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What Honors Students are Saying

“The most rewarding aspect of the Honors Program was the opportunity to work closely with a professor on my own research and present my work at academic conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, held in San Francisco in 2012.”

Kristen Giesting
“The Presence of Triclosan and Resistant Bacteria in the Aquatic Environment”
Biology and Earth Sciences (Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Bennett)
2013 Honors Thesis Award Winner

“Two of the most difficult parts of scientific research are explaining the importance of your work to non-scientific people and defending your methods and conclusions within the scientific community. The rigor of Otterbein's Honors Program perfectly prepared me for this. It is an amazing combination of in-depth lab work and literature review with easy-to-understand explanations and presentations. It was the most intellectually satisfying portion of my undergraduate experience.”

Dan DuBreuil
“Characterization of a Perilipin-5 Splice Variant”
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Advisor: Dr. John Tansey)
2012 Honors Thesis Award Winner

“Studying abroad at the University of Maastricht's Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience allowed me to take specialized psychology courses like Clinical Neuropsychology and Evolutionary Psychology. The courses and research I worked on while abroad provided me with new ways of contextualizing the way I looked at my own research for my Honors Project.”

Boris Hinderer
“Individual Differences within a Global/Local Processing Task”
Psychology (Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Laurie-Rose)

"My honors research played a significant role in helping me win a number of undergraduate scholarships and awards including Otterbein’s James Martin Humanities Award and a Student Research Fund Award. I also received a graduate school award for my academic record, which funded my first semester of graduate work in the MLIS program at Kent State University. Honors classes provide students with the opportunity to challenge themselves. The program encourages students to take ownership of their education, and it fosters their intellectual growth.”

Becky Woodruff
“Mourning's Discontinuity: Theorizing the Grief Memoir”
English (Advisor: Dr. Karen Steigman)
2012 Honors Thesis Award Winner

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e / ksteigman@otterbein.edu
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