Education Students Excel in Honors in the Major Program

(Left to right) Nicole Daly, Keanu Tomey, The Burnett Honors College Interim Dean Martin Dupuis, Dean Pamela Carroll, and Emily Jackson

Honors in the Major (HIM) students were recognized for their academic accomplishments and eligible Education students were invited to attend the celebration and learn more about the program during a Fall semester reception.

Juniors and seniors were introduced to the HIM program, the most advanced undergraduate research program that provides an opportunity to conduct one-on-one research with a faculty member and write the equivalent of a Master’s degree thesis.

HIM is designed for students who are committed to creating independent work in their major. Students research, write, defend, and publish an original Honors thesis that serves as the crowning achievement of their undergraduate career. The thesis is published with the university library and available to researchers worldwide through electronic databases.

Dean Pamela Carroll provided the students with encouragement during the reception.

“Honors in the Major enriches your college experience,” she said. “The program gets you out of your comfort zone. It starts with some trepidation, but ends with the student being thankful for completing the program.”

HIM program coordinator and Elementary Education Professor Dr. Sherron Roberts
feels the program is beneficial to students.

“Honors in the Major really sets the students apart from their colleagues in terms of maturity and just being able to see a project through from beginning to end,” she said. “I love that it gives our students competence and it really changes the vista. It’s a transformative process where they can see things that they have never seen before.”

Sport and Exercise Science senior Emily Jenkinson is the first student to receive the Alvin Wang Honors in the Major $1,000 Scholarship. Her research focused on post-operative rehabilitation of traumatic transfemoral amputees. HIM is preparing Jenkinson for her future.

“Honors in the Major has definitely given me a solid foundation for graduate school,” she said. “The opportunity really opened my eyes and was such a rewarding experience.”

HIM students Nicole Daly, Kelley Devoe, Morgan Ferrera, and Keanu Tomey each received a $1,000 scholarship.

Sport and Exercise Science senior Tomey’s research focused on the effects of a modified judo program and the psychosocial health factors in children with ASD. He credits HIM for instilling his love of research.

“The Honors in the Major program gave me that investigative nature to think outside of the box and publish a new work and keep those branches growing,” he said.

For more information, visit our HIM program page.

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