Ask an Honors Student

Hear about the value of Honors from some of our current and former students.

Do you have a question about the University Honors Program? Our Honors Student Advisory Board is eager to hear from you—please feel free to send them a message!

Hadjer Abir Bensaha
Hadjer Abir Bensaha
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

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Hadjer is majoring in international business and marketing and minoring in leadership & management and technical sales. She moved to the U.S. from Algeria in 2016. Hadjer currently works as a sales associate at Walmart. She completed an internship this summer with Hilti North America and received a full-time job offer after graduation. Hadjer hopes to travel the world by the time she’s 50 and is always up for adventures, whether in education, traveling, or getting to know more about the people she meets.

Olivia Gornichec
Olivia Gornichec

College of Science

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Olivia is a senior studying biochemistry and mathematics. She hopes to enter a physician’s assistant graduate program in the future and is currently busy working at a health center to gain exposure in the field. She is also involved in undergraduate research studying CRISPR systems in one lab and the gut microbiome in another. Olivia loves to try new things. This summer, she got into tennis and rock climbing started playing the cello, and traveled to the Pacific Ocean for the first time!

Anneka Walton
Anneka Walton
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

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Anneka is a senior majoring in nutrition science who hopes to complete a graduate program in genetic counseling following graduation from USU. Anneka serves as an Undergraduate Research Fellow (URF) ambassador and has spent time on the Undergraduate Research Advisory Board. She is also involved in volunteer work through the disability studies program. Outside of work and academics, Anneka loves spending time with friends and family, hosting and making food for "introvert parties," exploring nature, reading, and enjoying all that USU has to offer.

Olivia Brock
Olivia Brock
Caine College of the Arts
 
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Olivia is a senior double-majoring in art history and mathematics/statistics. She has taken on several roles as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, Writing Fellow, writing tutor, and math/stats recitation leader. Olivia plans to attend graduate school and to pursue a career in scientific communication or education, with the aim of making science more approachable for non-scientists. In her free time, Olivia enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, and going to museums with her family.

Cole Lancaster
Cole Lancaster

College of Humanities and Social Sciences  

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Cole is a junior majoring in sociology and interdisciplinary studies in pre-law and societal students. Cole transferred to USU from the College of Southern Idaho and plans to study abroad next year. He is an active supporting ally of the LGBTQ+ community, and his pronouns are he/him/his. Cole’s interests include thrifting, photography, and hiking.

Kathleen Whisenhunt
Kathleen Whisenhunt

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

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Kathleen is a junior studying early childhood/elementary education, with minors in mathematics and linguistics. She loves to do research and highly recommends getting involved in undergraduate research while at USU. Kathleen is currently involved in a research project called “Coding in Kindergarten.” Kathleen also loves to read, play the piano, and teach piano lessons part-time. Kathleen has a kitten named Miri, whom she absolutely adores.

Mikenna DeBruin
Mikenna DeBruin
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
 
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Mikenna is a junior double-majoring in conservation & restoration ecology and communication studies. She is a co-lead for the Cougar Project, which is an ongoing undergraduate camera-trapping study on large mammal abundances along the wildland-urban gradient. Mikenna loves science communication and had the opportunity to work at Timpanogos Cave National Monument over the summer as a park ranger. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, gleaning fruit, and reading autobiographies!

Emilee Rickabaugh
Emilee Rickabaugh

College of Engineering                

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Emilee is a senior studying biological engineering. She enjoys participating in research studying models of the subretinal tissue. She has taken on leadership positions in many organizations across campus, including the Society of Women Engineers and USU's Queer Student Alliance. In her free time, Emilee enjoys reading, rock-climbing, and trying new video games with her friends.