2018 H&S Summer Scholars Applications Now Open!

Summer ScholarsStudents in the School of Humanities and Sciences are now able to apply for the 2018 H&S Summer Scholars Program online. Through a new, streamlined application process, all H&S students will now apply through a single application portal. More information is available on the revamped Summer Scholars web page.

We have scheduled an information session for interested students next week, on Tuesday, December 5, at 12:10 in Business 301, at which a few Summer Scholars from 2017 will share their experiences in the program.
Two additional information sessions will be held during the first week of classes, on January 25 – we’ll announce those again at the start of spring semester.

All students complete the same first page of the Summer Scholars form form; the form then diverges, asking different questions depending on the student’s major and/or the type of project proposed. Through this single application, students will be considered for all available positions regardless of funding source. This includes Dana Internship positions.
While financial aid eligibility is a requirement for some of these positions (such as the Dana Interns, the Emerson Humanities Collaboration Award, and a few department-based scholarships), most of the positions are open to all students, regardless of financial need.
4) Summer Scholars will be paid $10.40/hour for full-time work (typically 40 hours); most positions are for 10 weeks, but some can be for 8 weeks, as negotiated between the faculty mentor and the scholar.
5) Subsidized campus housing will be available for interested Scholars through the campus summer housing program. This year, there will be no limitation to weekly work hours, up to the maximum of 40 hours/week, if students receive housing through the program.
For detailed information about eligibility and expectations for Scholars, please consult the complete guidelines for the program available on the website.
The deadline for proposal submission is February 12th @ noonAwards will be announced by March 9, 2018.
Questions? Contact hsadmin@ithaca.edu.

Honors Kudos: National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

Congratulations to Zoe Mendrysa ’19, Elena Piech ’19, Honors Academic Assistant/Eastman-Lyon Residence Director Jess Shapiro and former Honors Academic Assistant/Eastman-Lyon Residence Director Katie Hellman on their recent presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s (NCHC) 52nd annual conference.

IMG-1961At the conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia,  Jess Shapiro and Katherine Hellmann (now Honors Coordinator at University of Texas at Tyler) co-presented their session entitled, “A Look at Diversity Education in Honors” on November 10, 2017. Their research highlighted how educating honors students on diversity and social justice issues can be fraught with lack of time, understanding, and uncertainty. They examined how Ithaca College and the University of Texas at Tyler created and implemented a developmental diversity curriculum, and shared assessment data and educational materials.


Zoe Mendrysa presented a session entitled, “Chlamydia Virulence Factors Subvert Host Cell Apoptosis” on November 11 2017. The presentation focused on how Chlamydia trachomitis and host cell interactions by using hypothetical proteins to determine organelle localization.


IMG-1969Elena Piech’s session, “Teaching Activism in Honors Courses,” took place on November 12, 2017. Her research explored how attending activist movements and protests can better enhance students’ understanding of social movements.

While in Atlanta, Elena and Zoe explored the city of Atlanta through NCHC’s City as Text Program, networked with other honors students and faculty from across the country and around the world, and celebrated the unique community created by honors education.The national submission process for the NCHC annual conference is highly selective, with hundreds of students and faculty submitting proposals each year.

We’re so proud of our talented and engaged Honors students and staff, and congratulate them again on their outstanding work.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Ryan Bianconi ’17

This week’s Student Spotlight features Ryan Bianconi, a member of the senior class hailing from just up the road in Scipio, NY. An accomplished student of mathematics, Ryan presented his research on The Mean Median Sequence in the Ithaca College JJ Whalen Symposium last April. A week later, he presented at Colgate University for the 75th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section on his research into Infinite Series Without Calculus. Ryan is a member of the National Mathematics Honors Society, the Oracle Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. Despite such scholastic achievement, those that know Ryan acknowledge him as a man of kindness and humility, and value him as a friend. Learn more about Ryan below!

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Favorite part about IC:
The people: be it in the Honors program, or in the mathematics department, I have found that they are a lot of wonderful people here at Ithaca College.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
American Breakdown (with Dr. Hugh Egan): The course presented a fascinating portrait of mental instability through American literature. At the time, I had never had any class like it. Even now, two years later, it stands out as one of the most unique classes I have taken.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Going to Mathfest: The school of Humanities and Sciences co-funded my trip to Mathfest in Columbus, Ohio this summer where I was able to present some of my mathematical research on integral transforms and take in various presentations by other mathematicians.

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.