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Headlines – May 2017

Honors Students Notable Achievements:

SIX of the Outstanding Seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences are members of the Honors College:

  • Mia Ryckman, Biology
  • Victoria-Pearl Young, Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Rebecka Bence, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Natalie Feeney, Philosophy
  • Matthew Waldrip, Physics and Astronomy
  • Bre Daugherty, Zoology

The following 17 Honors College students won awards at SURCA :

Applied Sciences

Brennan Hyden, Gray award

Arts and Design

Philip VanDevanter, Novice award

Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Information Sciences

Ryan Summers, Crimson award

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Matthew Waldrip, Gray award

Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology

Shi MinTan, Crimson award
Sierra Bishop, Gray award
Marie Andresen, Novice Researcher award
Ryan McLaughlin, Early Career award

Organismal, Population, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology

Chloe Erickson, Crimson award
Ashley Huyhn, Crimson award
Madison Armstrong, Gray award
Angela Rocchi, Gray award

Social Sciences

Mia Ryckman, Crimson award
Zachery Schramm, Crimson award
Sara Van Natta, Crimson award
Halle Schulz, Gray award
Claire Thornton, Gray award
Heather Heidenreich, Early Career award

Honors student Keesha Matz won 1st place at the Western Regional Honors Conference for her poster “The Innate Immune Response and the Nipah Virus (NIV)”.

Honors student Teva Mayer received the prestigious NCHC Portz Fellowship for 2017.

Honors student Joanne Kunze’s Junior Writing Portfolio was selected as one of the top 10 portfolios out of 5545 submitted portfolios from January 2016-December 2016.

Honors student Angela Rocchi received the Top Ten Senior Award for Academics.

Honors students Victoria-Pearl “Tori” Young and Connor Wolcott received the Top Ten Senior Award for Campus Involvement.

Honors student Alyssa Norris was a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship (WSU’s first finalist since 1990).

Honors student Madison Broers was named Voiland College Outstanding Sophomore.

Honors student Alyssa Norris was named Voiland College Outstanding Junior.

Honors student Ryan Summers was named Voiland College Outstanding Senior.

Honors student Kayla Cribben was first author on a paper in BMC Genomics. Cribbin, K.M., Quackenbush, C.R., Taylor, K., Arias-Rodriguez, L., and Kelley, J.L. (2017). Sex-specific differences in transcriptome profiles of brain and muscle tissue of the tropical gar. BMC Genomics 18, 283. Kayla’s advisor is Dr. Joanna Kelley in the School of Biological Sciences.

Honors student Keesha Matz was co-author on the paper “Cytoplasmic Motifs in the Nipah Virus Fusion Protein Modulate Virus Particle Assembly and Egress” published in Journal of Virology. Keesha’s advisor is Professor Hector Aguilar.

Honors College students Hannah Booth, Madison Armstrong, and Heather Young received awards from the WSU Emeritus Society.

Honors Faculty Notable Achievements

Honors Faculty Fellow Dr. Lydia Gerber received the Exceptional Professor Award for the Honors College at the Fourth Annual ASWSU Faculty Staff Appreciation Awards.

Honors College Assistant Dean Dr. Robin Bond won an “Outstanding Advising Award” in the faculty advisor category from the National Academic Advising Association.

Honors College professor Kim Andersen was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Western Regional Honors Council.

Invest & Engage

Double Your Dollars! — Your gifts to the new “Dean’s Notable Achievement Fund” allow you to, literally, double your dollars and your impact. Every gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor, providing up to $500,000 total to directly benefit Honors students pursuing high-impact educational experiences.