"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."
“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.”
"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
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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
"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."
"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 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."