Meet the Graduates

2017 Graduates

 Sam Goll  

Sam Goll

"Through the honors college I have been able to receive a better education on many fronts. I have learned through honors classes, studying abroad, out of class lectures, organizations, and social events.  I have also been able to make lasting connections with peers as well as faculty because of the honors college.  Thank you for everything."

 Sarah West

Sarah West

“The most significant experience I had in my undergraduate career was presenting my honors thesis on a panel at the Pop Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference in San Diego. My faculty mentor, Dr. Kathleen Smith, encouraged me to submit, and I will always be grateful for that. The presentation and question and answer session left me feeling like an academic, prepared me for a future in research, and inspired me to continue in my education with confidence.”

 Ashley Breakstone

Ashley Breakstone

"Not only do I wish to serve those here in the United States, I also want to serve those who travel around the world. An experience like this creates the opportunity for better careers in the future. Knowledge of international hospitality will be useful to have in mind while learning about hospitality in the United States and preparing for a career. This comparison will allow other students like myself to make hospitality operations in the United States more successful."

  Margaret Elise Wright 

Margaret Elise Wright

“As an Undergrad at the University of Arkansas, I have been blessed with a learning experience that I am very grateful for. Taking honors classes and living in the Hotz dorm allowed me to go further in-depth in studies while meeting people that challenged me to succeed academically. My greatest accomplishment is the original research that I conducted for my honors thesis, in which I analyzed the impact of portion sizing on food waste in a child care facility. I defended my thesis and submitted to the honors college successfully, and I will submit to the Discovery journal. After graduation, I will attend the UAMS Dietetic Internship program in Little Rock with the goal of becoming a registered dietitian. I am thankful for all the amazing professors and friends that I have met on this journey, and I am proud to be in the Razorback family.”

 Alexandra McLeod

Alexandria McLeod

“I would like to thank the two people who helped me most in achieving my goal of graduating with Honors. First, I would like to thank my mom, Melissa Smith. She is my hero, and her strength and knowledge has been paramount in driving me toward this goal. I don’t know what I would do without her unwavering support. Second, I would like to thank my advisor and mentor, Dr. Leslie Edgar. She has been an inspiration to me from day one. She pushed me to experience new things and challenge myself which led me to participate in the community development program in Belize and an internship in Scotland. Beyond my mom and Dr. Edgar, I am incredibly thankful for the friends and family that have contributed to the person I am today.”

Laura Corral

Laura Corral

“I would like to give a huge thank you to Ms. Stephanie Hubert and my co-researcher, Katie Walker. Ms. Hubert’s encouragement and commitment to mentorship through this research made it all the more rewarding to succeed. I certainly would not have made it this far or pushed myself this hard if it weren’t for your constant mentorship and support through this challenging research. Ms. Hubert, you are truly the best. And of course, a big thank you to Katie Walker. We made an incredible team through this process I cannot wait to see all of the successful things you accomplish after graduation.”

Madison Brown

Madison Brown

“I came to the University of Arkansas as a hard-working, yet aimless student. My passion for environmental science and conservation has been well established for as long as I can remember, however, I lacked any true idea of what I would do when I “grew up”. After sitting through my first environmental science class freshman year, I knew I was in good hands. With the help of a well-rounded department and brilliant educators, I have had the supreme privilege of being able to run boundlessly, leaping from soil chemistry to water science and landing in environmental law, all while learning from brilliant educators. I am proud to have earned my degree from the University of Arkansas and will always consider Bumpers College home.”

Lesleigh Beer

Lesleigh Beer

"There truly are not enough words to feasibly thank every individual that has impacted me throughout my Honors Program experience. So I shall say that if we have met and exchanged names, then you have facilitated my collegiate career and achievement of goals. I would like to extend a special thank you to Bumpers College and Poultry Science Department faculty, especially Dr. Billy Hargis for his encouragement and willingness to mentor me. I sincerely feel that I have received the best Honors Program experience possible—allowing me to learn laboratory techniques with Dr. Lisa Bielke at Ohio State University, study abroad to New Zealand and Australia with Dr. Leslie Edgar and Dr. Kathleen Jogan, and to attend academic conferences with the Poultry Health Laboratory group. Finally, I would like to thank my parents and family for their tremendous love and support throughout my academic ventures."

