Mason (far left) at Estadio Santiago Berabéu, home of Real Madrid
Bodenhamer Fellow Mason Hollis clearly has a passion for his computer science major. He built his first website in fifth grade, worked to automate the creation of Facebook apps, and helped a Fayetteville High group develop a system that let you turn your spin class into a well-watered garden. But this summer, he focused on another passion – his love for Spanish language and culture – in a study abroad trip to Madrid, Spain. Continue reading
Think before you type, and spell check before you hit “send.”
At the busiest times of my semester, I receive fifteen to twenty emails per day. One of my professors, Dr. Tricia Starks, estimates that anywhere from two to three hundred messages arrive in her inbox daily; and for department heads or administrators, the numbers can be even higher – Vice Provost Sharon Gaber places the number at over one hundred… by 8 a.m.! When it comes to emailing your professors: think succinct! Here are some pointers on composing solid, short messages.
1. Subject lines are always important. Be as descriptive and brief as possible. Bad subject line: Request Good subject line: Letter of recommendation by June 5? See the difference? The good subject line is crisp yet informative – your recipients can tell instantly what’s needed and when. The bad subject line is just too vague. Continue reading
Jean Amargos, a freshman biology/pre-med major born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, graduated from Bentonville High School with his mind set on attending the University of Arkansas. Since coming to Arkansas, Jean has experienced both opportunities and challenges. In addition to being an accomplished scholar, he selflessly commits his time to caring for his younger cousin, diagnosed with autism. From this, he has learned the importance of perseverance and resilience. Instead of being deterred by the Honors College admission requirements for incoming freshmen, he saw this as an opening to work harder to make his dreams come true.
The new Honors College Path Program is designed to transition students of great potential into the Honors College while simultaneously exposing them to the resources available on the University of Arkansas campus. This first group, consisting of 18 students, is quite diverse, with varying majors, involvement, and interests. What is really exciting is that the Path students aren’t confined to a single geographic region –– they come from cities across Arkansas, surrounding states, and as far away as Okinawa, Japan. Continue reading
Dr. Peter Ungar (far left), Dr. Charles Adams (far right) and the Tanzania group snap a photo with the members of the Datoga tribe, just one of the groups that the team spent time with in Tanzania.
Beloved American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway once said, “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” Surely he is not alone in this opinion. This summer, English professor Dr. Charles Adams and anthropology professor Dr. Peter Ungar led a group of 13 Arkansas students across the globe to Tanzania to study its natural, social and political environments. I got lucky to be a part of this group, but my personal arsenal of stories and photos captured only a snapshot of all that this experience had to offer. Nine of the 13 students in this program are honors students, and as the study abroad blogs roll in I’ve been captivated by the unique imagery, anecdotes and insights that they have shared with me.
This fall marks the fourth semester that Cicely Shannon, left, has read with Dylan, a third grader at a local school. Photo by Russell Cothren.
Senior economics major Cicely Shannon’s love for books began at age four, when she learned to read. She began sharing her passion for reading in fifth grade, when she created Bookoos* of Books reading circle, the first of several literacy programs she developed in her hometown of Texarkana. Cicely has worked with the Volunteer Action Center’s Literacy Program since she arrived on campus as a freshman. Last year she chaired the program, which pairs 170 UA students with local school children. This fall, she will begin her fourth semester reading twice a week with Dylan, a wiry third grader who likes to read perched high on a tractor tire. Cicely was awarded the Truman Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding students who wish to pursue careers in public service.
*Southern speak for beaucoup, according to Cicely. Continue reading
Honors horticulture student Olivia Hines picks blackberries at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Honors horticulture student Olivia Hines has a passion for blackberries, and she’s not just eating them – she’s testing them. Working alongside the University of Arkansas’ blackberry breeding program, a world leader in the development of fresh-market blackberry varieties, Olivia is conducting groundbreaking research on one of Arkansas’ favorite fruits. Guided by her mentors Dr. John R. Clark in horticulture and Dr. Renee Threlfall in food science, the team is using both trained sensory panelists and untrained consumers to evaluate the quality of regional blackberry types. By not only picking, but testing the size and composition of these fruits, Olivia will provide the breeding program with the first report of its kind. Olivia received an Honors College grant, Bumpers College grant and Arkansas Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant, all of which continue to support her work.
It’s hard to pick just one topic for your history research paper. It’s hard to choose a topic that’s feasible enough for your lab report. It can be really difficult to brainstorm an idea for your creative writing class. But we all know our honors thesis is a whole new beast. Continue reading
Gage presenting a poster at the OSA Biomedical Optics conference in Miami, Fla.
Thanks to an Honors College travel grant, I got the chance to travel with my advisor, Dr. Timothy Muldoon, to the Optical Society of America (OSA) conference in Miami, Florida to present my research and collaborate with other students and professionals. My specific research focused on the development of a non-invasive diffuse reflective microendoscope, that could improve the early detection of cancer in epithelium, such as the lining of the oral cavity or gastrointestinal tract. [See Gage's earlier posts, Shining a Light on Cancer Detection and Highlighting Advancements in Cancer Detection for more info.]
My trip lasted four days. Throughout the duration of the trip, I spent most of my days listening to graduate students, professors, and industry leaders present their research. Most of the information was well beyond my knowledge base. But it was still extremely beneficial because you learn to familiarize yourself with common terminology, learn how to clearly and concisely present research to a large and diverse crowd, and learn about current state-of-the-art biomedical devices and surgical techniques using these devices. Continue reading
Honors International Business/Marketing major Alexandra Somborn conducted her undergraduate research on perceptions of Costa Rica and their influence on new business ventures, particularly linked to coffee. Although she originally dreaded the process, her project evolved into much more than she expected – even paving the way to her first post-graduate job in Costa Rica.
I did not expect that I would enjoy the Honors research process as much as I did. In my head, I imagined it to be this awful process of collecting data, making graphs and writing 100+ pages of information. In the end, however, it was a tool with real-world applications that even helped me land my first job.
I conducted my research on people’s perceptions of Costa Rica and how those perceptions influence purchasing habits – specifically related to coffee. As it turns out, I will soon be working in the marketing department of a coffee company – which is completely relevant to my research. You can bet that I used the information I had gathered in my interview with the company. That was definitely one of the most exciting parts of the honors research process.