CHC Stories

man  in movement

When developing the class, The Velocity of Gesture, or Intro to Air Guitar, for winter term last year, McWhorter had a radical idea: to give students dedicated time to explore how they express themselves.


Nicole Dudukovic

Many of Dudukovic’s classes on learning and memory involve a discussion of flashbulb memories. She is fascinated by questions of how memories can change over time and why two individuals may remember the same event differently.


Lisa Munger standing outdoors

Knowing that the class would be online again this fall, Munger decided to change things up. Lauren Willis, curator of academic programs at the museum, was  happy to oblige.


Noel Rapley's weaving, Winding Path

Senior design student sourced her natural materials during walks along Millrace Pond.


With social distancing and social pods, UO/CHC students explored autumn's offerings around town


Rhodes Scholar Finalists

One current University of Oregon student and another recently graduated Duck have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Rhodes scholarship.


CHC Med graphic

The online panel, which was designed to connect the alumni with current students interested in the medical field, was held on October 30, and was moderated by Melissa Graboyes, professor of African and medical history, and Nelly Nouboussi, a 2020 biology graduate of the CHC.


Protest sign

Clark Honors College Dean Carol Stabile was looking to bring together members of the CHC community to talk about an issue that was challenging, uncomfortable and historically avoided. She wanted to encourage a dialogue about race in America.


Brian McWhorter in a tutu

CHC’s college resumption committee searched for ways to make students feel heard, connected, and inspired by each other. The idea they came up with? A project dubbed “Creative Spaces.”


Anthony Macias outside the frat

Sigma Alpha Epsilon will take part in Suicide Prevention Week from November 16th through 20th with efforts meant for the entire community.


CHC Alum Kevin Frazier

While President Joe Biden spoke of a deeply divided country and how it can sound foolish to some to achieve unity, Clark Honors College alumni Kevin Frazier ('16) had already been working on closing that national chasm.


Truman Winner Sravya Tadepalli

Tadepalli hopes to offer undergraduates the opportunity to ask questions about national scholarships and be a resource to students.


Greek Life video thumbnail

Many of the Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations have created a home away from home for their members who returned to campus and have helped to enforce social distancing guidelines during this time. 


Dr, Shoshana Kerewsky

Due to her innovative teaching methods and contributions to the field of psychology education, Dr. Shoshana Kerewsky was recently honored with the Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education Award from the American Psychology Association.


photo of test tubes for research

Once, they were all Clark Honors College students. Now all active and successful in their careers as researchers and professors, four CHC alumni return to reach back and give some well-heeded advice to the next generation.


Cappernaum movie still  Anti-Racist film series

Inspired by the summer’s anti-racism demonstrations, Matthias Vogel, Global Scholars Hall faculty in residence and director of the Global Engagement ARC, was looking for a way to address race and racism on an international scale.


quarantine cookbook cover

Professor of political science Alison Gash and her students start “Cooking while Quarantined,” an online cookbook raising awareness to and money for food insecurity both locally and nationally.


A costume featured in Personal Game

Brian McWhorter, associate professor of music in the Clark Honors College, produced  music collaboratively through what McWhorter describes as a “telephone game.”


Melissa Graboyes and Rachel Conner

CHC student Rachel Conner and Professor Melissa Graboyes were part of a professor/student collaboration that won the 2020 African Studies Prize for the book Africa Every Day.


mayor of scranton

This pragmatic but progressive approach to politics won over the people of Scranton. Her platform focused on the “non-sexy” aspects of politics like structural reform, economic equity and justice, and ensuring the city’s political leaders reflected the diversity of the city.


When Corinne Bayerl was a college student in Munich, a professor said something that she not only considered important, but was integral when she developed her teaching philosophy.


Brian McWhorter

Brian McWhorter brings his talent, passion for music and love of teaching to CHC


Julia Lo

Mutant Worms, Melting Glaciers, and Philosophy For Kids

Three CHC first-years land FYRE Scholarships for research


Emily Fowler on the Oregon coast

Emily Fowler's research encourages civic engagement as her work is published

Political science texts litter her laptop, mock trial preparation occupies her mind and cappuccinos course through her system as Emily Fowler buzzes about Chapman Hall. Fowler, a CHC junior studying Political Science and Media Studies, rarely has time to eat lunch between her CHC coursework, involvement with Mock Trial, CHCSA, and the Wayne Morse Scholars Program and her demanding internship with Terrapin Data, a Eugene based technology start-up that works with civic data.


