Students in the News
Megan Leiss, an alumna of the Honors College at BGSU, has been named the 2013 Youth in Philanthropy Winner for her work with Dance Marathon and the contributions she made through her work as the director of the event.
Kasie Durkit, an Honors College student at BGSU, is serving on a team to participate in a project designed to study the effects of airline industry changes on these smaller and non-hub airports and their communities and develop strategies for attracting or retaining air service. BGSU was selected as a partner in this project.
Kristen Grom, a freshman at BGSU, was recently awarded with the top prize in the PUSH novel writing competition as part of the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Grom’s story, “Hopefully Yours,” was selected out of 400 submissions.
Merissa Acerbi and Dr. Cordula Mora have been awarded the Elliot L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Basic Research/Creative Work for their work on a study of homing pigeons' abilities to navigate using the planet's magnetic field. Dr. Mora has worked with Acerbi for over two years.
Meresa McKesson has found her perfect fit at BGSU as a Civic Action Leader (CAL) through the Office of Service-Learning. Now in her second year as a CAL, McKesson has taken on responsibility for an important part of the office's biggest event of the year, the Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Challenge.
Lance Kruse is a member of a campus-wide committee that has studied the environmental sustainability and developed recommendations for ways in which BGSU could work toward the goal of carbon neutrality.
Alyssa Dietz is extending flowering rush research through her own independent experiments. These include collecting macroinvertebrate samples, such as dragonfly larvae and diving beetles, in areas with and without the invasive flowering rush.
Maria Figueroa, of Goshen, IN, received the BGSU Diamante Huntington Bank Endowed Scholarship. The award recognizes individuals and organizations for their achievements and service to the Latino community in northwest Ohio.
Scott Brummel volunteered as a social entrepreneur working with indigenous weavers on the outskirts of Cusco, Peru to help them establish themselves as a Fair-Trade Business, ensuring protection not only for the cultural heritage of authentic Andean weaving but also the livelihood of the weavers.
"Service has always been a focus in my life, so spending a summer on staff with Appalachia Service Project just made sense to me."
"Beginning May 7, 2012, at 9 a.m., I became an intern at the John F. Seiberling Federal Building in Akron, Ohio, volunteering my time six hours a day, four days a week to be as helpful as possible within the office of [Congresswoman Betty Sutton]."
Jennifer Hojnacki, a junior biology major, was pleased she met the selective criteria for the Summer Research Roundup and was able to work with Dr. Vipa Phuntamar, who only selects one student each summer. Hojnacki’s research project focused on examining the gene sequencing of yeast associated with a particular soybean pathogen.
Skyler Rogers traveled through India and Kenya as part of a BGSU Stuart R. Givens Memorial Fellowship. A month later he helped launch NiceShirt.org, a website that supports nonprofit organizations and social causes.
Dr. Neil Browne, a current University Honors College Professor led current Honors Students to success by finishing 11th out of 600 teams nationally.
Erynn Truex, an honors Geography major and Full Centennial Scholar was chosen by the National Geographic Society for a prestigious internship in Washington, D.C. She was chosen from over 100 applicants.
Skyler Rogers, an honors Finance and Marketing major organized TEDxBGSU, a one-day conference that brought 18 wildly different experts from across the country together on campus. TEDx is an independently organized, licensed version of the popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference that dates back to 1984.
Amber Cullen, an honors film production major at BGSU won the 2011 Bridgestone's Safety Scholars Scholarship competition. Her commercial "The Phone Bandit," which takes a humorous approach to warning against texting while driving won first place. To view her commercial, click here.
Students in the Honors College were awarded the Champion of Children Award for their long-term contributions to the Wood County Court-Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) Program. Honors students have annually contributed to the Angel Tree and Backpack Partners effort.