Honors Student Success

Designed for intellectually talented and motivated students

In addition to the highlights listed below, please refer to the latest edition of Honorable Mentions, the annual Honors College newsletter.


Spring 2024

At the Honors College Awards & Graduation Banquet, we honored a number of scholarship recipients: Grace Arnold (Dr. Steven Elliott-Gower Annual Honors Scholarship), Ivan Chu (JoAn and Nicholas Shields Annual Honors Scholarship), Riley Greer (Karen D. Green Endowed Honors Scholarship, Harold Edward Riley Endowed Honors Scholarship, and Dr. Steven Elliott-Gower Endowed Honors Scholarship), Alexis Keeney (Elaine Brown Riley Endowed Honors Scholarship), Crystabel Kwarteng (JoAn and Nicholas Shields Endowed Honors Scholarship), and Jared Reese (Margaret Samprone Endowed Honors Scholarship). Caroline Cole also received the Sallstrom Award (an annual award given to a graduating senior). 

At the Research Day Kickoff Keynote Address & Saladin Scholars Awards Ceremony, the following students earned Saladin Scholarships (to support internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, or community-based learning): Kassie Arps (study abroad in France), Ivan Chu (biological research), Morgan Gosdin (study abroad in Spain), and Hunter Pierce (study abroad in Spain). 

Lizzy Galloway was accepted into the University of Kentucky! "I will be graduating in May, and I got accepted to the University of Kentucky to pursue my Master’s in Music Performance!" I also received a full-time music teaching assistantship so I will be teaching lessons and classes while I am taking my own courses and lessons. I’m very excited and am very thankful to the honors college for their continued support throughout my time here."

Vivian Cassaniti was recognized on Academic Recognition Day! She participated in a luncheon with Chancellor Sonny Perdue, GCSU Provost Costas Spirou, and fellow ARD representatives and university executives from across the USG. Vivian was selected based on her outstanding scholastic achievement, including GPA, academic awards, scholarship/creativity and diversity of intellectual pursuits.  "I had a such a wonderful time at the Academic Recognition Day Event! It was such a great experience to be surrounded by so many successful students from around the state and to learn about their accomplishments, interests, and future careers. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to meet and speak with Chancellor Perdue as well as some of the other university professionals that attended the event!"

Congratulations to Axel Hawkins for being this year's Truman Scholar!! The Truman Scholarship is an extremely competitive program. Only one student out of the entire state was chosen to receive the Truman Scholarship. "Winning the Truman Scholarship really means a lot to me. It gives me an opportunity to not only become the first in my family to get a Bachelor's degree, but to also attend graduate school and truly dedicate my life to public service. I have always admired President Truman, and his story of coming from a humble background in Missouri and ascending to the highest office in our nation has always served as an inspiration to me. I hope to use the Truman Scholarship funds to attend law school, and, after that, to put that education to use by continuing to fight for workers' rights everywhere. "

Blakely Queen received the Outstanding Sr. In Public Health Award through the School of Health and Human Performance and the Eve Puckett Giving Tree Award. The latter is given to students at GCSU who have dedicated many hours of service to their community. Blakely has been an active member of many organizations, including the Ashley Hills Pet Center, the Shiloh House Ranch, as well as the campus Shelter Buddies. To recognize her amazing dedication to the community, a tree was planted in her honor. Blakely will attend the University of Georgia to pursue a Master's in Public Health. 

Southern Regional Honors Conference - Kassie Arps, Courtney Brandon, Kathryn Brook, Hunter Coates, Katie Cooper, Victoriyah Friend, Maryellen Hagberg, Sydney Irons, Juliann Mackiewicz, Chloe Melton, Jared Reese, Drew Rice, Heather Vincent, and Kate Walker presented their scholarship. Chloe Melton was also elected to serve as the Student Vice President for the Southern Regional Honors Council! 

Halle Bergstrom was selected to serve on the Student Leadership Board of the Student Managed Investment Fund in the College of Business and Technology. "It's such an honor to oversee this fund as a student, which offers a unique opportunity that many people don't often get. Being a part of this committee allows me to further develop my financial, collaborative, and leadership skills, which I know will allow me to excel long after I graduate."

Georgia Collegiate Honors Conference - Kassie Arps, Courtney Brandon, Ivan Chu, Katie Cooper, Maryellen Hagberg, Sydney Irons, Sofia Legoff-Flores, Juliann Mackiewicz, Chloe Melton, Blakely Queen, and Wesley Sutton presented their scholarship, and Tommy Creekmore participated in a panel on Honors student leadership. Chloe Melton also won Second Place in the Humanities/Social Sciences category of the GCHC paper competition for her research paper on “The Queer Experience under the Nazi Regime." 

