The Fall 2020 Honors EXCEL Seminars series is designed to answer to the needs and plans of Honors EXCEL students, providing you with opportunities to acquire skills and information essential to completing your experiential and community engaged learning projects.
In addition, this is also a great opportunity
to get to know and exchange ideas with fellow Honors
EXCEL students, learning from each other’s victories and challenges while
strengthening your sense of community. Note also that these seminars can
be counted toward completing the Out-of-Class Experiences (OCEs) requirement for the
program for the current semester.
“How are you pivoting your project? A conversation”
Dr. Travis Stimeling, associate professor, musicology, School of Music
Thursday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m.
A conversation with Dr. Travis Stimeling on developing the skills and best practices to respond to changes in direction and readjustments that are inevitable parts of any project.
“Navigating the Mentor/Mentee Relations
Office of Undergraduate Research
Paige Zalman, program coordinator
Kevin Walden, program coordinator
Carinna Ferguson, graduate assistant
Friday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.
A discussion featuring Paige Zalman, Kevin Walden and Carinna Ferguson, from the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Thursd ay, Sept . 17 at 4 p.m.
Join fellow Honors EXCEL students Kayla Gagnon, Dallan Halkias and Emily Lehr for an engaging hour of creative arts performances and to hear about their struggles and successes in putting these together — and also to share your own adventures in your Honors EXCEL project.
Time and Stress Management Workshop”
Dr. Nancy Caronia, teaching assistant professor, English, Eberly College
Thursday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.
Offered by Dr. Nancy Caronia, who is both a teaching associate professor and senior advising specialist with the department of English and cultural studies, and also an experienced Tai Chi, martial arts, and Body Dynamics trainer and facilitator, who has offered stress relief workshops throughout the Northeast.
Thursday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.
- Talia Buchman, “Developing Enrichment Items for Lemurs Under Human Care.”
Callista Clairmont, “The Association of Stroke Health Literacy and Insurance Coverage with Post-Stroke Depression, Stroke Severity and Modifiable Stroke Risk Factors.”
“Cultivating Racial Justice as Scholars”
Dr. Susanna Donaldson, teaching associate professor, anthropology, Eberly College
Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.
"Developing International Projects in Times of COVID"
Thursday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.
Vanessa Yerkovich, the director of WVU's Education Abroad office, will explore the options available for integrating international engagements into your Honors EXCEL project, even during pandemic times. Learn about how to develop international networking initiatives, customized programs, and virtual projects with follow-up travel - all the while preparing for a rich and rewarding travel abroad experience, post COVID-19.
Student Presentations & Open Discussion
Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m.
Honors EXCEL students Jessica Hogbin will talk about her international project, “Between Worlds: Studying Italian Noblewomen," while Ryan Ratcliff will discuss his ambitious project of creating “Stepping Stones for Homeless Recovery.” Come to learn about their fascinating projects, and to discuss your own challenges and struggles in your Honors EXCEL project.
Demystifying Grad School Applications”
Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.
Join WVU's ASPIRE Office for a discussion about navigating the graduate school application process, including writing effective personal statements and securing strong letters of recommendation. (The seminar will focus on non-health graduate programs, such as applying to masters programs, law school etc.)
Presenters: Amy Cyphert, Director of ASPIRE and Lecturer in Law, Cate Johnson, Assistant Director of ASPIRE and Dr. Eric Myers, Program Coordinator for ASPIRE.
LaunchLab Resources for Innovation and Commercialization
Friday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.
Are you interested in developing your Honors EXCEL project so that you can pitch it to potential funders or apply for grant opportunities? Are you interested in discovering the business potential of your ideas? Then join the specialists of WVU's LaunchLab, to learn about how they can help you develop and market your project in the real world.
Graduate School Panel”
Dr. Dan Pa naccione , Davis-Michael Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, Davis College
Dr. Annie Cui, associate professor, marketing, Chambers College
Dr. Lupe Davidson, Woodburn Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Eberly College
Dr. Elizabeth Oppe, teaching associate professor, Reed College
Thursday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.
“Next Steps: Completing Honors EXCEL”
Dr. Dana Huebert Lima, director, Honors EXCEL program
Thursday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.
Student Presentations & Open Discussion
Thursday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m.
Join us for the last Honors EXCEL Seminar of the semester, and discover some of the fascinating projects of your fellow Honors EXCEL students, while also sharing your own experiences and challenges with your Honors EXCEL project. This Thursday, Coby Roland will talk about “Witnessing Crime in the Digital Age,” while Natalie Mastroianni will present her work on "Investigating the Invasive Mechanisms of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma."