Honors College News and Updates
LOGOS Volume 7 is Now Available!
Honors College Publishes LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, volume 7
LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, volume 7 is now available online and at sites around campus.
LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research is an annual publication developed and edited by students in Missouri State University’s Honors College. Each volume features academic scholarship and artistry produced by undergraduate students and selected in a double-blind, peer and faculty reviewed process.
LOGOS is directed by a student Editorial Board that includes a chief editor, a lead associate editor, and associate editors selected from the Honors College. The Editorial Board is led by a managing editor who oversees the administrative production of the journal. The editors are also mentored and supported by a Faculty Advisory Board, which currently includes Dr. John Chuchiak, Director of the Honors College & Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Tracy Dalton, Senior Instructor of English, and Dr. Joshua Smith, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences.
Undergraduate students from all academic disciplines are invited to submit original scholarship for consideration between October and March of each year. The managing editor assigns all submissions to peer and faculty reviewers in appropriate academic disciplines. Academic integrity is protected through the use of a double-blind process, meaning that reviewers do not know who the author of the piece is and the student authors do not know who is reviewing their submissions. The reviewers submit suggestions to the managing editor that may include the following: recommended for publication, recommended for revision, and not recommended for publication. After all pieces have been reviewed, the Editorial Board submits their final selections to the Faculty Advisory Board, who give the final approval on the content and layout of the pending volume. It is then sent to Missouri State University Printing Services for production in early autumn.
LOGOS was established and first published in 2008. There are now over 2,000 copies in public circulation. Volume 7 (Fall 2014) features 8 publications in as many academic disciplines, selected from over 30 submissions by undergraduate students.
LOGOS is now accepting submissions for volume 8, which will be published in fall 2014. Interested students are also encouraged to apply for editorial and peer reviewer positions. Complete details are available on the LOGOS website.
Click here for more information on LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research
LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research is made possible by the generous support of Honors College alumni and donors. If you are interested in supporting LOGOS, please visit https://ws.missouristate.edu/giving/pledgeSearch.aspx?search=honors+college.
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Durham Dodges Diseases
Well, he's working on it. Dr. Durham is currently researching the environmental influences that might affect our genetic predispositions for certain diseases. Click here to read more and listen to an interview with Dr. Durham.
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Buchanan Makes Science Sparkly
How is she doing this? With nail polish, of course! Parallax Polish, Dr. Buchanan's very own polish company, is dedicated to promoting scientific ideas and research. Her polish lines are centered around themes such as Women in Science, The Noble Gasses, Controversial Ideas in Science, and the students in her research lab.
Read more about how Dr. Buchanan got started here.
Check out her store here.
Honors Student Spotlight: Julie Barnum Looks at Lightning
But we'll let her tell you more about it herself: Click here to see her YouTube feature.
Honors Student Spotlight: The Dynamic Duo
Batman and Robin have nothing on these two: Molly Brewer and Molly Huber lead the MSU women's soccer team with great teamwork and a combined total of 39 goals. Find out more about these players and the season they've had so far here.
Honors Student Spotlight: Meet Brianna Duda
Brianna is a St. Louis native, a socio-political communication major, and the president of Advocates. Find out why she loves what she does here!
Honors Student Spotlight: Morrison and Sabulsky Bring it Home
Did you know that it takes most of a year to plan for Homecoming? Hannah Morrison and Sara Sabulsky do, but as business education and an entertainment management majors (respectively), they know all about planning. Read here to find out how these two lovely ladies are going to make the 2014 Homecoming the best MSU has ever seen!
Honors Student Spotlight: Chiles and Kosinska Conference
More precisely, they will be presenting papers at the Conference for Undergraduate Women in the Physical Sciences in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Karolina Kosinska, chemistry major, will present "RNA-seq Analysis in Carbon Nanostructure-Exposed Arabidopsis Thaliana Plants."
Amelia Chiles, biology major, will present “Physiological Impact of Engineered Carbon Nanostructures on Plants and Insects.”
Honors Alumna Spotlight: Jennifer Artman Shares Some Wisdom
Jennifer Graduated from MSU with a Bachelor's degree in History in 2008. During her time here, she completed and then facilitated the Commerce Bank Emerging Leaders program. Jennifer is now an attorney for Schook, Hardy, and Bacon and has some really awesome advice for current MSU students, which she reveals in this article.
Honors Student Spotlight: Cameron Deckett Runs Around
And wherever he goes, he works to make Missouri State a better place. Read to find out more.
Honors Student Spotlight: Robbie Oslica Gets Defensive
In fact, he was named MVD Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Read about it here!
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr Sobel Goes Back in Time
Read about how Dr. Elizabeth Sobel and her students work to reveal a bit of our nation's history and connect it to the present in an archeological dig.
