Senior's Poster Takes First Place at National Honors Council Conference

photo of Nan Campbell with Linda Frost

Eastern Kentucky University senior Nan Campbell, of Elizabethtown, earned a first-place award at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference for her poster.

Campbell claimed top honors in the Environmental Science and Green Technology category for “Assessing Pollinator Food Sources and Phenology on Eastern Kentucky University’s Campus.” The conference was held in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 19-23.

“You have distinguished yourself, your school and the National Collegiate Honors Conference with the high caliber of your work,” NCHC Poster Competition Chair Gregory Tomso wrote to Campbell and the other winners.

EKU’s unofficial student beekeeper, Campbell has played an important role in the University’s initiative to promote beekeeping as a means to reclaim surface mine sites while also contributing critical data to a NASA project dealing with the relationship between flowering plants, bees and global warming.

As a member of EKU’s nationally renowned Honors Program, Campbell has made several presentations about beekeeping and bees’ key role in ecology. She has also presented programs on the topic to other campus and off-campus groups.

In the summer of 2010, Campbell completed a prestigious internship with the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., where she worked with the Victory and Heirloom specialty gardens at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, which features the largest turf and tree area of all the Smithsonian gardens located on the National Mall.

In all, 29EKU students and 12 Honors-affiliated faculty and staff presented their work and research at the annual meeting of the umbrella organization for honors programs and colleges nationwide. Junior Sarah Lavender presented her individual research on the work of Oscar Wilde in the Student Interdisciplinary Research Presentations category while seniors Michael Mazzotta, Joanna Dunn, Seth VanZant, Nan Campbell, Allison Galassie, Natalie Jones, Avery Scherer, Shae Prater,  Shreedip Sigdel, and sophomores Madysen Rydeen and Hannah Zimmerman all presented posters in the student poster session. 

Seniors Melissa Capella, Lindsay Huffman, Janene Johnston, Renee Kling, Miles Owen, Kaitlin Staverman, Chris Thurman, Nick Wade; juniors Lauren Cool, Megan Gosnell, Aliena Howard, Zach Lamb, Becca Reynolds, Maddie Ruhl; and sophomores Tatiana Cody, Yakov Kandathil, Carol Savchick, and Hannah Zimmerman all presented on panels dealing with different aspects of honors education, including such topics as "The Alphabetized Honors Program," recruiting international students to honors, and "crafting a class" via varying honors admissions policies.

For many years, Eastern Kentucky University has routinely fielded more student panelists at the National Collegiate Honors Conference and other state and regional conferences than any other institution.

EKU’s Honors Program is designed for intellectually promising students who seek a strong grounding in the liberal arts along with their more specialized majors. The 28-credit-hour program includes course work in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, with an emphasis on effective communication, development of critical thinking skills and integration of knowledge across academic disciplines.

Published on October 27, 2011