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Stamps of Approval

Seven out of seven outstanding students to whom Mizzou offered the prestigious Stamps Scholarship accepted, meaning Mizzou is batting a thousand in 2019.

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Annual Honors Award Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

Over a dozen awards were given to students and faculty alike for outstanding achievements in a variety of fields.

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Honors students taking the lead in MU organizations

Whether it be through clubs, sports, Greek Life and more, Honors students pride themselves on staying involved on campus. In fact, many Honors students accept leadership positions in their extracurricular activities. Here is a feature on two students, Brandon Lee…

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Studying Girl Talk/Women Speak: Women’s Stories of the #MeToo Movement

Every Wednesday at 3pm, five female Honors students meet with English professor Dr. Elaine Lawless in Memorial Union. Reading responses in hand, the students arrive eager to discuss the week’s assignment and analyze the topic of the day. Their discussions…

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Putting Your Best Self Into Action: Honors Wellness Program Launches

Success and Well-Being in Honors is an educational awareness program that supports students in managing daily challenges of academic life, assists with major and career exploration, facilitates student mental well-being and growth, and connects students to wellness resources on campus.

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Honors College Giving Day – Donors

With Giving Day 2019 now well underway, we are pleased to share these profiles and comments from our initial campaign supporters.

Brazeal Scholarship Receipient, Bailey McCann

Making Her Mark at Mizzou

As the Brazeal Scholar for MU Class of 2022, McCann receives a scholarship for her full cost of tuition, opportunities for research and study abroad programs, and guidance from previous Brazeal Scholars.

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Honors students featured at 2019 Visual Arts and Design Showcase

The Honors College is pleased to congratulate four Honors students who were featured in the University of Missouri’s 2019 Undergraduate Visual Arts and Design Showcase. Each year, this showcase offers around 50 students the opportunity to display their work, which…

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Tutorials: A Traditional Setting for Unique Learning

Each semester, the Honors College offers a variety of Honors Tutorials for students to enroll in. These tutorials are specific to one topic and typically have around five students.

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Meet Your Honors College Front Desk Staff

Introducing some of the friendly faces at the Honors College reception desk! Each semester, student staff members man the Front Desk, where they monitor sign-ins, answer questions and offer assistance to guests and staff. Get to know four of our…

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MEET DOUG WORGUL: Our Alpha Author in Residence

The Honors College is excited to welcome Doug Worgul, the college’s first-ever Author in Residence.

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MU Honors College Mourns the Passing of Penny Stamps

It is with sadness that we note the passing, yesterday (December 13, 2018) of Penny Stamps, one of the namesakes and benefactors of the Stamps Scholars program, which MU has been associated with since 2016.

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Dr. Offit Lecture

Offit, the Director of the Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as a member of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, spent three days on campus giving lectures, brown bag seminars, and classroom visits, for students and faculty across the campus.

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Communicate Science or Die Trying: Dr. Paul Offit to speak at MU

Dr. Offit will be visiting MU on November 29 as the 2018 Cherng Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

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Returning Home for the Holidays: Helpful Tips

As our two holiday breaks are quickly approaching, students across campus are getting ready to return home.

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Honors College Welcomes New Staff Member

This October, the Honors College welcomed its newest staff member, Sarah Kammeyer. She joins the Honors College as the new Assistant to the Director and the general office manager, and will have extensive interaction with students, faculty, and staff across campus.

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Missouri Day 2018

The phrase “Made in the USA” has been an important branding and manufacturing marker for several decades. One Mizzou Honors student, Reagan Myers, hopes that “Made in Missouri” will gain similar acceptance.


All things geeky

Geek Week is a week-long celebration of all things “geeky” and is open to all students. Events from this year’s Geek Week included game night, movie screenings, trivia night, faculty-led discussion and much more.


Stamp of Approval

Being from Iowa, McDermott didn’t know much about Mizzou until a recruitment adviser visited her high school. When the adviser shared some information about the Stamps Scholar Program, she knew she had to apply.

