Congratulations to all our 2022 Award Winners!

2022 Award Ceremony sponsored by the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas

2022 NCHC Founders Award

Dr. Robert Spurrier, Oklahoma State University Emeritus

2022 Class of NCHC Fellows

Patricia Smith, University of Central Arkansas

Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four-Year Institution

Gregory O'Dea, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Ron Brandolini Award for Excellence at a Two-Year Institution

Ryan Diehl, Hutchinson Community College

NCHC Award for Administrative Excellence

Sabrina Granderson, Randolph Macon College

2022 Student of the Year
(4-Year Institution)

Josie Lorea, Florida Gulf Coast University

2022 Student of the Year
(2-Year Institution)

Nida Khan, Montgomery College

Freddye T. Davy Scholarship

Varshitha Akella, Harper College

Shayan Hosseini, University of Nevada-Reno

Taiah Guess, Harper College

Marta Mohedano Jurado, Southern Utah University

Sherquan Dailey, Iona College (honorable mention)

John J. Hanigan Scholarship

Presleigh Johnson, Flagler College

Community Engagement Award

Carolyn Loper and Sharin Salam, Angelo State University

Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship

Collin Gallimore, University of Central Arkansas - $5,000
Project Title: "Familia de Jesus: A Film of Religious and Cultural Influence in Rural Peru"
Faculty Sponsor: John Gale

Kendall Kelley, Bellarmine University - $5,000
Project Title: The "Hurt" and The "Healing": An Artistic Investigation Into the Impacts of Stigma Surrounding Substance Use Disorder
Faculty sponsor: Dr. Laura Hartford

Srikar Satish, Texas A&M University - $5,000
Project Title: Deriving a Consistent Index for the Hegemony of States Using an Advanced Machine Learning and AI Approach
Faculty sponsor: Quan Li

Amy Enberg, Florida Gulf Coast University - $1,500
Project Title: From "Plusgood" to "Peacekeepers": Manipulation of Language in Dystopian Literature
Faculty sponsor: Dr. Myra Mendible

Emmanuel Epau, St. Edward's University - $1,500
Project Title: Understanding Social Media Use in Rural Uganda: An Exploratory Study of Barriers to Digital Communication in Three Communities
Faculty sponsor: Dr. Debra Zahay-Blatz

Anthony Lisi, Drexel University - $1,500
Project Title: Understanding the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Vascular Complications in the Context of Chronic Kidney Disease: A New Collaboration Between Drexel University Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and The University of Bologna Department of Experimental, Diagnostic, and Speciality medicine (DUniBo).
Faculty sponsors: Dr. Olimpia Meucci, Dr. Gianandrea Pasquinelli, Dr. Renato Brandimarti

NCHC Portz Scholars

Kea Kamiya, Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Samurai: Exploring Mixed Asian-American Identity and Heritage Through Theatre

Geetika Y. Padwardhan, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (alumnus)
The exocyst complex is an insulin-sensitive regulator of amyloid precursor protein (APP) trafficking and beta-amyloid generation in neurons

Hannah Scharfenberg, Texas Tech University (alumnus)
Aileen Wuornos and the True Crime Genre's Transcendence of Truth

Austin Wallace, Georgia Institute of Technology
Computational Electronic Spectroscopy Predictions for Astrochemical Ice Analogues and Data Analysis for Experimental Spectra

NCHC Newsletter Awards

Student - Print

1st: Salisbury University, Saunterer
2nd: College of San Mateo, Labyrinth
3rd: Shippensburg University, The Wood Honors College Newsletter

Faculty/Administrator/Student - Print

1st: Middle Tennessee State University, Areté
2nd: Georgia College & State University, Honors Newsletter
3rd: University of North Carolina Charlotte Honors College, Communiqué

Student - Electronic

1st: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Newsletter of the Cal Poly University Honors Program
2nd: California State University, Long Beach, The Honor Code Magazine
3rd: University of Nebraska Omaha, The Distinction

