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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...

The Milk Man Cometh: Channeling a Passion for Film into an Honors Thesis - September 22, 2020

Ben Davis knew he wanted to pursue filmmaking when he was in high school; after watching low-budget, yet meaningful movies, he knew that he could produce films too. Now, he has integrated the production of his first feature-length film, Milk Man, with his senior Honors Thesis. Milk Man is the story of Roman Jack, a college student who often gets himself into trouble. Ben classifies the film as a “collegiate crime thriller,” with an underlying love story at heart. He has always been interested...

2020 Honors Professor of the Year - June 15, 2020

The Honors Program is pleased to announce that the 2020 Honors Professor of the Year is Gary Dohanich, Professor of Psychology, Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow, and Director of the PhD Program in Neuroscience. The Honors Professor of the Year is an award given to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the Honors Program and the intellectual life of the student body. Professor Dohanich has been a strong supporter of Honors students and the Honors Program for...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Madeline Ninno - June 12, 2020

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with May graduate Madeline Ninno about completing her Honors Thesis titled “Remittances in El Salvador: Economic Decision-Making in Transnational Households.”  Traditionally, the “Thesis in the Spotlight” article highlights the intriguing questions and findings of an individual’s Honors Thesis, yet much of our discussion centered on the added challenges we faced while doing research after Tulane’s campus was closed to limit the spread of COVID-19. In...

Nationally Competitive Scholarship Recipients 2019-2020 - June 11, 2020

The Honors Program congratulates all candidates who were recognized by nationally competitive scholarships this academic year. Henry Walther, a junior from Lexington, Kentucky, majoring in political science and social policy and practice, has been named Tulane’s 15th Truman Scholar. Henry has been an active and socially-conscious leader in the Tulane and New Orleans communities. He revived the long-defunct College Democrats of Louisiana and mobilized the CDLA to increase voter turnout in...

Student Spotlight: Lydia Woolley - June 11, 2020

This semester, as a returning Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for COLQ 1030 “The Quest for Answers: Intro to Research Methods,” Lydia Woolley found herself discussing the course’s reading assignments for the third time in her undergraduate career. For the first time, though, she participated in these discussions from her home in Illinois. Lydia, a junior majoring in English and Political Science with a minor in Arabic, served as a Teaching Fellow for Professor F. Thomas Luongo’s first-year course...

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