Honors Students in the News


Judah Deitrich ’25 wins $1,000 Socionomics Prize
Read about his pioneering research on the sport of hockey, player confidence, and the unexpected way it affects decision-making
Caroline Bowers ’24 studied species of skate in the Delaware Bay to determine diet
Read her story about working in the Aaron Carlisle lab during Summer Scholars 2022
Jenna Tomasch ’25 works on athletic apparel design as a Summer Scholar
Read about her research here
Teaching in the new normal
Britney Vasquez ’23 is working to understand how Delaware teachers have adapted their teaching during the ongoing pandemic
Poetic Justice: Discussion of prison reform features poems created from research
Honors student researchers include Maggie Buckridge, Michaela Herdoíza, Jules Lowman, & Lawson Schultz
Afrin Mirza ’25 (right) studies domestic violence in Delaware
Read the article here
Sarah Fulton ’15 and Wyatt Patterson ’23 honored with Delaware’s She’s On Her Way awards
Read the article here
Newman Civic Fellow explores “pocket parks” 
Ryan DeRosa ’23 researches cooling in urban areas
Stellar Student
Lauren Baron ’22 rewarded for hard work and excellence in the College of Engineering
Focusing on the Greater Good
Aniya Brown ’23 is a prime example of the dedicated students in Honors pursing varied interests and goals
Dana Wilkins ’22 discusses her experience in the Delaware Diplomats
Read about Delaware Diplomats here
Climate Scholars seek to solve environmental challenges
Shayna Demick, Maya Feinstein, Priya Thamburaj, & Jackson Vanness are all part of the inaugural class
Yasmin Mann ’20 and Hannah Duffy ’19 selected for prestigious biomedical research program
Read about their research aspirations here
Launching LASER: a program to make college more accessible to Latinx students
Amanda Reed ’23 works to build “critical mass’ of Latinx students on campus
Teaching the Next Generation: Prof. Ashutosh Khandra sends Honors students into area high schools to encourage students to pursue STEM careers
Honors students give back by mentoring high schoolers to build interest in STEM
Jason Bangser ’22, Santha Rani ’22, Esha Shah ’23 and Samuel Goetz ’21 place in 2021 Hen Hatch competition 
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Stefanie Severin ’24 works to maintain the hydroponic herb garden at STAR
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Honors students Jinay Jain ’24 and Amani Kiruga ’24 participate in “Make It Happen Challenge”
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Toni Akin-Adenekan ad the opportunity to explore biopharmaceutical research hands-on this summer in the Ammon Pinizzotto Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center
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Hanna Armstrong is developing and validating shoe insole pressure sensors in Prof. Jill Higginson’s Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab.
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Erin Leathrum, a UD honors marine science major with an oceanography concentration, spent her summer conducting research in the lab of Prof. Katharina Billups
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Eduardo Nombera-Bueno ’23 chosen as one of 156 American Chemical Society Scholars

ACS recognizes underrepresented students with career aspirations in the chemical sciences, strong academic and leadership skills, and a commitment to service

