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The Student Spotlight highlights University Honors Program students for their hard work, dedication, and passion for Southern Illinois University and the University Honors Program. The students are nominated by mentors, faculty, and/or other students for displaying impressive qualities during their time in the University Honors Program. These students participate in various activities including RSOs, research, volunteer opportunities, internships, and many more while doing great work in the classroom.


Myla Croft recognition ceremony at Honors Office with SIU Chancellor Austin Lane

Myla-Croft-recognitionChancellor Austin Lane came over to Honors to recognize Myla Croft, as the Southern Illinois University Carbondale nominee for the 48th Annual Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award.  Myla is an Honors student who is pursuing a major in Political Science with a minor in global studies and a specialization in pre-law.  She is a McNair Scholar, features on the Dean’s List and recipient of the Senator Penny Severns Public Service scholarship and the African American Achievement scholarship.  Her goal is to practice immigration law and represent asylum seekers, refugees, and other immigrants.




Honors Students present their research at the HCIR Conference 

SIU Team in HCIR   Zeneya Scott and Ryan    Renee Davis

Ryan Jurich in HCIR   HCIR Claire Morrical   Meredith Hunt

SIUC Honors students attend the Honors Council of the Illinois Region (HCIR) Student Symposium hosted by Lewis and Clark Community College on February 25, 3023. Five of our students presented of various panels related to Ethics, Legislation, & Rights, Human Interactions, and Perspectives on Education.

Ryan Jurich won third place in the paper competition and Meredith Hunt recieved Honorable Mention for her presentation.

Zeneya Scott:     An analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Integrity
Ryan Jurich:       1868-1876: An Exploration of late 19th Century British Politics via Reacting to the Past
Claire Morrical:   White-tailed deer flight based on human exposure
Renee Davis:       Medium Matters: The Power of Experimenting with Different Creative Tools and Techniques
Meredith Hunt:    What’s the problem with worksheets anyway? Incorporating play into math

Myla Croft and David Hernandez present their research at the McNair's Scholars Summer Research Symposium.

Myla Croft presenting her research.jpg  David Hernandez presenting his research

Myla Croft, an Honors student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Political Science, presented her research with Dr. Stephen Bloom on "Politics Prevails: A Comparative Analysis of Trump and Biden's Executive Actions on Mexican Asylum Seeker".

David Hernandez, an Honors student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Biological Sciences, presented his research with Dr. Kamal Ibrahim on"Mapping Gene Flow and Biodiversity Across the Mississippi River Using Landscape Genetics and DNA Barcoding of Formicidae". Read more.

Arianna Goss wins the McGaw health administration scholarship

Arianna-Goss-21.jpgArianna Goss, a junior in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Health Care Management program, is the recipient of the 2021 Foster G. McGaw Scholarship from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).  Read more.

She has also published with Drs. Sandy Collins and Jessica Catlado, "Feasibility of Virtual Reality for Mental Health in Long-Term Care in Rural Populations" in the Journal of Aging and Long Term Care. 2022 5 (1).



Francesca Burkett is the 2021 Lincoln Academy of Illinois student laureate for Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Alexandra SuarezFrancesca Burkett is pursuing two degrees, a BA and BS, and double majoring in History and Geology (Geophysics Specialization; minors in Mathematics, Ancient Practices, and Environmental Studies).  The academic range is quite extraordinary in itself, but what makes it truly valuable is Francesca’s commitment to service, and to giving back to the community. Read more


David Hernandez wins the Delta Scholars award

David-Hernandez.jpg picfloatleftDavid will be joining a cohort of nationally selected students in the Delta Scholars Program (2021) at the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University. Faculty and guest lecturers, from a range of disciplines, will engage with students on issues currently challenging the people and the economy of Mississippi, including food insecurity, public health, education, and more.  In Fall 2021, the group will reconvene at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA to share updates on their projects and discuss how those lessons might be applied to solving other problems in or outside of Mississippi.