ALL accepted, incoming freshman, Honors students for Fall 2013 are eligible to apply for EUREKA! If you have questions regarding EUREKA! please feel free to contact the Calhoun Honors College by e-mail or phone (864-656-4762) or you may e-mail one of the counselors below.
Kelsy Byrd, Head Counselor
Hello future Eurekans! My name is Kelsey Byrd, I am a Packaging Science major from Greenville, SC, and I have the awesome privilege of being your head counselor this summer. The main reason I chose to participate in EUREKA! was because it was a huge step outside my comfort zone, and if high school taught me anything, it’s that our best and most memorable experiences happen when we put ourselves in such situations. Spending an entire month with 35 complete strangers in one of the greatest places in the country turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Less than a week in to my EUREKA! summer, I knew I wanted to help facilitate that same experience for future Eurekans. I look forward to making this summer a memorable and impactful one for a very lucky group of freshman honor students and, most importantly, introducing them to the many things distinctly Clemson that make this place so special. White water rafting, frequent trips to Y Beach, late night Cookout runs, and a drive or two down Rollercoaster Road are among the many things I can’t wait to share with y’all this summer. If you need a little more convincing, have questions about anything at all, or have no clue what Packaging Science is, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love the opportunity to make this a summer you’ll never forget.
Jacob Dworkin, Counselor
Hi, my name is Jacob Dworkin, I am a Chemical Engineering major from Amherst, NH. Eureka! is one of the best experiences the Calhoun Honors College offers. Arriving over the summer allows you to gain familiarity with the campus and make many new friends. The experience in undergraduate research is also valuable, it gives you a chance to explore your potential major or another topic of interest. For my research last summer I was able to build a lithium battery from start to finish, this research led to me getting a paid research position on campus. Even with the time spent researching we will still have many opportunities to hang out, take late night fast food runs, swim in Lake Hartwell and go on some awesome trips! Being on campus over the summer is super relaxing, we almost have it to ourselves. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions, I can't wait to meet all the future Eurekans.
Zack Hewitt, Counselor
Hey! My name is Zack Hewitt and I’m an Electrical Engineering major from Spartanburg, South Carolina. In addition to studying Engineering, I am also minoring in Japanese. My three favorite activities include video games, saxophone improv, and traveling around the world. I participated in EUREKA! last summer, and I would easily say that it was the best summer of my life. During EUREKA! I had a great experience working with my research team, and I was proud of how much I learned and accomplished during the summer, but I also met some incredible people who have become some of my best friends. Going into the program I wasn’t sure if it was going to be worth giving up half of the summer, but after it began I lost all of my doubts and I was extremely glad that I took the opportunity. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you and to having another awesome summer!
Dr. Michael Sehorn is an Assistant Professor in the Genetics and Biochemistry Department. His research subject area is "Cancer, DNA Repair." The project title of his research is "Isolation and Characterization of a DNA repair protein." Professor Sehorn's project will be a valid means for teaching research methods. The research intern will learn many techniques during their research experience. They will be directly involved in the research, and depending on the experiment or activity, the intern will work individually or as a team with graduate students and Dr. Sehorn. No previous experience, skills, or knowledge is required to perform research in his lab. He offers an invitation for the student to continue the project they started for the duration of their four year tenure at Clemson University.
Read below what Dr. Sehorn says about EUREKA!
"The EUREKA! program provides incoming students with the opportunity to get a head start on their scientific careers through research. This is a valuable opportunity for students that have aspirations of attending a medical, dental, law, graduate or some other postgraduate school. These schools are looking to discern between the truly superior students and the exceptional students. Because the difference between the two groups of students is usually not with the student's GPA, anything a student can do to distinguish themselves from their peers will help them with their applications to postgraduate schools. The EUREKA! program is a step in the right direction toward this goal. As a research intern, the student is exposed to laboratory techniques and procedures they would not normally experience. If the student wishes to continue their research throughout their tenure at Clemson University, it is highly likely that the results from the student's research will be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Lastly and probably most important, the student gains a mentor early in their undergraduate studies. The benefit of this relationship manifests in the letter of recommendations that is often the deciding factor in acceptance to any postgraduate school."
