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  • Dixon Fellows Program

    Honors students may apply to join the Dixon Fellows Program, which pairs undergraduates with a top Clemson professor to explore a wide range of intellectually challenging topics through readings, theater, film and travel.

    Learn more about the Dixon Fellows Program here.

  • Dixon Global Policy Scholars

    The Dixon GPS students will travel to Strasbourg, France and Berlin, Germany in May for a study program, and will take specialized courses in dealing with politics, economics, philosophy, and public policy. Other features of the program include topical discussion groups and individualized mentoring.

    This program is limited to 12 students per year. Freshmen and sophomores from all majors are encouraged to apply.

    Learn more about the Dixon Global Policy Scholars here.

  • Honors Center @ Core Campus

    Honors enrichment activities take place across campus, but the Honors Academic Activities Center serves as the hub of the Honors community. Many Honors courses are taught in the Center, Honors staff hold drop-in advising hours there, and all Honors students may access the spaces in the lower level of the building 24/7 to meet and study.

    Be sure and look at the Honors Newsletter on our homepage https://www.clemson.edu/cuhonors/, for a listing of current events! 

    Learn more about the Honors Academic Activities Center here.

  • Honors Student Advisory Board
    The Honors Student Advisory Board (HSAB) is a group of students from all majors and years within the Calhoun Honors College who aim to represent the interests and needs of students within the college. We strive to serve as a link between the Honors College staff and the Honors student body. The goal of the HSAB is to increase the amount of communication and student input that is exchanged between the student body and members of faculty to better plan and improve the college. We believe that increasing student input into conversations concerning the running and direction of the Calhoun Honors College will lead to more programs tailored to the needs and wants of Honors students.

    The HSAB has pushed forward many student led-initiatives for the Honors College. We suggested and helped develop the Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH) advising program, the Honors College student directory, the Honors Networking Night, and the Honors Pre-Professional groups. There are currently three Pre-Professional groups: the Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, and the Pre-Allied Health Groups. As we continue to strive to make improvements to the programs and events offered by the Calhoun Honors College, we need your help.

    Please submit your feedback, input or suggestions here. All submissions go directly to the HSAB who will present feedback anonymously to Honors College staff.

  • Peer Mentoring Program

    The Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentoring Program creates a community of students working and learning together to develop a unique perspective of living and learning through shared experiences.  Peer mentors are current upperclassmen in the Honors Program that work with groups of 4-7 newly admitted Honors students throughout the academic year.

    Learn more about the Peer Mentoring Program here.

  • Honors Wellness Ambassadors

    Wellness Ambassadors is a peer education program created to encourage honors students at Clemson University to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles. The program is designed to not only provide interesting and engaging programs to educate honors students on the importance and implementation of wellness, but also to provide peer support from fellow honors students. 

    Learn more here.

  • Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors - SASH

    The SASH Program provides sophomore honors students the opportunity to connect with and learn from senior honors students. The SASH Program promotes a collaborative environment among honors students to enhance educational experiences. Senior Advisors work to provide a high level of service to honors student by helping them connect to and utilize honors and campus resources.

    The goals of SASH are:

    • To facilitate student personal and professional growth and confidence

    • To develop students’ leadership skills, communication skills, and public relation skills

    • To provide students with a supportive environment


    Meet Your Advisors:


    Sarah Aitken  Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Sarah Aitken

    Hometown: Rockville, Maryland

    Major: Biochemistry, Genetics

    Minor: None

    Research Topic(s): Acetate production in Cryptococcus neoformans

    Fun Fact: I grew up swimming in the same league as Katie Ledecky, five-time Olympic gold medalist and 14-time world champion. One meet I out-touched her in a race, and it has been my claim to fame ever since.

