read more:

A Month of Julius Caeser:  April -May 4, 2019:  In conjunction with SIUC's Theater Department's production of Julius Caesar, Professor Avrahm Oz will deliver the keynote address.  But, we have a month long set of activities planned in collaboration with the Departments of English, Cinema and Photography, Languages, Culture and International Trade and the Classics ClubRead More

Our students do us proud at the Honors Council of Regional Illinois Conference, February 2019.

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Back Row: Grant Depoy, Jacob Bolton, Adam White, Jessica Jurak
Front Row: Abby Sellek, Rachel Stuckel, Dr. Melinda Yeomans (Associate Director, UHP), Emily Buice. Presentation titles:

  • Grant Depoy and Jacob Bolton, The Saluki Spaceship Initiative: Evergreen Model
  • Jessica Jurak, Improving Early Detection of Cancer Using Laser Ablation-Resonance Enhanced Photoionization Mass Spectrometry (LA-REPMS)
  • Adam White, Recent Advances and Discoveries in RNAi Technology
  • Abby Sellek, Insights for Developing Millennial Leaders: How to Cultivate Character and Inspiration
  • Emily Buice, From Foreign to Familiar: Mac & Cheese’s Journey to America’s Comfort Food
  • Rachel Stuckel, Spanish/English Bilingualism in the United States: How Cultural Awareness and Education Could Help Latinos Form a New Identity

"Having the opportunity to travel with a group of intelligent and kind Honors Program affiliates was inspiring, fun, and helpful!  I had fun interacting with students with diverse interests that all coalesce into aiding humanity and Earth.   Happy to be here!"

Jacob A. Bolton

Check out previous student highlights

Student Research

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Amanda Blocker, senior in microbiology, and Scott Hamilton-Brehm, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, look at a sample of a microbe isolated from a 900-meter-deep borehole located on the border between California and Nevada. Read more.

Congratulations to Lacey Gibson for publishing, A Tale of Two Cities: Differences in Wine Cultures in Nice and London in Gastronomica: The Journal of Food Studies (Volume 18, Number 4. pp 77-81. 2018) Lacey developed this paper as an Honors thesis with Dr. Hurlburt, Professor and Chair, Department of History. In the paper, Gibson argues, that French wine culture may be a powerful tool to promote mindfulness and moderation. Read more about Lacey's adventures after graduating here

Other Research Highlights