Dare Baldwin finds community is strong in remote classes

Dare Baldwin, Clark Honors College professor of psychology, has experienced a “powerful feeling of togetherness” after modifying her three spring term classes to be conducted remotely and having her students “zoom in” from Oregon, California, Tennessee, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Hawaii.


Effective Fall 2020, the Clark Honors College is adopting a new curriculum that is based on the evolving needs of our students and that addresses the changing interests and goals of our student population. 


Monique Balbuena's class project

Professor Balbuena turns passions into collaborative student project

“It’s about sex,” Professor Monique Balbuena whispered to her class. The students look around, half of them nervously laughing and the other half rolling their eyes.


Rennie Kendrick

By the time she was twelve years old, Rennie Kendrick already knew she wanted to be a scientist.​​​​​​


Steve Martin play

Every term, for Prof Barbara Mossberg's class, "Emerson & Einstein, Interdisciplinary Artist Activists: An Inquiry into Genius," the students act in, produce and perform Steve Martin’s comedy honoring Einstein as an artist, Picasso at the Lapin Agile in the Pocket Theater in Villard.


Even though journalism major Julia Mueller had participated in mock trial throughout high school, she was nervous about trying out for the team as a first-year student at the University of Oregon.


Karishma shaw, CHC alumna

CHC was a "great prep" for the chaos of law school


Julie Tripp fellowship

Alumna Julie Tripp's best advice: “Be ready to jump at the chances and keep your passport current.” ​​​​​​


The first image is a silhouette of a deer, followed by a flash of lights, then the sound of tearing, grinding metal. 


Three professors will co-teach "Arctic Icebergs" in Spring 2020 that comprehensively examines climate change with aspects of environmental research, literature, and natural science


The recent success of Clark Honors College alum Jeff Whitty’s first screenplay couldn’t have come at a better time.


susan Choi

“The National Book Awards,” Associate Professor of Literature Mai-lin Cheng says, “are like the Oscars for American writers.” Cheng has helped to bring two of this year’s contenders to the University of Oregon for a series of events, including a reading, conversation with students, and a UO Today interview.


Sean Killpatrick

The energy inside Autzen Stadium was what most impressed Clark Honors College senior Sean Killpatrick on his first visit to the University of Oregon in 2015. 


nelson Perez catalán

Two-and-a half-hours from Antarctica by airplane is Punta Arenas, Chile, a small town on the tip of Patagonia. 


Helia Megowan

Students rush in and out of Erb Memorial Union as Helia Megowan—sitting on a couch across from the grand piano in Taylor Lounge—observes the swirl. She’s dressed in all black athletic wear, and her light brown hair is pulled back neatly in a bun. She grins widely as she talks about her first year at the University of Oregon.​​​​​​


alex boxberger

In her junior year, Alex Boxberger did a dangerous thing: she changed her academic focus after joining a lab and abandoning her goal of becoming a doctor.


Jason lewis-berry

When Jason Lewis-Berry graduated from Clark Honors College, he thought he’d probably have an interesting but relatively normal life in Los Angeles making movies, and he dedicated his first year after graduation to working abroad to get international travel “out of his system” before embarking on his film career. 


David Adams

Alum David Adams takes the resilience he learned at CHC and brings it to medical school


Emily Niebergall headshot

Emily Niebergall has been traveling to North East India since she was thirteen. Each visit, she goes to an orphanage in the state of Mizoram where the children are sick with diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis B. 


Dare Baldwin baby research

Squeak a ball in front of a baby’s face. Pop it up and catch it. Bounce it a few times and watch his eyes light up with joy. Big, round, happy eyes mean he is watching and assimilating these movements. By catching balls, playing with blocks, and banging on pots and pans, his parents and other caregivers are setting the foundation for healthy brain development.


