We know this semester didn’t end up how anyone planned, but #bsuhonors students, alumni, and faculty still accomplished amazing things! We’re shining a light on some of the exciting accomplishments that took place in the Honors community this semester.


Siara Sandwith

In March, Siara Sandwith was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, which is one of the most prestigious scholarships for undergraduates interested in STEM research. Siara is a biology major, with a concentration in cellular and molecular biology. Read more about her story here.

In April, two Honors students received the Joe and Carol Trimmer Awards for Outstanding Honors Thesis or Project. Autum Auxier, a biology major, won the research award for her thesis: “Short- and long-term effects of exposure to harmful algal blooms on sensorimotor integration.” Harriet Legan, a speech language pathology and French major, won the creative award for her thesis:  “A World Full of Wonders | Un Monde plein de merveilles: A Bilingual French-English Children’s Book with Speech Therapy Activities.”

Grace Goze

Grace Goze was awarded the Barry Wright Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually by the Department of English to recognize artistic excellence in the writing of poetry by an undergraduate. Grace is a creative writing major and history minor.

Honors College senior Natalie Bradshaw was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. Natalie has majors in history and social studies education with a minor in German.

We are also proud to announce that Honors senior Christine Hatfield was named as an alternate Fulbright scholar. Christine is a journalism and telecommunications major.


In February, alum Jonathan Isbill was recognized for winning a SOPHE 21st Century Student Scholarship. You can read more about Jonathan’s #bsuhonors experience in our Providing Pathways blog post.

In April, Valerie Weingart was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Poland. You can read more about how Valerie’s time in the Honors College helped her accomplish her dreams in our Providing Pathways post.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Rutter

In March, Ball Brothers Honors Faculty Fellow Dr. Emily Rutter was recognized as the 2020 Vander Hill Distinguished Honors Educator. You can read more about Dr. Rutter’s experience as an Honors professor in her faculty profile.

In April, we celebrated the release of Dr. Geelhoed‘s book, Diplomacy Shot Down




Did we miss anything? Email Isabel Parham at iaparham@bsu.edu if you would like your information included in our post!

If you’re struggling with ending your semester online, please consult Ball State’s COVID-19 resources. If you are struggling emotionally with online learning, please contact the Counseling Center