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Honors Q&A: Cherng Summer Scholars

Last summer, 11 honors students participated in the Cherng Summer Scholars program. Four students shared their experiences from this summer.

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Dungeon Masters

Dungeons and Dragons returns to the Geek Week Game Night, 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Mark Twain Residence Hall.

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A Powerful Experience

Learning does not stop when the semester ends. This past summer, five honors students traveled to Bosnia, studying the history, outcomes and lasting effects of the Bosnian Genocide.

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Journalism Undergrad Co-Publishes Research in Academic Journal

For Caroline Dade, research ‘bridges gap’ between academia and journalism industry.

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Weird Fascination

A student’s clubmates help her find her scientific calling.

From Student Affairs


Stop the Stereotypes

When Emma Worgul had to choose between attending Washington University, Kansas State, and Mizzou, the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship was the deciding factor.

From Mizzou Magazine

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From Vikings to IKEA

Michael Yonan’s honors class took a field trip to the St. Louis IKEA to study examples of Scandinavian art and design in real life. (photo by Jim Quinn) From classes to tutorials, the Honors College offers a wide range of…

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An Editor’s Perspective

On April 26, six Honors students sat down with Honors College alum Margaret Holt for a luncheon at the International Café. Holt graduated from MU in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and is the current Standards Editor for the Chicago Tribune.

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Honoring Excellence

More than 50 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors and representing a wide variety of majors, received awards at the annual Honors College Awards Ceremony.


Service Break

While Spring Break means a trip to the beach for many students, for some it means an opportunity to dedicate themselves to service. Several honors students joined other MU students during the recent Spring Break in a week of service through Mizzou Alternative Breaks


Distinguished Alumnus

Fifty-three years ago this month, civil rights activists began a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, that ended in the brutal murder of activist Viola Liuzzo. MU alumnus Jim Turner returned to campus to speak about his experience prosecuting members of the Klu Klux Klan for Liuzzo’s murder.


Starting Early

In only her second semester of college, freshman Rachael Hillyer is already making a name for herself across campus. In addition to playing on Mizzou’s club soccer team and joining Pi Phi Sorority, she is the Sinclair School of Nursing’s first Discovery Fellow, an Honors College program for eligible freshmen to participate in mentored research.

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Exploring Global Solutions

Honors College CIRCA students are working towards goals greater than themselves.


MU Honors College Announces 2018 Cohort of Stamps Scholars

The University of Missouri’s Honors College has announced the seven students who have received an invitation to join the prestigious Stamps Scholars Program on campus starting in the fall of 2018.

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Every Picture Tells a Story

Senior Cassidy Minarik knows the struggle of finding a platform to display her art. So, when she found out about the Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase, she saw it as a great opportunity to show off her creative works.

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Stamps Scholars: Setting the Pace for the Future of Honors

The MU Honors College recently hosted its second annual Stamps Scholars Weekend, a two-day series of events that brought 26 Stamps Scholars finalists to campus for interviews, lectures, research presentations and tours.

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From Undergrads to Scientists

It might not sound like a traditional undergraduate experience, but Elizabeth Prenger and Andrew Ludwig found success studying a tiny parasitic worm.

From Decoding Science

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A Mizzou Family

There was a lot for MU senior Christopher Dade to celebrate during the week of Thanksgiving. That week he learned he was a recipient of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

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Honors Tutorial Takes Over KBIA's Views of the News

Five students from the Honors College participated in a 16-week tutorial under the direction of Missouri School of Journalism professor Amy Simons on media criticism during the Fall 2017 term. For their final project, the students produced and hosted their own special edition of KBIA-FM's program, "Views of the News."

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Sweet Research

Through the Stamps Scholars Program, freshman Toyin Jackson conducts undergraduate research with Alan McClure, founder of Patric Chocolate and doctoral student in the Department of Food Science.