Raven Glover has recently been accepted to serve as the Youth AIDS Ambassador for the Advocates for Youth organization. Raven is a chemistry major on the pre-pharmacy track with a minor in public health. Here are a few words from Raven's mentor, Dr. Scott Butler: "The Youth Ambassador program is part of a HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program sponsored by Advocates for Youth. This organization is one of the largest advocacy groups for sexual health in the US. As part of the program Raven will gain valuable skills in advocacy and co-host events on campus related to HIV awareness and prevention. We plan to host discussions, attend fund raisers, present in classes, and promote awareness through social media. You can learn more about Advocates for Youth here https://www.advocatesforyouth.org/ "

Fall 2023

Katie Cooper - On October 20, Honors student Katie Cooper had the opportunity to participate in this year's Georgia Philosophical Society conference. She presenter her paper entitled "Kantian Critique of the Development of Obstetrics and Gynecology". 


Spring 2023

Kiama Karanja and Amy Newman took home prizes in the GCHC research paper competition – Kiama for first place in the Social Sciences category and Amy for second place in the Humanities category.

Anna Marti was accepted to MathILy-EST, a mathematics REU at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Over the course of eight weeks, she will be working with other accepted students on a project titled “Incidence Geometry Over Finite Fields.”

Joel Saucedo was awarded a traineeship for the Nuclear Physics program at The Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) at Duke University.

Anna Graves was selected as Georgia College & State University’s 2023 Academic Recognition Day representative. Since 1988, the University System of Georgia has honored outstanding seniors at each of its member institutions on Academic recognition Day. According to the USG website, “these students have a high GPA, strive for excellence, and have the ability to share knowledge in various areas of expertise.”

Axel Hawkins was named Georgia College’s 2023 Newman Civic Fellow. Axel was chosen for her commitment to ensuring more first generation college students attend college and feel supported, as well as for her community service work as a full-time organizer for Working America, a group that addresses housing shortages and inequality in Georgia and across the nation.

Heather Vincent won Best Undergraduate Poster in Biomedical Sciences at the annual meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science.

Peyton Rodgers and Alexis Keeney will be participating in Fulbright UK Summer Institutes in Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively.

Jacob Carter presented at the inaugural TEDxGeorgiaCollege where he gave his talk titled “Everybody is a Math Person.”

Fall 2022

Bella Angell, Jacob Carter, Caroline Cole, Ryan McGill, and Courtney Owen delivered presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Dallas, TX.



Spring 2022

Vivian Cassaniti was awarded the Newman Civic Fellowship, which recognizes students who are committed to solving problems and initiating change at their institutions.

Caroline Fettes, Max Harley and Shani Thompson delivered presentations at the Southern Collegiate Honors Council's annual meeting in Birmingham, AL.

Caroline Cole, Max Harley and Colton Smith delivered presentations at the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council's annual meeting at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA. Cole won first place for best paper in the Humanities Category.

Sage Viohl was accepted into the University of Maryland Law program and will begin pursuing her J.D. in the Fall.

Molly Bullington and Alyssa Taliaferro were accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.

Julia Hufford completed her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy with an internship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital.

Nadya Gutierrez, who earned an Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2020, presented her research on marine crabs at the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Waco, TX.

Ellen Yeudall was selected as Georgia College's Academic Recognition Day Representative.

Anne Elise Beals was named a Truman Scholarship Finalist.

Annabelle Erb was selected as an alternate for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea.

Max Harley won the Best Undergraduate Paper Award at the 59th Academy of Economics and Finance Conference with his paper entitled, “Does the Edition of a Sony PlayStation 5 Affect Its Secondary Market Price?”

Honors students Jacob Carter, Cece Crumbley, Max Harley, and Nadya Gutierrez presented at ACTLA.

Fall 2021

Honors student Nadya Gutierrez was featured in an article from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for her rap about her experience at the North-Inlet Winyah Bay. Read more here.

This semester, we inducted 114 Honors students into Eta Sigma Alpha.



Natalie Miller, Haley Strassburger, and Juniper Guthrie were among Georgia College's Spring/Summer 2021 valedictorians.

Ariel Ebaugh published "Feminist Biofiction: A Conversation with Joanna Scott" with Autobiography Studies while working with Spring 2020 Newell Scholar Dr. Michael Lackey.

Kendyl Lewis was selected as Georgia College's Academic Recognition Day representative.

Catherine Boyd and Molly Bullington have been selected to participate in summer research internships funded through a partnership by Fullbright Canada and MITACS Globalink.

