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

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, to giving back to the community. Read more


Alexandra Suarez to participate in National Science Foundation project

Alexandra SuarezAlexandra Suarez, a freshman in Computer Science, has been selected as one of ten students to take part in a ten week National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) BigDataX hosted by the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology in the summer of 2020. Students will gain experience in collaborative research working with large scale distributed systems and will virtually attend an international conference on super computing. Selection for this prestigious opportunity includes a $6000 stipend and travel funds.


Erica Sterns wins Honors Council grant, Spring 2021

Erica SternsErica Sterns, a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in photography, is the winner of the Honors Council of the Illinois Region Margaret Messer Student Research Grant. Erica has won the grant to complete her Honors Thesis, a podcast titled, Atypical Truth, dedicated to supporting parents and caretakers of those with disabilities. Her thesis director is Dr. Sandy Pensoneau-Conway, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Interim Director, Women, Gender, Sexuality studies. 


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.

Highlights continued from previous years...