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Honors Program Newsletter: May 2021
Message From the Director
I am pleased to share with you the spring edition of the Honors e-newsletter. Our students and faculty have persevered through a challenging winter and continue to pursue the interdisciplinary research and knowledge needed to solve the real-world problems facing all of us. In this edition, we have highlighted just a few of their stories. I hope you enjoy reading them.
— John Moosbrugger, Professor/Associate Dean for Academic Programs/Interim Director of Honors
NSF Fellowships Go To Honors Alums
Awards. Glory. And of course, honor. It’s not unusual for our students to be showered with any of those things, and this past month was no exception. Rebecca Meacham ’21, a current Honors student, and Timothy Dunn ’19 and Seamus Ober ’20, both Honors alums, recently received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
A Head Start on Their Future
While our students typically secure prestigious placements after graduation, two Honors students already have a head start. Jack DiMeo ’23 and Samuel Gwinn ’23 recently received the Department of Defense’s Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship, which, along with full tuition, internships and a stipend, also ensures employment with the DoD after graduation.
Casper Tapped By UK Board
Our Honors students are not the only ones receiving recognition for the caliber of their academic and personal achievements. Earlier this year, Associate Director of the Honors Program Stephen Casper was appointed to a UK-based advisory board overseeing a Wellcome Trust grant to explore acquired brain injury and neurodegenerative disease.
A Fully In-Person Fall
Clarkson has released its plans for the fall of 2021. As President Tony Collins put it, our campus community’s “diligence, flexibility and creativity are what have allowed us to continue in-person education, research and creative activities.” And, guided by experts, we’ll carry on the same way in the fall.