Honors College Second Annual Showcase Set for April 16
Honors College Showcase 2011
April 13, 2012
- Diane Brown
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The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Honors College next week will host its second annual open house featuring the research, creative activities, scholarship and community engagement of some of the campus’s finest students.
The IUPUI Honors College Showcase takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012, in the atrium of the IUPUI Campus Center, 20 University Blvd. The showcase provides the opportunity for talented students to share with the university community their activities and accomplishments through research, service, collaboration with other students and community service.
“The IUPUI Honors College Showcase is a signature event for the college,” said the college’s dean, Jane Luzar. “Persons attending this should expect to see the best that this campus has to offer. These are the high-ability, highest-achieving students on campus. It is their chance to show campus that they have made a wise investment in them.”
Incoming IUPUI freshmen who meet the required academic qualifications are offered scholarships and direct admission to the IUPUI Honors College. Honors Scholars have uniquely designed educational experiences that include independent research; preparation for post-baccalaureate study; and the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the world at large through service learning, civic engagement, culture studies and study abroad.
Biomedical engineering major Eric R. Wolf is among the high-ability students presenting at this year’s showcase. Wolf, along with fellow Honors Scholar Emily Potts, spent last summer on a service learning experience in Eldoret, Kenya, where Indiana University has a long-standing partnership with Moi University. Wolf’s experiences included farming activities, including handpicking weeds.
For Wolf, a sophomore, being an Honors Scholar is a valuable experience. “I have access to advisors and study abroad programs like this that improve my experience,” Wolf said. “The scholarship aspect also allows me to focus more on my studies because I don't have to work as much to pay for college.”
And the trip to Africa broadened his knowledge and perspective of the world.
“Hearing the stories about the post-election violence in 2007 was particularly meaningful,” Wolf said. “The farm workers, who I worked with every day for two weeks, had to lock themselves in their houses to avoid being killed during the violence. It really highlighted how good things are here (in America). Though most people get annoyed with politics, we never have to worry about being killed by it.”
Wolf and Potts will talk with showcase visitors and share their experiences with a slideshow from their stay in Africa.
“Most of our trip cannot be explained in writing. Those who are interested should stop by (our booth) to learn more,” Wolf said.