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Raised a Tiger

Brazeal Scholar Olivia Flagg-Bourke's first time in a Mizzou classroom came when she was just a few days old.

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Andrew & Peggy Cherng Inducted Into Mizzou Homecoming Hall of Fame

The MU campus gathered Friday, October 20, to honor the 2017 Class of the Mizzou Homecoming Hall of Fame.


Geek Out

The Honors College celebrated its third annual Geek Week Sept. 18-23, complete with trivia, games, crafts and more. This year, Geek Week broke its previous attendance record, as programming reached 160 total students. The week saw 223 event sign-ins, indicating that many students attended more than one event.


Guidance for Aspiring Doctors

The number of Mizzou students admitted to medical and dental schools is well above the national average, due in part to the support student receive from MU’s MedOpp Advising Office.

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In the News

By day, senior Tyler Emery is a typical college student; she attends class, participates in extracurricular activities and spends time with her friends. By night, she is a professional news anchor for Columbia’s NBC affiliate, KOMU. On weekday evenings, Emery’s face appears on television sets across mid-Missouri as she broadcasts the news live to 40,000 viewers in 15 counties.


Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote Named Inaugural Cherng Visiting Scholar

Dr. Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote, Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named the inaugural Andrew and Peggy Cherng Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the MU Honors College.

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Helping Houston

Students in Richard Oliver’s Career Explorations class donate a flood bucket to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas, in late August, leaving widespread devastation, students in Professor Richard Oliver’s Career Explorations class wanted to help.

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Missouri Land Grant Compact Aims to Erase Tuition for Thousands

Sierra Applegate is a sophomore honors student studying aerospace engineering at MU. Next fall, she and thousands of other students won’t have to pay a dime of tuition.

From Columbia Missourian

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Land Grant Compact Will Provide Access to Missouri Residents

New grants underscore the University of Missouri’s pledge to fulfill its land-grant mission by offering more competitive, affordable education to Missourians

From MU News Bureau

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Maintaining Standards of Excellence

Honors College alum and supporter Margaret Holt maintains journalistic standards at the Chicago Tribune

From Columbia Journalism Review

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Timely Tutorials

Tutorials are a part the Honors College’s innovative curriculum that provide students with an opportunity to study a subject in real time, in depth, and in a small setting.  Professor Frank Bowman, who is on the law faculty, is teaching…

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Monarch Migration

This spring semester, six students worked with Professor Mark Kirk to learn about the history of the Monarch Butterfly and its migration patterns, and current conservation tactics in an honors tutorial course called “Natural History and the Migration of the Monarch Butterfly.”

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Awards Ceremony Recognizes Students, Faculty

Each year, the MU Honors College celebrates high achieving students who have received scholarships, awards and fellowships at a spring awards ceremony. This year, graduating seniors and over 70 other students were honored in front of friends, family and members…

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Environmentally Friendly

Megan Tyminski, a junior majoring in science and agricultural journalism and minoring in sustainable agriculture, is one of just 50 students nationally to earn the Udall Scholarship this year.

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Left to right: MU Honors College Director J.D. Bowers, Peggy Cherng, Honors College students Christopher Dade and Emma Worgul, Andrew Cherng and Interim Chancellor Hank Foley

Founders of Panda Express Give $1.5 Million to Mizzou Honors College

Gift from MU alumni will support scholarships and programs for high-achieving students


Unbound Opens Pathway Between Fiction and Reality

With the Unbound Book Festival, reading is no longer a solitary experience. This is especially true for honors students who participated in the university’s Unbound Tutorial.

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Visualizing Abolition

Visualizing Abolition maps the suppression of the African slave trade by following the correspondence exchanged between the British Foreign Office, British commissioners, minister, and naval officers, and representatives of foreign governments around the world in the 19th Century.


Studying Abroad: A first-hand account

Senior Kate Hargis shares a report from the field to provide a glimpse into what life is like in The Hague.

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A Trusted Adviser

Susan Geisert has seen thousands of students come through her door over the course of her 35-year career as an academic adviser.

