On October 12-15, four Clarion University Honors Program students will travel to Seattle, WA to the 51st National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. Each will present research projects that they, among many others, have poured hours of energy, work and time into.
Although only four members are able to attend the Seattle conference due to financial restrictions, other Honors Program members have also contributed effort and research into each of the four papers that have been accepted by the conference.
Senior speech pathology major Megan Blashford, junior journalism major Eric Zavinski, senior nursing and marketing major Taylor McClay and junior economics major Andrew Skubisz will represent the Honors Program’s hard work and the research contributions made by Katie Gannon, Hope Zimmerman, Natalie Bond and Kate Hammond at the Seattle conference. Many of the papers’ topics pertain to the members’ majors or area of interests, including Education and Pedagogy, Health Sciences, and Business, Engineering or Computer Science.
Presenting their research papers and posters to members of Honors programs from all over the country, the three-day event will give students the opportunity to network while also experiencing the city of Seattle.
“I’ve always dreamed of going to Seattle, and the fact that I can go there as a scholar representing Clarion University is pretty awesome,” says conference attendee and former Student Director of the Honors Program Eric Zavinski.
Acting as Honors Program director, Dr. Rod Raehsler of the Economics Department at Clarion University has encouraged his members to set goals for themselves, which they are now able to achieve in Seattle thanks to the organization’s diligence and efforts.
“Rod’s been very dedicated to helping us plan and facilitate our research. His guidance has been invaluable,” says Zavinski.
The group is scheduled to leave on October 10 and will return on the 15.