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MSU hosts Alumni Distinguished Scholarship event on campus  

MSU hosts Alumni Distinguished Scholarship event on campus  

February 1, 2023

Last Friday, over 500 high school students came to the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center to take part in the first of two Alumni Distinguished Scholarship events.

Marylander finds a ‘home’ at Michigan State

Marylander finds a ‘home’ at Michigan State

January 31, 2023

Honors student Jerome Hamilton Jr. is now in his second year at Michigan State University, almost 600 miles away from his hometown.  

Astronomy student wants to ‘reach for the stars’

Astronomy student wants to ‘reach for the stars’

January 25, 2023

Second-year Honors student Agrim Gupta discovered his passion for astronomy in sixth grade when he joined his school's astronomy club organized by SPACE India.

Undergraduate Diversity Research Showcase features student work

Undergraduate Diversity Research Showcase features student work

January 18, 2023

The 6th Annual University-wide Diversity Research Showcase held at the MSU Union featured nearly 50 students presenting their research that ranged from increasing mobility accessibility to delving into issues of diversity in rural elementary education settings.

MSU leadership connects with Honors College on vision, values and more

MSU leadership connects with Honors College on vision, values and more

December 13, 2022

MSU President and Provost Visit the Honors College

Finding a Home in the Honors College

Finding a Home in the Honors College

November 29, 2022

Second-year computer science student Praneetha Ankisettipalli was invited to join the Honors College after her first semester at Michigan State University. While rising expectations and a major change in pace can be a lot for any student to adjust to, Ankisettipalli was ready for the challenge.

Connections soar at 'Dinner with the Dean' 

Connections soar at 'Dinner with the Dean' 

November 21, 2022

Over 30 Honors College faculty, staff and students recently attended a “Dinner with the Dean” event to discuss aspirations of the college and learn more about future plans. 

Open Forum on “The Nature of Inequality” on Nov. 29

Open Forum on “The Nature of Inequality” on Nov. 29

November 21, 2022

Since 2011, Sharper Focus/Wider Lens has offered students, faculty, staff and the Greater Lansing community the opportunity to grapple with important issues or questions in a trans-disciplinary format.

Honors Experiences Inspire Career in Neurology

Honors Experiences Inspire Career in Neurology

November 18, 2022

Melissa Elafros’ desire to become a physician began early in life.

Research Helps Students Develop Lasting Opportunities

Research Helps Students Develop Lasting Opportunities

November 17, 2022

During her senior year of high school, Megha Pratapwar was given an offer she could not refuse: a professorial assistantship through the Honors College at Michigan State University.

2022 Honors graduate shares experiences, passion for the future

2022 Honors graduate shares experiences, passion for the future

November 11, 2022

Recent Honors Alumna Taylor Kovach is dreaming big.

Message from Dean Christopher P. Long Regarding Nationwide Protests in Iran 

Message from Dean Christopher P. Long Regarding Nationwide Protests in Iran 

November 9, 2022

Dear Honors College Community,  Over the past two months, one of the largest women's rights movements in history has been unfolding in Iran and around the world.

MSU leader and grad students share message to ‘prioritize joy’

MSU leader and grad students share message to ‘prioritize joy’

October 31, 2022

Mindful breathing exercises, thoughtful leadership practices, and reimagining graduate education in ways that prioritize joy were all part of a panel discussion led by Honors College Dean Christopher Long and several MSU graduate students during the Imagining America National Gathering in New Orleans.

Donor Makes a Difference

Donor Makes a Difference

October 30, 2022

The Honors College’s 22-23 Wielenga Research Scholars had the opportunity to meet with inventor and long-time donor Tom Wielenga.

MSU Debate Wins Wayne State Tournament

MSU Debate Wins Wayne State Tournament

October 24, 2022 - Carly Watson

Michigan State University Debate won the George Ziegelmueller Invitational Tournament hosted by Wayne State University this past weekend.

Message from Dean Christopher P. Long Regarding Our Work Ahead

Message from Dean Christopher P. Long Regarding Our Work Ahead

October 17, 2022

Dear College of Arts & Letters and Honors College Students, Staff, and Faculty,  The arrival of President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., on campus in 2019 marked an important milestone in our efforts to create a culture at Michigan State University that is transparent, open, trusting, and safe. He prioritized the safety of our community and exemplified that commitment as we navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic together. I am grateful for the leadership he has provided in our ongoing work to create a culture that is truly inclusive and equitable.  

Donors Support Next Generation of Excellence

Donors Support Next Generation of Excellence

October 5, 2022

Donors make all the difference when it comes to a student's ability to access learning resources — research, study abroad programs, internships, or other learning opportunities — you name it.

Getting a Head Start in Research

Getting a Head Start in Research

October 4, 2022

After being accepted to the Honors College, awarded an Alumni Distinguished Scholarship, and receiving an offer for a professorial assistantship, Maggie Jones knew Michigan State University was the school for her.

Honors College Student Explores Overlap in Career Fields

Honors College Student Explores Overlap in Career Fields

October 3, 2022

Third-year Honors student Sadie Mrakuzic interned at TalentLaunch over the summer, which ultimately helped her decide to pursue a career in counseling.

