What’s In an Umbrella?

Beck Williams, an honors political science major who participated in the January 2020 Honors Passport study abroad intersession course to Peru, found himself in an unexpected dilemma when the class took him to the top of a hill on the island of Taquile in Lake...

Thesis Blues? Let Your Topic Choose You!

By: Darci WaltonSo what’s it gonna be? As a freshman (and even sophomore) the most terrifying word for me to hear was “thesis.” The idea of a thesis sounded like something fancy academics wrote by candlelight while sipping tea in an office overrun by beautifully bound...

Making the Unfamiliar Familiar: Research Conferences

Honors psychology/sociology senior and Path Scholar Rebeca Zapata recently had the opportunity to present research from her honors thesis at a national conference in Atlanta, Georgia, thanks to an Honors College Conference/Workshop Travel Grant. Unsurprisingly, she...

And Now, A Word from Dean Mandeep Kaur

“Okay, now what?” That’s what I thought after I won the Dean for the Day Election. I was going to be the head honcho of the Honors College and had no clue what it would entail but luckily, I had my dean boots and my fresh energy to help me. While my energy remained...

The Desert of the Mind

  “Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” These are the first lines of The Rule of St. Benedict, a 6th-century guide to monastic life. The Rule encourages discipline and asceticism, and this begins, as...
A Romanesque Holiday

A Romanesque Holiday

Political science and African & African American studies double major Maxwell Carter spent a semester in Spain last year -- here he writes of his trip through Catalonia, where a separatist movement was taking center stage in regional politics. The Bodenhamer...

Designing for Cancer Survivors

Designing for Cancer Survivors

              Honors apparel merchandising and product development major Hannah Lane is using her honors thesis to create fashion pieces for an oft-overlooked group: breast cancer survivors who have undergone double mastectomies and...

AKWAABA (Welcome)

AKWAABA (Welcome)

James Robinson II, a senior Path scholar and honors social work major with a minor in African and African American studies, spent six weeks this summer in Accra, Ghana, exploring culture, history and landscape in an unforgettable study abroad experience that took him...

Ghost Hunting: A Story in Three Acts

Ghost Hunting: A Story in Three Acts

Dr. Misty Bastian’s honors intersession course Ghost Hunting was an unforgettable, interdisciplinary foray into the anthropology of the otherworld. Fifteen honors students were exposed to the instruments of paranormal communication – pendulums, dowsing rods, mediums...

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5 Questions: Honors Student William Lewis Sheds Light on Lasers

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5 Questions for Kelly Toner, Honors Nursing Student

Senior nursing student and Honors College Fellow Kelly Toner has participated in missionary trips since the age of 14. For her honors thesis, Kelly...

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The Ticking of the Clock

We tiptoed into the dark room, made our circle, and stood in the calm repetition of the clock. She turned on her voice recorder and began to talk: “The spirit in this room, I will ask you a series of questions and I would like you to answer them honestly. When we are done, and we want to leave, remember that you are not allowed to leave with us, you must stay here.”

A Skeptic’s View on Ghost Hunting

Why would a skeptic want to go on a ghost hunt in the first place? One might say that it is an exercise in futility, so there is no point in the hunt itself. But there is always a powerful question though looming in everybody’s mind: what if?

Taking the Office Outside

This summer honors landscape architecture student Max Frank traveled to Mozambique to design better, more affordable housing plans in Nampula. In this blog, he reflects on the challenges of the trip, what he learned from the experience and a work environment very...

Master Classphalt: Finding the Right Recipe

Path scholar and honors civil engineering student Piper Fuller met engineering professor Dr. Kevin Hall at a Path Program event during Piper’s first semester at the U of A. She mentioned in passing that she was looking for a job; he mentioned he was in need of...