Honors College News and Updates
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Reed Searches the Stars
He's looking for stars nearing the end of their very long lives, and he's been given access to a NASA spacecraft to do it. If you aren't exited about this, you should at least be jealous. Read the original article here.
Honors Student Spotlight: Kirby Williams
Click here to hear star student Kirby Williams talk about the difference between what she expected from college and what she found at MSU!
Honors Student Spotlight: ShowMe Chefs!
Sometimes you have to create your own opportunities for experience, as honors student Samantha Bowers discovered in conjunction with some of her peers when they decided to create their own TV show, ShowMe Chefs! Read this article to find out how this multidisciplinary initiative was created and executed. Then go watch the show!
Don't forget to get published!
Time is Running Out
It's on the calendar of events, Cliff Smart's Twitter, and now it's in the university news! If you don't know already, check out this article to see what LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate research is all about. Then send your submissions or questions to email@example.com.
Really, send us your submissions.
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Greene Talks About Snakes
It may not surprise you that the fear of snakes is one of the most widespread phobias out there, but what if that fear was caused by the structure of our brains? As part of the College of Natural and Applied Science's public lecture series, Dr. Greene talks about why exactly that may be. For more information and a short video, visit this article.
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Durham Manages Migraines
Calming the Storm
Our own Dr. Durham recently won a grant from the NIH to work on finding out how a migraine (what Dr. Durham refers to as a "perfect storm") comes about.
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Hoogestraat Writes About Home
A Poetry Debut
Dr. Jane Hoogestraat, Professor of English, recently released her debut collection of poetry: Border States. The poetry in this collection, according to PBS, focuses on Dr. Hoogestraat' s native South Dakota.
Los Angeles poet laureate Luis J. Rodriguez selected Dr. Hoogestraat's debut poetry collection, Border States, for the Ciardi Prize, which it won. Not bad for a first collection!
Over 800 Honors Students Qualify for the Fall 2014 Dean's List
At the end of each academic semester, the university recognizes full-time students who earned semester GPAs of 3.50 or higher by placing them on the Dean's List. A notation is placed on each student's permanent transcript and a press release celebrating the accomplishment is sent to each student's hometown.
The Honors College is pleased to announce that 864 honors students qualified for the Dean's List in Fall 2014, including 243 freshmen.
Please join us in congratulating all of these students on their hard work and academic success!
Honors College Congratulates the Class of 2014
53 Honors College students received their bachelor’s degrees at Missouri State’s Fall Commencement ceremonies on December 12, 2014. 47 of our graduates earned scholastic honors, which requires a final GPA of 3.50 or higher, including 13 students who graduated summa cum laude (3.90 or higher GPA).
Students in the Honors College have the opportunity to graduate with Distinction in their Major. In addition to completing all general requirements for the Honors College, these students must complete 12 credits of honors course work in their major program, including a Senior Honors Project worth at least 3 credit hours.
The following student graduated with Distinction in Fall 2014:
William Morris, Biology
Senior Honors Project: Pollution & Fish Populations in Springfield's Urban Streams
Project Mentor: Dr. Daniel Beckman, Professor of Biology
During the 2014 calendar year, a total of 231 students graduated from the Honors College. 31 of these alumni are continuing their studies in graduate school.
We are extremely proud of these men and women and all that they have accomplished!
Honors College, January 2015
Honors College Names Outstanding Fall 2014 Course Instructors
These people make the Honors College amazing.
Honors College students play a critical role in shaping the development of the honors program at Missouri State University. At the end of each academic semester, students are given the opportunity to formally evaluate their course instructors and to reflect upon whether or not they believe that their classes belong in the Honors College curriculum. The Director of the Honors College uses this critical feedback to outline future course offerings and the overall evolution of the honors curriculum.
The most outstanding course instructors, as identified by Honors College students, are formally recognized for their outstanding classroom instruction.
The Honors College is proud to announce the outstanding honors course instructors for Fall 2014:
Mr. Michael Boyle, Instructor of Philosophy, for UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar.
Dr. Michael A. Murray, Professor of Music, for UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar.
Dr. Sarah McCallister, Professor of Kinesiology, for KIN 286 Ethics & Diversity in American Sport.
Please join us in congratulating and thanking these outstanding instructors for their dedication to Honors College students!
Honors College, January 2015