    Campus Involvement: Founder and President of CU Smile, Clemson's Random Acts of Kindness Club; Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leader for Math 1040/1060/1070; Former officer of Clemson's Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) National Honors Society chapter and Clemson's American Medical Student Association (AMSA) chapter

    Honors Involvement: Honors College Ambassador, Honors Peer Mentor, Recipient of Educational Enrichment Travel Grant, Honors Biochemical Research in fungal pathogenesis

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “Upperclassmen advice can be a great resource to help you find your way through college.  Use our experiences and insight to your advantage - we are always happy to lend a helping hand! Keep an open mind about your future, and don't be afraid to follow whichever path feels right to you!”




    Jason Erno     Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Jason Erno 

    Hometown: Columbia, SC

    Major: Biochemistry, Genetics

    Minor: Psychology, Biological Sciences

    Research Topic(s): Researching DNA double strand break repair mechanisms in eukaryotes; researching physiological stress response while riding in a simulated autonomous vehicle

    Fun Fact: I’ve gone bungee jumping at the highest bridge jump in the world.

    Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Research, ASC Tutor, CUSG Judicial Branch, College of Science Student Advisory Board, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, American Medical Student Association, Habitat for Humanity, Omicron Delta Kappa

    Honors Involvement: National Scholars Program

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “Find time to read what you're interested in and not just what college wants you to read.”




    Daniel (Dan) Freeman  Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Daniel Freeman, Dan Freeman

    Hometown: Kennebunkport, ME

    Major: Biochemistry

    Minor: Sociology

    Research Topic(s): : I’m interested in using machine learning and molecular biology to connect patients with targeted interventions.

    Fun Fact: Last summer, I worked as a bike courier to finance rent at a MIT frat house.

    Campus Involvement: Varsity Oarsman, Clemson Crew; Organic Chemistry Tutor, Academic Success Center; Co-Founder, Sexual Health Education and Advocacy (SHEA) Committee; Co-Founder, Peer Advising for Life Sciences (PALS)

    Honors Involvement: SASH Mentor, Honors Ambassador, Dixon Fellow, Educational Enrichment Travel Grant Recipient, Free Coffee Drinker

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “Never shy away from an opportunity to travel and try something new.”




    Madison Herin   Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Madison Herin

    Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, SC

    Major: Biochemistry

    Minor: Spanish

    Fun Fact: I have run 5 half-marathons and I am training for my first full marathon in October.

    Campus Involvement: Lutheran Campus Ministries, CU Donors for Life, AED, Study Abroad in Cordoba, Argentina

    Honors Involvement: Dixon Fellows, Honors College Ambassador, Pre-Medical Group

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “If you see an opportunity that you want to participate in, don't be scared to go for it!  Take the leap to study abroad or apply for that competitive internship.”




    Kelly Le

    Hometown: Rock Hill, SC

    Major: Nursing

    Minor: Spanish

    Research Topic(s): Assessing the Effectiveness of Student-Centered Approaches in Undergraduate Nursing Education

    Fun Fact: “I'm super fun-sized because I never reached five feet!”

    Campus Involvement: Student Nurses Association (SNA), Student Ambassadors for Global Engagement (SAGE), St. Andrew Campus Ministry (CSA), Alpha Lambda Delta, Paw Pantry

    Honors Involvement: Departmental Honors Program, Creative Inquiry Research

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, never wait for happiness in the future that you can reach for in this moment, and never say never (to a free meal).”




    Mary Lyons Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Mary Lyons

    Hometown: Piedmont, SC

    Major: English, Political Science

    Minor: Education

    Research Topic(s): Historical Memory, and Citizenship

    Fun Fact: I once broke a chair in the Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs while studying abroad in the Balkans

    Campus Involvement: Society, Culture, and Economics Editor for The Pendulum, Catholic Student Association, English Majors Organization

    Honors Involvement: Summer in the Balkans 2017 Study Abroad, Spring 2018 in Belgrade Study Abroad, Internship at the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Education Programs in Washington, D.C. in Summer 2018, Honors research into Campus ADA compliance, Departmental Honors, Recipient of Educational Enrichment Travel Grant

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “Be open to changes in what interests and excites you both personally and intellectually; there are so many unexpected opportunities that appear during college so really embrace all the twists and turns!”




