> Creating a Fulbright Culture on Campus

As a West Virginia native and first generation college student, hearing that fellowship applicants from West Virginia are like “unicorns” took me by surprise. At the biennial National Association of Fellowship Advisors conference, a fellow attendee made the comparison because, according to her, “West Virginia applications are so rare and so special.” [Read more from the Director of the Office of National Scholarships in the Honors College of Marshall University, Mallory Carpenter]

> Honors College Spring Picnic & Earth Day Gathering – Spring 2019

Honors College Spring Picnic

When: Monday April 22 at 4:30 pm – Earth Day!!!

Where: Ritter Park Picnic Shelter

Join Honors College staff and students to celebrate the end of the year and relax a bit with food, games, and some friendly competition as the “Doomsday Clock” ticks down towards finals.

Questions? Contact Ashton Mullens at or 304-923-8006

Honors College Spring Picnic PDF


myMU Student Self Service window

Honors students will be able to Priority register beginning Thursday 11 April at 12:01 AM and ending Friday 12 April.

Students should schedule appointments with their major advisors to prepare for registration. This will be required for students with advising holds. There are a number of holds that can affect your ability to register. When attempting to register for classes, you may see a message that states “You may not add or drop classes due to holds on your record.”

You may determine if you have holds and what types of hold that you may have by clicking the “Financial Aid Information” link in MyMU under Student Self-Service and choose the “Holds” option (as seen highlighted in the image here). The Honors College cannot remove holds on your account.

If you have no holds, you can go ahead and click the “Registration” link under Student Self-Service to then select “Add/Drop Classes” (as seen highlighted in the image here).

For your information, we keep a list of the upcoming semester Honors and honors-designated courses. Note that HON 480, HON 484, HON 488 all require students to be enrolled by the Honors College. Enrollment in sections of HON 480 is arranged during an Honors Advising session, which is conducted by invitation from the College.

> MU Undergraduate Creative Discovery and Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards for Summer 2019

Enabled by funds provided by the Office of the President, the Undergraduate Creative Discovery and Undergraduate Research Scholar Award will provide students with an opportunity to pursue original creative work, scholarship or research, under the mentorship of a full-time faculty member during summer 2019. The awards provide a $4000 stipend for one semester to cover any and all costs associated with the project. A $1000 stipend is provided for the participating faculty mentor. Up to fourteen awards will be made.

There are several eligibility requirements:

Applicants must be juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Graduates are ineligible
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Marshall University for at least 12 hours during the semester prior to the summer in which the project is funded
  • Applicants must have a letter of support and sponsorship from a full-time faculty member who is willing to serve as mentor for the project

The student’s project can involve research, design, development, field study, creative work or performance. The project should require a total commitment of 150 hours of the student’s time (i.e., 10 hours per week) over the semester.  The project will be structured so that the student can produce creative or scholarly output (e.g. a presentation, publication, exhibit, or performance) at the end of the award period.

Complete applications must be received by 5:00 on March 13, 2019. Full details of the application format, submission requirements and the evaluation process are included in the attached Request for Proposals.

John M. Maher, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research

Marshall University

Creative Discovery Summer Scholar and Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards RFA Summer 2019

> Honors College Student Association: Homecoming Tailgate & Fundraising Events (16-24 OCT)

The Steering Committee of the Honors College Student Association (HCSA) is the governing board for the association of all Honors students. Through the work that they complete in fulfillment of expectations for the HON 488 course each semester, students on the Steering Committee demonstrate leadership and provide service while offering opportunities for Honors students to engage in social, academic, and service activities on and off-campus.

Honors College Tailgate – Saturday 20th October

The Steering Committee of the Honors College Student Association will hold their first social event for Honors students in the Fall 2018 semester. The Honors College Tailgate will take place in the State Electric parking lot (across 3rd Ave from Stadium) at the Oct 20th Herd Homecoming Game from 12:30 PM until game time. Come meet your student association officers and other Honors students. Games. Food. Fun!

