Augusta University Honors Program

Augusta University Honors Program The Augusta University Honors Program offers talented, motivated students an enhanced learning experience. The Honors Program was approved by the Augusta University faculty in 1996.
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Open to students in every major and discipline, the Program offers talented, motivated students an enhanced learning experience more typical of a small, much more expensive, liberal arts college. We do this by providing: 1.) Sections of core courses that are specifically designed for able and energetic learners. These courses are also taught by faculty members committed to excellence in undergraduate education and are limited to 20 students. 2.) Seminars that cross the boundaries of disciplines and/or cultures. 3.) A more active learning environment in which students learn to think critically and improve their writing and speaking skills. 4.) Opportunities to engage in undergraduate research by completing a senior thesis. 5.) A unique and challenging way to satisfy general core course requirements. 6.) In-depth academic advising. 7.) Co-curricular activities through the Honors Program Student Association (HPSA). The Honors Program is located in the Quad Wall Building on the Summerville Campus of Augusta University.

Mission: The Honors Program Mission: The Honors Program seeks to challenge students intellectually, enhance their interpersonal communications skills and prepare them for a culturally diverse society. The course of study balances breadth and depth. It is not a separate degree program but is designed to augment the course work required for a degree. Successful completion of the program requirements culminates in an Honors Degree, a seal of distinction which lets prospective employers, graduate schools and professional schools know that the student has maintained a consistent record of excellence.

Congratulations Dalia Saj!-After graduation, I look forward to starting graduate school in August.- Congrats Dalia and b...
05/09/2020

Congratulations Dalia Saj!
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After graduation, I look forward to starting graduate school in August.
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Congrats Dalia and best of luck in Grad school! It's been a pleasure to have you in our program, you will be missed!πŸ†πŸŽ“

Congratulations Alisha Nam!-I am planning to take a gap year after graduating. During this time, I plan to volunteer and...
05/06/2020

Congratulations Alisha Nam!
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I am planning to take a gap year after graduating. During this time, I plan to volunteer and apply to lab researches.
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Congrats Alisha, best of luck with your applications! We will shed a volun{tear} when you are gone, but we are grateful to have had you as a Jag! πŸ†πŸŽ“

Congratulations Dalanie Nix!-After graduation, I will be beginning the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program (C/O 2023) ...
05/06/2020

Congratulations Dalanie Nix!
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After graduation, I will be beginning the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program (C/O 2023) here at AU.
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Congratulations Dalanie, we are glad you will be staying with the Jags! We are so excited to see you excel in the Doctorate program! πŸ†πŸŽ“

Congratulations Chandani Patel!-My plan after graduation is to take a year off to travel before attending medical school...
05/05/2020

Congratulations Chandani Patel!
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My plan after graduation is to take a year off to travel before attending medical school.
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@cpatel_22 Stay safe and send us lots of pictures from your travels! We can't wait to see where you go and hear of all of the people you help in med school!πŸ†βœˆπŸŒŽ

Congratulations Amy Trang!-My plan after graduation is to attend graduate school here for the Masters in Biomolecular Sc...
05/05/2020

Congratulations Amy Trang!
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My plan after graduation is to attend graduate school here for the Masters in Biomolecular Sciences program.
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Congrats Amy, we are so happy to see you stick with the Jags and do even more amazing things in the Masters program!πŸ†

Congratulations Joanna Foley!  -After graduation, I will be attending the Dental College of Georgia in their DMD program...
05/03/2020

Congratulations Joanna Foley!
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After graduation, I will be attending the Dental College of Georgia in their DMD program.
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Congrats Joanna, we are "filling" very sad to see you go, but can't wait to see you become an amazing dentist!

Congratulations Rachel Hammesfahr!-After graduation I will start vet school at the University of Georgia College of Vete...
05/03/2020

Congratulations Rachel Hammesfahr!
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After graduation I will start vet school at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Congrats on your acceptance to UGA! Those paws will be in great hands!πŸΆπŸ±πŸ†

Congratulations Danae Lawrence!-Plans after graduation: traveling and getting a job.-Be safe on your travels Danae!  We ...
05/02/2020

Congratulations Danae Lawrence!
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Plans after graduation: traveling and getting a job.
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Be safe on your travels Danae! We are so excited for you!πŸ†

Congratulations Emma Geister!-After graduation my plans are to attend graduate school to earn a Masters degree. -We know...
05/02/2020

Congratulations Emma Geister!
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After graduation my plans are to attend graduate school to earn a Masters degree.
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We know you're gonna rock grad school, best of luck!!πŸ†

Congratulations Sinead O'Bryant!-I will attend Mercer University's School of Medicine to obtain an MD-Good luck at Merce...
05/01/2020

Congratulations Sinead O'Bryant!
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I will attend Mercer University's School of Medicine to obtain an MD
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Good luck at Mercer, Sinead, we are super excited for you and can't wait to see all the amazing things you accomplish! πŸ†πŸ»

Congratulations Elizabath Shabu!-I am taking a gap year after graduation to get more experience with a physical therapis...
05/01/2020

Congratulations Elizabath Shabu!
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I am taking a gap year after graduation to get more experience with a physical therapist
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Best of luck Elizabeth, we were lucky to have you and your new workplace will be too!πŸ†

First up is Tori Gaw!After graduation, I will be attending the Dental College of Georgia in their DMD program. Best of l...
04/30/2020

First up is Tori Gaw!

