Fall 2020 Admitted Student Resources
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In these unprecedented times, there is one thing that should not be left uncertain: where you want to attend college. We, the staff and students at Clemson University’s Honors College, are committed to ensuring that you have the information needed to make the best college choice.
Although Clemson University is physically closed, we made it our top priority to connect with you, an accepted student to the Honors College for Fall 2020. In place of our on-campus events, we are providing opportunities for you to virtually connect with our staff, current students, and alumni.
We hope that you find the following events and resources engaging and informative! We will update this page as we get new information. If you have any questions for our staff, please complete the Google Form at the end of this webpage.
Table of Contents
Date: Monday, April 6, 2020
Hosted by: Executive Director of the Honors College, Dr. Bill Lasser, with Senior Associate Director, Dr. Sarah Winslow
Current student panelists: Roann Abdeladl (Sophomore, Health Science; Pre-Med) and Hannah Roebuck (Sophomore, Political Science and Religious Studies double major)
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Hosted by: Katie Maxwell, Director of Advising and Student Development
Date: Monday, April 13, 2020
Current students: Dylan Erikson (Senior, Psychology and Political Science double major) and Aynsley Hartney (Senior, Bioengineering; Pre-Med)
Alumni: Ross Beppler (Electrical Engineering, '14) and Rami Major (Genetics, '19)
Current Honors student spotlights
Hear directly from our current Honors students about their experiences at Clemson University and the Honors College!
Morgan Usher & Bailey Gibson
Morgan, Mechanical Engineering
Bailey, Biological Sciences
Political Science & Modern Languages, Spanish
Criminal Justice and Sociology
Honors Alumni profiles
Civil Engineering, B.S.
Class of 2017
I was a Clemson Honors student for all four years and I loved every minute of it. During my time, I was fortunate to participate in the Dixon Fellows Program, the Dixon Global Policy Scholars Program, and several Honors seminars courses. It's not a coincidence that my favorite classes at Clemson were all Honors seminars. These small classroom experiences helped me develop close relationships with professors in nearly every department. My seminars involved amazing discussions including how to influence public policy in the United States, the relationship between the Civil War in the 1860s and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the impact that cults and conspiracies have in our society. I met many of my best friends and my fiancée through the tight-knit community of the Honors College and it made a large school feel small. Clemson's Honors College defined my overall Clemson experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I am currently a structural engineer at Kimley-Horn Associates in Atlanta, GA. My focus has been large transportation projects with an emphasis on bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure. Most of my work has been for the Atlanta Beltline, a network of trails and light-rail transit that will one day connect the entire city of Atlanta. In addition, I am wrapping up a Master’s degree at Georgia Tech in Civil Engineering which I’ve been doing part-time.
Since my projects are in the public sector, the Honors College played a huge role in preparing me for tackling the intersection between engineering and public policy. Planning, designing, and constructing transit projects requires a robust understanding of local politics, funding mechanisms, and legislative priorities. All of these topics and more were covered by the Dixon Global Policy Scholars program and the Honors seminars that I took. These experiences revealed my passion for serving the public through engineering and I don’t think I’d be where I am without them. Furthermore, the education I received at Clemson through the Honors College did an excellent job preparing me for the challenges of graduate school and the responsibilities of balancing work and the classroom.
Industrial Engineering, B.S.
Class of 2016
The Honors College and my Clemson experience proved transformational. Between living in the Honors Residential College and taking honors classes each semester, I found myself surrounded by intellectually engaging people, some of whom remain my best friends today. My life philosophy morphed dramatically while at Clemson, as I learned about and discussed ideas I had never considered before and took classes that challenged my intellectual capabilities in the most rewarding ways.
Today, I’m pursuing a dual-degree Master of Engineering Sciences and Master of Business Administration at Harvard University. Clemson and the Honors College contributed greatly to the trajectory I have taken, primarily by nurturing my curiosity and encouraging me to set and passionately chase ambitious goals. While I constantly strive to review my life philosophy, no other time period has proved quite as formative as my experience at Clemson.
Class of 2017
My name is Megan Hunt and I am currently a third year medical student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I graduated from Clemson in 2017 with a B.S. in Biochemistry, and minors in Political Science and Spanish. I completed both General Honors and two Departmental Honors (in Biochemistry and Political Science) during my time at Clemson. The Honors College comprised an enormous part of my experience at Clemson. My freshman year I lived in the Honors Residential College and met some of my best friends. We continued to live together throughout our time at Clemson and remain very close to this day. They are an inspiring and supportive group of people who contributed greatly to my Clemson experience. Not to mention, they are all pursuing amazing careers and have been profoundly successful.
