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Honors Outside the Classroom: Tayla Moore - November 25, 2020

For this article, the Honors Program interviewed a Tulane alumna and Fulbright grant recipient, Tayla Moore. Approaching the end of her senior year in May of 2019, Tayla Moore says Fulbright swooped in with a “ta da” moment, giving her plans for post-grad life. A few months later, in August of 2019, Tayla moved into her apartment in India to begin her year-long study of public health, holistic medicine, and access to care in the country. Before beginning the research itself, Tayla spent her...

Student Spotlight: William Bai - November 25, 2020

Between his first-year colloquium, working in a research lab, and living in Wall Residential College, STAMPS scholar and first-year student William Bai has plunged into Newcomb-Tulane College in his first semester at Tulane. William says that his first year colloquium, “How We Learn About the Past,” got him thinking about connections between different fields immediately. The course is taught by three different professors in three different fields: Professors Susann Lusnia in the Classics...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Carrigan English - November 25, 2020

Carrigan English is an Honors senior majoring in Political Science, Communication, and French. She is originally from Bossier City, Louisiana and she is writing her thesis on the rise and fall of political investigative journalism and its subsequent effects on political socialization. As a current senior, I have always been excited to write an Honors Thesis. It was the perfect way to culminate my Tulane career and showcase not only all of the knowledge I had received over the past four years, ...

Focus on Faculty: Professor Jenny Mercein - November 25, 2020

Many research colloquium classes in the Honors Program aim to teach that research isn’t limited to the sciences. Theater and Dance Professor Jenny Mercein also teaches that creativity isn’t limited to the arts.  Professor Mercein started teaching her first-year Honors colloquium, “Creativity,” after her husband and co-professor, Professor Ryder Thornton, told her about a course he had taken while pursuing his MFA in directing. In the class, Thornton visited museums, parks, and different sites...

Honors Outside the Classroom: Batu El - October 27, 2020

Halfway through my college journey, I am reflecting on my experiences and considering what lies ahead, especially between the obscurities of the pandemic and life after college. I came to London to study five weeks ago. My courses at the London School of Economics have already started to gear up a bit. Four days a week, I go to the campus for my in-person classes, including a microeconomics class on Saturday afternoons. LSE's campus is lively. During my first three weeks, pubs on campus were...

Focus on Faculty: Professor Justin Wolfe - October 22, 2020

Professor Justin Wolfe– Associate Professor in the History Department, William Arceneaux Professor of Latin American History, and Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow– has made invaluable contributions to more programs, classes, and undergraduate careers in Honors than can be counted. Professor Wolfe says that he was “interested in participating in the Honors program from the beginning” and, in his 20 years at Tulane, has served on many Honors Thesis committees, been named Honors...

Student Spotlight: Garrett Gilliom - October 21, 2020

Garrett Gilliom is a sophomore Honors student who is currently serving as a peer mentor in Professor Cindy Ebinger’s first-year Honors colloquium, “Sea Level Rise: Causes and Consequences.” Garrett also took this colloquium as a first-year student, and while he is majoring in math and computer science, he says that Professor Ebinger’s class provided him with a unique opportunity to step outside his field and learn more about the environment, which he is also passionate about. It’s why he took...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Katie Chapin - October 21, 2020

Katie Chapin, a senior studying marketing and finance, always knew she wanted to write an Honors thesis. She had originally considered studying and doing research in psychology, which is now her minor, but as she moved through her undergraduate career with majors in the A.B. Freeman School of Business, she became more and more interested in studying Facebook’s business model as it relates to her majors.  Katie is researching the spread of misinformation on social media platforms, focusing...

Focus on Faculty: Dr. Cynthia Ebinger - September 22, 2020

Dr. Cynthia Ebinger recalls always having liked the outdoors, but she knew she wanted to pursue science after getting involved in research. When she saw her first volcanic eruption, Dr. Ebinger says she knew she wanted to work in geoscience forever.  Now, Dr. Ebinger wants to inspire the same passion in her students. “I’ve had multiple students who’ve been on the side of the pool, sticking their toe in,” she said. They have a lot of interests, and “you try to explain that, throughout their...

Public Health Research During a Pandemic - September 22, 2020

Amidst the global chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic this summer, I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Honors Summer Research program through my work in Dr. John Schieffelin’s lab on Tulane’s downtown campus. Dr. Schieffelin’s lab group focuses on the pathophysiology and epidemiology of viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola Virus Disease and Lassa Fever. Our lab collaborates with a cohort of Ebola and Lassa Fever survivors and household contacts from Sierra Leone. Analysis of the...

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