We had been hiking for three hours, and I had finished all of the water. What was once a fun, scenic trek with the occasional climb over a boulder had turned into an endless staircase through the forest. I hauled one foot in front of the other, vision blurry as oxygen escaped my brain. A humble wooden sign to my right mercifully read 30 minutes to the top. It took an hour.


Kevin Frazier

As Kevin Frazier sat through the rigorous interview process for the Truman scholarship in 2015, he was asked a question about civic duty that sent him “down the deepest rabbit hole you can imagine…it was me and Alice in Wonderland, exploring who knows what.”


For the fifth time in the Udall Foundation's 20-year history, a University of Oregon student has been awarded the highly competitive national Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.


Melissa Graboyes

In the small Italian town of Belluno in the Dolomite mountains, there is no noise. Silence lies over the town like a layer of smoke until it is interrupted by the sound of another ambulance.


Nelly Nouboussi working in lab

Nelly Nouboussi was 13 and living in Cameroon when she learned she and her older sister Ruth were going to live in the United States, but her expectations were instantly dashed when they arrived in Springfield to live with their uncle. 


Pens

The small-group courses enable students to learn how to communicate academic knowledge to broader audiences, and become familiar with different genres of public writing, including op-eds, features, profiles, and blog posts. 


Francesca Fontana

A typical day for Francesca Fontana begins around 7:30 a.m., when she enters The Wall Street Journal offices in New York, two hours before the stock market opens...


See all of the 2019 recipients here!


Tucked inside the west side of the Knight Library on the second floor is the Special Collections and University Archives, or SCUA. There, an intimate Clark Honors College course, Touching Archives, gathers to dive into the collections and archive that reportedly holds more than a million items...


Melissa Graboyes

Interdisciplinary research is a hallmark of the Clark Honors College and a value that Dr. Melissa Graboyes exemplifies in her work...


Mackenzie Myers

When nominations were being accepted for the Faculty Research Mentor Award, Clark Honors College student Mackenzie Myers decided to organize a submission for his mentor, Professor Mark Carey.  Myers, a sophomore and the only undergraduate on Carey's Glacier Lab research team, assembled the other members — PhD and graduate students — to write a paragraph each earlier this year to nominate Carey for the coveted honor...


Alex Ross has a job most people will only dream about, listening to music for a living...


Nulia

In downtown Eugene, on the second floor of a faded brick building, lives Nulia, a problem-solving enterprise disguised as a tech company, joining a growing hub of tech-industry start-ups such as Palo Alto, InterVision Media and Emberex...


Every year, the University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics recognizes 25 UO students for their interest in politics and public service, their experience, and their leadership potential. These students take seminars on democratic dilemmas and democracy in practice, attend monthly luncheons with distinguished guest speakers, go on trips to watch politics in action and participate in hands-on in workshops...


Daphne Gallagher Anthropologist

In her cozy new office at Chapman Hall, with walls stacked with readings and often littered with artifacts, Dr. Daphne Gallagher welcomes students to chat with her about anything related to classes, travel, archeology, history or life in general. Whether it is a question about ancient burial practices, African Studies or Atlantis, Dr. Gallagher has the expertise to answer it...


Kim Stafford

Think of Kim Stafford, Oregon’s ninth poet laureate, as a host. Not to a party or event, but as an ambassador to civic duties.​​​​​​..


Melissa Graboyes in Zanzibar

Clark Honors College professor Melissa Graboyes has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her on-going research on malaria elimination attempts in sub-Saharan Africa and on the island of Zanzibar...


Allison Buckmelter and husband Nicholas

When the most recent call for the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting went out, 6,895 screenplays were submitted. Out of that avalanche of entries, only four screenplays were selected for the fellowship...​​​​​​​


Huemul deer

Gilberto Chacano is a talented man with an insurmountable problem: he was born too late. His world is of the vast campos of Chile’s central Patagonia, in one of the least-densely populated of humanity’s frontiers, where he learned to raise sheep and build fences...​​​​​​​


Aaron James

Building a business is no simple feat. Building one of Oregon’s most successful businesses poses an even greater challenge. It requires a highly motivated, intelligent staff who know how to think critically and creatively...