What Students and Faculty Have to Say

Student Testimonials

"When I started the year, I would look at my professors and I'd think, 'There's a chasm between me and them.'  Now that I've done the honors project, however, I know it's not a chasm-it's just a road." 

--Trina Hester, Communications

"When I was doing my oral defense, I looked at the three professors sitting across the table from me and it suddenly hit me.  On this topic, I was the person who was the expert in the room." 

--Andrew Fox, Sociology

"The project involved lots of independent work in the laboratory and it was wonderful.  This is what I'd like to do for the rest of my life." 

--Sarah Wood, Chemistry

"I learned how to operate more like an adult professional and less like a student.  Professionals are given the expected end result, and they must achieve that result by whatever means they believe is best.  This requires a high level of self-motivation." 

--Jessica Harris, Business

Faculty Comments

"It's rewarding working one-on-one with a student and seeing the student both complete an in-depth scholarly project and discover inner resources." 

--Bettina Tate Pedersen, Literature

"The Honors Program gives the opportunity for students to stretch.  Good students learn much about their intellectual strengths and weaknesses along with their capacity for sustained, self-disciplined scholarship." 

--Rick Kennedy, History

"As a faculty member, involvement with students in research has given me the greatest sense of satisfaction; sharing the experience of intellectual discovery with students as my colleagues has been wonderful." 

--Vic Heasley, Chemistry