Robert D. Clark Honors College
1293 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1293

Phone: 541-346-5414
Email: honors@uoregon.edu

Global Scholars Hall

In Fall 2012, over 180 incoming freshman class of the Robert D. Clark Honors College moved into the brand new Global Scholars Hall.  For these students, the GSH offers a dynamic learning environment consisting of many varied living and learning spaces as well as five co-located language immersive programs (Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, and French). The GSH also features its own Resident Scholar and Outreach and Student Engagement Libriarian. Other building highlights include a learning commons, five incorporated classrooms, a multipurpose performance room with elevated stage, study rooms, a presentation practice room, and the Fresh Marketcafe. To explore further, visit the Global Scholars page.

Celebrate Undergraduate Research

The University of Oregon hosts its fifth annual Undergraduate Symposium, a campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, and original creative and performance works on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in the EMU Ballroom and nearby oral presentation rooms.  For more information about this year's Symposium, including the day's agenda and abstract submissions, click here.

Since the Symposium began, over 220 Clark Honors College students have participated through oral presentations, poster presentations, fine and performance art. Wondering what original research our undergraduates pursue?  Check out the slide show here!

  • Natalie Brezack, a Psychology major, presented "Motionese: Subject to Preference?"
  • Amy Jones, a double major in Biology and Human Physiology, presented "Tracing the Endocardial Cell Lineage of Developing Heart Valves Using MADM Matter Pools"
  • Muhammad Khalifa, a Biochemistry major, presented "Alkaline Synthesis of Amidines - A New Approach to Preparing Medicinally Relevant Small Molecules"
  • Shahnaz Mooney, a double major in Environmental Studies and Philosophy, presented "Creating a Sense of Place Along the McKenzie River," with her River Stories teammates
  • Jaclyn Rushing, a double major in Environmental Studies and Romance Languages, presented "Women and Glaciers: Perspectives on Climate Change Vulnerability, Identity, and the Professional Sphere"
  • Charlotte Rheingold, a Comparative Literature major, is Chief Editor of the student-run, peer-reviewed Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OURJ)
  • Maithri Sarangam, a Biology major, presented "The Role of the BAF Chromatin Remodeling Complex during Heart Valve Development"
  • Makenzie Shepherd, an Environmental Studies major, presented "UO's Environmental Leadership Program:  Critters and Currents Environmental Education Team"

Thesis Spotlight - Caleb Owen

"It Was Just for Fun: Taarab and the Construction of Community Identity in Two Kenyan Communities"

Primary Thesis Advisor: Lisa Gilman (English)

Caleb Owen spent three months in Kenya learning, playing, and studying taarab, an East African music with Indian and middle eastern influences. As one advisor wrote, ‘he connected music, local forms of identity and struggle, and larger political and cultural transformation...in a superb piece of research and writing.' His sophisticated analysis found that even as traditional taarab players lamented that modern sounds were weakening the music, women and younger musicians were re-inventing it to express their concerns over money, politics, and gender roles.

Caleb is current a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University.