Faculty/Administrator/Student - Electronic

1st: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Honors Headline
2nd (tie): Loyola University Chicago, Honors Magazine
2nd (tie): Pierre Laclede Honors College, University of Missouri St. Louis, Provenance
2nd (tie): University of Oklahoma, Honors @ OU

2022 Faculty Poster Winners

First Place:

Dr. Susannah Stern of University of San Diego
“Art Illuminated: An Experiment in Student-Driven Art Curation”

Second Place:

Dr. Carla Pattin of University of Toledo
“Growing the Freedom Dream: The Narratives of Black Gardeners Shaping Honors Community-Engaged Projects”

2022 Student Posters: SPUR Awards
(Sloane Prize for Undergraduate Research)

Art & Visual Media:

First Place
Lia Wise, University of North Texas
“The Effect of Phonetic Vowel Spelling Variances on Singer's Performed Vowel Color”

Arts & Humanities:

First Place
#29 Jannat Saeed, University of Tennessee at Chatanooga
"Circe to Desi: The Five Stages"

Second Place
#40 Isabel Baynum, Suffolk University
“A Comparison of Constitutional Protections of Miranda Rights: Islamist Terrorism vs. Domestic Terrorism"

Third Place
#32 Kaviya Vijayakumar, Suffolk University
"Assessing the Effectiveness of Community-Based Strategies in Child Abuse Prevention"

Business, Engineering & Computer Science:

First Place
#43 John Bussey, Washington State University
“Correlating Non-Synchroton X-Ray Techniques for Multiscale Imaging of mo-Containing Glasses”

Second Place
#47 Maya Whitfield, Flagler College
"St. Augustine Surf Culture Vendor Village and Fashion Show


First Place
#54 Afi Tagnedji, University of Louisville
“An Intersectional Analysis of Student Comments on Teaching Evaluations for Black Women in STEM Using Automated Content Analysis”

Education & Pedagogy:

Tie for First Place
#75 Duha Aishah, University of Alabama at Birmingham
“The Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning: What the Brain Tells Us”

Tie for First Place
#67 Mary Schuld, Monmouth University
“Creating and restoring Mental Health Education Through Children's Literature”

Environmental Sciences, Conservation, & Green Technology:

First Place
#86 Monica Woodruff, University of West Florida
“Microplastics in Soil: Identifying Their Prevalence in Northwest Florida and Their Effects on the Growth of Kale"

Second Place
#178 Kira Bowman, Youngstown State University
“Extracting COVID-19 Virus (SARS-CoV-2) from the Excrement”

Health Sciences:

First Place
#102 Madison Gremillion, University of Northern Colorado
“Comfort of Healthcare Professionals with End-of-Life Patient Communication: Exploring Comfort, Communication, and Education of Healthcare Professionals for End-of-Life Care”

Second Place
#103 Ruby Mason, University of Louisville
“Development of Research Tools to Study the Role of PRL-3 in Cancers”

Third Place
#93 Vishal Ubha, Texas Tech University
“Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermis, and Pseudo-monas aeruginosa Form Mature Biofilms on Orthopedic Stainless-Steel Coupons”

Natural Sciences & Mathematics:

First Place
#125 Isabelle Busch, Washington State University
“The Role of Lef1 in Skin and Hair Development and Aging”

Second Place
#177 Julia Zickus, Elmhurst University
“Cytokines Cause Decreased Expression of Gene Influencing Memory and Learning”

Social & Behavioral Sciences:

First Place
#164 Katrina Henley, University of Texas at Tyler
“Hey, Siri, Am I Sexist? An Examination of AI Voice Assistant Gender on Perceptions of Helpfulness and Usefulness”

Second Place
#153 Ashley Cruz, High Point University
“Technology Usage and Psychological Distress in College Students”

Third Place
#146 Claire Simonsen, Marist College
“Binge Drinking in College Students and Relationship to Executive Functioning and Working Memory”

Social Justice:

First Place
#173 Alexandria Arndt, Northern State University
“Addicts to Advocates: How Drug Courts Are Reforming the System”