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Honors stories

Our community does some amazing things. On this page, you'll find news and features that take a close look at the developments and accomplishments of our program and the people tied to it.

Featured stories

Lase Ajayi

How one maternity health researcher got started in honors

This past year, a University Honors Program alumna Dr. Toluwalasé Ajayi received research funding from Google to reduce health disparities experienced by women of color.
Jenny Reardon

Family and faculty helped alumna ask the right questions

Reardon, currently a professor of sociology at University of California, Santa Cruz, founded the Science & Justice Research Center (SJRC), whose mission is to encourage students and researchers in STEM disciplines to think about questions of justice in their work.
Pamela McElwee

Pamela McElwee’s 30-year mission to save the planet

An alumna of the University Honors Program, McElwee began formally studying climate change as an undergraduate student before it was a front-page story.
Shannon Banks

Study abroad inspires new scholarship

In 2021, we started to see a resumption of experiential learning activities, including study abroad.
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