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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...

Honors Outside the Classroom: Deema Suleiman - June 11, 2020

Deema Suleiman is a rising sophomore in the Honors Program who took Colloquium 1030 with Professor Elizabeth Gross in the Spring of 2020. She is majoring in biochemistry and is involved in the Tulane University Middle Eastern Union and the Muslim Student Association. We invited Deema to share her experience transitioning from in-person to online learning and how these unforeseen circumstances have made her feel more grateful for her peers and professors. The outbreak of the coronavirus...

Focus on Faculty: Dean Lee Skinner - June 11, 2020

For this edition of Faculty in Focus, I had the opportunity to speak with Lee Skinner, dean of Newcomb-Tulane College and professor of 19th century Latin American literature. In our discussion, Dean Skinner was kind enough to provide her reflections on her first year as Dean of NTC along with her vision for the future of Tulane and the Honors Program. The close of the spring 2020 semester marked the end of Skinner’s first academic year as NTC’s dean. When asked how she balanced scholarship,...

Class of 2020 Senior Scholars Announced - May 15, 2020

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Biological Chemistry Pawan Bhat "Biochemical and Biophysical Analysis of Model Antigens" Yueqi Chen "Exploring the Active Site Topology of Sweet Almond Glucosidase" Riley Sinnott "High-Throughput Promoter Optimization for an Improved Biobutanol in Vivo Biosensor" Biomedical Engineering Jackson Levine "The Effect of Low-to-Mid Intensity Ultrasound on the Rate of Axonal Growth in Rat Cortical Neurons as a Potential Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury" Colette...

The Postmodernism of E-Cigarettes - March 02, 2020

Kate Sonderegger is a first-year Honors student from Santa Monica, California. She plans to major in public health with a minor in Spanish. On-campus, she is involved in USG's Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Committee, Dat Dance Crew and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Read her essay linked here.  

Student Spotlight: Paige Montfort - March 02, 2020

Paige Montfort is a junior studying public health and political science, with a focus on international development. She is a Stamps Scholar and was in the inaugural cohort of the Honors Undergraduate Teaching Fellows. This year, Paige was one of four juniors endorsed by Tulane University for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.  The Honors Program invites Honors students to write articles for the newsletter about their academic journey.    Switzerland. Morocco. Ecuador. Malawi. Italy. These are...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Ryan Herrschaft - March 02, 2020

The debate between pro-vaccine health professionals and anti-vaccine communities has grown in intensity and visibility in recent years as the United States has seen outbreaks of preventable illnesses. Ryan Herrschaft, a senior majoring in public health and psychology, wants to understand how pro-vaccine articles attempt to persuade skeptics and what the authors can do to better promote vaccinations. He is investigating the descriptive and persuasive elements of pro-vaccine discourse by looking...

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