After graduation, I will be attending the Dental College of Georgia in their DMD program.

Best of luck at the Dental College Tori! Your patients will be lucky to have you!

Hello Honors Jags, we hope you are doing well and staying safe during these trying times.  Attached are some organizatio...
04/10/2020

Hello Honors Jags, we hope you are doing well and staying safe during these trying times. Attached are some organizations where you can volunteer to help end the spread of Covid-19. There are both virtual and in person volunteer opportunities, and there is an especially large demand for blood and plasma donations. The links to these three websites are below, but there are also many other organizations that can use your help! Stay safe Jags!

https://www.voa.org/

https://www.redcross.org/

https://www.volunteermatch.org/

Augusta University College of Science & Mathematics
03/31/2020

Augusta University College of Science & Mathematics

Our friends at the Augusta University Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship will be hosting an online version of Research Week starting today! Please use the WebEx link: http://aug.webex.com/meet/juldavis

Congratulations to our new HPSA Board! President: Helena BlackburnVice-President: Matthew ZimmermanSecretary: Isabella S...
03/25/2020

Congratulations to our new HPSA Board!
President: Helena Blackburn
Vice-President: Matthew Zimmerman
Secretary: Isabella Santana
Treasurer: Eyana Thomas

Important announcements!  We apologize for the inconvenience but do hope that everyone remains healthy in the coming wee...
03/13/2020

Important announcements! We apologize for the inconvenience but do hope that everyone remains healthy in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on your email as this is how the University will continue to keep us posted on the Covid-19 developments.

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Head to the Quad at 9am on the 19th for some caffeine, cookies, and college tips!
02/06/2020

Head to the Quad at 9am on the 19th for some caffeine, cookies, and college tips!

Come out to Trivia Night on Friday, February 28th and show off your knowledge of the Wizarding World!  Bring a friend!
02/03/2020

Come out to Trivia Night on Friday, February 28th and show off your knowledge of the Wizarding World! Bring a friend!

Research Snippets!!!Here is a brief look into what @rachelhammesfahr and @ananyabusiness_27 will be presenting on Januar...
01/20/2020

Research Snippets!!!

Here is a brief look into what @rachelhammesfahr and @ananyabusiness_27 will be presenting on January 24th!
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Rachel:
"Glyphosate is the active ingredient in many herbicides, a popular one being rounded up. We tested yellow bellied sliders in natural wetlands around Augusta to see if they had any glyphosate in their blood."

Ananya:
"So basically we’re studying the interaction between Pancreatic Stellate Cells and how the Nox 1 receptor affects the proteins secreted by these cells. These secretions are believed to facilite the invasion of pancreatic cancer cells."

Great turnouts at this weeks Honors Student meetings so far!  If you haven't attended yet, the final meeting is today at...
01/17/2020

Great turnouts at this weeks Honors Student meetings so far! If you haven't attended yet, the final meeting is today at 1pm in University Hall 170! Info will be provided on upcoming events in honors, opportunities to get involved, and you will have a chance to ask questions and make suggestions!

Congratulations to Nicole Morel and Chandani Patel for presenting their research in Montreal, Canada!
12/17/2019

Congratulations to Nicole Morel and Chandani Patel for presenting their research in Montreal, Canada!

Our outstanding students & faculty attended the 60th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society from November 14-17, 2019, an international conference in Montreal, CanadaπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦.
The Psychonomics is widely considered the preeminent research conference for cognitive psychologists.
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Kudos to Nicole Morel, Karen Rex Vincent, Chandani Patel, Kiana Ladson, and Dr. Richard Topolski for their work in this research titled β€œExpertise and Sex Identification in Dogs!”

12/13/2019

We would like to congratulate the following honors students for their research success. They were awarded $1000 vouchers through the Student Research Program (SRP). The SRP is an initiative funded by the Augusta University Provost office, intended to encourage outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activities by AU Students. Only fourteen total undergraduate students earned this funding, so honors program students represented 86% of the winners.