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Great Ambassadors

The Honors College Ambassadors represent a wide array of majors, backgrounds and corners of campus and act as the face of the Honors College.


Art Show

The Visual Art and Design Showcase featured MU undergraduate student art and design projects from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 in Jesse Hall.

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Med School Ready

Honors pre-med students Manal Salim and Danielle Koerner have two very different aspirations for their future careers. Fortunately for them, the pre-med program at MU offers tracks that can open doors to nearly every field of medicine.

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Making Waves

By teaching students how to produce radio journalism pieces, Making Waves, a new honors course, demonstrates the power of storytelling.

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Recruiting the Best and Brightest

The annual Honors Scholars & Fellows Recruitment Weekend kicked off on Nov. 5 with a series of events and programs geared toward accomplished prospective students.


Getting Our Geek On

The Honors College hosted its second annual Geek Week from Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Throughout the week MU students were encouraged to indulge in all things geeky and nerdy while enjoying free food and time with friends.

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Alumna Joins Honors Staff

The Honors College welcomed alumna Jenelle Beavers as the new Associate Director on Nov. 1, 2016.


Celebrating Homecoming

In October, the Honors College took part in MU’s nearest and dearest tradition of Homecoming. Following the university-wide “A Tail of Tradition” theme, the Honors College was assigned the book “James and the Giant Peach” as its central theme.

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MU’s ‘Moneyball’ Guru

The tension between “mathletes” and athletes is one that doesn’t have to exist, according to Show-Me-Scholar freshman Matthew Kane.

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A look at life behind bars

On Oct. 2, a group of honors students toured the Missouri State Penitentiary as part of the Honors One Read Program. The trip was co-sponsored by MU Residential Life’s FIGS Program and Residence Hall Association, and was offered to students at no cost.


Meaningful Discussions

The MU community welcomed back alumna Stephanie McClure on Oct. 6-7 for a series of lectures and discussions about social justice, inclusion and misconceptions about race. McClure graduated from Mizzou in 1998 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Black Studies.


Learning Beyond the Classroom

Landing internships, building resumes and traveling abroad are all part of being a college student. Finding a place to start can be daunting for many, but junior Maddie Niemann had no problem figuring that out.


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Honors College Newsletter – Issue No. 1…

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Embracing New Opportunities

Each year, the Brazeal Scholarship offers one incoming freshman funding for up to eight semesters, as well as a yearlong research opportunity through Discovery Fellows and a study abroad experience.

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Answering the Call

MU freshman becomes first Borlaug-Ruan intern in school history.


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Jump Right In

Programs such as Discovery Fellows, the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Exposure to Research for Science Students (EXPRESS) and the Freshman Research in Plant Sciences (FRIPS) encourage first- and second-year students to get involved in research early.

From Undergraduate Research

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England Bound

MU Honors student Helen Bass has been selected to receive the Mark Twain Fellowship.

From the Fellowships Office

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Her Time to Lead

Honor student Alana Simpson finds opportunities close to home.

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Commitment and Comedy

A wide variety of interest has shaped Kyle Gunby's undergraduate experience.

Robert Schmidt poses with one of the cats that lives at Horton Animal Hospital, where he works part-time. Schmidt, a freshman studying biochemistry at the University of Missouri, is a member of the Discovery Fellows Program.

Family Genes

Discovery Fellow Robert Schmidt follows in aunt’s footsteps while exploring career options.

From Decoding Science

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We’ve Got Spirit

Mizzou student creates Special Olympics cheer squad.

From Mizzou Endeavors

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J.D. Bowers Named MU Honors College Director

J.D. Bowers has been named Director of the Honors College at the University of Missouri. Bowers has been Associate Vice Provost for University Honors at Northern Illinois University (NIU) since 2013.

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Honors Professor Rachel Harper Wins Kemper Award

The William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence includes a $10,000 stipend, and is awarded to five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri each year.

From the Kemper Awards