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Stand Out Student: Adele Namboodri - October 30, 2018

Adele Namboodri is a first-year Honors student and Stamps Scholar studying public health and Spanish. After only two months, Adele is enjoying the full-fledged Honors experience by living in Wall, taking a Colloquium course, and actively engaging with the larger Tulane community. Through these experiences, she has explored interdisciplinary connections between the arts and sciences, which she hopes will shape the rest of her time at Tulane. Adele has found her academic experience to be...

Focus on Faculty: Celeste Lay - October 30, 2018

Professor J. Celeste Lay, Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, is an expert on civic relations and political behavior. In 2017, she was named “Honors Professor of the Year” by seniors in the Honors Program for her work with Honors students, mainly through research opportunities and research-based Honors courses. She values the opportunities and even the challenges associated with the research process and hopes to instill those lessons in her students...

Honors Outside of the Classroom: Observing Climate Change in Louisiana - October 30, 2018

According to Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan, 2800 square miles of coastal land, an area larger than the state of Delaware, will be underwater by 2050. Through Dr. Cynthia Ebinger’s “Causes and Consequences of Sea Level Rise,” first-year Honors students have a front row seat to observe the consequences of sea level rise in Louisiana. As Professor and Marshall-Heape Chair in Geology for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ebinger is well-equipped to teach first-year...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Guy Knapp - October 26, 2018

Guy Knapp is a senior Honors student studying economics and math. With the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Pritchett, Associate Professor in Economics, and Dr. LaPortia Collins, Professor of Practice in Economics, Guy is writing an Honors Thesis researching how Americans’ engagement with the arts may behave like a positive addiction in which the benefit from consuming additional amounts of art (i.e. music, dance, visual art) increases as one consumes more art. While some may think that an economics...

Honors Sophomore Runs for School Board - October 23, 2018

  Stefan Suazo is a sophomore Honors student and Stamps Scholar studying Political Economy at Tulane and is committed to being an active public servant beyond the Tulane campus in a serious and significant way. Not satisfied with only pursuing student governmental positions, he hopes to become the newest member of the Jefferson Parish School Board. As a native of Jefferson Parish, an area just outside the city of New Orleans, Stefan completed his entire primary and secondary education in the...

Stand Out Student: Julia Prager-Hessel - October 08, 2018

Julia Prager-Hessel is a sophomore Honors student who has declared a major in history and plans to add another major in either philosophy or English. While she is not exactly certain of what her major is yet, she is certain that she wants “to study a lot of things,” which has enabled her to thrive in the Honors Program where she can explore her varied interests with the guidance of her Colloquium professors, the Wall Society Fellows, and her Honors peers. Last year, Julia was able to extend...

Honors Outside of the Classroom: Compassion in Action - October 08, 2018

First-year Honors students Victoria Ieurulli and Rachel Aber signed up for the same 8:00 AM Honors Colloquium last fall. One year later, they are now co-presidents of a new USG-sponsored student organization that emerged from that very classroom experience. “Secular Compassion in Professional, Political, and Personal Landscapes” was a 2017 Honors Colloquium course taught by Lesley Anne Saketkoo, associate professor in Tulane’s School of Medicine. Though Rachel and Victoria initially thought...

Focus on Faculty: Brent Koplitz - October 08, 2018

Professor Brent Koplitz has been the chair of Tulane’s chemistry department for the past 13 years. This fall, he is teaching an Honors Colloquium course on music and social change. Professor Koplitz first had the idea to teach “Social Commentary in Popular Music from 1965-1985” eighteen years ago, inspired by his passion for music and interest in helping students write better. When he first taught the course 18 years ago, he met with the students five hours each week to listen to material,...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Owen Parra - October 08, 2018

Owen Parra is writing his Honors Thesis in Neuroscience under Dr. Derek Pociask, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Dr. Gary Dohanich, Professor of the Psychology Department. In his project, Owen is examining at how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) might affect the functioning of the immune system. He hopes this research will enhance the state of knowledge on PTSD, ultimately resulting in higher quality, holistic PTSD care. Owen’s thesis research has taken place primarily in the lab,...

Thesis Spotlight - September 18, 2018

  The Honors Thesis is the culmination of years of hard work for a student in the Honors Program. Rigorous coursework, professor mentorships, independent research, studying abroad, leadership experiences, and even consultation with professionals in the field are all key components of this project in a student’s senior year. The precise form of the Honors Thesis can vary depending on the student’s major field, and examples can be found by clicking here for a list of completed theses from...

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