Leslie Duncan (Dr. Yong Teng, "The Role and Regulation of PFKP in Head and Neck Cancer")

Wayne Fang (Dr. Ahmed Chadli, "Charachterization of a novel inhibitor (AD05) of the Hsp90 chaperoning machine")

Joselyn Bonilla-Amadiz (Dr. Almira Vazdarjanova, "A Negative Emotional State Decreases Plasticity Reltated Gene Expression in the hippocampus")

Brooklyn Zwinklis (Dr. Ellen LeMosy, "Creating a dominant-negative animal model for craniofacial development defects")

Eyana Thomas (Dr. Siva Panda, "Design and Synthesis of Metformin Derivatives as Anticancer Agents")

Queen Tran (Dr. Siva Panda, "Curcumin Conjugates as Potential Therapeutics for Breast Cancer")

Margaret Wade (Dr. Siva Panda, "Design and Synthesis of Selective COX-2 Inhibitors as Potential Anti-inflammatory Agents")

Steven Nicosia (Dr. Caroline McKinnon, "Adverse Childhood Experiences and Coping Mechanisms among Undergraduate Nursing Students")

Ananya Chakraborty (Dr. Eugenia Sabbatini, "Characterizing Nox1-evoked pancreatic stellate cells secretome")

Chandani Patel (Dr. Richard Topolski, "Expertise and Sex Identification in Dogs")

Nicole Morel (Dr. Richard Topolski, "Expertise and Sex Identification in Dogs")

Kit Jester (Dr. Donna Londino, "Examining the occurrence of conversation disorder diagnoses and autism among adolescents and young adults in the emergency department")

To win these awards, the students had to apply and sit for a studio, a 30-minute meeting between the student-mentor pair and members of the Translational Research Program working group.

Last Friday, ten of our honors students presented their thesis research at the incredibly successful National Collegiate...
11/22/2019

Last Friday, ten of our honors students presented their thesis research at the incredibly successful National Collegiate Honors Council conference. We would like to congratulate the following three students for placing in the top three within their colleges. No other university in the country had three students place!

Sanjana Adepu (Finance) won 3rd place in the Business, Engineering, and Computer Science category

Danae Lawrence won 2nd place in the Business, Engineering, and Computer Science category

Kirstyn Harris won 1st place in the Art & Visual Media category

11/18/2019
Be sure to check out some events during Values Week!
11/12/2019

Be sure to check out some events during Values Week!

11/07/2019
Augusta University Jags Unscripted- Ananya Chakraborty

Support our fellow Honors Jag and listen to Ananya's story!

This is "Augusta University Jags Unscripted- Ananya Chakraborty" by Chris Walker on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Can your team make it to the end?  Come find out at the HPSA Halloween Party on November 1st.  Prize for the team who ca...
10/29/2019

Can your team make it to the end? Come find out at the HPSA Halloween Party on November 1st. Prize for the team who can finish the hunt the fastest!

Throwback to Thursday when the Honors Inquiry 1000 students presented their research!  Congratulations and well done to ...
10/26/2019

Throwback to Thursday when the Honors Inquiry 1000 students presented their research! Congratulations and well done to everyone and their amazing professor, Dr. Soma Mukhopadhyay!

Come out to Mod Pizza next Wednesday the 16th and let them know that you are a part of the BEST honors program around!  ...
10/10/2019

Come out to Mod Pizza next Wednesday the 16th and let them know that you are a part of the BEST honors program around! They will donate 20% of your bill to HPSA between 11 am and 10 pm!

10/06/2019

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Come to the quad for our Valentine’s Day Event.
Meet Joselyn the HPSA Media Chair. Joselyn is a junior majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a pre-med track. Fun Fact: Joselyn loves reading and going on adventures.
Volunteer Opportunity in Peru! 🚨 One of our own HPSA Board members, Anaya, is president of Medlife who is coordinating this summer Volunteer Opportunity. Head to the link to learn more πŸ‘‡ https://jagwire.augusta.edu/archives/60812
We are very proud our honor student Montrel Wingate and his accomplishments! Head over to the link to read the full article!
Meet Elizabeth the HPSA Social Chair. She is a senior majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. She wants to become a dentist. Fun fact: Elizabeth loves aquariums but is terrified of the water. 🐠
Meet Simran the HPSA Treasurer. She is a Senior majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. Fun fact: Simran is a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. πŸ₯‹
Valentine’s Day is approaching! On February 5th and 6th we will be selling flowers and candy. On February 13th and 14th you will be able to pick your items up. All of the profits will go towards buying toys for the children hospital.
Meet Ananya our HPSA Secretary. Ananya is a sophomore majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a Spanish minor on a pre-med track. Fun fact: Ananya has lived in 4 different countries!🌎
Meet Deanna, HPSA Vice President. She is a Senior majoring in Cell and Molec, graduating in December. Fun fact: She loves traveling and has 5 pet ducks.πŸ¦†
🚨If you want to travel to a conference SGA is offering individual funding.
Meet Grace our HPSA President. She is a Senior with a major in political science with a concentration in international studies. Fun fact: One day Grace wants to have a farm with one of every giant breed of dog and lots of cats. 🐢🐱
With Augusta University Honors Program Come join the family! We are accepting application for the Service Chair until January 31. This is a great opportunity to give back and expand your resume. 😊 Contact us for the application.