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Student Spotlight: Julia Sterling - September 10, 2019

Julia Sterling is a sophomore majoring in math and music performance and has always had an interest in online algorithms. This summer, she began building a research paper recommender system as part of Tulane’s Honors Summer Research Program. Her research is important because it provides researchers with a more efficient system of finding relevant resources. She compares this search engine for academic papers to Netflix’s recommendation function, which suggests new movies based on those viewers...

Honors Outside the Classroom: Deepika Rajkumar - September 10, 2019

Deepika Rajkumar has always had a passion for finding creative ways to improve medical technology and traveling abroad, and this summer, with the support of the Jean Danielson Scholarship Fund, she was able to participate in a program that tapped into those overlapping interests and talents. Deepika volunteered in two hospitals in the Dominican Republic through a Summer Institute Program sponsored by Engineering World Health, an international non-profit. Deepika, a senior majoring in...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Jackson Faulkner - September 10, 2019

Jackson Faulkner’s Honors Thesis began with a walk in Audubon Park that led him to research the plantation that once existed on Tulane’s grounds. Jackson, a history student with a minor in philosophy, will graduate in December after he finishes his investigation of the de Boré and Foucher Plantations, which existed on the land that Tulane University, Loyola University, and Audubon Park now occupy. The de Boré Plantation especially interests him because it was the first plantation in Louisiana...

Honors Program Faculty Receive Tulane's Most Prestigious Teaching Awards - June 13, 2019

During Tulane’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony, three Honors Program faculty members were recognized with the university’s most prestigious teaching awards. The Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellows Awards for Undergraduate Teaching recognize faculty for excellence in undergraduate teaching, student advising, and instruction improvement and development. This year’s recipients of the medals and $5,000 in research funds were Dr. Michael J. Moore and Dr. Donata Henry. The Honors Program is...

Honors Outside the Classroom: Student Research Blogs - May 15, 2019

New to the faculty team of COLQ 1030: The Quest for Answers, the second semester colloquium for Honors first-years, Research Librarian Holly Jackson has brought a fresh idea to her curriculum. She has implemented a semester-long research log project, which is a blog managed by her students on which each student posts a weekly update of information and sources pertinent to their research in the class. “The research blogs are a way for students to keep track of the sources that they find that are...

Thesis in the Spotlight: Honors Thesis Forum - May 15, 2019

If you walked into the Honors Program office in Hebert Hall during the last week of classes, you would have seen stacks of thick manila folders filling storage bins and covering desks. Over the course of a few days, nearly ninety seniors turned in their final copies of their Honors Theses, which will soon be bound and housed at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Before last year, this submission following the thesis defense was the sole culmination of the year-long thesis process for most...

Focus on Faculty: Michael Moore - May 15, 2019

“Meet students where they’re at.” This philosophy has guided Michael Moore to excel in his many roles within the university: teaching upper-level classes as Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, introducing first-year students across the disciplines to research in “The Quest for Answers” Honors Colloquium, and developing programs for sophomores in Weatherhead Residence Hall as the Faculty-in-Residence for the past five years. When Michael Moore became Weatherhead’s Faculty-in-...

Stand Out Student: Hanan Rimawi - May 15, 2019

Hanan Rimawi on horseback in Petra during her experience as a recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Jordan. This article was written by Hanan Rimawi, a Tulane graduate who studied Neuroscience and Public Health. Hanan is currently spending time abroad in Amman, Jordan as an English teacher through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Right now I live almost 7,000 air miles away from home, acting as an English teacher in Amman. I’d visited Jordan before, but only in little spurts,...

Tulane students receive nationally competitive Boren Awards to study abroad - April 24, 2019

The Institute of International Education awarded Boren Scholarships to three Tulane University undergraduate students to fund their international studies. With the support of the Boren Scholarship, Maura “Skye” Turner and Grant Little will study in Brazil, and Kathryn Latham will study in Senegal. Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in regions...

Honors Outside of the Classroom: Think on Your Feet - April 11, 2019

As an Honors Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, I am grateful for the opportunity to support first year students and contribute insight to classroom discussions in my section of “COLQ 1030: A Quest for Answers". While revisiting familiar texts never fails to reveal new connections, it was an unfamiliar text that inspired my latest learning experiment. In “The Mind at Three Miles Per Hour,” Rebecca Solnit gives a brief history of the relationship between walking and thinking. Solnit acknowledges...

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