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Christian Asplund

July 18, 2024 12:51 PM
Professor, Music | Fine Arts & Communications
Why Honors?

(801) 422-3688 | Christian_Asplund@byu.edu | 3209 MB

Rylie Bird

March 14, 2024 08:08 AM
Program Assistant, Honors Program | Exercise Science

Rylie is a sophomore from the Pacific Northwest and is an Exercise Science major, with a minor in Nutritional Science. She loves working in the Honors Program and getting to meet so many incredible people from all different backgrounds. Rylie enjoys sports, baking, chatting, and making new friends.

(801) 422-3036 | honorsprogram@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Scott Braithwaite

June 08, 2023 08:54 AM
Professor, Psychology | Family, Home and Social Sciences

Why Honors? Picture yourself in a world where curious minds aren't just a fancy decoration on a university brochure but a daily reality. You've got students around you who are more interested in debating the existence of dark matter or exploring... (more)

(801) 422-8583 | srbraithwaite@byu.edu | 286 TLRB

Michael Call

July 01, 2021 04:11 PM
Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? The Honors program is a wonderful opportunity to get out of our normal academic comfort zones and dialogue with others while thinking together about fascinating and thorny questions, the kinds of questions... (more)

(801) 422-1616 | michael_j_call@byu.edu | 3039 JFSB

Vika Filimoeatu

June 18, 2021 10:42 AM
Advisement Supervisor, Honors Program | Undergraduate Education

Vika manages all aspects of student advisement for the Honors Program. She is in charge of organizing different advisement workshops and student related events. She supervises the student-to-student advising and works directly with students... (more)

(801) 422-1997 | vika_filimoeatu@byu.edu | 102B MSRB

Christopher Flood

July 18, 2024 03:46 PM
Associate Professor, French | Humanities

Why Honors? We are blessed to live in a beautifully and sometimes frustratingly complex world—the natural world, certainly, but our human world as well. Looking closely at the world from a single perspective can reveal some of its beauty and many of its problems, but the picture will never be complete. In the Honors Program we have the unique opportunity to bring perspectives together in illuminating ways. (Read more...)

(801) 422-3220 | cflood@byu.edu | 3134 JFSB

Diana Gonzales

August 17, 2022 03:39 PM
Leadership Development Experience Coordinator | Honors Program

Diana graduated in 2023 with University Honors and a degree in International Relations. As the Leadership Development Experience Coordinator, she is dedicated to helping students become better leaders by meeting with them and helping them coordinate their LDE practicum requirement. She meets with students to guide them through HONRS 390R and occasionally teaches HONRS 310.

(801) 422=5336| diana_gonzales@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Matthew Grey

September 07, 2023 10:09 AM
Professor, Ancient Scripture | Religion


(801) 422-2441 | matthew_grey@byu.edu | 365G JSB

Jennifer Haraguchi

August 25, 2021 03:02 PM
Associate Professor, French & Italian| Humanities

Why Honors? Because Honors classes push us all--students and professors alike--to test new ideas, re-evaluate what we already know, and integrate that knowledge into our own realm of experience.

(801) 422-8179| jennifer_haraguchi@byu.edu | 3139 JFSB

Jeff Hardy

June 14, 2023 01:07 PM
Associate Professor, History | Family, Home and Social Sciences

Why Honors? To me, the Honors Program is exactly what a university should be: a group of self-motivated and eclectic students and professors with a wide range of backgrounds and specialties engaged in asking big questions of each other and of the world... (more)

(801) 422-2891 | jeff_hardy@byu.edu | 2144 JFSB

Laura Jefferies

July 18, 2024 01:05 PM
Associate Professor, Food Science | Life Sciences

Why Honors? I love BYU and its mission. While the typical student experience focuses on gaining proficiency in a single field of study, discovering the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated disciplines is why BYU Honors excites me! Merging differences in viewpoints (read more...)

