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The Honors Colloquia are a series of scholarly talks and presentations offered throughout the academic year. They provide a venue for Honors students and faculty to present their research, but also for the Honors program to bring speakers to campus from outside the university community.

Check out our Facebook page to see pictures of all of our events- https://www.facebook.com/pg/TAMUTHonorsProgram/photos/ 

NOTE- All colloquiums are available on Zoom and archived on our YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiCqUgtlIU1muVtBpThDWLw


                                                    2022-2023 Academic Year

(Contact Honors@tamut.edu for Zoom login information)

September 15th, 12:15-1:00 pm UC 217: Dr. Kathy Lease, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

The Travel Class That Couldn't Travel: Can Virtual Cultural Perspective Experiences be as Impactful as Being There?


September 27th, 12:15-1:00 pm UC 217: Dr. Sulaman Pashah, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Effective use of PowerPoint for enhanced student learning


October 4th, 12:15-1:00 pm UC 217: Dr. Jan Murdock & Dr. Frank Mullins, Associate Professors of Special Education

Supporting Students with Disabilities at the Higher Education Level


October 11th, 12:15-1:00 pm UC 217: Dr. Angela Parmentier-Sikorski, Professor of Psychology & Jacqueline Russell, Honors Program graduate

The Gut-Brain Axis and Psychobiotics


October 20th, 12:15-1:00 pm UC 217: Dr. Heather McKnight, Director of Nursing & Nicole Fant, MSN  

Developing a Nurse Research Collaborative


November 1st, 12:15-1:00 pm UC 217: Dr. Trisha Ray, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

Preparing for a Career as a High-Achieving Educator


November 10th, 12:15-1:00 pm UC 217: Dr. Corrine Hinton, Associate Professor of English

Oh the Drama!: What the Experiences of Military Caregivers in Private Facebook Groups can Tell Us about Supportive Social Networks


December 7th, 2:00-3:00 pm via Zoom:  Dr. Ben Neuman, Professor of Biology and Chief Virologist of the Global Health Research Complex, Texas A&M University

Dr. Neuman’s Annual Holiday Virus Lecture

                                                    2021-2022 Academic Year


FALL 2021


September 16, 12:15-1:00 p.m. UC 217 and via Zoom (https://youtu.be/gRSsTHldY_E)

Dr. David Yells, “The Changing Landscape of Marijuana Laws: Promises and Perils” 

Here is Dr. Yells' Powerpoint presentation- Yells- honorscannabis.pptx


September 23, 12:15-1:00 p.m. UC 210 and via Zoom (https://youtu.be/CgNvC4T7gA8

Dr. Rebeca Cooper, “Valid and Reliable Assessments” 


October 26, 12:15-1:00 p.m. UC 217 and via Zoom (https://youtu.be/1peXV0Y16Co)

Dr. Md. Nizam Uddin, “Atmospheric Water through Nanotechnology: Needs and Future Prospects” 


November 9, 12:15-1:00 p.m. UC 217 and via Zoom (https://youtu.be/3NBNH4QmxYU

Brooklyn Bailey & Dr. Kevin Ells, “How broadcast media spins social media to further push agendas, and the generational biases that follow” 


November 11, 12:15-1:00 p.m. UC 217 and via Zoom (https://youtu.be/JG96HaInlq8

Dr. Melinda Arnold, “Rethinking the Reentry Paradigm:  A Blueprint for Action”                     


December 2, 12:00-1:00 p.m. via Zoom (https://youtu.be/ELK2VzWsGC0

Dr. Ben Neuman, "An update on SARS-CoV-2 variants and vaccines"




February 2, 12:00-1:00

Dr. Sara Lawrence, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology (https://youtu.be/2xWmz4I5QoE)

Improvement Science as a Research Methodology


February 15, 12:20-1:00 (https://youtu.be/MhaO0uAVrlI

Dr. Aaron Marvel, Ad-interim Assistant Professor of Education

Going Beyond Mandates:  The Administrator's Enduring Role in Campus Reform in K-12 Education


February 23, 1:00-2:00 (https://youtu.be/PRzhD0pFDaU

Dr. Corrine Hinton, Associate Professor of English

Boss Bitches of the Contemporary American Frontier: Yellowstone, Longmire, and Big Sky


March 3, 12:00-1:00 (https://youtu.be/jiDoBtLclxo

Dr. Md. Nizam Uddin, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Perspectives and challenges of Nanomaterials-based Solid-State Hydrogen Storage for Fuel Cell Applications


March 22, 12:20-1:00

Mr. Marcos Revilla, Honors Program Student

How to Buy a Truck: A new way to find a deal


April 19, 12:20-1:00

Dr. Mary Beth Womack, Ad-interim Assistant Professor of Education

The Effects of Teacher Attachment Style on Student Successes in High School


April 27, 12:00-1:00

Dr. Dana Leighton, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Flexing my reflexivity: How I started to decolonize my curricula