    Allison Madeline    Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Allison Madeline

    Hometown: Greenville, SC

    Major: Genetics

    Minor: Art, Biology

    Research Topic(s): Bioengineering – Orthopaedic Tissue Regeneration

    Fun Fact: I figure skated for 10 years.

    Campus Involvement: CURE- Treasurer (2016), President (2016-2017); UNICEF- VP (2017); Chi Omega Fraternity; Welcome Leader (2016)/ Welcome Coordinator (2017)

    Honors Involvement: I lived in the Honors LLC, Holmes Hall, my freshman year.  Through this, I was able to utilize the Honors study rooms in the basement and also to live in a supportive environment of other students/friends.  I participated in SASH as a sophomore.  Also, I took a few very interesting Honors-restricted courses throughout my time at Clemson, providing a deeper, more well-rounded education.

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: Dedicate yourself to what you are most passionate, work hard, and prioritize what makes you happy.




    Rami Major  Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Rami Major

    Hometown: Orchard Park, NY

    Major: Genetics

    Minor: Spanish, Political Science

    Research Topic(s): Marine invertebrate behavior, DNA repair

    Fun Fact: I've studied abroad in several different places and am interested in working internationally in the future!

    Campus Involvement: College of Science Student Advisory Board, Clemson College Democrats, Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, Honors Community Service Group

    Honors Involvement: Wellness Ambassadors, Dixon Global Policy Scholars, Departmental Honors/General Honors, National Scholars Program

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “Be flexible... it's okay to not have everything figured out and planned to a tee!”




    Jonah Robison Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Jonah Robinson

    Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

    Major: Bioengineering (biomaterials)

    Minor: Economics

    Research Topic(s): Low cost prosthetics

    Fun Fact: I am the king of mashed potatoes.

    Campus Involvement: CUSG Judicial Branch, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Rotaract, William T. Howell Pre-Law Society, Department of Bioengineering Ambassador

    Honors Involvement: Pre-Law group, General and Departmental Honors (Bioengineering), Dixon Fellows, Honors EETG Travel Grant Recipient (2016), Honors Conference Travel Grant (2016, 2017)

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “Get your name out there. It is never too early to start networking and applying for internships.”




    Sarah Sandler  Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SASH, Sarah Sandler

    Hometown: Merrick, Long Island, NY

    Major: Material Science and Engineering

    Minor: Chemistry

    Research Topic(s): Nanotechnology, Material Science Engineering

    Fun Fact: I spent last semester on exchange in Australia. I’ve been skydiving, bungee jumping, and love surfing, hiking and backpacking!

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Sailing Club Race Team, National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Global Engagement Peer Advisor, Material Science and Engineering Peer Ambassador, Phi Psi Honor Fraternity Merchandise Chair, College Democrats, Habitat for Humanity

    Honors Involvement: Dixon Global Policy Scholar, Honors Mentor (2016-2017), SASHee (2016-2017), Honors EETG Travel Grant Recipient (2017), Honors Conference Travel Grant recipient (2017)

    Words of Wisdom for Sophomores: “Take advantage of all the opportunities you’re given because you never know where they’ll lead you or what other doors they’ll open for you.  Also, a student Spotify account is only $5/month!”

  • Social and Cultural Events

    Calhoun Honors College enhances the cultural lives of its members by providing opportunities to visit area art galleries and museums and to attend a variety of dramatic and musical performances. Subject to available funds, a limited number of tickets are purchased for events at Clemson's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The calendar of events is established each year with input from the officers of Calhoun Society, the honors student organization.

    Calhoun Scholars are serious about their studies, but they also manage their time effectively in order to have an active social life. Recent Honors-sponsored activities have included a welcome for entering freshmen, snow-skiing and white-water rafting trips, horseback riding at Dillard Farms in Dillard, Ga. and visits to the Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C. Students are informed of upcoming events through electronic mail and other means of communication.

  • Thoughts Worth Thinking

    "Thoughts Worth Thinking" is the Honors College's TED Talk-style discussion series that brings Clemson's top professors together with Honors students to explore a wide range of ideas.