Caroline Fettes won second place in the Natural Sciences category at the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council conference.

Fall 2020

Congratulations to our 8 Honors graduates for Fall 2020! We can't wait to see where you go!

Kendyl Lewis helped to organize and run GCSU’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, featuring her organization Swipe Out Hunger.

11 Honors students were accepted into GCSU’s Circle of ODK and will be inducted into the society in the spring. Congratulations to Maegan Stephens, Natalie Miller, Ava Leone, Jacob Carter, Aidan Troha, Annabelle Erb, Mckenna Yearick, Rachel Jeneff, Jack Valladares, Bella Angell, and James Robertson

Allison Bell helped organize, choreograph, and run the dance department’s annual fall show, entitled “Bountiful.”

Haley Strassburger continues her work with the Trax on the Trail project and completed a narrative video to present to alumni on Election Day.

Rosalie Bodkin has been accepted into the University of Winchester to study abroad next semester.

Rachel Jeneff and Joseph Betz placed first in the campus-wide #BobcatsStayTogether video competition!

Congratulations to the five Honors students accepted into the GEM Program: Becca Fallon, Laurie Gentry, Anna Graves, Ava Leone, and Jack Valladares! Also, congratulations to the 39 Honors freshman participating in GC's Leadership Academy!

This semester, we inducted 93 Honors freshman into Eta Sigma Alpha.



Maegan Stephens completed an internship with the Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Dubois, WY. 

Avery Garrett completed certification training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) through the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. She also worked in direct care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Soto Assisted Living Group (Soto ALG) in Augusta, GA.


Congratulations to our 45 Honors graduates!

Nadya Gutierrez is one of only two students in the state to win a distinguished national science scholarship named after the late Senator Ernest F. Hollings, which includes a 10-week paid summer internship at a NOAA facility and funding to present her NOAA research at two national scientific conferences.

Madison Graham is a Fulbright finalist and he will be headed to the Czech Republic with an English Teaching Assistant Award.

The Georgia College Honors Program hosted the annual Georgia Collegiate Honors Conference in Milledgeville and had 12 GCSU presenters out of the overall 80 students participating in the event.

Kendyl Lewis has been named a Truman finalist and is one of the 190 applicants up for an in-person interview for the award. Award recipients have an extensive record of campus and community service, are committed to a career in government or the nonprofit and advocacy sectors, have good communication skills and possess a strong academic record, and they are awarded a scholarship to help pay for graduate school.

Julian Lopez Hanson and Madison Graham have both recognized as Fulbright semi-finalists. 

Rebecca Fallon is currently studying abroad at the University of Winchester in England. She received the GC Global Citizen Scholarship for this semester to work on her senior capstone, a chapbook of poetry. She is also taking creative writing and marketing classes such as a short story workshop, detective fiction, and digital marketing.

Cameron Watts received the University System of Georgia Outstanding Scholar award for Georgia College, and also received a copy of a signed resolution passed by the Georgia General Assembly with his names and institution on it along with the other honorees.

Natalie Miller attended the William Inge Theatre Festival New Play Lab in Independence, Kansas to present her play, "The Dichotomy of Todd Baker".

Five Honors students were inducted into Georgia College's circle of Omicron Delta Kappa: Katelyn BennettHannah KrinerEmma ParryElizabeth Pirrello, and Ruby Zimmerman. Honors students Annabelle Erb and Jacob Carter both received the Emerging Leaders of the Year award.

Jenna Kemp and Elizabeth Pirrello, along with their nursing cohort traveled to the Center for Domestic Preparedness headquarters in Anniston, AL where they completed a three-day course on emergency medical operations, learning how to triage victims, don hazard suits, decontaminate patients, and much more.

FALL 2019

Jessie Barre and Catherine Boyd presented research entitled, "Study of Cadmium Telluride Solar Cell Performance Using SCAPS Software" at the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences in Lincoln, NE. Research mentor: Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge (Physics)

Shelby Breitmann presented a research paper entitled, "Parental Disciplinary Styles in Relation to Children's Misbehaviors" at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA. Research mentor: Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang (Psychology)

Lauren Cumming co-presented a paper entitled, "A South African Experience: Student Voices" at the University Council of Educational Administration Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA

Catherine Maloney presented research entitled, "LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the UNHCR Definition of Refugee Status" at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA. Research mentor: Dr. Amanda Reinke (Anthropology)

Christina Cortes and Cole Brogden presented “Analysis of millipede microbiome and N-deposition” coauthored with Dr. Bruce Snyder, Dr. Allison VandeVoort, and Dr. Shawn Brown from the University of Memphis at the 18th International Congress on Myriapodology at the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest.

