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News & Updates from the Honors College
Honors Student Nominated as Academic Recognition Day Representative

Catherine Ellis is a University Honors Program student majoring in Psychology. The Honors College nominated Catherine to represent KSU during the 2018 USG Academic Recognition Day because of her impressive list of academic accomplishments. Being selected as a university finalist for this prestigious award is certainly a noteworthy accomplishment. 

Catherine was described by KSU Professor of Psychology Dr. Gail Scott as being "in the top 1% of students as a leader and cohort student." She is highly active both inside and outside of KSU serving as President of the KSU chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and was selected as the lead research student for the Global Girl Talk India Diversity (GGTID) research project. She was also awarded the AAUW 2016 Cobb County Woman of the Year Scholarship and has been nominated for KSU's Psychology Student of the Year. 

"The Honors College has impacted me significantly during my time at KSU. Through Honors courses and experiences, I have developed skills such as critical thinking, diligence, and professionalism, and I feel as though I am now well equipped to enter into graduate school and later, the workforce." 
-Catherine Ellis
Honors Student Builds Robotic Hand for Honors Contract Project

Tyler Gragg is a University Honors Program student majoring in Mechatronics Engineering. For his Honors Learning Experience (HLE) this semester, Tyler chose to complete an Honors Contract by constructing a robotic hand from printed 3D parts.
Tyler also serves as Vice President of the  Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Team and is a current member of the Software Team where he and the rest of the team compete in a yearly robotics competition. 

In addition to his robotic hand project, Tyler also constructed a racing drone with a first person view (FPV) headset, a combat robot, and he designed a new algorithm to use Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) control to track power line insulators and pressure wash them using a drone.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Tyler plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Mechatronics Engineering at KSU. He ultimately hopes to earn a doctoral degree and establish a career in higher education. 

Honors Student Offered Internship at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Lolybeth Montero is a senior majoring in International Affairs. She has been selected for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) 2018 Spring
Congressional Internship Program (CIP). This prestigious internship is only offered to 20 students nationally.

During her internship, Lolybeth will work at a congressional office, participate in group community service projects, and
attend weekly leadership sessions.  She hopes this internship will allow her to gain the skills necessary to help her community, especially students from Hispanic families that aspire to attend college. She explains, "I want to be a role model for other Hispanic students and help them so that they, too, can accomplish their dreams."
Peer Mentor Spotlight

In Fall 2017, the Honors College selected its inaugural group of Honors Peer Mentors. Out of the six Peer Mentors chosen, two have been selected for the role of Advanced Peer Mentors. These two outstanding Honors students will help recruit, train, and mentor the Fall 2018 Peer Mentor team. 

Caitlin Shivers is an Accounting major on the Kennesaw campus. She plans to graduate in Spring 2020. Caitlin hopes to have a career as an accountant in the entertainment industry. Caitlin says, "Being a Peer Mentor was the highlight of my semester. Engaging with the students in my section and watching them find their place and excel in the culture of KSU was incredible. I feel incredibly blessed that I had the opportunity to make a small impact on their lives and learn more about myself as a leader."

Dana Little is a student on the Marietta campus and will graduate in 2020 with an undergraduate degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics. Dana is looking forward to her new role as Advanced Peer Mentor. She says, "Being a Peer Mentor has been a one-of-a-kind experience and is definitely one I would recommend to anyone interested in making meaningful connections with new students while becoming more involved in the Honors College. I've learned a lot about myself and working with others, both inside and outside the classroom, from being a Peer Mentor. I'm excited to see what the next group of Peer Mentors does with the program."

For more information on becoming an Honors Peer Mentor, please contact Kathryn Wilhite at

Propose an Honors Discovery for Fall 2018

Honors Discoveries are short-term, non-credit learning experiences based on interesting topics that are outside the usual college curriculum. Discoveries typically consist of 10 hours of instruction and a culminating learning experience/activity. 

In appreciation of instructors who develop proposals that are accepted by the Honors College, an honorarium ($1,500) is transferred to the home department for professional development or travel. 

If you would like to propose a topic for an Honors Discovery, please click the link below and fill out the form.

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Dates and Deadlines

January 27 PEGS Open House for Prospective Students
February 21 Spring Lunch and Learn for Honors Faculty and Liaisons
February 28 Last Day to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty
March 31 Spring Break Begins
April 27 Honors Graduation Brunch
April 30 Honors College Spring Lecture Event

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Honors students can now sign up to receive text alerts about important KSU Honors news and deadlines. 

Kennesaw Honors students: text  @uhkennesaw to 81010

Marietta Honors students:  text  @uhmarietta to 81010
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