(801) 422-9290 | laura_jefferies@byu.edu | S-133 ESC

Jerry Johnson

July 18, 2024 01:11 PM
Professor, Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? I have been at BYU long enough to know where to find the good stuff—and a lot of it is in Honors Program. The Honors Program is a place where faculty and students foster a culture of curiosity, and where the integration of knowledge from all fields of academic learning is a priority. It also cultivates a remarkable place of belonging (read more...)

(801) 422-2891 | jeff_hardy@byu.edu | 2144 JFSB

Steven Johnson

September 07, 2023 10:11 AM
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? I have always had a passion for acquiring new knowledge and learning new things. I used to tell people that if I were to win the proverbial lottery and not have to work, I would just live in a college town and pursue degree after degree acquiring as much knowledge and wisdom as possible. After becoming a professor at BYU... (read more)

(801) 422-9170 | stevenj@byu.edu | 3132 LSB

Mike Jones

August 15, 2023 04:09 PM
Professor, Computer Science | Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Why Honors? Because I still think about questions and ideas I encountered as an undergraduate computer science major in the BYU Honors program. Teaching an Honors class is a great way to join up with faculty and students to wrestle with difficult questions. Just like hiking, wrestling with difficult questions is hard work but the views are amazing.

(801) 422-2217 | jones@cs.byu.edu | 2224 TMCB

Peter Leman

July 18, 2024 01:17 PM
Associate Professor, English | Humanities
Why Honors?

(801) 422-3383 | peter_leman@byu.edu | 4115 JFSB

Grant Madsen

August 25, 2021 02:58 PM
Associate Professor, History | FHSS

Why Honors? It is like a giant factory outlet mall for all the best that the university has to offer (at an affordable price).

(801) 422-2145 | gmadsen@byu.edu| 2145 JFSB

Emma Marx

March 14, 2024 08:12 AM
Program Assistant, Honors Program | Public Relations

Emma is a Junior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Art History. She believes in building a genuine connection with everyone you meet. Outside of school she enjoys... (more)

(801) 422-3036 | honorsprogram@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Jennifer Nielson

January 13, 2023 08:43 AM
Teaching Professor, Chemistry | Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Why Honors?

(801) 422- 4312| jennnifer_nielson@byu.edu | C-412 BNSN

Rex Nielson

June 18, 2021 10:24 AM
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese | Humanities

Why Honors? I know of no other program on campus as dedicated to tackling the pressing issues facing our world. The Honor’s program brings together faculty and... (more)

801-422-2176 | rex_nielson@byu.edu | 3149 JFSB

Samuel Otterstrom

July 18, 2024 03:57 PM
Professor, Geography | Family, Home and Social Sciences
Why Honors?

(801) 422-7751 | samuel_otterstrom@byu.edu | 690F KMBL

Steven Peck

May 04, 2022 03:13 PM
Associate Professor, Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? Honors is about becoming more complete, compassionate, and able to think in new ways. The ability to think creatively, passionately, and spiritually matters in so many professions. The Honors program is about becoming someone who can examine problems outside of the box, which allows excellence to bubble out of who we are as we become someone richer in spirit and hope.

(801) 422-4145 | steven_peck@byu.edu | 4145 LSB

Julie Radle

June 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Assistant Director, Honors Program | Undergraduate Education

Julie manages the operational and academic functions of the Honors Program. She works directly with faculty, Alcuin Fellows, Department Coordinators, graduate assistants, Honors communications team, program staff and TAs. She is the liaison... (more)

(801) 422-3038 | julie_radle@byu.edu | 102A MSRB

Andrew Reed

June 29, 2023 03:01 PM
Associate Professor, Church History & Doctrine | Religion

Why Honors? The Honors Program brings together several elements that are at the heart of what I believe is a university: students who want to change the world, faculty who are energized by tackling big ideas, and an interdisciplinary space to think together.... (more)