    Learn more about Thoughts Worth Thinking here.

  • Pre-Professional Groups

    Started in spring 2013 as an idea from the Honors Student Advisory Board, these three networking groups connect Honors students planning careers in these fields and coordinate specialized programming to support students in being successful in the graduate and professional school application process, including Q&A sessions with professionals in the field and staff advisors with expertise in helping students apply. visit each group's Facebook page at the links below.

  • Recap of Special Events - TAPS

    TAPS is “Talk Amongst Peers,” a student-led initiative in which students volunteer to speak in a TED talk format in the Honors College Great Hall @ Core Campus. Do you have a passion you want to tell others about? Do you have an interest in anything from psychology to business to global issues that you feel others should be informed about? Email melisso@clemson.edu for more information. 



    Clemson University, Clemson SCMy name is Jonathan Vogel, and I am a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Major from Tucson, Arizona. My entire life I've loved cars more than anything else, and it was my dream of pursuing this passion of mine as a career that brought me all the way here to Clemson.

    In my TAP talk, I wanted to be able to share this love with my peers at the honors college. More importantly, I wanted to share how it got to be that way- and advocate for a mentality that would help people discover new passions just like mine.

    Every art form today has its roots in a utilitarian purpose. Humanity has always been creative in using sounds, depictions, and tools to serve practical functions in every-day life. What sets humans apart as a species is our capacity for imagination, and to see past the pragmatic service of these tools. We dare to imagine, and to believe that we can elevate these tools to another level, transcending their functional purpose and material value, to a place where they can bring about emotional reactions from their users. All of a sudden, these medias can do more- they can tell stories, convey emotion, and explore abstract ideals. Once this occurs, and people can begin to form meaningful connections to their experiences- that is when art is created.

    Once you understand that all art has the same roots, and goes through a similar journey- from literature to painting to music- you can see that anything once thought of as simply a tool can become art. And we as humans can have that imagination, and that dream, to create the world's next art form. For me, I discovered art in automobiles, and from that discovery I have experienced fulfillment and happiness like nothing else. If one can learn to discover and appreciate art in themselves, there's simply no limit to what we can find and achieve.


    TAPS presentation Clemson University Reagan LeonardMy name is Reagan Leonard. I'm a freshman undeclared major from Spartanburg, SC. My talk was on a free market for organs, specifically focusing on kidneys. The need for kidneys (in the U.S. particularly) is great, and yet we still rely on donations for organs which is far from a foolproof solution to the kidney shortage. A free market in which kidneys from healthy individuals were sold (regulated by the government and hospitals just like any normal procedure) would allow those individuals who needed kidneys to secure those vital organs for themselves for the small price of about $20,000 (just my prediction).


    TAPS presentation Clemson University Kaitlyn RaglandI’m Katelyn Ragland, an honors student from Knoxville, TN and graduating in May 2017. Entering college, I knew that I had an engineering mindset and took pleasure in studying the human body–it’s my “favorite machine.” For this reason, I have majored in Bioengineering. One of the reasons I have such interest in health is because my younger brother was diagnosed with a compromising liver disease at birth. For nineteen years now we have been waiting on the Organ Donation list for the perfect liver match. I felt drawn to share the amazing program and need for organ donation; however, it’s not the most inviting topic on a college campus and very little visible action can be taken. For this reason, I have instead focused on blood donation. If a person is an organ donor and dies in perfect health, he or she can save or affect up to 50 others. But if that individual donates blood four times a year, he or she could save an additional 700 lives in a lifetime. We can donate every two months… up to six times in a single year! Colleges have great donor populations, so I helped found Donors for Life to ensure that the opportunity for donate is made easily available. We partner with the Blood Connection and bring a blood bus to campus at least once a month. As Community Outreach Chair I speak at various organizational meetings to help spread the word about donation, bust a lot of the associated myths that keep people from trying to donate, and encourage others to host their own drives. Join me in Lending an Arm to Save a Life!

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