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LAWRENCE — Twenty University of Kansas sophomores have been named University Scholars.

The 2017-18 University Scholars are listed below alphabetically by hometown, major, and faculty mentor.

Maha Abouodah:  Overland Park, KS; majoring in accounting and finance; mentored by Erin A. Frykholm, Philosophy.

Ashley Aranda:  Wichita, KS; majoring in history of art, minor in journalism and a certificate in sustainability; mentored by Matthew Burke, Visual Art.

Saif Bajwa:  Overland Park, KS; majoring in political science and economics; mentored by Robert “Robin” Rowland, Communication Studies.

Nolan Brey: Fairview, KS; majoring in journalism, french, and political science; mentored by Richard Levy, Law.

Mary Emile-Wagler: Partridge, KS; majoring in global international studies and communications; mentored by Christina Bejarano, Political Science

Jamie Hawley:  Salina, KS; majoring in english, political science, and communications; mentored by Tom Lorenz, English.

Odalis Hernandez: Topeka, KS; majoring in mathematics and spanish; mentored by Estela Gavosto, Mathematics.

Josh Hughes: Tulsa, OK; majoring in film and media studies and political science; mentored by Matthew Jacobson, Film and Media Studies.

Alexander Murray: Lawrence, KS; majoring in finance; mentored by Uma Outka, Law.

Joshua Ng: Overland Park, KS; majoring in human biology; mentored by Kij Johnson, English.

Kaya Nies: Columbia, MO; majoring in political science: mentored by Sarah Deer, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Samiyah Para-Cremer: Mukwonago, WI; majoring in public administration, spanish, and applied behavioral science; mentored by Hannah Britton, Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Sowmya Ragothaman: Vermillion, SD; majoring mechanical engineering; mentored Mark Brandon Shiflett, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis.

Paola Ramirez: Wichita, KS; majoring in public administration; mentored by Shannon Portillo, School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Vinamratha Rao: Overland Park, KS; majoring in biology and film and media studies; mentored by Kathryn “Katie” Rhine, Anthropology.

Raul Saenz: Kansas City, KS; majoring in biochemistry; mentored by Jorge Soberon, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Biodiversity Institute.

Mika Schrader: Lawrence, KS; majoring in history and religious studies; mentored by Anne Hedeman, History of Art.

Remington Smith: Rescue, CA; majoring in electrical engineering; mentored by Shannon Blunt, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Lab.

Samuel Steuart: Topeka, KS; majoring in biochemistry and psychology, minor in spanish; mentored by Vincent Francisco, Applied Behavioral Science and the KU Center for Community Health and Development.

Eleanor Stewart-Jones: Mission, KS; majoring in chemistry and french; mentored by Robert Ward, Molecular Biosciences.

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9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
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60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
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