In the Honors College, I was able to pursue a variety of different interests outside of my field of Biochemistry. Not only did I take the Honors sections of several of my required science classes, but I was involved in the Dixon Global Policy Scholars Program, which was an amazing opportunity to engage with global policy with wonderful faculty and students. Because of this program, I began my minor in political science and pursued one of my Departmental projects with Dr. Fine, who co-leads the Global Policy Scholar Program. Additionally, I was involved in the Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH) program as both an advisee and then an advisor, was able to complete internships in Peru and Uganda with support of the Educational Enrichment Travel Grants, received funding for research projects, had fantastic advising from Honors faculty and staff and more.
My Honors College truly shaped my experience at Clemson. It provided a unique sense of community within a larger institution. The resources in the Honors College were excellent and afforded me individualized opportunities that I do not think I would have received elsewhere.
I am proud to call myself an alumni of Clemson’s Honors College. It led me to where I am today with my passion for medicine and health policy!
Class of 2018
My name is Rebecca MacPherson and I am a second year Ph.D. student in Genetics at the Clemson Center for Human Genetics, originally from Anchorage, Alaska. In 2018, I graduated from Clemson with a B.S. in Genetics and minors in Microbiology and Psychology. I was also a member of the Honors College and graduated with Departmental and General Honors. Simply put, the Honors College changed my life forever. Not only did I meet my husband through the EUREKA! Program, but the experiences afforded to me by the Honors College made applying to graduate school a painless process.
The EUREKA! Program, a 5-week long residential research summer camp offered to incoming freshman, gave me relationships that led to recommendation letters for graduate school, research opportunities, multiple jobs, appearances in weddings, a “tailgate family”, and a head start on college. My transition from high school in Alaska to college at Clemson was much easier than I anticipated. Thanks to the EUREKA! Program, I already was familiar with campus and had a swarm of students and Honors College staff that I could lean on for support, before the school year even began.
As I continued my undergraduate degree, my involvement with the Honors College continued to contribute to my success. I found that many of my closest friends were also members of the Honors College, living alongside me in the Honors Residential College and taking the same Honors courses. We were all united by a passion for learning, but diverse in our interests outside of classes, which made for many intellectually stimulating late-night discussions and just as many unforgettable adventures. The Honors courses I took also greatly contributed to my academic success. The smaller course sizes made me feel more comfortable asking questions and allowed for more one-on-one instruction in my more challenging science courses. Compared to non-Honors courses, Honors courses were on much more interesting topics, which fostered enthusiasm for my classes and further motivated me to succeed.
By taking advantage of opportunities available to me through the Honors College, I built an extremely solid resume for applying to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Genetics. EUREKA! gave me my foot in the door for research and my Departmental Honors undergraduate thesis gave me a taste of how to be successful in graduate school. Additionally, I had an excellent GPA, in part due to the Honors courses that cultivated academic success. At the end of my four years with the Honors College, I had my pick of research programs, research mentors, and stipend packages. As it turns out, I was heavily recruited by my current Ph.D. advisor, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, even though she wasn’t originally planning on taking a student. Just like the transition into undergraduate, my transition into graduate school was made far easier by the opportunities given to me by the Honors College, and for that I am grateful!
Mathematical Sciences, B.S.
Class of 2005
At Clemson, I majored in mathematical sciences, with a concentration in biological sciences and a minor in Spanish language, and I was part of the Clemson National Scholars Program, Dixon Fellows Program, and the Honors College. I was involved with several organizations serving the local community, including Habitat for Humanity and the Joseph F. Sullivan Center, and I was active in the Guide Association, student government, and Greek life.
My time at Clemson broadened my knowledge and understanding of the world and helped me to find my place in it. Through Clemson Honors I was able to pursue diverse and influential intellectual opportunities outside my field of study, and I had opportunities to study abroad in South Africa and the United Kingdom. These opportunities, combined with invaluable mentorship that I found in Clemson Honors, helped me discover the field of infectious disease epidemiology, which is the perfect intersection of my skills in mathematics, my interests in medicine and public health, and my commitment to social justice.
Over the past 15 years, since graduating from Clemson and earning a Master's of Public Health from Emory University, I have worked within research institutes, universities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization to better understand the impact of infectious diseases on population health in low- and middle-income countries. My work as an infectious disease epidemiologist has covered a range of topics in settings around the world - from managing data and clinical departments for HIV prevention studies in East and southern Africa and modeling the impact of public health interventions for tuberculosis in South East Asia, to establishing surveillance systems for emerging zoonoses and other infections in the Eastern Mediterranean and assessing pandemic preparedness and response capacities in the Western Pacific. I am grateful that my time in Clemson Honors started me on a path for such an interesting and meaningful career.
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