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Honors Program Travels to Southern Regional Honors Council Annual Meeting

Asheville, North Carolina is a unique city. Home to eclectic stores, local art shops, numerous music venues, and a diverse selection of restaurants, its creative vibe provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Southern Regional Honors Council conference (SRHC), which brought in over 700 honors students from a wide range of disciplines. Of these students, twenty-nine were from Georgia Southern, and their presentations covered several forms and disciplines, from a lecture on emotion in Disney films to a panel on consolidating Georgia Southern’s and Armstrong State’s honors programs. (See the separate news story about this panel on this website.)

Melina Gunby (psychology and criminal justice ’17) showcased her honors thesis “Social Attitudes and Experiences: Accuracy of Biases” with a poster presentation.

“People were so excited about my research which caused a revitalization of my efforts,” Gunby said. “The topic is something that I really care about and people were so encouraging. I had some people give recommendations which was actually really cool.

While Gunby enjoyed meeting people in her field, Bailey Kirk’s (mathematics ’18) favorite part of the conference was its interdisciplinary nature, which allowed her to explore subjects outside of her usual coursework.

“I loved seeing presentations on topics that I wouldn’t normally see since they were not in my major. My favorite presentation was actually about making clothes out of bacterial cellulose. My friends and I attended that session for a different presentation, but that one blew us away.”


Here is a complete list of the students who presented and the titles of their presentations:


Exploring the Role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): European Fashion Corporations’ Compliance and Future with CSR

Maria Amiel


Ashlyn Avera presents at the Southern Regional Honors Council meeting.

How Do We Teach Emotion?

Ashlyn Avera



Taylor Close and Madelyn Harvin



Bridging the Gap: Attempting to Foster Community Among Honors Students in a Consolidation

Morgan Gallahue, Kaley Powers, Hannah Dorough, Linnea Ryan, Caitlin Shelby, and Leila Caughran


Kong Fuzi and the Chinese Connection: The Teachings and Implementation of Confucianism in Han China

Kadien Hill


Social Attitudes and Experiences: Accuracy of Biases

Melina Gunby


Examining Gender Injustices in La Carpio

Bailey Kirk and Emily Pressler


Intertwining Reality with Fiction: How Research Informs Creative Writing

Summer Kurtz, Devan Pride, and Margaret Delisle


An Open Book to Women and a New Sub-Saharan Africa

Shya Lewis


Honors Living: Inside and Out

A group of first-year students presented on the Honors Living Learning Community. L-R: Trina Biswas, Hailey Baker, Maygen Martinez, and Gabriel Petkewich.

Maygen Martinez, Hailey Baker, Trina Biswas, and Gabriel Petkewich


Policing the Traffic: The Capacity of Legal Change to Arrest Human Trafficking in the European Union

Charlotte McDonald


An Exploration of the Factors Related to the Career Expectations of Sport Management Students

Andrew Mitchell


An Exploration of the Underlying Mechanisms of Spasticity of the Lower Extremity among Young People with Cerebral Palsy

Jordan Nourse discusses her research during the poster session at the Southern Regional Honors Council meeting.

Jordan Nourse, Alexis Carnes, Li Li, Gavin Colquitt, and Manuela Caciula


Gloria Anzaldua’s El Mundo Zurdo: The Necessity of a Historical Assessment

Malik Raymond


Tongues That Tell the Anger of the Heart: Language As Power in The Taming of the Shrew and The Book of Job

Aleyna Rentz


A Case Study of the Underlying Causes and Implications of the Landmark GM-Opel Automobile Plant Closure in Bochum, Germany

Jennifer Shaffer


Investigation of the Thermal Performance of Small Sierpinski Carpet Fractal Fins in a Natural Convection Environment

Jennifer Shaffer


Jarvis Steele presenting at the Southern Regional Honors Council meeting.

Cut the Bias: Fidelity in Historic Preservation

Jarvis Steele


An Area-Based Fan Beam Projection Model

Richard Steele




Jewish Resistance in World War II and Zionism: Making Aliyah in the Death Camps

Cierra Tomaso



Serenah Tyson and Maria Amiel




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