Nathan Whatley presented “Moisture requirements of Polydesmida: Xystodesmidae” coauthored with Amarah Shakur and Dr. Bruce Snyder (Biology) at the 18th International Congress on Myriapodology at the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest.



Rachel Jeneff and Zachary Meyers traveled to Madrid, Spain this summer studying topics like psychology and geography while immersed in the Spanish language and culture.

Tomiwa Oderinde shadowed two interning doctors over the summer to do research for his medical school application, working on both the administrative and operative sides of the spectrum.

Kate Noah worked with Southern Illinois University in the Lake Shelbyville area tagging deer fawns to track rates of survival to help the DNR determine regulations surrounding fawn mortality.

Kaitlin Vanvoorhis studied abroad in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia studying their healthcare system, speaking with notable researchers, and attending lectures/conferences pertaining to intercultural collaboration,  communication, and leadership, specifically in the healthcare field.

Noah MacDonald did research on credit card reward systems and their effects on consumer spending, and what types of consumers benefit the most from such programs. 

Reagan Thornton studied abroad in the Bahamas and completed an internship in zoo-keeping at the North Georgia Zoo.

Kendyl Lewis completed an internship in Washington, D.C. focusing on addressing hunger issues in the US and abroad and a leadership development program.

Raasha Gutierrez completed an internship at the Smithsonian's Asian Art museum in the photography department, documenting events and digitizing film. She also helped with videography, 3D printing, and editing photos. 

Zachary Maurer completed an internship at Raymond James-backed financial planner's office making long-term investing assumptions based on macroeconomic events, fundamentals of companies, and day-to-day price action relating to security.

Rachael Cundey participated in the STAR program for biomedical research at Augusta University. She worked with measuring gene expression and presented a project entitled "The Muscle-Adipose-Brain Axis and the Beneficial Effects of Exercise."

Ruby Zimmerman presented Georgia College's voting progress and successes at the TurboVote luncheon at the Civic Learning Democratic Engagement in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Aidan Troha studied abroad in the Bahamas with the GC2Y course regarding the 10 plants that changed the world. 

Julian Lopez Hanson studied Global Corporate Leadership and Environmental Sustainability abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands and interned with the Maastricht chapter of Amnesty International.

Amy Lynn McDonald worked with the National Day of Prayer Task Force based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado as a communications intern, interviewing and writing highlights on the volunteer leaders.

Annabelle Erb studied theatre and world literature abroad in London through the European Council, learning the technical aspects of theatre and about famous stories that took place in England such as "The Canterbury Tales."

Oliver Carnazzo worked as a camp counselor with Camp Victory (Marfan Foundation camp) and with BlazeSports All-Star Camp.

Shelby Bennett traveled to Poland with the Sisters of Life on a pilgramage of Pope John Paul II's life. 

Allison McClure completed an internship at an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) clinic in Columbus, Georgia. She became a Registered Behavior Technician and is now qualified to work with children diagnosed with autism.

Abhinav Guneta completed an internship with FiServ, working on an an app called Zelle for banks, a project called PARIS for the TriState Capital Bank, close out packet automation for credit fraud and non-fraud cases, and led the budget team for FiServ's Give Back charity event.

Allison Bell studied abroad in Italy and Greece to study history and culture in relation to the development of food in those countries.

Julianna Morris held a leadership position at a 4-H camp.


Congratulations to our May graduates!

Ruby Zimmerman has been selected as a Newman Civic Engagement Fellow. Ruby is currently participating in the GC in DC Program, interning with Rep. David Scott (D-GA).

Cam Watts continues his academic-year study abroad. This semester he is studying international business at SRH University in Heidelberg, Germany.

Congratulations to Honors students Michael CampagnaChantel LafleurKendyl LewisJulian Lopez, and Ruby Zimmerman for being inducted into Georgia College's circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. Congratulations also to Shelby Bennett and Mckenna Yearick for receiving the Emerging Leader of the Year awards.

Christina Cortes and Cole Brogden traveled to the University of Memphis to study biology with Dr. Bruce Snyder and Dr. Shawn Brown over the holidays.

Hannah Plumb presented research on the diversity of study abroad programs at the Georgia Association of International Educators in Savannah.

Kendyl Lewis and Julian Lopez Hanson were elected President and Vice President of GCSU's circle of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Haley Strassburger received a prestigious internship as an Ensemble Librarian Intern at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. She will work in the Interlochen Music Library to prepare and organize music for the multiple performing groups on the Interlochen campus this summer.

Claire KorzekwaMatthew Malstrom and Liz Barreto were among the finalists for the 2019 Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Awards.

