The Baby Finally Cried

Honors nursing student Rachel Pruitt's first experience working in the maternity ward was an unforgettable one, her first birthing experience drama-filled and breathtaking...not least of all because both were in a hospital in Bolgatanga, Ghana. Thanks to an Honors...

Power Through Design

                    Thanks to an Honors College Short-Term Research Travel Grant, landscape architecture student Beau Burris took a design tour through Europe this summer, stopping in Milan, Geneva, Paris, Versailles...

A Change in Plans: Nest Hunting in Costa Rica

            Biology and philosophy double-major Savannah Seupaul spent time in Costa Rica this summer, collecting data for her honors thesis. She and her team hoped to collect nests from the yellow-olive flycatcher, to test them for...

Tourists Go Home

International studies/Latin American studies major Maeve Mitchell spent her spring semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Maeve knew about Barcelona’s reputation as a tourist destination, but only after she became a resident of the city did she begin to contemplate the negative effects of tourism, which she outlines here.

Characterizing K2: 5Qs for Sabrina Jones

Bodenhamer Fellow Sabrina Jones, a rising sophomore majoring in biology/biophysics and Spanish, has gotten a jump start on research. She published an article (as first author!) in the medical journal Xenobiotica her freshman year, based on summer research conducted at...
Peaks and Valleys: Studying Abroad in Sweden

Peaks and Valleys: Studying Abroad in Sweden

Last fall, industrial engineering major Nathan Hemby spent four months studying in Sweden, where he was initially overwhelmed by...well, by almost everything: the different learning styles, the cold, dark winters, the unfamiliarity of the place. But he soon learned...

From Idea to Product: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

From Idea to Product: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder

Freshman Museum participant Sydney Nichols is back with a look at the Crystal Bridges exhibition "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder," examining the museum's selection criteria for their exhibitions as well as the reception of the show, which wrapped up in April....

What to do with $600,000?

What to do with $600,000?

Annelise Koster is a freshman honors student majoring in finance at the University of Arkansas. Originally from Windhoek, Namibia, Annelise has been actively involved in a number of activities on campus, including the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and Campus Crusade. She is...

Channeling ‘Tech Tangerine’ & ‘Spending’ $600K

Channeling ‘Tech Tangerine’ & ‘Spending’ $600K

In this latest report  from our "Museum 12," who got a behind-the-scenes look at running Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Max Frank describes a role-playing exercise designed to help students understand how museum boards operate. Channeling the brilliantly...

The Guest Experience: Making It or Breaking It

The Guest Experience: Making It or Breaking It

In this post, "Museum" participant Max Frank dissects just what makes a satisfying customer experience at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. One thing he learned: it all starts at the entrance. Max Frank is a second-year honors landscape architecture student at...

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5 Questions: Jeanne Vockroth, Mildred’s Lane fellow

  Last summer Jeanne Vockroth, recent honors fine arts alumna and New Orleans native, found herself in the lush hills of northeastern Pennsylvania...

On WWOOFing, Beekeeping & (Sweet!) Blackberries: 5 Questions for Olivia Caillouet

Olivia Caillouet, an honors horticulture junior from Little Rock, believes that “there’s only so much you can learn in a textbook – you have to get...

Portrait of an Artist, Mid-Career: 5 Questions for Jura Margulis

Pianist Jura Margulis has won international acclaim for his compellingly communicative performances, as well as for the range of his tonal palette...

Testing Your Pets Perception: 5 Questions for Emily Benjumea

Recent honors graduate Emily Benjumea is a planner. She started her honors thesis three semesters in advance, but due to several necessary...

5 Questions: Sammi Jones Pursues Campus Community Garden

Inspired by gardens she visited in Scotland, Sammi Jones, an environmental, soil and water sciences major in Bumpers College, wants to see a...

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(F)acing the Thesis Defense: A Guide

It’s an interesting phrase: defending one’s thesis. It brings up images of medieval soldiers standing their ground, swords drawn and shields raised, images of concrete walls and barbed wire. Images of Alabama linebackers in streaky eye black. But it doesn’t have...

‘We the People’

In this latest post from one of the "Museum 12" who participated in our Museum forum, Sydney Nichols unpacks the new entrance gallery to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She responds to the unorthodox mix of portraits, affirms the impact of bilingual messaging...

Investigating the American Spirit

In this post, the first of several drafted by participants in the Honors College Forum: Museum, art history major Jackson Williams discusses the first big task for the “Museum 12”: drafting a new mission statement for Crystal Bridges.

The Tooth of the Matter

  How often do you floss? And be honest, because anthropology and biology major Grace Roberts can see the truth! The sophomore Bodenhamer Fellow is working with Dr. Peter Ungar to research patterns of tooth wear, with hopes to ultimately help dentists better...

Building a Strong Bond with Your Faculty Mentor

You’ve got your thesis topic, and you’ve found a faculty mentor. Now the real work begins – and the most critical component is not reading dusty tomes, running experiments in the lab or digging up the latest articles in Lexis Nexis. Your most important task is to...