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ASU Student Research Award

April 03, 2014

Sean Motl, a senior in Angelo State University’s Honors Program, received a Dennis Boe Award for outstanding scholarly work at the 2014 Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) Conference held March 28-30 in Fort Smith, Ark.

A psychology/pre-med major from Wall, Motl was one of only three Boe Award recipients at this year’s conference.  The award includes a $250 cash prize and a recognition plaque.  His research paper, “Memorials without Memories,” dealt with the role of genocide memorials in Rwanda in promoting peace and reconciliation after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  It was selected for the award after blind readings by three honors faculty or directors from other institutions.  He then presented his paper to the entire conference.

“This is a merit-based, competitive award, and Sean’s submission was selected from a pool of 26 nominated papers,” said Dr. Shirley Eoff, ASU Honors Program director.  “He represented ASU and the Honors Program superbly at the conference, and we are very proud of this latest noteworthy accomplishment for Sean and for the Honors Program.”

This is the second straight year an ASU student has won a Boe Award.  Last year, Cassady Hossenlopp of Belton won the award for her research paper on the Dengue Virus.

Motl’s paper is the result of research done during a 2012 summer internship program in Rwanda with the Global Youth Connect human rights delegation.  Upon completing his ASU studies, Motl will attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in preparation for work with Doctors Without Borders or a similar organization.  In 2013, he became the first ASU student to be named a Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Foundation, and will receive a $30,000 scholarship to fund his graduate education.

In all, 10 students represented the ASU Honors Program at the GPHC conference.  Senior biology majors Jazmin Humphreys and Tara Serio, senior biochemistry major Joshua McGuire and junior biology major Aimee Denham presented research posters.  Senior international business major Maxwell Kennady, senior history major Josh Logsdon, junior history major Duncan Knox, junior sociology/Spanish major Holly Miles and junior English major Jenni De Bie gave oral research presentations.

The GPHC serves collegiate honors programs in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  More information is available online at