                                                    2020-2021 Academic Year

(Contact Honors@tamut.edu for login information)

NOTE- All colloquiums are archived on our YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiCqUgtlIU1muVtBpThDWLw

Fall 2020

September 29th via Zoom, 12:00-1:00 pm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf8p_vkDKpo

Dr. Kevin Ells, "Signs of Understanding: How American Semiotics Informs Everything from Cognition to Communication" 


October 15th via Zoom, 12:00-1:00 pm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD39yT_psw4

Dr. Justin Trammell, "The Impact of Advanced Technologies on our Next Generation"


October 22nd via Zoom, 12:00-1:00 pm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXROaYwkci8)

Dr. Abbie Strunc, “America’s Favorite Three Ring Circus: Electing a President”


November 5th via Zoom, 12:00-1:00 pm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoDV3BpM8k8

Dr. David Allard, “The 5 Techniques of Science Denial (FLICC)”


December 3rd via Zoom, 12:00-1:00 pm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xReZG2DmezQ

Dr. Ben Neuman, “Fighting SARS with Lasers”


Spring 2021

January 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Zoom) 

Beverley Webb, Jenny Walker, and Nathan Riley, “The Educational Experiences of Underrepresented Groups”


February 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Zoom)

Dr. Douglas Flowe (Washington University), “Uncontrollable Blackness: African-American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York”

(Co-sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and the President’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)


March 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Zoom)

Dr. Greg Hogan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

“It’s a TRAP….the Capture of Guest Molecules Within a Hydrogen-Bonded Metal-Organic Framework”

(Co-Sponsored by the Texas Beta Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society)


March 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Roundtable Discussion on Substance Abuse in the Ark-La-Tex


April 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Zoom)

Anil Pournouri & Dr. Tom Morrissey, “If 2020 Was a Painting” (Honors Student Project)


April 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Zoom)

Dr. Jan Murdock & Dr. Frank Mullins, “Autism: What it is and what you should know”


April 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Zoom)

Mukunzi Irumva & Dr. Dana Leighton, “A Multi-Site, International Collaborative Study of the Hostile Priming Effect” (Honors Student Project)                                                                                                           


                                                2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

September 12th, 2:30-3:30, University Center Room 217

Dr. Brian Matthews, Jamie Daigle, Dr. Kim Murray, & Dr. Joy Cooper

“Overview of Leader-Member Exchange: Analyzing the Mediating Effects of Social Exchange Theory and Motivation Sources to Re-categorize Out-Group Members to In-Group Status” 


October 2nd, 6:00-7:00, University Center Room 210

  (co-sponsored by the Red River Center for Regional History & Culture)

Dr. Jaime Cantrell

"The South & Sexuality: Queer ArkLaTex Regional Oral History Narrative in the Graduate Classroom" 


October 8th, 12:15-1:00, University Center Room 210

Dr. Brian Matthews and Honors student Vallerie Klingbeil

“An exploration of leader-member exchange: How can leaders turn isolation into inclusion?” 


October 24th, 12:00-1:00, University Center Room 216

Dr. Jan Murdock and Dr. Frank Mullins

“Student Perceptions about Neurodiversity” 


November 5th, 12:00-1:00, University Center Room 210

Dr. Joy Goldstein

“How to disagree: Incommensurability and open-mindedness across political divides” 


November 12th, 12:00-1:00, University Center Room 210

Dr. Drew Morton

“‘We Don’t Really Talk About This.  Look, I’m a Comic Book.’:  The Fantabulous Emancipation of Stylistic Remediation in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Legion.”


November 21st, Noon-1:00, University Center Room 210

Dr. David Allard

“The Climate Reality Project”


December 3rd, Noon-1:00, University Center Room 210

Dr. Ben Neuman

“Using Viruses to Make Better Bananas,    Bananas to Fight Viruses, & Viruses to Keep Horse Chestnuts from Extinction”



January 30th, 12:00-1:00, University Center Room 210

Dr. WaiYuen Chan, “SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equations Modeling”


February 18th, 12:00-1:00, University Center Room 210

Dr. Heather McKnight, “Coming out of the Shadows: Shedding light on workplace violence”



April 1st- Via Zoom (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyPsFZkLXcg&t=97s

Dr. Ben Neuman, “The Coronavirus and You! (But hopefully not you)”


April 23rd- Via Zoom

Dr. Tom Jordan, “Gunsmoke: The Cultural Divide on Guns on Campus”


                                                   2018-2019 Academic Year

FALL 2018

September 19th: Dr. Dana Leighton

"The Revolution Begins Here: Undergraduate Researchers as Open Science Revolutionaries"

October 2nd: Dr. Oscar Alzate

"The OMICS View of Humans"

October 24th: Dr. Greg Hogan

"Are Hydrogen Bonded Metal-Organic Frameworks Selective in Their Intercalative Method?"