"EUREKA! was a positive experience. It gave our daughter a chance to meet other Honors students, to get to know the Clemson campus, to meet and work with professors and to activate her brain during the summer. All the way around a plus for her." --Bob Wall
"I spoke with my son the first week after he moved in. There was a definite difference in his voice - it was clear he had found his new 'home'. If he had been any happier he would have been a shooting star across the sky - great experience, great people!"
"EUREKA! was such a positive experience for our daughter. It provided a chance to become acclimated to university life, develop great friendships, and work closely with a professor and grad student on a research project. Finally, the EUREKa! staff and the "fun activities" they arranged, were AWESOME! --Wes Watts
"Truly Exceptional! The commitment of University and Calhoun Honors College Faculty and staff was unparalleled"
In the words of Dr. Seuss - "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened"
"EUREKA! provided the best and most productive use of our son's 'summer before college' time. If he had been any happier he would have spontaneously combusted!"
"This has been such a great opportunity for a reserved student, not used to being away from home. She made new friends, learned the campus, and thoroughly enjoyed the research."
"We are happy that Robert had this chance to participate in such a great program. He had a wonderful time. --Syliva and Allen Gunter
"What a great opportunity to get a jump start on undergraduate research in such a fun environment. I am so happy my daughter chose Clemson!"
EUREKA! exceeded all our expectations. This program is a great way to introduce students to Clemson."
"Thanks to Clemson for creating this amazing opportunity for our son." --Marla Reece
"EUREKA! was a wonderful opportunity for our child to meet students and faculty, to be challenged academically, and to discover his own talents and interests."
"We knew he was having a great time by the smiles on facebook. It went too quickly. The program was a great introduction to the Clemson community! The best hidden secret ever!"
"EUREKA! has been a wonderful opportunity for our son to get to participate in undergraduate research, learn his way around the Clemson campus, and meet lots of new friends - all before his freshman year ever began! EUREKA! is a great way for both students and parents to transition into college!"
"Today is the last day of EUREKA!. My daughter said "This is a sad day."
"EUREKA! is a wonderful program that combines fun and school in such a way that you're sad when it ends."
"I could never forget or regret EUREKA!" --Katie McGreevey
"EUREKA! is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow honors students and to have a chance to gain an understanding of the major you intend to pursue." --Bobby Emmett
"The EUREKA! program gave me an opportunity to meet new people, become familiar with campus and contribute to meaningful research. I might even get published in two grad students' papers."
"EUREKA! was the foundation on which my undergraduate experience will be built."
"This program gave me the opportunity to pursue research, in renewable energy, a subject that I'm very passionate about, that will help me as I begin my studies." --Turner Cotterman
"EUREKA! was an amazing program; it helped so much in preparing for school this fall and it allowed me to make great friends. --Rober Gunter
"The most fun you will have going to school for the summer!"
"EUREKA! is like a cookie!"
"EUREKA! was a great way to learn campus and meet lots of new friends before starting an amazing year at Clemson. It was a great way to spend the summer. --Victoria Baker
"EUREKA! was not just an opportunity for me to try something new within a subject I loved, it allowed me to become a part of the Clemson family."
EUREKA! is a program that allows you to meet new people that become your family, to gain valuable knowledge in an academic area, and to create lifelong memories."
"Loved it! Would give my left, big toe to do it again." --Taylor Adams
"One of the best experiences ever!"
"EUREKA! is a great way to become familiar with campus and establish relationships with faculty who are willing to support us throughout our four years. --Sarah Clays
"The EUREKA! program doesn't just give you an opportunity to learn about things you are interested in, it allows you to discover new interests that you had never even thought of."
"EUREKA!: The inelastic collision of work and fun!"
AND LAST, BUT DEFINIETLY NOT LEAST - "EUREKA! gives every participant the chance to have their very own 'eureka' moment - without having to run naked through downtown."[like Archimedes did]
"Not only did EUREKA! engage me in research, but more importantly it helped me establish connections with all of my classmates."
Please click here for the EUREKA! Faculty Research Proposal Form. If you have any technical problems please contact our Technical Support Group. General questions can be emailed to CUHonors-L@clemson.edu.