Kristina Holsapple ’23 wins 2021 George and Margaret Seitz Award
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Jackson Burns ’22 awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
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2021 Warner and Taylor Awards go to three seniors
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Phi Beta Kappa Induction
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Rachel Roday ’21 talks about interning during a pandemic.
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Chelsea Chatterton ’21 and Will Lescas ’20 join Legislative Fellows.
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Jackie Means ’24, founder of the Wilmington Urban STEM Initiative to encourage young girls in Wilmington to explore science will be regularly featured on a CBS television show.
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Alison Lobo ’21, president of HENS, reflects on how serving others helps her cope with the stress of living in a pandemic
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Faith Kim, Nadya Ellerhorst, Boyang Ma, win prizes and Raktim Basu, Angelia Monica, Daniel Tapel win honorable mentions in the 2020 Common Reader essay contest
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Nishant Chintala featured on By the Green Student Centers blog. 
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Chelsea Chatterton ’21 wins the T. Muncy Keith Spirit Award. 
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Renea Briner ’23 studied Beaufort Belugas during her Summer Scholars experience. 
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Tara Silberg '21 internship cohort Tara Silberg ’21 spent the summer advocating to combat antisemitism and ensure proper legal treatment for minority communities. 
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Nana Ohemaa Asante ’21 is featured in the Blue Hen Minds Series as part of the Delaware First Campaign
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Meilyn Farnell ’21 interns with Dr. Howard Zucker, health commissioner for the state of New York
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Jack Stone ’22 is studying the ice in Antarctica via the research lab of UD Professors Tracy DeLiberty and Dana Veron
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Patel, Mers named Taylor and Warner winners for 2020
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Liam Vita named High Index Senior: “I’ve always held myself to a high standard academically,” said Vita, who maintained a 4.0 GPA and took 132 total total credits. “But I wasn’t anticipating this whatsoever. It’s a great surprise.”
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Jazmyne Mitchell ’21 explores New Zealand and earns Honors credit over winter session 2020.  
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Sabrina Luther ’21 and Ari August ’21 prepare for the MCAT.  
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UDaB students, winter 2020 Lauren Krott ’23 experiences UDaB for the first time, completing a week of service in Baltimore, MD. 
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Geoffrey Bonnanzio '22 at his internship with Organogenesis Geoffrey Bonnanzio ’22 developing a new way to grow and graft living skin cells. 
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Ariel Hannum '20 and others develop senior design projects Honors Engineering students Aaron Kager, Ariel Hannum and Jacob Weinman (all class of 2020) worked with the UD Neurovascular Aging Laboratory to develop a magnetic resonance-compatible oscillatory lower body negative pressure device.  
Udaily article here
Rucha Wani ’21 share experience from Xiamen University’s research ship.
Udaily article here
Paul Ernst ’21 and Rucha Wani ’21 were the first two UD students to take part in a research cruise experience with Xiamen University
Udaily article here
McNair Scholar Vishva Patel ’21 spent the summer researching procrastination’s effect on grades
Udaily article here
Honors for reaching out: Nana Ohemaa Asante ’21 named the 2019 Seitz Award winner
Udaily article here
Warner and Taylor Award winners, 2019: NIcholas Konzelman and Bailey Weatherbee
UDaily article here 
Summer Camp to Graduation: Shailja Gangrade ’19 reflects on her time at UD as she prepares for graduate school across country
UDaily article here 
Friday afternoons in the Cyber Range helped take UD’s undergrad cybersecurity team to the top 10 out of all U.S. undergrad teams
UDaily article here 
Matthew Heebner ’20 studies mechanical engineering and serves as a member of the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Co.
UDaily article on Matthew Heebner here 
Rachel O’Sullivan ’19 works with light-activated cancer treatments
UDaily article on Emily Day’s work with breast cancer therapy 
Rebekah Schrier ’19 interns for justice
UDaily article on School Offense Diversion Program 
Valerie Light ’22 takes top prize in Lab Girl essay contest
Living a meaningful life and transitioning from GA to DE
Olivia Mann ’19: summer with The Frick Collection 
Education, exploration and civic responsibility 
Natalie Zimmerman ’20 interns at NASA
Spending time at the Johnson Space Center
More from the end of the summer
Zachary Sexton ’18 awarded an NSF Grant
 Current Honors students and alumni awarded research grants
Laura Donahue and Zachary Sexton named 2018 Warner and Taylor Award winners
Congratulations Laura Donahue and Zachary Sexton!
Courtney Mainwaring ’18 named 2018 High Index Senior
Accounting major earns recognition for highest grade point index (4.0 + most credits earned as a full-time undergraduate student)

Taylor Pearlstein ’18 named outstanding college student of the year
AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921.

Nikki Dombrowski ’18: honored for legacy of service
Leadership, education, research, and community service shaped her college career

Molly Fulton ’20: no limits to Anthropology
Unique experiences in the study of people 

Amy Ciminnisi ’21 discovers Museum Studies minor 
Amstel House experience as a first year student

Laura Donahue ’18 encourages students to follow their passions 
Delaware, Door to the World, UDaily

Thomas Hull ’20 launching a business through the First Step Grand Challenges program 
Backchanneling technology to enhance student understanding

Phoebe Balascio ’20 is studying tendons in vivo as part of a research team under Dr. Silbernagel on STAR Campus 
Using new technology to track and treat tendon injuries

Jack Ausmus ’21 hikes through Acadia National Park on the Honors Adventure Club fall excursion
Rediscovering Acadia

Michael Szczechowski ’21 wins second place in the Freshman Common Reader essay contest
Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Patrick Wise ’18 conducts research on the threat of mosquito-borne disease
Knoxville News Sentinel reports on students studying the spread of La Crosse virus in East Tennessee

Five Honors students named in the 2017 cohort of Plastino Scholars

Congratulations to Honors Degree graduates Catherine Dolan, Victoria Longo, and Abigail Osborn!
Three of the top seven graduating seniors earned Honors Degrees

Congratulations to Honors Degree graduates Amy Fligor and Nicole Davidson!
Secondary education program honors outstanding student teachers

Sajer, Nigro, and Halfacre named Fulbright Scholars

Graduating Honors students Micah Petersen and Matt Rojas selected for prestigious scholarship program

Catching Up with Engineers Without Borders-UD, Spring 2017
EWB-UD attracts many Honors students

Honors Adventure Club goes to Zion National Park
Led by Madi Gutekunst, ’17, students experience National Parks

Disaster Drill Make-up KATHLEEN BECKER, Class of 2018
Bridging the gap between arts and sciences through Healthcare Theatre
alex-karlesses2 ALEXANDRA KARLESSES, Class of 2017
Alex Karlesses covers Clinton campaign speech by Michelle Obama
emily-wunsch1 EMILY WUNSCH, Class of 2017
Student explores healthcare in Latino communities as part of the Plastino Scholars Program
Honors student Sarah Hartman named a 2016 Truman Scholar 
Honors student Dan Charytonowicz wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship 
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Honors students Hannah Wastyk and Victoria Muir named Goldwater Scholars
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Annual dinner recognizes 2016 Plastino Scholars