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Honors Program offers opportunity to excel

Scholarships available for students to expand their interests

By Leah Coffman
On September 14, 2012


Kirkwood Community College's Honors Program is an opportunity for outstanding students to grow academically.

The program allows students to work closely with a faculty member within a chosen field of study. This opportunity also makes them more appealing to four-year institutions in a competitive environment. According to Dr. Peter Jauhiainen, chair of the Honors Program, "There are a lot of intrinsic rewards to it (hon- ors program); showing your creativity, testing your mettle and the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member."

Qualified students work on individual honors projects they develop with a faculty member. Honors projects are worth one credit hour.

The honors project topics are varied, ranging across media

and fields of study from artistic works to engineering projects or research papers. Tuition for these projects is paid for by the Kirk- wood Foundation and students also have the opportunity to compete for scholarships and prizes within the honors program. The Fall and Spring Semester Honors Project Competition awards a cash prize to the winner or winners, depending on the panel's decision.

Additionally, two Terry Mo- ran Honors Scholarships, each worth $800, are awarded every academic year.

Other benefits include the

chance to develop a strong, work- ing relationship with a faculty member. According to Jauhiainen, interested students should consider which faculty member and field they might be interested in researching and get in touch with him with any questions or concerns.

There are also benefits out- side of Kirkwood's academic sphere. After completing an honors project, students are eligible to take a free course at either Mt. Mercy University or Coe College, as long as it is completed before the end of their sophomore year.

More information about the program can be found on the Honors Program website at www. Students can also contact Jauhiainen at peter.jauhiainen@kirk- or at his office in 330 Nielsen Hall. The registration deadline for fall honors projects is Sept. 21. 

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