Over fifteen honors students presented research as various conferences all over the southeast this semester.

FALL 2018

Congratulations to our December graduates!

Cam Watts published his research in the National Collegiate Honors Council Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Journal. His research, "Health is Wealth: Behavioral Economic 'Nudges' Applied to Healthcare," analyzes the financial return on health investments. Cam is studying economics at Regents Park College, University of Oxford this semester.

Jonathan Mangrum is studying Urdu and Hindi in Lucknow, India this semester as a Boren Scholar.



Aidan Burleson participated in Georgetown University's Physics REU.

Joshua Ballard-Myer participated in the College of Wooster's (Mass.) Physics REU.

Billie Michelle Mills participated in the University of Chicago's Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology REU.

Jonathan Mangrum studied Urdu at the South Asia Flagship Language Institute (SAFLI) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Maegan Stephens and Ashley Boyle participated in a GCSU study away program in Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks this summer.

Bim Peacock and Raasha Gutierrez participated in the GCSU-KSU study abroad program in Montepulciano, Italy this summer; Bim is Session I, Raasha in Session II.

Kaylyn Scanlon studied biology in a European Council study abroad program in London, England this summer.

Madison Tasker completed her Spanish minor in a GCSU World Languages study abroad program at the Universidad de los Andes Santiago, Chile this summer. She also interned at a local university hospital as part of the program.

Graham Hill participated in a GCSU World Languages study abroad program in Santiago, Chile this summer.

Emily Bullington participated in a European Council study abroad program in Berlin, Germany this summer.

Alexandra Bradley and Cassie Gray participated in a GCSU College of Education study abroad program in Belize this summer.

Emma Parry participated in a study abroad program at the CEPA Foundation Intercultural Leadership Program in Strasbourg, France this summer with GCSU’s Dr. Harold Mock.

Paige Overmyer studied global social work in a European Council study abroad program in Waterford, Ireland to this summer.

Hannah Plumb did a joint study abroad/summer internship in Edinburgh, Scotland working as a communications and fundraising intern for Cyrenians, a nonprofit organization that works with homeless people.

Laura Calavenes participated in a European Council study abroad program in Edinburgh, Scotland this summer.

Lori Fatzinger participated in a European Council study abroad program in London, England this summer.

Conner Kocks are Julia Whitten participated in the GCSU Theatre Department’s study abroad program in Prague, Czech Republic this summer. The program is led by Professor Isaac Ramsey.

Chantel LaFleur participated in the GCSU School of Nursing’s study abroad program in Bohol, Philippines this summer.

Rebecca Morris participated in a GCSU study abroad program in Italy and Greece this summer.

Kerrigan Pruett studied in a European Council study abroad program in Paris, France this summer.

Kaitlin Ray studied in a School of Nursing short-term study abroad program in Arusha, Tanzania this summer.

Caroline Duckworth did a summer internship with the Mary Vinson Memorial Library working as their Public Relations Intern.

Kali Kimball did a summer IT internship with Travelers Insurance in Hartford, CT. Kimball will be focusing on software development in an agile environment.

Jackson Beard did a summer internship in Washington, D.C. working in the office of Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia's 14th District.

Seth Schuhardt did a summer internship at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Ashley Jackson is doing a summer internship as an Accounting Professional at Court LLC. She was also one of 20 college accounting students chosen for the Leadership Institute at Smith & Howard Accounting firm in July 2018.

Rebecca Hendrix did a summer compliance internship with Genuine Parts Company. 

Emily Blackwood did a summer internship working as the Social Media & Marketing intern for Castellucci Hospitality Group. Castellucci own the Atlanta restaurants Bar Mercado, Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Recess, Sugo, and The Iberian Pig.

Laura Swarner did two summer internships. She is the tech intern for the summer puppet series at Roswell Cultural Arts Center and an intern at Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta.

Allie Early did a summer internship with a nonprofit organization called In His Name Ministries in Gainesville, GA.

Emily Liebel did a summer internship at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Cam Watts interned at the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority in Atlanta where he is doing research and community outreach on preventative healthcare in Fulton and Dekalb counties.

Steven Walters did a summer internship with the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He served as the communications intern.

Becca Fallon did a summer internship at Square One Creative Group. She served as the creative intern.


Congratulations to our 27 May graduates!

Jonathan Mangrum was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Urdu in Lucknow, India in the fall.

Jennifer Whitlow interned with the Georgia Legislature this semester.

Rebecca Hendrix interned with CPA firm, Treadwell Tamplin in Madison, GA, this semester.

