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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...

Stand Out Student: Kelsey Williams - September 18, 2018

Kelsey Williams is a senior in the Honors Program studying Public Health.   Kelsey Williams is a senior in the Honors Program studying Public Health, and over the course of her time at Tulane, Kelsey has taken full advantage of opportunities that have enhanced her academic career. She has presented findings at the American Public Health Association, collected data in Kenya, and is now working on her Honors Thesis, as a culminating project of her work in the classroom and abroad.   Before...

Focus on Faculty: Chris Rodning - September 18, 2018

Professor Chris Rodning was named 2018 Honors Professor of the Year.   Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator of Anthropology Chris Rodning has developed a positive working relationship with the Honors Program and Honors students, both by teaching Honors Thesis Bootcamp for the past four years and by serving on Honors Thesis committees for students within and outside of his discipline. His valuable contributions to Honors earned him the title of 2018 Honors Professor of the Year, an award...

Summer Research Students - September 04, 2018

Lauren Hitt, an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Classical Studies student, researched under Professor Jordan Karubian.   The Honors Summer Research Program is an opportunity for students to work with a Tulane professor on a scholarly project for six weeks during the summer. Honors freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in all Schools are welcome to apply, and it is open to students who have no research experience as well as to those who already have some experience with research. Funding...

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