Texas Tech Honors College

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Student Spotlight: Jessica Puthenparampil, Pre-Medicine

The best way to describe the Honors College is that it is the best of both worlds. In a large vibrant university of unfamiliar faces and large classes, the Honors College provides its students with a homely, liberal arts feel. I was able to make the best of friends and meet amazing advisors and faculty through my journey in Honors. I enjoyed taking honors courses in smaller class sizes, having a more personal relationship with the professors, and getting to explore new areas of interest. Where else can you take a course about zombies and truly learn about the nature of these fictional beings as well as their impact on global cinema? Most importantly, the Honors College had a significant role in shaping my future career. The Undergraduate Research Scholars program helped me discover a love for research that I hope to carry on into a career in medicine and the Early Acceptance Program with the TTUHSC School of Medicine has granted me the opportunity to make that dream come true.  Without a doubt, the Honors program has given me a lot to be thankful for. It has made my undergraduate years truly the best years of my life. 

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Research Award Winners

We would like to congratulate the 2014 Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference award recipients! Each of these students went above and beyond in their projects, as well as gave excellent presentations of their research. We commend their hard work, dedication, and extraordinary passion for their subject areas; for great research takes all three. Thank you to all of those who participated in the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference!

Top Poster Presenter Biological and Chemical Sciences:
Jacob Mota, Texas Tech University, Senior, Health, Exercise, & Sport Sciences
Honorable Mentions: Chris Gulick, Belinda Pacheco

Top Poster Presenter - Business Emphasis:
Dany Rivas, Texas Tech University, Senior, Agricultural & Applied Economics
Honorable Mentions: Michael (Todd) Rowen, Ty Vaughn

Top Poster Presenter - Humanities and the Arts:
Ariel Brown, Texas Tech University, Senior, Media Strategies

Top Poster Presenter - Law, Public Policy, and Education:
Thomas Geddes, Texas Tech University, Sophomore, Finance
Honorable Mentions: Cristina Diordieva, Narah Alcoreza

Top Poster Presenter - Physical Sciences:
Jacob Crabtree, Texas Tech University, Senior, Computer Science
& Joshua Williams, Texas Tech University, Senior, Computer Science
Honorable Mentions: Kaitlin Leachman, Naureen Suteria

Top Poster Presenter - Social Sciences:
Amritpaul Chatrath, Texas Tech University, Senior, Biology
Honorable Mentions: Ximena Paz Portal, Cynthia Sacco

Top Oral Presenter:
Caitlin Yoakum, Texas Tech University, Senior, Anthropology
Honorable Mentions: Joshua Willms, Rocio Rodriguez

Top Visiting Presenter:
Alvaro Garcia, Zamorano University, Senior, Animal & Food Sciences
Honorable Mentions: Scott Hall, Ximena Paz Portal

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Student Spotlight

Jesse Latimer, Mechanical Engineering Major

From the first time I started considering the Honors College, as a high school senior, the staff and professors I met there were genuinely warm and amiable. They were never frustrated with my questions and always willing to help whenever possible. Though I know the work of the staff and advisors in the Honors College can definitely be stressful, they always appear blithe and pleasant whenever I come by!  One highlight of my time in Honors has been the two years that I lived in Gordon Hall, where I met people whom I still consider good friends today. Another highlight would be the Honors classes that I have taken, which have enabled me to think more critically and in-depth about the course material being discussed. Also having smaller, more discussion-oriented classes at a large university like Texas Tech has been a luxury I would not pass up! More recently, the Honors College has enabled me, through the Undergraduate Research Scholars, to perform research and analysis for an excellent professor in my field of Mechanical Engineering.  I am excited to be able to present some of our results at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky and also at Texas Tech’s Undergraduate Research Conference! Moreover, I will be using the research I have been performing to write an Honors Thesis before I graduate next fall.

As I reflect on my experiences during my undergraduate studies here at Tech, joining the Honors College was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! The things I have learned as an Honors student will be useful, I am sure, not only in the rest of my studies but also in my career.