Cole Brogden presented research at three conferences this spring: "Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Case Studies: Comparing Opioid and Non-opioid Users” at the South Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference in Charleston SC; "Examining the Relationship between Nitrification and Millipede Survival” at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Edmond OK; and "Soil Nitrification Analysis and Millipede Contribution” and the Georgia Academy of Science in Carrollton GA.

Katy Tinsley and Lauren Hovey presented research on "The Effects of Animacy and Relevance on Change Detection Performance" at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC. Faculty mentor: Dr. Diana Young (Psychology).

Shelby Bennett presented research on the demographics of honors participation at the Southern Regional Honors Council Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA. Research mentor: Dr. Steven Elliott-Gower (Honors)

Kariann Lamon presented a paper entitled, "Modern digital imaging for the study of biological coloration and pattern: utility and limitations" at the Living Light conference in Cambridge, UK. Kariann has also been selected to participate in a prestigious National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) in San Francisco. The CAS is one of the premier museums and research institutes in the world, with over 100 research scientists and more than 46 million specimens on-hand. Kariann was one of 10 students selected as summer interns. Research mentor: Dr. Nathan Lord (Biology)

Congratulations to honors students Justine KaaschVictoria LaraCameron Watts and LeAnn Whitley on their induction into the Georgia College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership society. Congratulations also to Kendyl Lewis and Ruby Zimmerman who were recognized as ODK's Emerging Leaders of the Year.

Congratulations to honors students recognized at Georgia College's 2nd Annual Recognition Reception for National Scholarship Nominees: Jonathan MangrumSofia PapaLaura PappasDarcie ScalesSami Strickland and Shea Morris.

Marissa Beindorf (Special Education), Allie Early (Business Management), Kali Kimball (Computer Science), Nancy Leslie (Mass Communication) and Morgan Weekley (Business Management) completed Georgia College Leadership Programs' GEM Program--our premier leadership program.

Rachel Brineman presented research on kaolin's sorption properties at the Southeast Regional COPLAC Conference in Aiken, SC. Research mentor: Dr. Andrei L. Barkovskii (Biology)

Samantha Strickland presented research on Edith Wharton's House of Mirth at the Southeast Regional COPLAC Conference in Aiken, SC. Research mentor: Dr. Katie Simon (English)

Rachel BrinemanChristina CortesFlorrie McCardDana Maller, and Caroline Fowler presented research at the Georgia College Student Research Conference.

Kaitlyn Burke, Lindsey Dukes and Billie Mills presented a paper entitled, "S. cerevisiae genetic screen for identifying suppressors of sec6-49 temperature" at the 25th Annual Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting in Memphis, TN. Research mentor: Dr. Ellen France (Biology)

Nine honors students presented their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK. They represented 18% of GCSU students participating in the conference.

Ten honors students presented research at the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting in Macon, GA.

Alyssa Ahrens has been named Georgia College's Academic Recognition Day student. This is the highest academic award that a graduating senior can receive.

FALL 2017

Congratulations to our December graduates: Maria BermudezAmielle Burch and Amanda Williams.

Rachel Brineman and Shea Morris presented research at the southeastern meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in St. Petersburg, FL. Shea won the Best Scientific Talk award for undergraduates. Research mentor: Dr. Idiren Pillay (Biology)

Dorianna DobsonPayton Burriss and Caroline Fowler presented research at the International Entomology Society in Denver, CO. Research mentor, Dr. Nathan Lord (Biology)

Amanda WilliamsCaroline FowlerDorianna Dobson, Payton BurrissChristina Cortes and Victoria Lara presented research at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference in Milledgeville, GA.

Allie EarlyMonica KlinkmuellerSidney ParkerAmy Beth EdwardsRuby ZimmermanCalvin Crisler, Maegan Stephens, Bim Peacock and Zach Meyers participated in GCSU Honors-sponsored fall break study away program in Zion, Bryce and Capital Reef National Parks.



Congratulations to honors students Nowsherwan SultanShea Morris and Nicholas Merino on their summer research experiences (REUs) at the University of Nebraska, Texas A&M University and University of Alabama, respectively.



Cameron Watts and Emma Brodzik presented research at the Academy of Economics and Finance in Charleston, SC.

Samantha Clapp presented research at the Mathematical Association of America's Joint Mathematical Meetings in Atlanta, GA.

Lauren Hovey and Katy Tinsley presented research at the South-Eastern Psychological Association in Atlanta, GA.

Jonathan Mangrum was presented with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Presidential Leadership Award during the spring 2017 semester of the Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) program in Washington, DC. Jonathan was selected as the individual from his cohort who demonstrated thoughtful, measured and admirable leadership reflective of this award.

