Archive | May, 2012

UHP Student Peer Advisors Welcome the Class of 2016!

30 May

Welcome, Class of 2016, from your Student Peer Advisors!

–This post is written by UHP student and SPA co-chair Kayley Sullivan.

Welcome Class of 2016!

You all will probably be hearing that a lot. As the incoming class, you will likely be bombarded with welcomes from every department, organization, and club you can think of—clearly, GW is very excited to welcome a fantastic freshman class! The excitement, however, as well as the transition to college, can be a little overwhelming.

We know because we’ve been there. Luckily, experience is a good teacher—which is why we want to share ours with you. We would like to introduce to you The University Honors Program Student Peer Advisors (SPA).

As Student Peer Advisors, we strive to provide comprehensive support for UHP students during their transition to college and beyond, and to strengthen the UHP Community by increasing interclass interactions. Continue reading

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A Delightful Semester with Jane Austen [Research Stories]

18 May

–This post is written by UHPers Hannah Wendling and Madison Boggs, who served as research assistants to Professor Frawley this semester.  Prof. Frawley is also the director of the University Honors Program.

Under the benevolent direction of Professor Frawley, Hannah Wendling and Madison Boggs have spent a very agreeable semester researching the revealing vocabulary of Jane Austen.

Hannah and Madison have spent the majority of their time cataloging the significant keywords that Professor Frawley has selected to discuss and analyze in her prospective book, Keywords of Jane Austen’s Fiction.  These keywords are used consistently throughout Austen’s novels and generally convey specific meanings and sentiments.  They express Austen’s didactic intentions and oftentimes reflect her personal values.  In order to gain greater insight into Austen’s literary choices, Hannah, Madison, and Professor Frawley have also been examining material written in Austen’s time that may have affected her work or view of society.  In particular, they are reading through Samuel Johnson’s Rambler essays, noting similarities in theme and opinion between these essays and Austen’s novels, and recording any instances where Austen may have been influenced or affected by Johnson’s assertions.

In April, Hannah and Madison were awarded a Gamow Fellowship in order to continue their research into the summer. They have found this research truly delightful, and continue to approach their work with lively enthusiasm.  Hannah and Madison look forward to spending an amiable summer rereading their favorite novels, exploring Jane Austen’s superior taste, and aiding Professor Frawley in identifying words of consequence.

A Message from Prof. Cheryl Vann

16 May

–Professor Vann will be away for our fabulous graduation reception this year, but wanted to send all graduating seniors this message.

Though I can’t be physically with you, as I begin my Japan workshop in Hawaii on Sunday, I want to send along my regards and my wishes for your happiness and success.  I enjoyed our study together in Origins and Arts and World Culture; it was my privilege to teach and to learn from you.  Aloha!  Cheryl Vann

Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance [Research Stories]

15 May

–This post is written by UHPer Chris Rossi, who served as a research assistant for Prof. Straehle.

Top 10 College Majors That Lead to High Salaries. 2012. Photograph. 2011-2012 PayScale College Salary Report, Seattle, WA.

This semester, I have worked closely with Professor Manny Straehle in preparation for the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association taking place in Minneapolis, MN from October 24-27. The 26th annual conference of the AEA, or “Eval 2012” as it is referred to centers on complex ecologies with the slogan of, “Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance.”

Specifically, we have been researching the differences in economic and fiscal value of an undergraduate degree versus a certification. By undergraduate degree, we specifically investigated the merits of computer science degrees and related computer engineering degrees. The certifications we speak of are those in various operating systems including but not limited to the most recent certifications in Microsoft, Apple, and Linux operating systems.

Many technological institutes offer such certifications to those wishing to work in the Information Technology field while most universities offer comparable undergraduate degrees. While there is still more research to be done, we have used an initial broad research technique of past findings as well as regarding the value of college majors in general (pictured) on this subject and a qualitative survey to investigate. We have foundd rather conflicting and competing information regarding both the financial and employment value of each as well as regarding the connotations both hold in the workplace and education environment. It appears that specific job specifications and one’s career goals greatly affect the value of each educational achievement. Additionally, our surveys have been limited to those already within the undergraduate field of study and need to be expanded to a population that is as biased toward computer certifications or toward a more objective population. As there is a dearth of prior research into this subject, we hope to employ quantitative research techniques in the future to prepare a presentation for the aforementioned and upcoming conference in October.

Hatchet Featured UHPers: From Farm to Plate

14 May

Check out these two great features at the Hatchet highlighting some of the very cool things our UHP grads are off to after graduation.

Elyssa Kaplan is off to Paris to attend culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu, and

Rebecca Remis is heading up to NY state to work on an organic farm.