CHC Stories

Aug. 31, 2022 - After months of research, Clark Honors College students have narrowed potential sites where they think five Cayuse men were buried or reburied after they were hanged for the death of missionary Marcus Whitman.
Joseph Fracchia undertakes a reconstruction of the corporeal foundations of historical materialism.
Dear CHC Community!  The 2021-22 academic year wrapped up with a long-awaited graduation celebration that included the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. A day of late spring rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of all who attended.
In their Ms Magazine article, Carol Stabile, Morning Glory Ritchie, and Malia Mulligan ask:  What hinders the expansion of diversity in the data science field?
In her Slate Magazine article, Rebecca Schuman reflects on Eugene's —and Oregon's—intertwined addition epidemics, property values, urban tent cities, law enforcement, compassion, and property-crime.  
AEC is pleased to honor Dr. Kate Mondloch as our 2022 Faculty Excellence in Universal Design award recipient.
Good afternoon! It’s my great pleasure to welcome the Robert D. Clark Honors College class of 2020! And the class of 2021! And the class of 2022! I’m Carol Stabile, acting dean of the College and a professor of gender studies and media history.
The former poet laureate of Oregon, Kim Stafford, BA '71 (Clark Honors College), MA '73, PhD '79 (English), considers war and peace, pandemic struggles, Earth imperatives, a seeker’s spirit, and forging kinship in his latest collection of poems, "Singer Come from Afar."
Nicole Dudukovic and others have received 2022 Williams instructional grants.  “I will be using the award money to create a website that will allow students to get hands-on experience with brain imaging data,” Dudukovic said.
Temerity Bauer, a junior biology major and Clark Honors College student, received the highly competitive award for her work in health care.  Udall scholarships recognize students for their service to Native American nations or for stewardship of the environment.
CHC alum Alex Mentzel (German literature and culture / theatre arts, 2020) will pursue a PhD at Cambridge—studying the intersection of human and digital worlds, where technology and the humanities meet.
When freshman Erin Morrison found out she had successfully become a Stamps Scholar, she was in her living room with her parents, trying not to cry and remembering how to breathe. The moment was extra special for Morrison who was diagnosed with cancer her freshman year of high school.
New faculty member Catalina M. de Onís's book, "Energy Islands: Metaphors of Power, Extractivism, and Justice in Puerto Rico," has won the Rhetoric Society of America 2022 Book Award.
Clark Honors College Theater Professor Theresa May and Elder-in-Residence Marta Lu Clifford speak on the power of American theater and performance to affirm and illuminate Indigenous cultures.
Raimy Khalife-Hamdan, a senior global studies and romance language major, was meditating by the ocean when she got a call from the Scoville Peace Fellowship saying that she had been accepted into the 2022 cohort.  
Many University of Oregon students jumpstart their STEM careers by joining laboratories, securing internships, and working with mentors.
When third year CHC student and marine biology major Jenna Travers was at home in Astoria, Oregon over spring break, she decided to take her dog for a drive and get some coffee.
CHC alum Alex Mentzel, a 2020 graduate who majored in German literature and theater arts, will be one of only 60 students nationally in the 2022 class of Gates-Cambridge Scholars.
The UO’s seventh Ducks Give event will take place May 12!   See CHC challenges at
When junior Mikala Capage opened an email about the Goldwater Scholarship she applied for, she was prepared. And then she was ecstatic. It was the second time she had applied for the Goldwater; the first email resulting in disappointment.
“I’m very grateful for scholarship support,” says Clark Honors College senior Xitlali Torres, recipient of the John and Betty Soreng Presidential Scholarship. No assistance, she says, would have meant no college (or crushing debt).
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.

Sometimes to understand history better, you have to put yourself in the shoes of the real participants. And, as students have learned in Reacting to the Past: Native Nations (HC 444H/431H) with Professor Kevin Hatfield, sometimes those shoes belong to a “bad guy.”

A longstanding area of research excellence and a popular new major, neuroscience takes center stage at the University of Oregon

By taking just a few virtual steps west of his office in Johnson Hall, University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill is taking on an additional role spring term as he enters a Zoom classroom as a professor for the first time while at the UO.

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.

Who is on campus? See what they're doing when they're not Zooming...

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.

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.

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. 


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...


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...

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...