Spring 2020 NYC Trip!

Interested in taking a trip down to the city? You’re in luck! The Honors Program is holding its annual NYC trip on March 28th. You have the opportunity to see “The Play that Goes Wrong” on Broadway or the Opera “Werther” and the gorgeous Metropolitan Opera. To Attend this wonderful experience, first complete the survey at https://ithaca.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9GHF28GqRRl9CQd. A $20 refundable deposit is required to see the Broadway show and a $40 refundable deposit is required to attend the Opera, so please drop by to PRW 072 now until March 15th on MWF 10am-3pm or TTH 11am-1pm (please speak to a staff member in the honors program if you are in need of financial assistance). Seats are limited so don’t wait!

Two Year Research Fellowship Opportunity

CIRL Graduate Research Fellowship

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is offering one two-year research fellowship (tuition waiver, yearly stipend of $26,000, and health insurance) and one scholarship (tuition waiver for the 1st year, 2nd year contingent on academic performance and funding availability) in its new Consumer Behavior and Decision Sciences Master of Science program starting in fall 2020. The program is designed for students with a background in the social sciences, business, and/or a quantitative field, seeking to master applied behavioral and consumer research methodologies and analytic techniques. Students learn to synthesize theory in order to perform applied behavioral research, evaluate data to uncover actionable insights, and leverage those insights to shape behavior in the real world. The program fosters innovation, focusing on emergent and advanced research methodologies and analytic techniques, providing graduates the skills necessary to stay competitive now and into the future. Through an applied research project in connection with industry, the public sector, or community organizations, students produce solid evidence of their ability to conduct transformative research, setting them apart from their peers as they enter the job market.

The research fellow will serve as the lab manager for Harrisburg University’s Consumer Insights Research Lab (CIRL), while the scholarship recipient will act as a part-time research assistant. CIRL’s mission is to deliver a superior experiential learning opportunity to students while meeting local industry and public sector need for applied behavioral and consumer research. Award recipients will be immersed in every aspect of CIRL’s operations, gaining unique experience in organizing and carrying out a variety of applied behavioral research projects for our industry and public sector partners.

Ideal candidates will be creative problem solvers, possess solid quantitative research skills (e.g., familiarity with research design, basic statistics, and experimental programming), and have a strong interest in using applied behavioral research to influence the world around them. To apply send an application packet containing a personal statement (two-pages maximum) summarizing your relevant experience and interest in applied behavioral and consumer research, your resume/cv, a copy of your transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage), and one letter of recommendation (referees can send letters directly if they prefer) by April 1st 2020 to nashby@harrisburgu.edu with “CIRL Research Fellowship” in the subject line. Candidates will be considered for both awards. Candidates must hold a BS/BA by July 1st, 2020 and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

About Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and the city of Harrisburg 

Originally founded to address the need of Pennsylvania’s Capital Region for increased educational opportunities in applied science and technology-related fields, the vision of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is to provide academic programs at undergraduate and graduate levels for a diversity of learners, using student-centered, technologically advanced, and experiential learning designs that emphasize student success, with a sharp focus on specific interdisciplinary competencies and strong linkages to career development. The desired outcome is the emergence of well-qualified, technically expert graduates whose understanding of applied science and technology-related fields is honed by direct industry experience and rounded by a sound, cross-disciplinary liberal education.

Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania and offers a wealth of history and culture. Being centrally located, Harrisburg offers something for everyone from nature enthusiasts (e.g., it’s on the Appalachian Trail) to music aficionados and avid gamers (e.g., check out Harrisburg Universities concert series and annual HUE Festival), and provides easy access to large cultural centers (e.g., DC and NYC are a short train ride away). Harrisburg was rated the number 1 city to live in Pennsylvania in 2017 and consistently ranks in the top 50 cities to live nationally according to U.S. News and Reports. In addition, Harrisburg was rated the 4th best city for recent grads by relator.com, due to its thriving job market and lower than average cost of living.

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

Study Abroad in Argentina This Summer!

Study abroad in Argentina!  

This summer the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is offering an exciting Honors study abroad program at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.  This program is open to all current university level students (no need to apply to UHM to participate!) and offers the opportunity to earn up to 9 credits–6 in Spanish language and 3 in Honors through the course HON 330 Developing Intercultural Competence through Research.

