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The Student Spotlight highlights University Honors Program students for their hardwork, dedication, and passion to 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 particiapte in various activities including RSO's, research, volunteer opportunities, internships, and many more while doing great work in the classroom.

Maryam Makhdoom is SIU’s 2020 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate




The public health major from Carbondale is among the seniors from the state’s four-year colleges and universities honored for excellence in academic, curricular and extracurricular activities. She and other students were recognized Tuesday, Nov. 10, with the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award during the 46th annual Student Laureate ceremony, which was virtual this year.  Read more:



 Amanda Leppert Gomes, Haley Hostetter, and Allison McMinn are winners of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Award

                                            Amanda Leppert Gomes Photo Haley hostetter Photo Allison McMinn photo
From left to right: Amanda Leppert Gomes, a senior in Anthropology; Haley Hostetter, a senior in civil engineering; and Allison McMinn, a senior in electrical engineering.

"The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.”

We are so proud of the accomplishments of these students!

Read more about their accomplishments here.