Sami Strickland presented a paper entitled, "Silver and Gold: The Markers of Greed, Goodness, and Vanity in Chaucer's Travelers," at the Southeast Regional COPLAC Conference; (mentor, Dr. Craig Callender). Sami was also recently awarded a MURACE Summer Research Grant. Research mentor: Dr. Katie Simon (English)

Kevin Morris has been selected as one of the 2016-17 winners of the Library Undergraduate Research Award for his paper, "Chinese Cubans: Transnational Origins and Revolutionary Integration." 

Samantha Clapp has been accepted into the Ph.D. in mathematics program at the University of Tennessee.

Nicole Raisin has been accepted into the Occupational Therapy program at Brenau University.

Alex Adamczyk has been accepted into the MSN-CLN program at Augusta University.

Katy Tinsley is this year's recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Dr. Therry Deal Scholarship.

Morgan Weekley has completed the Leadership Certificate Program.

Katy Tinsley, Alyssa Scarboro, and Lauren Hovey received "Outstanding Junior" awards from the Psychology Department at this year's PsycCon event.

Kevin Morris has been named the Outstanding History Major and received the William Ivey Hair Award from the Department of History and Geography.

Patrick Steimer won second place in the social sciences category at the 2017 Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting for his presentation, "Les Misérables: The Justice of Victor Hugo and the American Prison System.”

Four honors students are presenting research at the National Center for Undergraduate Research Annual Meeting in Memphis, TN in April: Andrew Denning, “Synthesis of a Novel Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease," Emily Bullington, "The Determination of Pesticide Residues in Vegetable Samples," Shea Morris, "Environmental Impact on Mycobacteriophage Isolation and Characterization," and Natalie Hebling, "Exploring the Influence of Removal of Kudzu on the Soil Fungal Community" and "Effect of Removing Kudzu on Abundance and Diversity of Soil Bacteria."

Scott Beauchamp received a grant from the Sustainable Council for a study on the feasibility of installing solar panels on the roof of Herty Hall. The study concluded that it was feasible, and the panels will be installed over spring break.

Will Anda has been accepted into the Peace Corps. He will serve in Cambodia, 2017-19.

Twelve honors students presented research at the 2017 Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting in Columbus, GA in February: Morgan Weekley, "John Coltrane: Forming a Legend”; Jenna Kemp, “Global Perspectives: Women's Rights in China”; Kasey Bell, “Global Perspectives: Global Effects of Population Aging”; Amielle Burch and Amanda Williams, "Ecology of Giraffa camelopardalis in the Tropical Savanna”; Elise Spicer, "Global Perspectives: The Trump Administration and Mexican Migration”; Patrick Steimer, "Les Misérables: The Justice of Victor Hugo and the American Prison System”; Tyler Hooks, "The Home Depot Financial Analysis”; Shea Morris, "Environmental Impact on Mycobacteriophage Isolation and Characterization”; Dorianna Dobson and Payton Burriss, "The Effects of Mutualistic and Defensive Relationships with Coral Reefs on San Salvador Island”; Cameron Watts, “Global Perspectives: Pollution in China"; Rebecca Hendrix, "Social Media: Making the World a Better Place by Solving Crime”; and Callum Lever, “Assessing Water Treatment Residuals….”

Three honors students--Emma BrodzikKevin Morris and Cameron Watts--are presenting research at the Academy of Economics and Finance in Charleston, SC in February.

Two Honors students are semi-finalists for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship: Samantha Clapp is a senior mathematics major from Rockmart, Georgia. She has applied for the Fulbright/Budapest Semester in Mathematics- Rényi Institute. If selected, she will spend spend nine months in Budapest studying with the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and performing research at Hungary’s Rényi institute. Kevin Morris is a senior economics and history major from Savannah, Georgia. He has applied for an English Teaching Assistantship in Macedonia. If selected, he will spend nine months serving as an English teaching assistant in Macedonia. In addition, a recent Honors alumna, Anna Fontaine, is also a semi-finalist. Anna graduated from Georgia College in 2013 with a BA in Theatre. She has applied for the United Kingdom Partnership grant to the University of Essex. If selected, she will complete the MFA in Acting (International) at the University of Essex.

Samantha Clapp did a poster presentation on "Lie Alegbras of Generalized Quatemoin Groups" at the Mathematical Association of America's Joint Mathematical Meetings in Atlanta.

Lauren Hovey and Katy Tinsley presented research on "Relationships Between Ambiguity Tolerance and Well-Structured vs. Ill-Structured Problems" at the South-Eastern Psychological Association in Atlanta.


FALL 2016

Congratulations to our twelve December 2016 graduates!

Jessica Craigg completed a semester-long study program sponsored by the School for International Training in Tanzania. Jessica's research project involved mapping roads in the area in which she was studying.

