Honors Special Programs
Special Travel Opportunities
NCHC Partners in the Parks
The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Partners in the Parks program is a distinctive outdoor learning experience. Groups of approximately 15 Honors Program students from universities across the nation spend a week exploring America’s national parks and monuments. Students engage with Honors Program faculty, park personnel, and visiting lecturers in seminars discussing the historical, scientific, and cultural development of the parks and their significance to American society.
Jennifer DeBie, Great Basin National Park
Holly Miles, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Jack Rebrovich, Olympic National Park
Aimee Denham, Sequoia National Park
Duncan Knox, Fire Island to Ellis Island
Tara Serio, Acadia National Park
Yolanda Elias, Olympia National Park
The Washington Center
Select students have the opportunity to participate in academic seminars and internships offered through The Washington Center and earn academic credit through Georgetown University. ASU Honors Program students have interned with agencies such as the Organization of American States, the Veterans Administration, and Management Dynamics in Washington, D.C. Others have participated in special presidential campaign seminars allowing them to experience the political process through attendance at national conventions of the major political parties and presidential inaugurations.
Preston Wimberly, Campaign 2012 Presidential Seminar
Jamie Mandujano, Management Dynamics and Organization of American States
Heather Guthrie, Barack Obama Inauguration
Heather Guthrie, Campaign 2008 Presidential Seminar
Adina Schultz, Science and Policy Program/Veterans Medical Center
Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference
For the past four years, the ASU Honors Program has been invited to send a student to the United States Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, Md. About 150 undergraduate students from the U.S. and several foreign countries engage in three days of seminars and discussions of significant contemporary issues, brainstorm potential solutions to modern dilemmas, and hear distinguished lecturers. Keynote speakers have included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman.
2013 Duncan Knox
2012 Preston Wimberly
2011 Kenny Lammons
2010 Kenneth Lammons
2009 Sarah Smith
2008 Heather Guthrie
Air Force Academy Assembly
Select Honors Program students have the opportunity to serve as delegates to the annual Air Force Academy Assembly held every year on the grounds of the Academy. Delegates hear prominent experts in domestic and foreign affairs and academia, participate in readings and roundtable discussions on the conference theme, and gain valuable leadership skills.
2012 Josh Bennett and Trey Moore
2011 Lisa Dees and Tara Serio
2010 Brian Kelly and Clayton Sharum
2009 Yolanda Elias and Derek Jones
2008 Jared Bird and Jamie Mandujano
Students have the opportunity to attend national and regional honors conferences, where they can engage with other honors students, share distinctive elements of their own Honors Programs, present research, and compete for awards.
National Collegiate Honors Council Conference Presentations
Lisa Dees, Sean Motl and Dr. Shirley Eoff, “The Board of Directors Project: Servant Leadership in the Local Community” [with Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tenn.] (Civic Engagement/Service Learning Panel Presentation)
Aimee Dehnam, “Partners in the Parks Project Application” (Panel)
Aeriel Elliott, “Uncomfortably Aging: Young Adults’ Stereotyping of the Elderly” (Poster Presentation)
Cassady Hossenlopp and Brittney Welchon, “The Effects of pH and Temperature on Bacterial Endospore Inactivation in Various Species of Bacillus” (Poster Presentation)
Binhong Lin, “The Use of Polypropylene as a Support for Catalysts/Reagents” (Poster Presentation)
Preston Wimberley, “The Washington Center Campaign 2012: A Student Participant’s Perspective” (Roundtable)
2011 Tucson, Arizona
Yolanda Elias, “When Science, Faith and the Classics Collide: Darwin’s Impact on the ‘Education Question’ in Victorian England” (Student Independent Research Panel)
Yolanda Elias, “The Effect of Color Space on Wavelet Image Compression” (Poster Presentation, Winner NCHC Poster Competition, Business and Computer Science Section)
2010 Kansas City, Missouri
Yolanda Elias, Jennifer Sims and Dr. Shirley Eoff, “Partnering with Community Boards for Leadership Training” (Panel Presentation)
Great Plains Honors Council Presentations
2013 Canyon, Texas
Adrianna Bingham, “Epidemic Models: Controlling Pest Populations with Sterilizing Pathogens and Vertical Transmission” (Poster Presentation)
Aimee Denham, “Sequoia and Kings Canyon: From Experience to Campus Application”
Cassady Hossenlopp, “Detection and identification of the Dengue Virus That Tested Positive by ENegative with Conventional RE-PCR”
Duncan Knox, “Fire Island to Ellis Island: A Historical Awakening”
Josh Logsdon, “The Poor, the Penniless, and the Paupers: A Study of Social Welfare in Early Tom Green County, 1875-1930”
Blake McCracken, “Using the Cordin 220 Camera to View Dynamic Events”
Holly Miles, “Bureaucracies: Problems and their Causes as Evidenced by a Study of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles”
Sean Motl, “Sensationalizing Genocide: The Balance Between Exploitation and Education in Rwanda”
Tara Serio, “Acadia: Explorations of Nature and Self”
2012 Overland Park, Kansas
Erica Adkins, Yolanda Elias, Cassady Hossenlopp and Dr. Shirley Eoff, “Learning Outside the Classroom: International Internships and America’s National Parks as Tools of Student Engagement and Program Development” (Experiential Learning Panel)
Erica Adkins, “Is Argentina a Safe Bet for Investors?” (Paper Presentation)
Shaheena Anene, “Survey of Household Kitchen Supplies for Enteric Bacteria,” (Poster Presentation)
Yolanda Elias, “When Science, Faith and the Classics Collide” (Paper Presentation)
Megan Lewis, “Effect of the BIG Exercise Protocol on Gain in Persons with Early or Mid-Stage Parkinson Disease” (Poster Presentation)
Binhong Lin, “The Use of Polypropylene as a Support for Catalysts/Reagents” (Poster Presentation)
Shaheena Anene, “The Effects of Androstadienone on Human Behavior” (Paper Presentation)
