by Samantha Kirby
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On the first day of school most students are mentally reviewing their class schedules as they walk about campus, organizing their days into virtual spreadsheets. Normally I’m among those silently sifting through their classes, but this semester I had a different schedule running through my head:
Morning: Extra-strength Claritin, antibiotic, corticosteroid cream
Evening: Extra-strength Claritin, antibiotic, corticosteroid cream, Benadryl
Repeat Daily for 5-10 days
This could be you!
Do you have big ideas for the Honors College? Have you ever wanted to see the “inner workings” of higher education administration? Would you like enviable offices, shelves upon shelves of medieval literature, and the title of “head honcho” here in Gearhart Hall?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you might have what it takes to be our next Dean for a Day!
New York City is as bright and diverse as the advertisements glowing in Times Square; think city lights, street performers, pizza joints, traffic, smog and storefront windows, each a single stroke in the city’s signature. For writer Tom Wolfe, a visitor has as much right as any resident to call these city lights his or her own: “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” The 2017 Bodenhamer Fellows found Wolfe’s words to be true: they spent five days in the city at the beginning of August, and came away not only as New Yorkers, but also as friends.
Scott Sims, an honors accounting and finance double major in Walton College, beams at everyone we pass in the Bentonville Sam’s Club, greeting the workers like old friends. He throws back samples of orange juice and pineapple, putting everyone at ease with his infectious enthusiasm for the multicolored displays of cereal boxes, fresh-baked flour tortillas and wasabi-flavored Doritos that stock the wholesale grocery.
Austin Kreulach, a rising computer science junior, recently spent two weeks of his summer in southern Italy with a program led by Dr. Dave Fredrick and Dr. Rhodora Vennarucci. Throughout his time, Austin learned how to map, how to pack, and most importantly how to eat!
Two weeks of southern Italy, where to begin? The heart of the experience was the lectures in the ruins. We walked an average of twelve miles a day through dusty, sunbaked ancient history, while our professors covered a combination of abstract urban analysis and a potpourri of Roman life. At first it felt like a more in-depth version of a normal tour of Pompeii, but as the program went on the tone shifted from covering a huge swath of the city to the virtual reality aspect. We learned how to use photogrammetry software to create 3D models from any given physical object by taking a mountain of pictures. This was the point where the program went from enriching my understanding of both ancient and modern Italy to giving me directly applicable skills for future projects.
Taking pictures of the ancient city.
Thea Winston is a rising accounting senior from Forrest City, Arkansas. Before a hectic senior year of taking the GMAT and participating in her many student organizations, Thea traveled to Brighton, England. From academics to street art to some timely lessons on acceptance, Thea shares her experiences abroad.
First time in London, England near Covent Garden
January 30th, my first day of class, was the beginning of a completely different academic experience. I woke up early to make sure I could catch the train and grab breakfast at Daisy’s Sandwich Shop, a family-owned business right across from the station. I made it to the classroom in about 15 minutes and there I met the girl who would become one of my closest friends.
Jacob Maestri is a rising senior math major from Fort Smith, Arkansas. He recently traveled to Cape Town, South Africa and on a hard, fog-cloaked climb up Table Mountain, found new insights on the journey, the people, and the experience.
Enjoying the view of Seal Island
After a short Uber yesterday, we found ourselves at the trailhead to hike up Table Mountain, the iconic backdrop for the city of Cape Town. After a long stare up the ragged edge of the cliffs, we started along the trail. It was arduous and breath-taking (literally). For the first hour of the hike, visibility was clear, expectations were high, and altogether we were in good spirits. However, just like with any long hike, about halfway up I started to become a sentimental pastoralist, beginning to feel comically and ironically close to the nature surrounding me. I took in the vista with hope and enthusiasm as the skyscrapers below were becoming smaller and smaller.
Ange Iradukunda, an honors mechanical engineering major working with electronic module optimization, recently presented his research at the Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems technical conference in Illinois, where he was able to expand his knowledge of related design variables and interact with leading experts in the field. Ange was the only undergraduate granted this opportunity at the conference, and recounts the experience here.
As part of honors research, I have been working on the Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) Project. POETS is an NSF Engineering Research Center with the aim of increasing the power density of electrical systems. Basically, the center is working to fit more power into smaller footprints. The University of Arkansas is a member of the center along with Stanford, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Howard University. Every year, a POETS technical conference is held, coinciding with the site visit by the NSF review panel for the Center. Thanks to an Honors travel grant, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s conference in Illinois and present my work.
Faithe is a Senior Communication Disorders major from Fayetteville, Arkansas who has successfully defended her thesis project on the connection between spoken accents to recall performances. Faithe will be graduating Saturday- congrats! Her next steps include continuing her research with the University of Texas in Dallas, where she will earn her Masters in Speech Pathology (and likely find many more southern accents). Her blog shares useful tips and advice on presenting at and attending a research conference.
In November 2016 I attended the American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) annual convention in Philadelphia, PA to present my research. My research is over the effects of spoken accent difference on participants’ number recall performance. In my study, I had two test administrators with different spoken accents administer number recall tests to 20 college students to see whether the difference in accent between the speaker and the listener has an effect on the listener’s test performance. From the 20 students I’ve tested so far, I’ve discovered no significant effect on number recall performance based on spoken accent.
My tips for any undergraduate preparing to attend their first research conference:
Haven Frazier, an honors biology major from Chandler, Arizona, has finished her thesis project researching tumor recurrence in relation to immune systems and will graduate summa cum laude – congrats Haven! She will attend medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and will join the Air Force, where she plans to serve as an Air Force physician. Haven’s research could lead to methods to combat the recurrence of tumors that suppress the immune system.
I performed research at the Laboratory for Vaccine and Immunotherapy Delivery (LVID) under the guidance of my research mentor Dr. David Zaharoff and Ph.D. candidate Sruthi Ravindranathan. The goal of LVID, also known as Zaharoff Laboratory, is to develop effective vaccines and immunotherapies for different types of cancer using different delivery methods.