Honors College Chipotle Fundraiser – Sunday 21st October

The Steering Committee of Honors College Student Association (HCSA) will hold a fundraising event through a partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill at 2151 5th Avenue in Huntington on Sunday, October 21st from 5 PM to 9 PM. Simply tell your cashier that you’re there to support the Honors College Student Association to be sure that 33% of proceeds will be donated to help fund future HCSA events.

Honors College Apparel Sale Fundraiser – Ends Wednesday 24th October

The Steering Committee of Honors College Student Association (HCSA) will hold a fundraising event through an organized sale of t-shirts and hoodies that proudly show your affiliation with the Honors College and support of the HCSA. You may contact one of the names listed on the HCSA_Apparel Order Form to place an order or go online to place an order yourself: Proceeds will help fund future HCSA events, so please take advantage of this great sale before it’s all gone on Wednesday the 24th of October!

All orders will be delivered to the HCSA Steering Committee President, Ashton Mullens, for distribution approximately 14th November.

> Yeager Symposium: Storyteller Adam Booth – 17 OCT 7:30 PM

World-renowned storyteller, musician, and Huntington native Adam Booth will speak 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Adam’s presentation is titled, “Regional Storytelling and the Importance of an Appalachian Di-y’all-ect.” Adam is a current faculty member at Shepherd University. His bio can be found here:

This presentation is FREE and all are encouraged to attend. Booth’s work may be of particular interest to students, faculty, and community members engaged with the fields of Appalachian Studies, English, History, Communications, and Music.

> Marshall University Honors Student Receives Bridging and Morgan Stanley scholarships

Caralee Casto, a Marshall University Honors College student, has been named recipient of the Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan. Sponsored by a variety of contributors, the awards of $2,500 are administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and are designed to promote study of the Japanese language, literature, and culture. Casto, a junior Japanese major, will spend her upcoming junior year at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan with the Asian Studies program.  Casto plans to pursue a doctorate in Japanese studies after graduation with eventual plans to work for the Department of State. In addition to being a student in the Honors College, she is president of Japan Club and a member of the Sado (Tea) Club.

In addition to the Bridging Scholarship, Casto also received the Morgan Stanley Scholarship, which provides her with an additional $7500. The Morgan Stanley Scholarship is only awarded to two students nationwide, and is a partnership with the Bridging Scholarship.

“Being able to study in Japan is something I never would have dreamed of growing up,” Casto said. “The Morgan Stanley and Bridging Scholarships have opened the door for me to truly experience my study in the way it was meant to be. These scholarships have shown me that others believe in me, and I hope to be a proud representative of Marshall, West Virginia, and each scholarship program I have been honored with.”

In addition to these two scholarships, Casto was also a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship and a Gamestop Scholarship.

Read more …


> Amicus Curiae Lecture Series for Fall 2018

Amicus Curiae Lecture Series for Fall 2018 announced.

All lectures are at 7 p.m. on the dates below in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018:  Christopher Phillips, founder and director of the Socrates Café, Democracy Café and Constitution Café dialogue movements will deliver the lecture “Ask Not: What Each of Us Can Do to Make Our Democracy All it Can Be
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018:  Charles Lewis, one of the most respected investigative journalists in America and author of the book 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, will deliver the lecture “Twist and Shout: Public Discourse, Political Dysfunction and Democracy in America
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018: Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of its Project in the History of Political Thought, will deliver the lecture “After Populism.”  His 2016 book What is Populism?, has been translated into more than 20 languages.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018: Charles A. Smith, Professor of Political Science at University of California, Irvine and co-author of Gerrymandering in America: the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty, will deliver the lecture “Gerrymandering in America: Revenge of the Anti-Federalists

Amicus Curiae Lecture Series for Fall 2018.

As always, your support for this lecture series has been critical to its success and is very much appreciated.

Patricia Proctor, J.D.

Director, Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy

Contact: 304-696-2801