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2020-2021 Academic Year

Marquette Honor's MU4Gold Scholars program graduates its first cohort of undergraduate researchers Spring 2021. Read about our first graduates of the program here.mu4gold grads


Congratulations to the 2021 Honors Summer Research Fellowship Award Winners! Each student was awarded $3500 for their research projects to be carried out June - August 2021. Browse the winner's projects here.


Congratulations to the 2021 Summer and Fall Study Abroad Award winners! 


Congratulations to Honors Senior Kate Gustafson who has been recognized as the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior! This honor is given on the basis of academic record, service, leadership integrity, and evidence of commitment to the ideals of a liberal arts education.  Kate will record a message to the Class of 2021 that will be shared with College students, faculty and staff through our social media accounts and college website.


Congratulations to the many Honors students who have been named as 2020-2021 Student Affairs award winners!

Emerging Leader Awards:
Katie Darragh
, Freshman, COMM
Sebastián La Rosa, Freshman, HESC
Michael Mastri, Sophomore, ARSC
Claire Schomogyi, Freshman, ARSC
Bryanna Spietz, Sophomore, ARSC
Noah Smith, Sophomore, ARSC
Melissa Variny, Sophomore, BUAD
Liz Wiltgen, Sophomore, NURS

Contemplative in Action Leadership Awards
Ryan Anselment, Junior, BUAD
Katie Breck, Junior, ARSC
Carissa Burnes, Senior, EDUC
Savannah Charles, Senior, ARSC
Claire Conger, Senior, HESC
Jacquelyn Gerhardson, Senior, ENGI
Evelia Guerrero, Senior, NURS
Brandon Harisis, Senior, ARSC
Nick Howard, Junior, ARSC
Kajal Khatri, Senior, ARSC
Ellie Marino, Senior, ARSC
Joey O’Connor, Senior, BUAD
Jennifer Pennypacker, Junior, ARSC
Adam Romanski, Senior, HESC


Congratulations to two Honors seniors on award wins in the Philosophy department: Noelle Douglass was awarded the Francis X. Boden Award for Excellence in the Study of Philosophy and Eric Miller was awarded the Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award for Excellence in the Study of Ethics and Values.


Congratulations to Honors Freshman Ari Manta on winning the English department’s 6-word short story contest out of 113 submissions from students, staff, and faculty with the story: “I’m always thinking about forgetting you.” 

Additional compliments go to Honors Freshman Stephanie Waldschmidt, named runner-up for her two stories “Aquarium for sale, not cat proof” and “Missing goldfish, last seen in tank.” 


Congratulations to Honors Senior Abigail Kuborn on receiving two Undergraduate Awards from the Department of Biological Sciences for the 20/21 academic year - an Academic Achievement Award and Catherine Welsh Smith Award for Research.


Congratulations to Honors Junior Katie Breck and Freshman Cameron Heiser on their election as Marquette University Student Government's (MUSG) 2021-2022 President and Vice President, respectively!


Honors Sophomore Noah Smith (German and Literature Major), has been accepted to attend the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies’ inaugural undergraduate seminar, “The World in the Book: 1300-1800,” in Fall 2021. The 10 week  seminar will use the multidisciplinary field of book history to explore how medieval and early modern people used different media—theological texts, maps, travel narratives, reference works, literature, and more—to make sense of a changing world. 


Kate Gustafson, Honors senior and Psychology major and a member of the inaugural MU4Gold class, was accepted to present her research “Empathy Building: Assessing the Effectiveness of a Virtual Reality Intervention to Improve Community-Police Relationships” at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill 2021, which will take place as a virtual event on April 27-28, 2021. Kate is one of only sixty students chosen to present research from hundreds of applications.


Honors Senior Lily Regan (Secondary Education in English Language Arts Major) has been accepted to present her research, “Building Relationships and Breaking Barriers: Culturally Relevant Professional Development for Secondary Educators," at the 2021 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). The CCCC Research initiative sponsors research that produces knowledge about language, literacy, communication, rhetoric, and the teaching, assessment, and technologies of writing. The Conference will be in a virtual format April 7-10, 2021.


Two Honors students have been selected as McBeath Interns for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Annie Mattea (Senior majoring in Journalism) will intern in the summer of 2021 and Alexa Jurado (Senior double majoring in Journalism and Digital Media) will intern in the fall of 2021.


Honors Senior Noelle Douglass (Double major in Communication Studies and Philosophy) is working towards a senior thesis, the first communication studies department undergraduate thesis in over a decade. Her project researches the terms used for female attractiveness, how these terms are valued, and how social media platforms mediate these valuations. Noelle is seeking individuals of all ages, genders, races, sexualities, and backgrounds to participate in her research by taking an online, 15-minutes-or-less survey. You can find out more about Noelle’s project here and follow the results of her research on the project's instagram page, @whatkindofpretty.


Kaitlyn Hill, an Honors Junior double majoring in Political Science and Spanish, has accepted an internship to work with Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin in Washington DC during the 2021 summer. As an intern, Kaitlyn will work on a wide range of projects and assist staff in an administrative capacity to address constituent requests and concerns.


Through her work with the MU Center for Peacemaking, Honors Junior Katherine Walsh (Economics & International Affairs Major) has collaborated on creating the Relational Learning Project. In conjunction with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and other international nonviolence organizations, the project aims to connect people from around the world to learn more about one another’s views on nonviolence. Find out more on the Relational Learning Project webpage.


Honors Freshman Macnessa Fidlin (Double major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Philosophy) has joined Dr. Chelsea Cook’s research lab to study the social behaviors of bees and how social environments influence group behavior. This summer, the lab will continue research studying the thermodynamic behavior of social fanning, among other experiments. Find out more about the Cook Lab at MU.


Tess Murphy, an Honors Junior double majoring in Political Science and Writing-Intensive English, is the Spring 2021 intern at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C. this summer. As an intern, Tess works on various research and writing projects, specifically in areas of social policy, congressional outreach, education, and women in economics/technology.

2019-2020 Academic Year

Honors Freshman Victor Zarate (Mechanical Engineering major) won the Midshipman of the Semester in the Marquette University Navy ROTC program for the Fall 2020 semester. NROTC focuses on academics, leadership, physical fitness and community involvement in order to provide students with the necessary skills to become future leaders of this great country. Find out more on the NROTC website. (https://www.marquette.edu/navy-rotc/)


Honors Senior Zoë Comerford (Double major in Journalism and Digital Media) is the 2020 Pete & Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Scholarship recipient, a merit-based award for outstanding MU journalism students with an expressed interest in sports journalism. Find out more about the Axthelm Memorial Program.


geurilla bunny rocks

Spreading Positivity through Authentic Art
December 9, 2020
Inspired by the short documentary film "The Guerilla Bunny" which showcases a public art project in Massachusetts, Dr. Melissa Shew's HOPR 3957 class created painted rocks to spread positivity around campus. Read more about the projecthere.