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Student Spotlight: Stacy Philip

Joining the Honors College is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my college career. I enjoy challenging myself in various aspects of my life, and I feel that the Honors College encourages me to strive to be the absolute greatest that I can be, and provides me with the tools and experience necessary to help me achieve my aspirations. I am forever grateful for the amazing doors of opportunity that Honors has opened for me, and I fell in love from the moment I took my Intro to Fiction: Sherlock Holmes and the Rise of the Detective Tale FYE class with Dr. Aycock.

In addition to the small, discussion-based classes and extraordinary professors, I loved living in the Honors Learning Community with a tight-knit group of individuals who shared my curiosity, interests, thirst for knowledge, and desire to excel. The Honors College is more than academics though, it’s a family. Through Honors, I have had the privilege to form friendships with the most interesting and wonderful people from various backgrounds and disciplines, which I know will last a lifetime. The Honors advisors are also extremely helpful at providing guidance to help ensure that I am academically successful as well. I love being on the Honors College Student Activities Board and planning fun activities to help bring Honors students together, while providing an intellectually stimulating environment in which to learn and grow while at Texas Tech University, both in and out of the classroom. I also enjoy attending exciting Friday lunch discussions and reading fascinating Honors Book Club books too. Being an Honors College Ambassador has enabled me to share these incredible experiences with other individuals, so they too can benefit from what I think is the greatest kept secret at Texas Tech.

I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without the Honors College, and I will always treasure the memories I have from Honors. 

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Jimmy Bacon, Hometown Hero

Jimmy Bacon II was named Firefighter of the Year in Lubbock at the 11th annual “Unsung Heroes Award Honors Graduate, Jimmy Bacon II was named Firefighter of the Year in Lubbock at the 11th annual “Unsung Heroes Award Recognition Ceremony” on Thursday March 6th at the Prosperity Bank Conference Center in Lubbock Texas.  This is the highest honor a First Responder in Lubbock can receive, and Jimmy is one of the youngest recipients of this award in history.

The 2013 Unsung Heroes of Lubbock are recognized for their sacrifice, dedication and willingness to risk their lives in making Lubbock a safe place to live.  Each Honoree was selected by their peers in their respective organizations. The idea of this event arose after the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and the heroic actions of First Responders in New York City.  The Unsung Heroes Award Ceremony provides all of the citizens of Lubbock an opportunity to express in a small way their thanks and gratitude for the sacrifices that Lubbock First Responders exhibit each and every day.

Thirty-three-year old Jimmy Bacon II had no idea he would end up as a fireman.  Although he has been working in Lubbock as a firefighter for over 8 years, Jimmy graduated from college with no intention of being a firefighter. One day his buddy said, “Let’s go to Fire Academy.Well, we did and tested out and got hired in a very competitive market. “

“I love being a fireman.  You may not get rich being a fireman, but you can be the happiest person alive being a fireman,” Bacon added.

Jimmy said he had no idea he was to receive Fireman of the Year Award.   “I assumed this award was reserved for people who pulled people out of a burning house or car, not for my total involvement.  If they offer a training, I jump at the opportunity.  In college I had to pay for it, so when something is offered I am ready.  I get to wear so many different hats as a fireman :  I get to be a paramedic, be a part of  the tactical swat teams, and I’m involved in tons of different organizations .  I even get to run a small business.”

“Being named Fireman of the Year means the world to me,”  Jimmy said.“  I don’t look at it as me doing something for the fire department.  I look at it as is what the fire department  allows me to be involved in. I have such an internal deep pride in my gut, combined with culminated feelings of just why do they think I’m worthy of this? I am very humbled.”.

Congratulations Jimmy.  You rmake the Honors community proud! 

KCBD News Hometown Hero Video

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Alumni Spotlight

Jimmy Bacon, Hometown Hero

Jimmy Bacon II was named Firefighter of the Year in Lubbock at the 11th annual “Unsung Heroes Award Honors Graduate, Jimmy Bacon II was named Firefighter of the Year in Lubbock at the 11th annual “Unsung Heroes Award Recognition Ceremony” on Thursday March 6th at the Prosperity Bank Conference Center in Lubbock Texas.  This is the highest honor a First Responder in Lubbock can receive, and Jimmy is one of the youngest recipients of this award in history.