 Kaitlyn Walker

 Kaitlyn Walker

"I am so glad I got to be a part of the Bumpers Honors Program. I want to thank Dr. Edgar for allowing me to join the program as a junior, and I’m extremely grateful to my mentor, Ms. Hubert, who encouraged me to join in the first place. She has been the most hands-on, approachable, and helpful mentor I could have imagined as I tackled an ambitious honors creative project. I want to also thank my project partner – Laura, I could not have researched 3D printed clothing without you!  Thank you for your great ideas and hard work in splitting the load with me. It’s been so much fun to be in the Honors Program thanks to these two and our creative project. Lastly, thanks always to my parents and my sister who support and encourage me to do great things. God has blessed me richly through you, this program, and the people I have met here."

 Macy Shirley

 Macy Shirley

"I would like to extend appreciation to my research mentor, Dr. Sun-Ok Lee for her patience and guidance throughout the completion of my thesis project. I would also like to extend appreciation to Cindi Brownmiller, the Lab Specialist in Dr. Lee’s lab, for her assistance throughout my project. I would also like to thank Mrs. Michelle Bailey, and Dr. Sabrina Trudo for serving on my thesis committee. The Dale Bumpers Honors Program has enriched my undergraduate education by enabling me the opportunity to participate in accelerated curriculum, gain research experience, and participate in study abroad.  These experiences culminated to develop me so that I am prepared to go on to the next level of my education."

 Victoria Maloch

 Victoria Maloch

"During my time as a Razorback, I have met presidents, traveled the globe, and discovered my purpose. My experiences have been shaped and defined by the history, traditions, and alumni of the University of Arkansas. From being an initiate of Chi Omega’s founding chapter to one day having my name on Senior Walk, a piece of my heart will forever live within the University of Arkansas story. Being a part of the Honors Program has enhanced that experience and provided unique opportunities for learning and growth that would not have been possible any other way. If I have learned anything during my time as an honors student, I have learned the person I am today is a byproduct of the investments others have made in me. Endless thanks are due to the countless professors and mentors that have contributed to my Honors Program experience."

 Margaret Craig Cobb

 Margaret Craig Cobb

"Thanks to the Honors Program I was able to study abroad twice, complete extensive research, and be challenged by extremely ambitious students. I'd like to thank Mrs. Mechelle Bailey, Dr. Lanier Nalley, and Dr. Kelly Way for their constant encouragement. You each uniquely saw my strengths and helped me actualize my potential. Thanks for accompanying me on the journey and serving as catalysts for my self-confidence. I am humbled and grateful to have been provided the opportunity to work with such astounding faculty; I will be forever indebted to you." 

 Magali Farfan

 Magali Farfan

"Being a part of the honors college has truly brought me so many great experiences. I’ve been lucky enough to get scholarships through the honors college as well as funding for my research. I’ve been able to network with countless people both staff, peers, and other professionals. I’ve also had the greatest pleasure of being able to work with Ms. Stephanie Hubert who has made a huge impact in my college career and has helped to guide me through my honors thesis as my mentor. I would like to thank the honors college, Ms.Stephanie Hubert and of course my parents for always pushing me to do more and for always believing in me. Thank you guys!"

 Loren Luther

Loren Anthony Luther

"As I approach the end of my undergraduate career, I cannot help but think of all of the wonderful opportunities I have been provided with. At the beginning of my freshman year, the horticulture department welcomed me with open arms and have reminded me every day since then how blessed I am to be apart of their family. I am thankful for each student and faculty member for helping me become the horticulturist I am today. I would like to specifically thank my advisor and co-advisor, Dr. Clark and Dr. Worthington, they not only helped me continuously through my honors career but also showed me a passion for horticulture I never imagined possible."