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Fall 2021 Honors EXCEL Seminars

The Fall 2021 Honors EXCEL Seminars series contains workshops and presentations that give the opportunity to Honors EXCEL students to acquire skills, information and perspectives that will contribute to their growth as scholars and professionals, and to the successful development and completion of their projects. These seminars are also great opportunities to get to know and to exchange your ideas with fellow Honors EXCEL students, learning from each other’s victories and challenges, and strengthening our sense of community. These seminars can be counted toward completing the personal and professional development activities (PPDA) requirement for the program for the semester. 

A limited number of Fall 2021 Honors EXCEL Seminars have been set aside specifically for student presentations. These are opportunities to share your work (even if it is only a work in progress) with your peers, practice your public presentation skills, and benefit from your colleagues’ feedback. In addition, these seminars also allow the Honors EXCEL students to share and to discuss theirs specific experiences, challenges and victories, in the process of developing and implementing an Honors EXCEL project. 

There are only a limited number of spots available for these student presentation seminars, which is why you should make sure to reserve your presentation spot ahead of time, by filling out the Student Presentation Sign-Up form.

Seminar Schedule

Except when noted otherwise, all seminars take place on Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. (on Zoom)
“The Secret of My Success: Learning from Recent Honors EXCEL Graduates”

Thursday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. (on Zoom)

“Forging Your Own Journey: Upcoming Scholarships and Fellowships” 

Presenter: Dr. Eric Myers, Program Coordinator, ASPIRE

Thursday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. (on Zoom) 

“How to Craft Effective Resumes and Cover Letters”

Presenter: Robert Barricelli, Career Services.

Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. (on Zoom) 

“Navigating the Mentor-Mentee Relationship“ 


Thursday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. 

"How to Plan and Implement a Project Successfully: Best Practices and Common Pitfalls" 

Presenter: LeaMarie Herron, Grants Administrator, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Thursday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. 

“How to Do Research in the Library: A Primer” 

Presenter: Faythe Thurman, Assistant University Librarian, WVU Libraries

Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. (on Zoom) 

“Professional Communication in the Age of Social Media” 

Presenter: Colleen Good, Communications Specialist, Honors College

Thursday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. 

“What I’ve Learned from Running the Honors EXCEL Program” 

Presenter: Dr. Dana Huebert Lima, former Director of the Honors EXCEL Program, current Associate Chair for Undergraduate Advising, Recruitment, and Retention in the Department of Biology

Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in Woodburn 102 

“Dining and Social Etiquette: The Secret Skills of Professional Success” 

Presenter: Robert Barricelli, Career Services

Thursday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m.         

“Pivoting the Project: How to Deal with Dead Ends, Unexpected Obstacles, and Necessary Changes to Your Project”
Presenter: Dr. Dan Panaccione, Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design

Thursday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. “Student Presentations & Open Discussion”

Thursday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. “Student Presentations & Open Discussion”