March 21, 2023

Two Honors Students Receive Prestigious Language Scholarships

Two students from the Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College have been selected for the highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship and CLS Spark Program, which will allow them to study languages abroad with the goal of helping improve U.S. diplomatic relationships.

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February 23, 2023

Honors Students Collaborate with Peers and Win National Award for Project Focused on Supporting Children with Incarcerated Parents

The Virginia Commonwealth University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honors society, has received an award for a service-learning project that allowed members of the VCU chapter to help support children attending Richmond public schools who have incarcerated parents.

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February 9, 2023

Nine Honors Stuudents, Recent Alums Named Fulbright Semifinalists

Nine Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College students and recent alumni have been named semifinalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

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February 2, 2023

Two Honors Faculty Members Receive Grant to Create Learning Modules Around Health Inequities, Disparities

Two Honors College faculty members have received a grant to create interdisciplinary-learning modules around health and healthcare disparities and inequities. Mary Boyes, Honors College Associate Professor, and Faye Prichard, Honors College Assistant Professor, were announced as recipients of the Virginia Commonwealth University Humanities Research Center Health Humanities Lab Faculty and Community Fellows initiative in late January.

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December 15, 2022

Six Honors Students, Recent Alumni Receive National, International Scholarships and Fellowships

Over the last year, 21 Virginia Commonwealth University students and recent alumni have been awarded prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships – helping them advance their studies and careers in fields ranging from public policy and foreign affairs to STEM.

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December 12, 2022

Honors College Bestows Honors to 34 Graduates at Fall Commencement

The Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College bestowed Honors to 34 graduates, the highest academic accolade given to VCU undergraduate students, at its Fall 2022 commencement ceremony on Friday, December 9.

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November 4, 2022

Honors Alum Seeks to Become Agent of Change Through Courts

When Maryum Elnasseh would travel with her family back to their home country of Egypt as a child, she started to see the difference between her life back in Richmond and the lives of kids her same age in Egypt. And it did not sit well. 

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October 27, 2022

Honors Student Makes Memories, Finds Fullfilment in Helping Fellow Students

Read how Jessemia Meekins has found fulfillment in serving as an Honors teaching assistant, her favorite memories in Honors thus far, her plans after graduation and more!

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October 1, 2022

Honors Student Gives Back Through Internship

Avani Venkatesh became involved with the nonprofit The Giving Square when she was a freshman at VCU. The organization helps students from Title I schools, which are schools in which children from low-income families make up at least 40% of enrollment, learn about philanthropy and social justice.

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August 23, 2022

A Message from the Dean: Welcome Back, Honors Students

For some of you, this week marks a welcome return to a place you know well, while for others it will be the start of your academic journey—but either way, I speak for everyone in the Honors College when I say that we are thrilled to have you on campus and as part of our Honors community.

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August 9, 2022

Honors Student, Faculty Member Research How to Address the School to Prison Pipeline

Rana Ansari has always been drawn to examining the disparities–in trying to close gaps and bring equity and opportunity closer for all. When she was in high school Rana took an interest in examining the disparities that affected the refugee community in her hometown of Spotsylvania.

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July 12, 2022

Honors Student, Faculty Member Collaborate to Study How to Improve HIV Education

Isaiah Mamo wants to help reshape the way people become informed about HIV in hopes of helping shed the stigmas around the virus and leading to better prevention practices. 

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June 2, 2022

Honors Student Selected for Prestigious STEM Scholarship

MiJin Cho, a junior in the Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College studying psychology and English in the College of Humanities and Sciences, has been selected as a recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious national scholarship for undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics students.

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May 13, 2022

Honors College Bestows Honors to 182 Graduates at Spring Commencement

The Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College bestowed Honors to 182 graduates, the highest academic accolade given to VCU undergraduate students, at its Spring 2022 commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 12.

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May 3, 2022

Honors Student Spotlight: Nikki Novak

Meet Nikki Novak an Honors student majoring in environmental studies who spent her a semester abroad.

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April 27, 2022

Honors Students Receive Prestigious Award from VCU President

Three Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College students have received a prestigious award from VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. for notable contributions to community and multicultural enrichment.

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April 26, 2022

Software Industry Leader, Honors Alum to serve as Spring 2022 Graduation Speaker

Andrea Goulet, a national leader in empathy centered software design and Honors alumna, will serve as the commencement speaker at the Virginia Commonwealth University HonorsCollege Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony.

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April 19, 2022

Class of 2022: Honors Student Wants to Help Advance Research on LGBT+ Issues

Sometimes all that it takes is a push. When Steph Cull first came to Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue an undergraduate degree, they had no interest in research.

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April 12, 2022

Honors Student Named Emerging Scholar of the Year

A Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College student has been named the 2022 Emerging Honors Scholar of the Year by the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council.

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April 1, 2022

Honors Student Spotlight: Taya Coates

Meet Taya Coates! Taya is a Junior Honors student who is majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Mass Communications. She also serves as the executive editor-in-chief of the student-run Honors online magazine, Le Monde

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March 8, 2022

Honors student starts club to assist refugees in Richmond, raise awareness

Vineeth Vaidyula knows how difficult it can be for individuals and families who are resettling in the U.S. The son of immigrants, Vaidyula has seen firsthand through his volunteer work in the Richmond community that resettling in a new country can be one of the most challenging things any person or family can endure.

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February 1, 2022

Honors KnitWits Stitch Beanies for Afghan Refugees

When Alison Zieleman learned about the Afghan refugee crisis, she wanted to try and help in any way she could. And one way she and her peers knew they could help was through their collective interest and skill—knitting. 

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January 25, 2022

Honors Student Spotlight: Naima Monif Almajdobah

Read Naima's Q&A to learn about her background, why she chose to join Honors, the VCUArts Qatar campus and more. 

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December 13, 2021

Honors College Bestows Honors to 41 Graduates at Fall Commencement

The Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College bestowed Honors to 41 graduates, the highest academic accolade given to undergraduate students, at its Fall 2021 commencement ceremony on Friday, December 10.

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October 26, 2021

Transfer Student Thrives in Honors, Finds Collegiality and Challenge

Things do not always go according to plan. Sara Huffman knows this first hand. But she also knows that just because something does take the first time around doesn’t mean that it won’t take the second time.

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October 12, 2021

Honors Student Pursues Medicine Through Guaranteed Admission Program

Ishaan Nandwani is a junior double majoring in Biology and Spanish. His interests have always been interdisciplinary, but he landed on going to medicial school because he was inspired by his aunt, a practicing endocrinologist who graduated from the VCU School of Medicine. 

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October 7, 2021

Honors Student Wants to Help People Through Physical Therapy

Linsey Martin has always wanted to help people. And it was not until she was rehabbing a sports injury when she was younger that she realized that physical therapy had all the elements she was seeking in a career.

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September 29, 2021

Honors alum explores the intersection of art and diplomacy as Fulbright Scholar

Colleen Connolly (B.A. Graphic Design & Honors, 2020), did not know how to feel when she read the email informing her that her Fulbright placement had been cancelled by former President Trump’s Executive Order 13936. 

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September 21, 2021

Honors Student Q&A: Raymond Hang Uses Research to Examine Heart Defects

Raymond Hang gets a lot our of conducting undergraduate research, but the most important thing he gets from this is knowing that his work is making a real difference in people's lives. 

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September 2, 2021

Honors College Students Recognized for Outstanding Research

Thirty-four Honors College students were recognized Thursday, September 2 for completing research projects under the Virginia Commonwealth University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

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