Elizabeth Black, “Effects of Cognitive Task on Postural Stability” (Poster Presentation)
Yolanda Elias, “The Effect of Color Space on Wavelet Image Compression” (Paper Presentation)
Blake McCracken, “Characterization of Resonant Cavities in Terahertz Parallel Plate Waveguides” (Poster Presentation)
2010 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sagan Everett, Sarah Smith, Stacy Lee and Dr. Shirley Eoff, “Using Local History to Build Community Partnerships” (Teaching and Learning Presentation)
Yolanda Elias, Stacy Lee, Sarah Smith, Nancy Larson and Dr. Shirley Eoff, “ASU Community Leadership Program” (Service Learning Panel)
Yolanda Elias and Sarah Smith, “Conference Opportunities at the Air Force and Naval Academies” (Poster Presentation)
Sagan Everett, “Changes in Prehension with Aging” (Poster Presentation)
Courtney Snow, “The Use of CyberGlove and an Athletic Glove for Measurement of Reach-to-Grasp Kinematics in Healthy Adults” (Poster Presentation)
2009 Lincoln, Nebraska
Jessica LaMirand, “WASPS of World War II: Challenging the Traditional Gender Roles of Americans During War Time” (Paper Presentation)
Honors education strives to provide students with enriched classroom and co-curricular learning experiences that allow highly motivated students to maximize their individual potential and better prepare themselves for personal and career success.
Alvin and Patricia New Summer Internships
Individual students have traveled to Kenya and Rwanda for medical missions and human rights programs, to Argentina for international business opportunities, and to Boston for an internship at a Harvard University neuroscience lab. These distinctive programs offer life-changing academic and cultural experiences that better prepare our students to compete in the global marketplace.
- Binhong Lin, Research with Dr. Shivraj Sohur at Harvard University
- Joshua McGuire, College of Charleston’s Neuroscience Seminar, Germany
- Donald “Trey” Moore, selected as a Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress
- Adrienna Bingham, Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians, Valparaiso University, Indiana
- Blake McCracken, Safe Arms Development Branch of the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake Naval Base, California
- Maxwell Kennady, Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
- Sean Motl, Global Youth Connect Human Rights Delegation, Kigali, Rwanda
- Erica Adkins, Comision de Intercambio Educativo intercultural exchange program, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Cassady Hossenlopp, Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Virology Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand
- Jessica Kindrick, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas
- Blake McCracken, Detonations Science Branch of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Development, China Lake Naval Base, California
- Julianne Johnson, Open Arms International medical mission experience, Eldoret, Kenya
- Wills Register, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Center for Nervous System Repair, Boston
- Jamie Mandujano, Organization of American States, The Washington Center, Washington, D.C.
- Alexa Nichols, Congressman Mike Conaway’s Office, Washington, D.C.
Exceed Expectations: Alumni Mentoring Initiative
Monthly Skype sessions or campus visits link Honors Program students with outstanding alumni who have used the education they received at ASU as a springboard to exceed expectations and achieve significant career success. Alumni provide technical talks that expose our students to the latest developments in specific fields ranging from neuroscience research to e-commerce, as well as inspirational talks based on their own challenges and successes in the global marketplace.
These professionals serve as mentors, provide introductions to various areas of expertise, and help identify internship opportunities in high-profile agencies and institutions. Students participating in the Alumni Mentoring Initiative are challenged to stretch themselves intellectually and personally and to exceed expectations as these outstanding alumni have.
Community Engagement Initiatives
The ASU Honors Program partners with a number of community groups to provide distinctive opportunities for leadership development, service learning, and cultural awareness. Students are encouraged to engage with the community, develop life-long habits of volunteerism, and prepare for civic leadership roles.
- Community Leadership Initiative: This innovative program places select Honors Program students on the boards of directors of various nonprofit and government agencies in San Angelo. Students learn firsthand the challenges and rewards of board service, how to develop networking skills, and how to better connect to the San Angelo community. Students have the opportunity to contribute new ideas or special technical expertise, assist in finding energetic volunteers for their board’s activities, or even establish support organizations on campus.
- International Military Student Officers Program: This program fosters cross-cultural awareness and contacts between Honors Program students and international student officers training at Goodfellow Air Force Base. The student officers represent various allied nations and meet with our students to share elements of their distinct cultures and insights into relations between the United States and their countries. The international officers reciprocate by inviting our students to the base to hear formal country briefings.
- Honors History Project: Since 2005, the Honors History 1301 class has collaborated with the West Texas Collection and Downtown San Angelo Inc. to provide research into historic downtown San Angelo buildings and entrepreneurs for use in developing tourism and historic preservation materials. Students engage in primary research, develop critical thinking and communications skills, and provide a service to the community.
- Honors Student Association Service Projects: The Honors Student Association provides volunteers for multiple community organizations ranging from children’s services and eldercare to literacy and therapeutic riding programs. The students even organize and conduct an annual Easter Egg Hunt for local children, complete with bounce houses, face painting, and cotton candy.