Student Research in Honors

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SIU students studying in a group

Congratulations to all of the Honors Students
who received REACH grants for 2019-2020!

  • Sarah Booth
  • Tra'Deidra Davis
  • Carly Kasicki and Elizabeth Saery
  • Omar Khader
  • Amanda Leppert-Gomes
  • Cassidy Lounsbury
  • Reise Malone
  • Benjamin Polo
  • Luis Prado
  • Karalyn Rich
  • Lincoln Weber

Amanda blocker and Scott Hamilton-Brehm - MicrobiologyAmanda 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

Several Honors students are doing Undergraduate Research for the Department of Languages, Cultures, and International Trade. Read more.

Our Major Scholarship Award Winners


Madison McMinn, a Chemistry major, received an honorable mention for the 2016 Goldwater scholarship for Math, Science and Engineering.  Madison is also the recipient of the 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Read more






Austin Weigle, a Biology major, received an honorable mention  for the 2016 Goldwater scholarship for Math, Science, and Engineering.



Nathan Colley Headshot


Nathan Colley, a Chemistry major from Staunton, IL, received an honorable mention award for the 2015 Goldwater scholarship for Math, Science, and Engineering.