University of Kansas Honors Program

February 2012


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The University Honors Program provides enriched educational opportunities to academically talented, promising, and motivated undergraduate students at KU.

Computer engineering professor builds Honors students’ social networks

It is either completely counter intuitive or perfectly understandable that a self-described introverted computer engineer would require his students to build a social network for themselves. For Dr. Perry Alexander, it is probably more the latter than the former.

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2013 University Scholars

Spiraling Up:
Connor Bowman, Mitchell Newton, Haider Tarar, Stacie Burnett, Carlo Manrique, Virginia Helgeson, Kayla Sale, Sukhindervir Sandhu, Katherine Gwynn, Rachel Hagan, Lauren Schumacher, William Putzier, David Gier, Noah Compo, Amanda Gress, Patrick Smith, Ellie Eastes, Molly Schemm, Sebastian Schoneich, Micah Melia

Alexis Knutsen connects with local Muslim women

University Honors Program junior Alexis Knutsen does not tend to do things in moderation. Since quitting high school at age 15 and traveling to Turkey at 16, she hasn’t been a person to sit back and let things happen.

What began as an interest in learning a language has propelled Alexis, a classics major from Overland Park, to reach out to some little-known Lawrence residents and build a bridge with other KU students to do the same.

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Alumnus Thornton Thompson turns cancer research into a career path

Just four years past his time at KU, University Honors Program alumnus Thornton Thompson values both the depth and breadth of his Honors education equally.

Thornton, who is in his second year of his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology at the University of California-Berkeley, says that his classroom education and research opportunities in biology clearly set him up to succeed in his graduate studies and career. But it is what his other, non-science courses did for him and his classmates that he says sets his Honors Program college experience apart.

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