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Honors Students Win Regional Research Awards

April 06, 2022

Autumn Cleveland of Roby and Morgan Preston of Vicksburg, Michigan, seniors in the Angelo State University Honors Program, won top prizes for their research presentations at the 2022 Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) Conference in Wichita, Kansas.

Cleveland, an English major, and Preston, an English/philosophy double major, each earned a Dennis Boe Award for exceptional research and writing by an undergraduate honors student. Each was presented a plaque and a $200 cash prize, and their work will be published in The Windmill, a scholarly journal featuring undergraduate research. Only three Dennis Boe Awards are presented annually to undergraduate students who are juniors or seniors.

Cleveland’s oral presentation and paper detailed her research on “Monstrous Paradigms: Frankenstein’s Professors and the History of Science.” Preston’s oral presentation and paper detailed her research on “Madness, Justice, and Epistemic Limits in King Lear.”

Dr. Shirley Eoff Dr. Shirley Eoff “This latest recognition speaks to the continued academic success of our Honors Program students and the excellent mentoring they receive both within their academic majors and through the Honors Program,” said Dr. Shirley Eoff, Honors Program director. “Our students continue to produce high-quality work that engages important issues in their own academic disciplines while also connecting to issues of current concern – in this case, the impact of paradigm shifts in the sciences, and the broad issue of human fallibility as a barrier to justice.”

Dennis Boe Award winners are selected through a blind review by a committee of university honors program deans, directors and faculty from across the region. Cleveland and Preston are the eighth and ninth ASU Honors Program students to earn the award since 2013.

Also representing the ASU Honors Program at the GPHC Conference were senior nursing students Hannah Powers of San Angelo and Morgan Russell of Cibola. Powers presented her research poster titled “Hybrid Nursing Management for Chronic Migraine: An Evidence-Based Project,” and Russell presented her research poster titled “Standardized Blended Bedside Reporting: An Evidenced-Based Care Project.”

The GPHC is a regional organization that serves collegiate honors programs in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. More details are available at