The 2013 Unsung Heroes of Lubbock are recognized for their sacrifice, dedication and willingness to risk their lives in making Lubbock a safe place to live.  Each Honoree was selected by their peers in their respective organizations. The idea of this event arose after the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and the heroic actions of First Responders in New York City.  The Unsung Heroes Award Ceremony provides all of the citizens of Lubbock an opportunity to express in a small way their thanks and gratitude for the sacrifices that Lubbock First Responders exhibit each and every day.

Thirty-three-year old Jimmy Bacon II had no idea he would end up as a fireman.  Although he has been working in Lubbock as a firefighter for over 8 years, Jimmy graduated from college with no intention of being a firefighter. One day his buddy said, “Let’s go to Fire Academy.Well, we did and tested out and got hired in a very competitive market. “

“I love being a fireman.  You may not get rich being a fireman, but you can be the happiest person alive being a fireman,” Bacon added.

Jimmy said he had no idea he was to receive Fireman of the Year Award.   “I assumed this award was reserved for people who pulled people out of a burning house or car, not for my total involvement.  If they offer a training, I jump at the opportunity.  In college I had to pay for it, so when something is offered I am ready.  I get to wear so many different hats as a fireman :  I get to be a paramedic, be a part of  the tactical swat teams, and I’m involved in tons of different organizations .  I even get to run a small business.”

“Being named Fireman of the Year means the world to me,”  Jimmy said.“  I don’t look at it as me doing something for the fire department.  I look at it as is what the fire department  allows me to be involved in. I have such an internal deep pride in my gut, combined with culminated feelings of just why do they think I’m worthy of this? I am very humbled.”.

Congratulations Jimmy.  You rmake the Honors community proud! 

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Student Spotlight

Camden Hoeffner, Honors Ambassador

When I joined the Honors College and came to Tech I was really expecting a repeat of my AP and IB classes from high school. While those classes challenged me, I wasn’t really sure I wanted to relive my high school years in college. Thankfully, what I found when I got to the Honors college has been so much more than I ever could have imagined or hoped for. As a student from Lubbock who has never lived on campus, it was pretty difficult for me to get plugged in to the college community my freshman year. However, the Honors College helped significantly with helping me and pushing me to get involved and take charge of my education and my college experience.

I have greatly enjoyed being a part of the Honors College. I have gotten to take wonderful classes from my FYE in General Psychology to Dr. Clopton’s awesome Psychology seminar to Mr. Weiner’s ever entertaining Zombie Culture course. Each course brought something new and different to the table and to my college experience. They taught me about myself, about how I think, and encouraged me to step a little outside of my comfort zone. That’s what college is all about: exploring yourself, your interests, and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone because you may not get many chances in the real world. I think the Honors College embodies this idea of getting outside the box and really pushing yourself. It is competitive, energetic and supportive all at the same time. I wouldn’t trade my Honors experiences for anything and I am thankful everyday for the opportunity I have to serve as an Honors Ambassador and be able to share my wonderful experiences with perspective students and show them why they should join our family at the Honors College.

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My Honors Story

My Honors College experience over these past 4 years have been amazing! I have made many great and life-long friends here in the Honors College, and have loved the teaching environment and classes the College offers. One great class that comes to mind is the Zombies Seminar taught by Prof. Rob Weiner. This class was a far cry from the traditional “lecture and regurgitate information” classes we are all so used to. In this class we had amazing discussions about the history of the term zombie, if there were different types of zombies, what would we do to survive a zombie attack, etc… all while watching awesome movies in class, and even taking a field trip to a movie theatre to watch a zombie flick that come out that year. It was an amazing class that really showed how learning could be done in a much more different and fun environment, and that is one of the many reasons why I love what the Honors College has done here at Texas Tech and why I love being an Honors student!

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Druv Bhakta, Honors Ambassador

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