Clark Honors College News

August 23, 2023
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the National Archives will host a talk by retired UO Clark Honors College professor David Frank and a screening of UO alumnus James Blue’s documentary, “The March.”
June 15, 2023
Topics ranged from Black American feminist literature to tracking the health of salt marshes to the effects of the labor market on light rail transportation.
June 13, 2023
This year’s graduates are talented, resourceful and driven. Check out our stories about five members of the Clark Honors College’s Class of 2023.
June 13, 2023
The “Oregon Six” are the top six members of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest and the most prestigious academic honor society in the United States.
June 13, 2023
This year, the CHC will host a graduation celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. It will follow the University of Oregon’s main commencement, which will be held at 9 a.m. at Autzen Stadium.
June 13, 2023
UO administrators recognized seven CHC faculty and staff members as the tops in their fields and the latest winners of a spate of awards.
May 31, 2023
Featured in the Colorado Sun, CHC alum Rachel King is the author of the novel “People Along the Sand,” the linked short story collection “Bratwurst Haven” and two poetry chapbooks.
May 26, 2023
CHC thesis students had three minutes to verbally present the idea behind their thesis and research, including the use of one slide.
May 15, 2023
Three-Minute Thesis winners, final Forensics debate, summer registration open, new Board of Trustees member from CHC, music professor in Eugene Weekly, and more alumni news.
May 15, 2023
Art, Italy and understanding the human condition all guide this CHC professor as she helps students see what’s truly important in life.
May 15, 2023
The CHC junior neuroscience major is awarded the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Key into Public Service Scholarship.
May 15, 2023
CHC’s Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program offers students a window into what it’s like to get an education behind bars.
May 12, 2023
The multimedia journalist’s curiosity serves as an important tool in her investigative reporting and writing.
May 12, 2023
With a celebrated legacy of kindness and generosity, an Honors College scholarship in his name aids students in need.
May 12, 2023
The CHC alum struggled to connect with the comics crowd during college. Today, she has blossomed into one of the world’s most inclusive comic booksellers in the world.
May 12, 2023
These students are responsible for publishing the CHC Post newsletter and creating other communications for the Clark Honors College.
May 12, 2023
Sarah Cate's ('08 English) new book, “The Myth of the Community Fix: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Punishment” ar
April 28, 2023
Strand is among eight California State University, Chico faculty members recognized with 2022–23 Outstanding Faculty Awards, selected by the University’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee.
April 26, 2023
Ethan Dinh, a computer science major in the Clark Honors College, is among this year’s recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a prized national award for research in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.
April 26, 2023
The search committee has invited two internal candidates to meet with campus stakeholders May 2-3 in the search for a permanent Clark Honors College dean.
April 11, 2023
CHC students are resourceful, creative and athletic when it comes to activities outside the classroom. Juggling the academic demands of being a college student can be difficult.
April 11, 2023
Age: 20Year at CHC: SophomoreMajor: Psychology and Global StudiesHometown: Denver
April 11, 2023
Age: 22Year at CHC: Fifth-year seniorMajor: SociologyHometown: Eugene
April 11, 2023
Age: 19Year at CHC: FreshmanMajor: UndeclaredHometown: McMinnville, Ore.
April 11, 2023
CHC holds Three-Minute Thesis competition on April 20 Come cheer on CHC students as they compete to win as much as $500 in prize money. Free food – including tasty sweet and savory treats from Noisette Pastry Kitchen – will be served.
April 5, 2023
For her thesis, Azusena Rosales Suares is conducting original research on bilingual street signs.
April 4, 2023
English major and DH minor Lauryn Cole built a public-facing version of her Honors College thesis using Twine, a tool for creating interactive narratives and text-based games.
Welcome Back to Chapman

In fall of 2020, on the heels of one hundred days of protests around the country and against police violence in Portland, Oregon following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Clark Honors College began to think about how to provide courses that would help CHC students deepen their engagement with the histories and contemporary manifestations of anti-Black racism.

My history teacher asked on my first day of high school what we wanted to do when we grew up. It was a simple question that I did not give much thought: I knew I wanted to practice law.

Two UO students have been awarded prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarships, a first for the university and all the more rare because it is the second award for one of the Ducks.

On April 6, 2021, despite Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto, Arkansas became the first state to prohibit physicians from providing gender-affirming medical care like hormone treatments designed to delay puberty in transgender youth.

Near the end of every school year, the University of Oregon showcases the work done by undergraduate scholars with the support of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) in a public research symposium. 

There are two kinds of RA you’ll typically encounter on a college campus. The first is sure to be familiar to anyone who has stayed in a dorm room. But I’m not here to talk about the person who writes you up for being too loud on a Tuesday. No, this article is about being a research assistant, which is the other, less infamous, RA.

Both Beyond Toxics and the NAACP are committed to achieving environmental and climate justice for historically disadvantaged and underserved communities.

During her first days on the job at Human Rights Watch in 2018, Namratha Somayajula got a glimpse of the work that goes into exposing human rights violations and advocating for change.

A University of Oregon program that provides education to incarcerated Oregonians is expanding with a boost from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one of the largest supporters 
of the arts and humanities in the United States.

Research faculty members and students from the UO’s first-in-the-nation comics studies minor bring complex concepts to life through illustrations

When junior Mikala Capage opened an email about the Goldwater Scholarship she applied for, she was prepared. And then she was ecstatic.

When she was just ten years old, Clark Honors College and marine biology major Jenna Travers moved to Juneau, Alaska, where she watched glaciers melt.

When Clark Honors College alumna Caitlin Scott was finalizing her thesis last spring amongst travel restrictions and thesis defense cancellations, it was difficult to find the silver lining.

It was a cold January morning in Allen Hall, and a book was about to be written.

University of Oregon graduate student Nisha Sridhar has always known she wanted to use her work in healthcare to be an advocate for children. This week, she’ll be advocating in front of members of the United States Congress.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.”

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

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.


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.

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. 

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.