Honors Students Obtain Prestigious Archer Fellowship

The Archer Fellowship Program program gives students from any UT System school the opportunity to intern full-time in Washington, DC. Archer fellows get working experience in public service as they complete their studies. Out of nine students

selected from UTA for the program, two of them are Honors students, Jaycee Weber and Maranda Spencer.

As a public relations senior and president of University Democrats, Jaycee said living and working in DC is her career goal. She hopes the program will help her achieve that dream.

“Just having that opportunity to be there will prepare me for a job and my future in political communications,” she said.

Being part of the Honors College was key to her success. The rigorous academic courses gave her an edge in the competitive application process. Now she’ll take the lessons she learned from her Honors courses and apply them to her professional career.

“The Honors College definitely helped me to prepare for the real world and for the future where I’ll be working in a job where I have to use the skills I learned in the classroom,” said Jaycee.

Maranda, political science junior, hopes to one day work in litigation. She said the opportunity wouldn’t have been available to her if it weren’t for the community support and financial help from the Honors College.

“The main reason I’m able to do 99% of the things that I’m able to do is because the Honors College is what’s paying for me to do these things, “ she said. “The fact that I have so many scholarship opportunities from the Honors College is the main thing that I’ve gained.”

Honors Newsletter Editor Says Goodbye

Veneratio newsletter editor Pablo Arauz Peña didn’t expect to get a job at the Honors College when he first applied for the position before the Fall 2016 semester. He had just transferred from another school and wasn’t an honors student. But he already had plenty of real-world experience previously working as an intern for NPR affiliate KERA and various local publications including D Magazine, Dallas Observer, and The Fort Worth Weekly. So, he applied anyway.

When he got the job, Pablo had some big ideas. Working under the supervision of Dr. Tim Henry and Dr. Kevin Gustafson, he revamped the college’s digital newsletter, improved the college’s social media presence and, along the way, shared fascinating stories of the brilliant students, faculty, and staff in Honors community. He also created the UTA Honors Blog, one of the most active blogs under the new Mavs Blog network.

With the help and support of the Honors College, Pablo gained plenty of opportunities for his journalism career. He obtained a news internship with The Society of Professional Journalists at the 2017 Excellence in Journalism news conference in Anaheim, California.

With the connections he made there, he brought a Google News Initiative event to the campus with the SPJ UTA chapter. Along with graduating with the class of Spring 2018, he received an honorary certificate for Outstanding Achievement from The Department of Communication.

Honors Research Symposium Showcases Student Achievements

The 2018 Spring Honors Research Symposium (HRS) is coming up this Friday, April 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the University Center. 39 students will present this year ranging on topics from architecture, linguistics, biology, and more! The event is open to the university community, and current Honors students are encouraged to support their peers as they present their Senior Projects. The CAB Reading Room will close at 10 a.m. this Friday April 20. It will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday April 23.

The symposium is a required part of the Honors College curriculum as a final showcase of students’ academic achievements in a professional setting. Students give twelve-minute presentations of their research and field questions from evaluators and members of the audience. Presentations varied in topic and style. See the schedule and abstracts here.

The Honors College hit a milestone last year at the HRS with 41 students presenting — more than ever before.