Alexander Cline is an Urban Planning Intern-Assistant with the City of Milledgeville.

Maria BermudezShelby Breitmann, and Anna Schendl presented research on various aspects of the global refugee crisis at the Association of Global South Studies Annual Meeting  in New Albany, IN.

The following Honors students presented papers and/or posters at the 2016 Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference: Mary Plauche, “Analyzing Greywater Constituent Effects on Soil Quality and Kale Seedling Growth”; Brenton Jackson (co-author), “Comparing the Spatial Distributions Of HMXBs and Star-Forming Regions In the Small Magellanic Cloud”; Kayla Draffin  (co-author), “The Search Process for Medical Information”; Megan McGurl, “A Comparative Study of the Mathematical Curriculum of France and the State of Georgia”; Jhoana Padron and Alyssa Scarboro (co-authors), “The Influence of Parenting Styles on Children’s Social Competence”; Brooke Raisin, “Memory and Mood among Active Older Adults”; Shea Morris, “Environmental and Seasonal Impact on Mycobacteriophage Isolation and Characterization”; Molly Lawson (co-author), “Determination of the Binding Site of Adenovirus E4Orf3 and Ddx6.” 

Jessica Craigg is studying geography and ecology in Tanzania this semester with the School for International Training.

Samantha Clapp presented a paper entitled, "The Interaction of Calcium and Metabollic Oscillations in Pancreatic Beta-Cells" at the 9th International Symposium on Biomechanics and Ecology Education and Research in Charleston, SC.

Cristalei Polk has been admitted to Clemson University's masters program in bioengineering.

Previous Years


Sofia Papa will be working for Teach for America in Jacksonville, FL in the fall.

Jessica Su will be pursuing an M.Sc. in Accounting at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce in the fall.

Emily Buckingham is interning with Scripps Networks Interactive.

Hillary Hunnings has been accepted to the UGA School of Law.

Mikaela LaFave has been accepted into Georgia College’s M.A. in English Program.

Grace London has been selected as Georgia College's nominee for a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship.

Jude Thornton has been awarded the 2016 Doris Moody Scholarship.

Samantha Clapp has been awarded the 2016 John Sallstrom Scholarship.

Thirty-eight Honors students presented research at the 2016 Georgia College Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Jennie Pless has been accepted to a dual degree Masters of Education in Human Sexuality and Masters of Clinical Social Work program at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Jennie has also been selected as the Daily Point of Light National Volunteer of the Day for May 11th.

English and Rhetoric Department Year-End Awards: Teddi Strassburger - Outstanding Major in English Literature; Mikaela LaFave - Outstanding Major in English Literature; Haley Brannan - Outstanding Major in Rhetoric; Julia Fox - Outstanding Major in Rhetoric; and Jessica Hebenstreit - Outstanding Major in Creative Writing.

Kirsten Morris has been accepted into UGA's Mathematics Ph.D. program.

Allie Barys has been accepted into Catherine University's Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.

Savannah Harrison has been accepted into the UGA School of Law.

Alexander Cline has been accepted into the Graz International Summer School.

Abigail Gardner has been accepted to Mercer University's College of Pharmacy.

Jonathan Mangrum was selected as a 2016 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow--this is a national award recognizing civic engagement.

Haley Brannan performed two short stories at the Patti Pace Performance Festival in Statesboro, GA.

Samantha Clapp has been accepted to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) summer program.

Kirsten Morris has been accepted to Perdue University's EDGE summer program for female students beginning PhD programs in mathematical sciences.

Hillary Hunnings presented a paper on U.S. humanitarian intervention at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA

Samantha Clapp presented a paper entitled, "Momentum Term for the Modified Spectral Projected Subgradient Method" at the Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section, Birmingham, AL

Kirsten Morris presented a paper entitled, "Determining the Rank of a Kronecker Sum and Characterizing its Generalized Eigenvectors" at the Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section, Birmingham, AL

Grace London has been accepted into Auburn University's History Ph.D. Program.

Allie Barys has been named second Academic All-American in GCSU Women's soccer history.

Maria Bermudez is interning in Washington DC this semester as a part of the GC in DC program.

Laura Ahrens has been elected SGA president.

Betsy Bartholf, Webb Beard, Haley Brannan, Mandi Brewer, Gloria Briscoe, Carrie Cooper, Sean McAleer, Emily McClure, Morgan Weekley, and Amanda Williams presented papers at the 2016 Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Annual Meeting Annual Meeting in Augusta, GA.


FALL 2014

History major Luke Manders has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship. Gilman is a national study abroad scholarship.