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Farah Mechref and Marilyn Mathew hope to bring people a greater awareness of their own implicit biases.    Click Here

Elizabeth Walker is one of 29 Texans to win the 2018 Congressional Award Gold Medal.  Click Here 

Maria Corte Receives Student Academic Citizenship Award

Pre-law Philosophy and Electronic Media and Communications major, Maria Corte, was presented the Texas Tech Parents Association Student Academic Citizenship Award on behalf of the Honors College. Corte received the award at the annual Faculty and Student Awards Breakfast Reception on Saturday, April 21. She was nominated for the Award twice. On behalf of the College of Arts & Sciences' Department of Philosophy by nominators Dr. Joel Velasco and Dr. Francesca di Poppa, and by Dr. Joe Hodes of the Honors College.

Paul Duggan's Honor's Thesis was published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.
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Honors College senior academic advisor, Abel Rios, wrote the chapter "Recasting Noncombatants in the Media" for a two-volume work titled The Vietnam War in Popular Culture: The Influence of America's Most Controversial War on Everyday Life. Click Here

In honor of TTU's dedication to diversity, Honors professor Dr. Gary Elbow is featured among a number of faculty in the Coronelli Room in the SW Collection/Special Collections Library.

Dr. Tibor Nagy has published a book review, and editorial, and an op-ed, available at the following sites:

Book review in most current Foreign Service Journal: View Here

Professor Costica Bradatan published "Why do anything?" in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times, September 18, 2016.

The essay is part of his book in progress titled In Praise of Failure.

Dean Michael San Francisco co-edited a book with his son, Brian San Francisco, titled Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science.

Dean San Francisco also got funding as a co-principle investigator for an NSF grant. The proposal, "Dynamics of Circular Macromolecules (DNA): From Single Molecule to Highly Entangled States," provides a total of $423,432 ($173, 712 for TTU) with TTU as lead institution.

He wrote the grant with co-PI-Greg McKenna, TTU; Rae Robertson-Anderson, University of San Diego; and Charles Schroeder, University of Illinois.

Recent Honors Graduate Wins World Title

Jenna Hay, led the USA Triathlon's Amateur World Championship Team to their first ever world championship titles. more »

Honors College professor Keira Williams co-edited Gender and the Representation of Evil, a new collection of essays that examine representations of evil women in history, the arts, and literature.

The book is available from Routledge (2016).

Stephanie Gomez was named Protégé of the Year at the 2016 Mentor Tech Annual Banquet Celebration.

Her willingness to accept advice and guidance, and her ability to put these into action in an effort to succeed academically are among the many qualities that earned her this title. more »

Honors College Student joins Peace Corps

Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them. more »

Dr. Donald Haragan Retires

Forty seven years ago Texas Tech was Texas Technological College, the Honors College was a program in the department of Arts and Sciences, and Donald R. Haragan was a student at the University of Texas in Austin who was singing tenor in "The Smilin' Irish barbershop quartet. A year later, Donald R. Haragan, M.S., became Donald R. Haragan, Ph.D., assistant professor at Texas Tech University, the first atmospheric science professor to serve at TTU, and by 1970 the Texas Tech Atmospheric Science Program was established. It took a few years longer to create the Honors College, 1999 to be exact, but all those years between 1969 and 1999, the Honors College has had the support and dedicated service of Dr. Haragan. more »

Wong Receives Scholarship Catalyst Program Award

The newly created Texas Tech Scholarship Catalyst Program (SCP) is designed to support research and scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Offices of the President, Provost and Vice President for Research provided more than $100,000 for two levels of awards. Associate Dean, Aliza Wong is the recipient of a Level 1 award for her "The Making of the Italian West: The Imaging of the American Frontier in Italy" proposal. Level 1 awards are funded up to $3,000 to support the scholarship and creative activity of faculty in disciplines with little external funding as compared to the sciences and engineering. more »

Costica Bradatan Participates in Book Launch and Discussion: Dying for Ideas

Dying for Ideas explores the limit-situation in which philosophers find themselves when the only means of persuasion they can use is their own dying bodies and the public spectacle of their death. more »

Honors Faculty Receive Chancellor's Teaching Award

Texas Tech System Chancellor Robert Duncan and Tech President M. Duane Nellis announce the six 2015 distinguished faculty award winners for 2015. Of the six recipients, two are from the Honors College. Winners of the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching award from the Honors College are James Brink, associate professor and Aliza Wong, associate professor in the Department of History and associate dean of the Honors College. more »

Research Continued by Biology Students

Four names were in the author spot of a Texas Tech University study presented at a biology conference in Sacramento in August.
Christopher Rodriguez is third. The project was his brainchild. Just a few months into the research, on Oct. 3, 2012, he suffered life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident. He died three days later.
After Rodriguez's death, a few of his friends approached Schwilk and said they'd like to continue Rodriguez's research. It would be their friend's legacy. Schwilk allowed himself to be persuaded. more »

Collaboration Produces New Course

Columbus in Texas will introduce the concepts of multireference theory and their application to several interesting fields of chemistry and molecular physics during the 2015 May-mester. Special emphasis will be placed on the calculation of energy surfaces and electronic properties of ground- and excited states, conical intersections and introductory ab initio dynamics. With lectures and practical application work based on the COLUMBUS program system, students will be organized in small working groups. Columbus in Texas is aimed at interested advanced students as well as scientists at all levels. more »

Caswell Shares Stories from Iceland

Professor Kurt Caswell's first night on the north tip of Iceland wasn't much of a night. The boat dropped him and his friend off in Hornstrandir at about 4 p.m. They had a 16-kilometer hike through rugged, rocky terrain to get to their campsite. Sometimes they had a trail, sometimes they didn't. more »

Alumnae Works to Change the World

What originally was a trip to Houston to take part in a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) roundtable turned into an opportunity to be a White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Ambassador. Saba Nafees, an Honors College Alumnae and first-year mathematics graduate student, originally from Pakistan, attended the roundtable discussion. more »

Wong Receives New Scholarship Catalyst Program Award

Associate Dean, Aliza Wong, submitted one of only about 30 winning proposals for the newly created Texas Tech Scholarship Catalyst Program (SCP). The program is designed to support research and scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences. more »

Williams Selected as Dibner Resident Scholar

Dr. Williams has been selected as a Dibner Library Resident Scholar for 2015. This position consists of a residential grant to conduct research in the Special Collections at the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC. more »

Dean Names Leadership Team

Dr. Michael San Francisco, Dean of the Honors College enthusiastically announces the college leadership team. Dr. Aliza Wong, Associate Professor of History, will serve as the Associate Dean for the college. more »

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