Author of “Democracy's Data” Speaks on Honors Program Flexibility

Author of “Democracy's Data” Speaks on Honors Program Flexibility

September 22, 2022

2002 Honors College graduate and historian Dan Bouk recently released a new book, “Democracy's Data: The Hidden Stories in the U.S. Census and How to Read Them.”

A Message from the MSU Deans Council

A Message from the MSU Deans Council

September 13, 2022

A Message from the MSU Deans Council

Message to the MSU Board of Trustees and Other Members of the MSU Community

Message to the MSU Board of Trustees and Other Members of the MSU Community

September 8, 2022

Dear MSU Board of Trustees and other members of the MSU Community, As academic leaders at Michigan State University, we write to reaffirm our commitment to the University’s values and to applying and upholding the University’s policies and procedures. We must ensure that our campus is a safe learning and working environment and a vibrant place of discovery for our students, staff, and faculty. This duty is of paramount importance particularly here at Michigan State University given our institutional failures to protect survivors.

Honors service program addresses equity in Lansing

Honors service program addresses equity in Lansing

August 31, 2022

HC IMPACT serves as a primer for the college experience — allowing incoming first-year students to explore on- and off-campus opportunities while also addressing and acting on equity issues in the community.

To the Class of 2026: What Will Your Story Be?

To the Class of 2026: What Will Your Story Be?

August 29, 2022

"How will you live out the values of equity, peace, and belonging?" asks Dean Christopher P. Long in a new Long View Blog, which welcomes the Class of 2026 and invites all to bring their whole selves to the story they create at Michigan State University.

Academic Scholars Program hosts inaugural summer program 

Academic Scholars Program hosts inaugural summer program 

August 26, 2022 - Sydney Bowler and Maddie Monroe

During the transition from high school to college, students strive to find a good balance, all while adjusting to a whole new home. The Honors College recently implemented the Accelerating Connections & Excellence (ACE) Summer Program to help first-year students ease into college life. 

Meet the 2022 Fulbright student scholars from the MSU Honors College 

Meet the 2022 Fulbright student scholars from the MSU Honors College 

August 26, 2022 - Sydney Bowler

This year, three Honors College alumni will continue to represent the university during a research grant or English teaching assistantship. The 2022-2023 Honors College Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees are:  Amelia Cole, Emily McHarg, and Mariam Sayed. 

Honors alumnus furthers education in medicine

Honors alumnus furthers education in medicine

August 17, 2022 - Sydney Bowler

Austin Benedict, a second-year D.O. candidate at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, is on his way to becoming a surgeon.

Honors alumna pursues dream career

Honors alumna pursues dream career

August 10, 2022 - Sydney Bowler

Honors College alumna Laura McKenzie pursued her dreams of becoming an artist in October 2021 when she opened Laura McKenzie Gallery.

Honors graduate reflects on student experiences, landing job with Apple

Honors graduate reflects on student experiences, landing job with Apple

July 19, 2022 - Sydney Bowler

Honors graduate Simone Nagi reflects on undergraduate experiences and how she landed a job at Apple.

Alumni and University Distinguished Scholars Incoming Class of 2022 Announced

Alumni and University Distinguished Scholars Incoming Class of 2022 Announced

June 14, 2022 - Sydney Bowler

Twenty-one future Honors College students have been awarded scholarships to cover full tuition, room and board and a stipend for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.

April Student Of The Month

April Student Of The Month

May 30, 2022

Our April Student of the Month was Taylor Kovach! Kovach is a first-generation college student studying Psychology with minors in Sociology, Human Behavior, and Social Services in the College of Social Sciences.

Honors Giving Back Award Finalists

Honors Giving Back Award Finalists

April 7, 2022

On April 5, the Honors College held its Giving Back Awards, in which students were recognized for involvement in a local, national, or international community project or organization or a special Covid-19 responsive service.

March Students and Faculty of the Month

March Students and Faculty of the Month

March 31, 2022

The Honors College is excited to announce March’s Faculty and Students of the Month! We will be recognizing nominated students and faculty members for their dedication to the Spartan community. During the month of March, Natalie Phillips and Katharine Hung were chosen as Faculty of the Month. Nupur Huria, Sarah Judis and Jada Vassar were chosen as Students of the Month.

Michigan State University Students Earn National STEM Scholarships

Michigan State University Students Earn National STEM Scholarships

March 29, 2022

East Lansing, Mich. – Three Michigan State University undergraduate students have been named recipients of the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. MSU has produced 52 Goldwater Scholars.

Day in the Life of a National Debate Competitor

Day in the Life of a National Debate Competitor

March 24, 2022

National debate competitor, Piper Meloche, gets up early on Thursdays – attending her Philosophy of Global Health class, and then her Introductory Anthropology class, in which she has an Honors Option

Research Stories: Albert Cohen and His Professorial Assistants Use Sports Analytics to Improve D1 Hockey Team Results

Research Stories: Albert Cohen and His Professorial Assistants Use Sports Analytics to Improve D1 Hockey Team Results

March 12, 2022

When first offered Professorial Assistantships with Dr. Albert Cohen, Honors College students Jordan Hofbauer and Derek Lasker didn't know their lives would drastically change forever.