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Barnhart Saves the World
Dr. Barnhart's Butterflies
In addition to being an MSU Professor and master of Mussels, Dr. Barnhart is also the curator of the Roston Butterfly House, which makes him especially aware of the fact that the numbers of Monarchs are dwindling. Read here to find out why.
Dr. Barnhart has mussels.
It's a good thing, too. Mussels (who'd have guessed?) are actually the most endangered animals in the U.S. The scientists in Temple Hall (Dr. Barnhart included) are trying to change that. Learn about their efforts and the outlook for future conservation efforts here.
Honors Student Spotlight: Lily Johnson Kills Volleyball
The Deadliest Freshman Since 1994
But kills are a good thing in this sport, and Lily is the deadliest freshman we've had since 1994. Don't believe it? Read about her here.
Player of the Week
Lily was also recently honored as Freshman and Volleyball player of the week by the Missouri Valley Conference.
Be afraid. Be amazed. Go see it in action.
Rewarding careers: Drs. Chris Barnhart and Mike Reed
Dr. Chris Barnhart and Dr. Mike Reed of the Honors college were among several recent award winners in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences for their hard work and amazing research. See what they did and what they got for it here!
Honors Student Spotlight: Molly Brewer Does Double Time
Honors Student Spotlight: Nicole Noonan
Listen to Honors student Nicole Noonan talk about here community service in New Orleans on the MSU Youtube channel by clicking here!
Public Affairs: Dr. Dennis Hickey
What says "Public Affairs" more than international relations? Dr. Dennis Hickey, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, writes about one aspect of the relationship between the US, China, and Taiwan in this article for the Taipei Times. Check it out and educate yourself!
Kirby Williams: Profile
Listen to Honors College senior Kirby Williams talk about her research in psycho-oncology on the MSU YouTube channel here!
Honors Alumna Spotlight: Judith Rowland
Honors College alumna Judith Rowland was recently showcased in Missouri State Magazine for her work in Public Affairs, especially her work to eradicate Polio. Read the whole article here.
Honors Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Paul Durham
Congratulations to Our Graduates With Distinction
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 students graduated with Distinction in Spring 2014:
Jennifer Barnes, Psychology
- Senior Honors Project: The Effects of Interviewer Gender and Attractiveness on Body Deception in Women with High Body Dissatisfaction: Implications for Clinical Assessment and Treatment.
- Project Mentor: Dr. Danae Hudson, Associate Professor of Psychology
Lauren Davison, Professional Writing
- Senior Honors Project: Plain Language in Medical Writing: A Push for Clear Patient Education Materials.
- Project Mentor: Tracy Dalton, Senior Instructor, Professional Writing
Sarah Greenbaum, Dance/Performance
- Senior Honors Project: #Everybody All the Time.
- Project Mentor: Ruth Barnes, Associate Professor of Dance
Elizabeth Haughey, Anthropology & Latin American Studies
- Senior Honors Project: Woven Tales of Ancient Gods & Modern Women: Continuity & Change in Ancient and Modern Maya Textiles.
- Project Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Sobel, Associate Professor of Anthropology
- Senior Honors Project: Shape Shifting & Shamanism: The Inquisition & Ecclesiastical Court's Prosecution of Indigenous Witchcraft, Sorcery, and Nahualism in MesoAmerican Cultures, 1527-1790.
- Project Mentor: Dr. John Chuchiak, Professor of Colonial Latin American History
Please join us in congratulating these students on their outstanding original scholarship!
Honors College, June 2014
Honors College Congratulates the Class of 2014
Above: Walter Orr, Lauren Davison, and Sarah Greenbaum
170 Honors College students received their bachelor’s degrees at Missouri State’s Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 16th. 147 of our graduates earned scholastic honors, which requires a final GPA of 3.50 or higher, including 49 students who graduated summa cum laude (3.90 or higher GPA). An additional 4 students graduated with Distinction in their Major by completing 12 credits of Honors course work in their major field and designing a Senior Honors Project. 29 graduates are continuing in graduate degree programs at 16 universities:
- Colorado State University
- Creighton University
- Loyola University-New Orleans
- Missouri State University
- Ohio University
- Oregon State University
- Saint Louis University
- Texas A&M University
- Tulane University
- University of Arkansas
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Little Rock
- University of Indiana-Bloomington
- University of Iowa
- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- Washington University
We are extremely proud of these men and women and all that they have accomplished!
Honors College, June 2014
Honors College Names Outstanding Spring 2014 Course Instructor
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 instructor for Spring 2014:
Dr. Russell Keeling for COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking-HONR
Please join us in congratulating and thanking Dr. Keeling for his dedication to Honors College students!
Honors College, June 2014
Over 800 Honors College Students Qualified for the Spring 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 better 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 818 honors students qualified for the Dean's List in Spring 2014, including 114 freshmen.
Please join us in congratulating all of these students on their hard work and academic success!
Honors College, June 2014