Honors Student Success


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 Campagna, Chantel Lafleur, Kendyl Lewis, Julian Lopez, and Ruby Zimmerman for being inducted into GC&SU'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 were elected President and Vice President of GC&SU'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 Korzekwa, Matthew 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

Cam Watts published his research in the National Collegiate Honors Council Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (NHCH URECA) 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 GC study away program in Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks this summer.

Bim Peacock and Raasha Gutierrez participated in the GC-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 GC 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 GC 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 GC 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 GC’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 GC 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 GC School of Nursing’s study abroad program in Bohol, Philippines this summer.

Rebecca Morris participated in a GC 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 Kaasch, Victoria Lara, Cameron 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 Mangrum, Sofia Papa, Laura Pappas, Darcie Scales, Sami 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 Brineman, Christina Cortes, Florrie McCard, Dana 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 GC 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 Bermudez, Amielle 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 Dobson, Payton Burriss and Caroline Fowler presented research at the International Entomology Society in Denver, CO. Research mentor, Dr. Nathan Lord (Biology)

Amanda WilliamsCaroline Fowler, Dorianna Dobson, Payton Burriss, Christina Cortes and Victoria Lara presented research at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference in Milledgeville, GA.

Allie Early, Monica Klinkmueller, Sidney Parker, Amy Beth Edwards, Ruby Zimmerman, Calvin Crisler, Bim Peacock and Zach Meyers participated in GC Honors-sponsored fall break study away program in Zion, Bryce and Capital Reef national parks.


Congratulations to honors students Nowsherwan Sultan, Shea 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 Brodzik, Kevin 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 Bermudez, Shelby 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.


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 GC 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.