November 12th: Dr. Drew McKevitt (Louisiana Tech University)

"Consuming Japan: Popular Culture and the Globalizing of 1980s America"

December 6th, 2018: Dr. Ben Neuman

 “A look at the biological machinery inside Influenza, king of viruses”


February 12th, 2019: Dr. Andrew McGregor

"Trouble with The Mann: Jack Johnson, White Hopes, and the First Black Heavyweight Champion"

February 26th, 2019: Kenny Irizarry

"3D Printers for Rapid Prototyping"

March 13th, 2019: Dr. Jaime Cantrell

"Coming Out and Tutor Text Performance in Jane Chambers' Lesbi-Dramas"

March 26th, 2019: Jamie Daigle

"How Artificial Intelligence Benefits Supply Chain Management" 

April 22, 2019: Dr. Del Doughty

“Boring By Design: An Epic Dodge of Anything That Matters”

April 30th, 2019: Dr. Ram Neupane

“Modeling Pinyon-Juniper Dispersal in the Real Landscapes”


June 12, 2019: Rein Johnson (Honors program alum)

"Why a "Somewhat Asexual" Daryl Dixon is Not Enough: The Importance of Labels in Queer Media"


                                                    2017-2018 Academic Year

FALL 2017

October 18, 2017: Alisa Robinson and Lara Jolley (Honors program students- Biology)

"Raising Chickens without Shells"

October 24, 2017: Dr. Jan Murdock, Assistant Professor of Special Education 

"Making All Students Our Students"

November 15, 2017Dr. David Yells, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs

"The Opidemic: Local and National Issues"

November 30, 2017: Dr. John Oxford, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Southern Arkansas University)

"Evolutionary and social neuroendocrinology of human competition"

December 5, 2017: Dr. Ben Neuman, Associate Professor of Biology

"Viruses are All Around You"


February 6, 2018Wai Yen Chan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics 

"Modeling Annuities by Mathematical Equations"

March 1, 2018: Dr. Doris Davis, Emeritus Regents Professor of English 

"The Science of Music"

April 18, 2018: Dr. Jon Grahe, Professor of Psychology (Pacific Lutheran University) 

"Authentic Research Projects Benefit Students, Faculty, and Science"

April 24, 2018: Samantha Gallegos (Honors student- History/English) 

"King Arthur, Merlin, and the Reductio Ad Absurdum: The Search for King Arthur in History, Myth, and Legend"

April 25, 2018: Dr. Angela Sikorski, Associate Professor of Psychology

"The Psychology of Trauma"

                                                2016-2017 Academic Year

FALL 2016 

October 4, 2016: Dr. Richard Parsons, Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance

"The Power of Economic Incentives in Shaping Our History" 

October 13, 2016: Amanda Nix (Honors Program Student EC-6) and Kristen Childress (Honors Program Student EC-6)

"Deepening Our Understanding of Educational Standards Through Collaboration of Pre-Service Teachers and the Discovery Place Museum (Texarkana)"

November 7, 2016:  Rein Johnson (Honors Program Student- History/English)

"That Dragon, Cancer: Traces of Loss, Life, and Language"  
December 1, 2016: Dr. Ben Neuman, Assistant Professor of Biology
"Fighting Viruses by Tweaking Lipid Metabolism: Exploring the World of Designer Drugs that Could Keep You Thin and Virus-Free"


SPRING 2017 

January 26, 2017: Dr. Craig M Nakashian, Associate Professor of History
"A NEW KIND OF MONSTER....PART MONK, PART KNIGHT: Warrior Clerics in Medieval Europe" (Click here to view the presentation)

February 9, 2017: Dr. Rebecca Martindale, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology
"SKETCHNOTING: A Visual Approach to Note Taking"

March 7, 2017: Dr. Doris Davis, Regents Professor of English 
"Male Composers-Female Muse"

April 4, 2017: Rein Johnson (Honors Program Student- History/English)
"Death, Duality, and Deconstruction: The Lively Lyrics of Conor Oberst"

April 11, 2017: Dr. Greg Hogan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
"The Intercalation and Molecular Transport of Guest Molecules into Hydrogen-Bonded Metal-Organic Frameworks"

                     3rd Annual HONORS PROGRAM SHOWCASE 

April 27, 2017

Jolley and Robinson            Click here to view video of Honors Program project by Lara Jolley and Alisa Robinson: Who came first?  The chicken or the cup?  The video documents a process to use artificial egg shells to cultivate chicken and duck embryos.
Allison Johnson Allison Johnson holds her original art that illustrates her Honors Program project theme:  Applying art to the study of the Oxford English Dictionary and early use of language related to Zombies.
Lindley Harris, a student in the Early Childhood to grade 6 teacher preparation program created an original children's book demonstrating the process for becoming a teacher  that can be used in elementary classrooms.
childress and nix
Amanda Nix and Kristen Childress worked with Discovery Place Children's Museum to align the museum's children's activities and stations to the state education standards for Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

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