February Students and Faculty of the Month

February Students and Faculty of the Month

February 25, 2022

The Honors College is excited to launch Students and Faculty of the Month! We will be recognizing nominated students and faculty members for their dedication to the Spartan community. During the month of February, Jessica Stokes and Ryan Maccombs were chosen as Faculty of the Month. Merlinda Sewavi, Kelsey Abner and Sam Barans were chosen as Students of the Month.

Michigan State University Student Earns Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Michigan State University Student Earns Gates Cambridge Scholarship

February 14, 2022

East Lansing, Mich. – Andrew McDonald, an Honors College senior majoring in Computer Science in the College of Engineering; and Advanced Mathematics, and Statistics in the College of Natural Science has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Open Letter Regarding Congregation Beth Israel Hostage Standoff

Open Letter Regarding Congregation Beth Israel Hostage Standoff

January 19, 2022

Dear Honors College Community and College of Arts & Letters, This weekend’s hostage standoff at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas was frightening and traumatic to members of our community. Each instance of violence that appears to target a specific community can send shockwaves that are felt by many — particularly those who identify with the victims closest to the tragedy.

2022 Diversity Research Showcase Winners Announced

2022 Diversity Research Showcase Winners Announced

January 19, 2022

Held in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration, the 2022 Annual Diversity Research Showcase featured oral and poster presentations from MSU undergraduate students and helped to provide students with the space to present their work, or work in progress, on issues of diversity that advance inclusion with peers, faculty, and staff. The event was made possible by sponsorship from the Honors College, the College of Social Science, the College of Natural Science, James Madison College, the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the MSU Libraries, and the Undergraduate Research Office.

Michigan State University Student Earns Marshall Scholarship

Michigan State University Student Earns Marshall Scholarship

December 13, 2021

Congratulations to Andrew McDonald, an Honors College senior majoring in Computer Science in the College of Engineering; and Advanced Mathematics, and Statistics in the College of Natural Science, who has been named a Marshall Scholar! Andrew is the 19th Marshall Scholar from Michigan State University.

Student Stories: Marshall Weimer

Student Stories: Marshall Weimer

November 29, 2021

Marshall Weimer, a current Honors College student, perfectly embodies how MSU Spartans are Generation Will. Weimer is a senior studying Fisheries & Wildlife with a Concentration in Conservation Biology within the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, with an additional major in Chinese. This past summer, Weimer participated in a Moosewatch Expedition on Isle Royale as part of the Wolf-Moose Project. The project is the longest continuous study of any predator-prey system in the world and started in 1958. For the project, Weimer spent 9 days on Isle Royale assisting researchers in searching for moose bones to analyze the cause of death over the winter.

Ten Students, Four Alumni Nominated for Prestigious Graduate School Scholarships

Ten Students, Four Alumni Nominated for Prestigious Graduate School Scholarships

October 12, 2021

Michigan State University has nominated 10 undergraduate students and four alumni for nationally competitive graduate school scholarships: the Churchill Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, the Mitchell Scholarship, and the Rhodes Scholarship. All the scholarships support students attending graduate school in the United Kingdom or Ireland. 

Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean

August 31, 2021 - By: Christopher P. Long

Please see a message from the Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Christopher P. Long

Alumni Stories: Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali

Alumni Stories: Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali

August 6, 2021

Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, Honors College alumnus, constantly embodies how Spartans Will. He is a leading dermatologist, researcher, and digital health entrepreneur based in New York City. Dr. Bhanusali regularly provides an expert opinion in media outlets from Cosmopolitan to The New York Times. Beyond medicine, Dr. Bhanusali works at the cutting edge of health and entrepreneurship, including Skin Medicinals, a platform that works to help lower drug pricing, Amazon’s first skincare line, and multiple celebrity projects. 

Alumni Stories: Peter Burroughs

Alumni Stories: Peter Burroughs

July 26, 2021 - Asia Siev

The small details are what’s important for Peter Burroughs (‘17 B.A.). Burroughs is a freelance environmental artist and current intern at Blizzard Entertainment, an American video game developer known for games like Overwatch, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. His work focuses on creating indoor and outdoor settings for films or video games. Environmental artists work on background visuals with which characters and objects will interac–anything from buildings to trees to furniture.

Honors College Welcomes a New Dean

Honors College Welcomes a New Dean

June 16, 2021 - Kimberly Popiolek, College of Arts and Letters

Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, will assume leadership responsibilities as Dean of MSU’s Honors College, effective July 1, 2021. The Honors College and the College of Arts & Letters each will retain their own status and identity as Dean Long is charged with working with faculty and staff to elevate the stature of both entities.

Alumni and University Distinguished Scholars Incoming Class of 2021 Announced

Alumni and University Distinguished Scholars Incoming Class of 2021 Announced

May 26, 2021 - Asia Siev

Eighteen incoming students have been awarded scholarships to cover full tuition, room and board and a stipend for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study at Michigan State University.