This program runs from May 25 to July 3 and prices begin at $4,600, including a single room with an Argentinian host family and several excursions, such as an overnight trip to the Uspallata valley where we will see the tallest mountain outside of Asia, Aconcagua!

The Honors course is optional, but if you choose to take it be sure to talk with your Honors advisor to verify that you would be able to earn credit for it within your program.  The faculty Resident Director of this program, who will be on-site throughout the summer, is happy to talk with you to work this out!  We also have an opportunity for student work completed in this program to be published in our academic journal Mānoa Horizons.  

Please see our attached flyer for more information and check out the program website here:  http://www.studyabroad.hawaii.edu/programs/summer/mendoza-argentina/

For any questions, planning, or academic approval (such as discussing requirements for the transfer of Honors credit back to your university Honors program) please contact faculty Resident Director, Dr Jayme Scally (jaymeas@hawaii.edu).



Jayme Scally, PhD

Faculty Specialist/Academic Advisor

Honors & RAPS Programs

Sakamaki B412


Editor, Mānoa Horizons undergraduate journal

Honors Program Main Office
2425 Campus Road, Sinclair Library Rm. 128
Honolulu, HI 96822


Career Coaching With Career Services!

Spring Career Coaching Opportunities:

  • Group Chats: These small group discussions on a designated career topic are facilitated by a professional career coach. Students can learn from the coach and each other in an informal yet supportive setting.

o   February: Tuesdays & Fridays at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:00pm

  • Week 1: Cover Letters
  • Week 2: Networking
  • Week 3: Job Search
  • Week 4: Interviewing
  • Drop-in Hours: These 1:1 sessions are led by Peer Career Advisors. Students can receive feedback on application documents, explore next steps for their career journey and learn about available resources.

o   Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12:00-4:00pm

  • Individual appointments with a professional coachare offered for more advanced-level needs and career-related assessments. Students interested in appointments may contact our office to inquire about this opportunity.


Best wishes for a wonderful spring semester.



Kristin LiBritz ’98, Director

Office of Career Services

Ithaca College

101 Muller Faculty Center

953 Danby Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 274-3365



A Physical Therapy student conducting Neuroscience research?!

Hear from Justina Snyder ’20 on her neuroscience research!

Prior to coming to Ithaca College, I never imagined working with animals or running a hormone analysis. Thanks to the Ithaca College Honors Program and support from Dr. Fitzwater, an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department, this became a reality for me! It all started during the fall semester of my sophomore year, when I took Dr. Fitzwater’s Behavioral Neuroscience laboratory course for my neuroscience minor. While working in the lab and learning how to use an animal model of adolescence to explore the effects of alcohol exposure, I got a taste of what research was all about! Fortunately, through the Honors Program, I am able to conduct research of my own with the help and guidance of Dr. Fitzwater and her research team. For my Honors thesis, we are exploring the combined influence of stress and concussion on adolescent behavior and stress physiology using a rodent model. As a Physical Therapy major, I am interested in how stress can influence recovery from a head injury from a behavioral and physiological standpoint. This project began last Spring when Dr. Fitzwater and I applied for and received an Academic Challenge Grant from the Office of the Provost. I feel this research for my thesis encapsulates what I believe is the purpose of the Honors Program – to offer students opportunities to partake in interdisciplinary learning. Through this experience, I am certainly feeding my curiosity and am stepping outside my comfort zone. I really appreciate the fact that I get to use and integrate the knowledge I have gained from my minors and from taking classes across disciplines – neuroscience, psychology, biology, neurobiology, and even what I am currently learning in my research course, to help me with my thesis! Getting to expand my experiences and try something new has been really rewarding and extremely enlightening. I highly recommend others to take advantage of the opportunities and resources at IC to explore your interests further!

I would like to take this moment to thank Dr. Fitzwater for her time and dedication guiding and supporting me to complete my Honors thesis, along with her research team. I’d also like to thank Dr. Swords and the Honors Program for allowing me this unique opportunity!


Working on my pipetting skills!

Learning how the biological assay we used works to measure concentrations of corticosterone in the blood samples we took.

Here are the samples we obtained to measure corticosterone levels.