Honors Student Board

The Board members serves as representatives of the Honors Program and the College. They are to portray to prospective Honors students, parents, and alumni the philosophy and benefits of participation in the Honors Program of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Board members will co-host activities with other college student organizations and with the College Dean's Office.

Board Members Elected for the 2020-2021 Academic Year are:

An image of Ian standing in the AFLS garden in a blue button up shirt

Ian Gilbert

Chair

Nicholas Pohlman

Nicholas Pohlman

Vice Chair

Alessandro Rocchi

Alessandro Rocchi

Secretary

Devin Whiteside

Devin Whiteside

Honors Student Mentor Liaison

Olivia Larson

Olivia Larson

Director of Communications

Bumpers Honors Student Board Applications

Applications for Bumpers Honors Student Board members for the 2022-2023 academic year will close Monday, March 28, by 11:59 PM.

Apply online here!

For more information regarding the honors student Board, please contact Dr. Lisa Wood (lswood@uark.edu), Assistant Dean for Honors and International Programs or Ms. Isabel Whitehead (iwhitehe@uark.edu), Coordinator for Honors and International Programs. 

Interested in becoming joining the Board? Please review the responsibilities of the Bumpers College Honors Student Board below:

The mission of the Bumpers College Honors Student Board is to provide a student voice for programmatic activities of the Bumpers Honors Program and to enhance student development and leadership skills of its members. The Bumpers Honors Program fosters interaction among Honors students, faculty, and other student organizations, provides liaisons to the Bumpers College Honors Director, Dean, and Associate Dean, and the UA Honors College. The Board also serves in recruitment for the Honors Program.

Bumpers Honors Student Board (BHSB) members serve as representatives of the Bumpers College Honors Program and the College. They are to portray to prospective Honors students, parents, and alumni the philosophy and benefits of participation in the Honors Program of the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Board members will assist with hosting honors activities with the Bumpers College Deans Office and other student organizations across the College and University.

Board Members commit to attend monthly Board meetings and to support and participate in the programmatic activities associated with the Bumpers College Honors Program. These activities may include: information sessions, recruiting, networking, professional development, and social events associated with the Honors Program. 

  • Must have a declared major in any Bumpers College degree program.
  • Must be a member in good standing within the Honors Program.
  • Must have completed or be enrolled in at least 3 hours of Honors coursework.
  • Must have demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have a strong and positive feeling about the University of Arkansas Honors College, the Bumpers College, and the Bumpers College Honors Program, and be motivated to participate and support the program.
  • Board member may be terminated if it is determined that he/she is not maintaining ethics befitting an Honors Student, not performing satisfactorily, not able to work productively with other Board members and staff members or jeopardizing the success of the program.
  • New and returning Board Members must reapply annually.
  • Work closely with Director of the Bumper College Honors Program to set strategic directions for the Board and Honors Program.
  • Work closely with the Director of Bumpers College Honors Program to identify monthly tasks for the Board and execute those, accordingly.
  • Schedule bimonthly BHSB meetings.
  • Coordinate with Secretary to reserve location for BHSB meetings.
  • Preside over BHSB meetings, ensure meetings are ran efficiently and effectively.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Board when required.
  • Work with faculty, staff, and student organizations across campus to create new opportunities and direction for the BHSB.
  • Plan and facilitate beginning-of-the-year Board retreat each Fall.
  • Work with all members of the BHSB to ensure they are aware of role-specific responsibilities and they are prepared to delegate responsibilities, accordingly.
  • Serve as a representative for at least one academic unit you are assigned.
  • Carry out duties as directed by the Chair.
  • Preside over meetings in the absence of the Chair.
  • Assist in planning and executing the Board retreat.
  • Communicate regularly with Chair and other board positions to ensure strategic goals are met.
  • Presides over the selection of the Honors Faculty Mentor Award.
  • Serve as a representative for at least one academic unit you are assigned.
  • Work with Chair and Director of the Bumpers Honors Program to create meeting agendas.
  • Record and distribute meeting minutes.
  • Work with Chair to schedule location for BHSB meetings.
  • Coordinate with the Events Director to ensure events and tasks have adequate BHSB presence.
  • Serve as a representative for at least one academic unit you are assigned.
  • Contribute 4 posts per month to the Bumpers College Honors Program Instagram page, highlighting student achievements, program events, opportunities, and deadlines.
  • Invite students to attend Bumpers College Honors Program meetings and Events.
  • Create video boards for all BHSB events at least 2 weeks before scheduled event.
  • Take photographs of all BHSB events.
  • Work closely with the Events Director to obtain information about upcoming events for promotion purposes.
  • Send congratulatory emails on behalf of the BHSB to Bumpers College Honor Program Students distinguished in the Newswire.
  • Review the BHSB webpage once per semester and send needed revisions to the Chair and Honors Program Director. 
  • Work with Bumpers College Communication Director and Web Director for communication of events and activities.
  • Serve as a representative for at least one academic unit you are assigned.
  • Responsible for the set-up and tear down of each BHSB event.
  • Coordinate with the Secretary to delegate tasks to BHSB members for events.
  • Create a materials list for each BHSB sponsored event and purchase materials working with the Coordinator of Honors and International Programs to follow necessary PCARD guidlines. 
  • Inform Director of Communication of details regarding BHSB sponsored events for the creation of a any video boards, student invitations, or social media posts.
  • Plan 2 involvement events for each semester.
  • Serve as a representative for at least one academic unit you are assigned.

Bumpers Honors Research Symposium

Hosted by the Bumpers Honors Student Board

Each spring the Bumpers Honors Student Board hosts a research symposium that is meant to be a collaborative learning experience for both the participants and the student judges. Bumpers Honors Student Board members co-judge poster and oral presentations in partnership with Bumpers College faculty members to learn the process of judging. Participants are able to gain professional experience communicating about their research and creative work to judges and audience members and compete for monetary prizes! 

The spring 2022 Bumpers Honors Research Symposium will be divided into two categories. In person oral presentations will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 PM in AFLS D115 and virtual poster presentations will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 PM on Zoom.

All undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Bumpers College (honors or non-honors), who have completed a research, creative, or service learning project may submit an abstract for consideration for either an oral or virtual poster presentation. Students who have received a Bumpers College Undergraduate Research and Creative Grant are encouraged to present their project upon completion.

Please review the updated guidelines prior to submitting an abstract. Abstract submissions are due on or before March 11, by 11:59 PM through  the linked Microsoft Form.   Additional instructions will be sent to students accepted into the research symposium after all submissions have been reviewed. 


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