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Summer’s Internship

Summer’s Internship

WSU’s Ryan Summers spent last summer building autonomous submarines and interning at SpaceX, a company that’s planning to send a space ship to Mars.

We recently spoke with the computer engineering major and Goldwater Scholar about his experience working at the aerospace company, and how WSU is preparing him for the future. » More …

Goldwater Scholarships for 2017-18 awarded to two WSU Honors College junior women STEM majors

Goldwater Scholarships for 2017-18 awarded to two WSU Honors College junior women STEM majors


PULLMAN, Wash.—The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has announced that Washington State University juniors Julianna Brutman and Keesha Matz have each received $7,500 awards for the 2017-18 academic year. Goldwater’s are among the top, nationally competitive distinguished scholarships; they cover tuition, room and board, and fees. » More …

WSU SURCA poster event leads to 16 awards for Honors College undergraduate researchers

WSU SURCA poster event leads to 16 awards for Honors College undergraduate researchers


PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University Honors College students won 16 awards for presentations on their research, scholarship, and creative activities at the sixth annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) on March 27.

Honors was well represented among the nearly 225 students who presented posters detailing their faculty-mentored work, said Honors Dean M. Grant Norton. » More …

Exploring the Art of Portraiture

Exploring the Art of Portraiture

Honors 280.2 – Summer Class
Instructor: Pamela Lee

Monday – Friday
May 8 – June 2, 2017
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Elmina White Honors Hall, Room 142


An oft repeated adage states that before twenty you have the face that you were born with, after that you have the face you deserve. The adage may stem from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”

Character is revealed in the face. Can we shape our character, and thus the face we wear through life? Can we look ahead and anticipate who we might be at fifty, sixty, or eighty? Or, are we simply batted about and patted into shape by the vicissitudes of fate? In this increasingly global era, do we retain a national identity communicated through the human visage? Or, is “face reading” universally understood? We will ask these underlying questions as we encounter and explore the art of visual portraiture, dipping across time, continents and cultures to investigate painted, sculpted, and photographed faces. We will question the various applications of portraiture, past and present, considering how life’s large human themes – love, mortality, disability, beauty, power, joy, sadness –affect the human countenance and the art portrait. What lies behind the faces artists have portrayed? How do their lives critically compare to ours?  We will practice critical and speculative analysis, research and information literacy.

Selected articles and films will be provided; purchase of text is not required.

“Edith Wharton’s Two Americas” topic of WSU humanities lecture Feb. 21

“Edith Wharton’s Two Americas” topic of WSU humanities lecture Feb. 21

Washington State University English Professor and Humanities Fellow Donna M. Campbell will present “Edith Wharton’s Two Americas” at 5:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 21, in Goertzen 21 (GCAD 21). The presentation is co-hosted by the Humanities Planning Group (HPG) and the Honors College, and is free and open to the public. » More …

Travis King Wildcats Research

Honors Student Travis W. King Published in Journal of Mammology, referenced by writer for Science magazine


Travis W. King, Honors alum and graduate student at WSU, was recently published in the Journal of Mammology. Under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Thornton and the help of the WSU Honors College and the College of Arts & Sciences, Travis conducted research on ocelot behavioral patterns in Costa Rica. Research from his paper, Ocelot latrines: communication centers for Neotropical mammals, was also recently used by a writer for Science magazine.  The full story can be read at Sciencemag.org.

Travis’ article can be read in full online at oxforjounals.org

 


 

Associate Dean David Shier published in International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

Associate Dean David Shier published in International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching


David Shier of the Honors College has recently been published in the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. The online version of the article can be read here >>

Of the article, David writes, “In this paper, I show how the models of inquiry developed by classical American pragmatists C.S Peirce, William James, and John Dewey share core features with the method of reflective equilibrium articulated in the influential moral philosophy of John Rawls, which may thus share some of pragmatism’s productive applications to philosophy of sports and sports coaching, as noted by Jenkins”.

Nominations, applications sought for WSU Honors College Faculty Fellows

Nominations, applications sought for WSU Honors College Faculty Fellows

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University faculty members who make significant contributions to the Honors College and its students can be nominated or apply through Wed., Feb. 1, 2017 to be a member of the second cohort of Honors Faculty Fellows.

“Exceptional and dedicated faculty across the university support our mission and have a deep impact on our Honors students, and we are privileged to publicly recognize them with this courtesy title,” said Honors Associate Dean David Shier. » More …

Faculty get grants to improve undergrad teaching, learning

Faculty get grants to improve undergrad teaching, learning

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Seven grants of $7,000 recently were awarded to faculty for 2016-17 to develop innovative strategies that demonstrably enhance student learning, with preference given to projects that impact large numbers of students.

“We had a record year in terms of the number and quality of proposals,” said Mary F. Wack, vice provost for undergraduate education. “Many of the projects are exploring new directions in using technology to support student learning. Others are using data to drill down into the barriers to learning in certain courses or disciplines. I look forward to seeing the impact on student success in coming years.” » More …

Student Leader of the Month Kyle Strachila

Honors Student Kyle Strachila Named November Student Leader of the Month


kylestrachilaKyle Strachila is a Coug from humble beginnings on his family’s dairy farm near Bellingham, WA. He’s currently earning a degree in Economic Sciences with an emphasis in Agriculture, as well as minors in Business and Spanish. Kyle has been involved with ASWSU and Greek life for the past four years, serving multiple terms on the ASWSU Executive Staff and his fraternity’s Executive Board. Kyle strives to build upon successful programs as well as implement fresh new ideas to allow all Cougs to come together.

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