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President's Emerging Global Scholar (PEGS) Student Makes Tremendous Impact on Costa Rican Orphanage 

Melissa Lezcano is a freshman at Kennesaw State University majoring in Computer Science. She is an Honors student and a member of the President's Emerging Global Scholars (PEGS) program.  
 
Melissa, along with her fellow PEGS students, traveled to Costa Rica over Spring Break to experience a   developing country 's culture  through service  and  study . She started a GoFundMe  account  to collect donations for  Obras del Espiritu Santo, an orphanage in Costa Rica. The campaign  began to trend  on the GoFundMe website, and Melissa  was able to raise over $1,000  for the orphanage ,   which  will be  allocated to  the construction of a new building to house at-risk teens to  prevent them from  becoming homeless .  
 
Melissa s tated the following about her experience:  " This  experience gave  me the opportunity to contribute to an organization in a powerful and meaningful way . Not everyone who supports an organization financially is given the opportunity to witness the direct impact of their support, but spending time with the children in the orphanage did just that. "  
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Honors Student Featured at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research

Matthew Tikhonovsky is an Honors student at Kennesaw State University majoring in English. He recently traveled to Oklahoma City to present his research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. This annual conference features student research from a variety of disciplines. His research project is titled, "Textbook Formats: A Study on Student Comprehension of First-Year Composition Textbooks."

Matthew said,  "It was an incredible honor to be accepted to present my research at the 2018 National Conference of Undergraduate Research. After spending countless hours collecting and analyzing data about student perceptions of composition textbooks, I enjoyed sharing the results of my data with the conference participants and viewing other student research."
Honors and PEGS Student Named as Outstanding Graduating Biology Student

David Axford will graduate in May 2018 with an undergraduate degree in Biology with a concentration in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Anthropology. He has been named as the Outstanding Graduating Student for Biology in the College of Science and Mathematics. This award is given to a student with outstanding academic achievements who also contributes to research, participates in community service, and displays excellent leadership skills. 

David has been accepted to Auburn University's Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he will begin his coursework in July 2018. He also received a scholarship from the US Navy's Healthcare Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). This scholarship will cover his tuition, fees, and books, and a stipend for living while he is in medical school.

David is graduating as an Honors Scholar who also participated in the President's Emerging Global Scholars (PEGS) program within the Honors College at Kennesaw State University. After attending medical school at Auburn, David plans to serve as a physician in the United States Navy.
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Dates and Deadlines

May 8-10 Commencement for Spring 2018 Graduates
May 30 First Day of Classes
May 31 Honors Orientation for Incoming First-Year Students (Kennesaw Campus)
June 5 Honors Orientation for Incoming First-Year Students (Marietta Campus)
July 4 Holiday - No Classes
July 26 Commencement for Summer 2018 Graduates

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