(801) 422-4329 | andrew_reed@byu.edu | 316M JSB

Steven Ricks

May 04, 2022 03:18 PM
Professor, Music | Fine Arts & Communications

Why Honors? Through my time at BYU I’ve become increasingly interested in collaboration—both in my creative work and in my teaching. The Honors Program encourages an invigorating exchange of ideas by connecting faculty of different... (more)

(801) 422-6115 | steve.ricks@byu.edu | C490 HFAC

Carl Sederholm

January 13, 2023 08:33 AM
Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? The strength of the Honors program comes from the wide range of students who want to challenge themselves in new and interesting ways. Every class is filled... (more)

(801) 422-9078|csederholm@byu.edu | 3008-B JFSB

Matthew Seeley

June 07, 2023 08:18 AM
Professor, Exercise Science | Life Sciences

Why Honors? Simply put, the primary reason I chose to participate in BYU Honors is to learn more, more about myself and the world around me. I love learning. I also love teaching eager learners about what I have learned.

(801) 422-4970 | matt_seeley@byu.edu | 106 SFH

Lori Spruance

July 18, 2024 01:22 PM
Associate Professor, Public Health | Life Sciences

Why Honors? In our increasingly complex and interconnected world, diverse ideas and perspectives are essential for addressing pressing global challenges. The Honors Program offers a unique platform to integrate multiple disciplines, (read more...)

(801) 422-0281 | lori.spruance@byu.edu| 2149 LSB

James Swensen

July 18, 2024 03:35 PM
Professor, Art History | Humanities
Why Honors?

(801) 422-2206 | james_swensen@byu.edu | 3054 JFSB

Amy Tanner

May 04, 2022 03:22 PM
Associate Professor, Math Education | Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Why Honors? I love when my search for understanding pushes me to see the world in new ways, and I can’t think of a better way to do this than interacting with students and faculty... (more)

(801) 422-3640 | atanner@mathedu.byu.edu | 187 TMCB

Jarica Watts

August 17, 2023 08:50 AM
Associate Professor, English | Humanities

Why Honors? As I see it, the Honors Program offers an enriched and challenging educational experience for academically talented and motivated students. These students benefit from personalized interactions with professors and individualized mentorship. I’m attracted to the program because... (more)

(801) 422-4938 | jarica_watts@byu.edu | 4198 JFSB

Lucy Wesemann

September 02, 2021 02:53 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Life Sciences, Nursing

Lucy is a Biology major pursuing the Ballard Scholar award in the Marriott School of Business. She appreciates how the Honors program fuels her love for learning and challenges her to think in non-traditional ways. She enjoys hiking, playing pick-up volleyball, trying new recipes, and taking power naps. Lucy’s goal is to attend medical school and pursue a master’s in either public health or biomedical engineering.

(801) 422 - 5497 | honors@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Paul Westover

July 18, 2024 01:36 PM
Professor, English | Humanities
Why Honors?

(801) 422-3048 | paw@byu.edu | 4149 JFSB

Ben White

September 07, 2023 03:29 PM
Project Assistant-Comms, Honors Program | Pre-Business


Ben is a sophomore planning on majoring in either Finance or Accounting with a double minor in Physics and Astronomy. He loves the Honors Program's interdisciplinary focus and emphasis on making intellectual and social connections. (more)

(801) 422-3036 | honorsprogram@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Jason Whiting

June 08, 2023 08:50 AM
Professor, Family Life | Family, Home and Social Sciences

Why Honors? “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." The Honors classes challenge students to become deeper thinkers and better people, not just memorizers and test takers. Honors classes can light a fire of learning that will last a lifetime.

(801) 422-8177 | jason.whiting@byu.edu | 234 TLRB

Christian Asplund

July 18, 2024 12:51 PM
Professor, Music | Fine Arts & Communications
Why Honors?

(801) 422-3688 | Christian_Asplund@byu.edu | 3209 MB

Scott Braithwaite

June 08, 2023 08:54 AM
Professor, Psychology | Family, Home and Social Sciences

Why Honors? Picture yourself in a world where curious minds aren't just a fancy decoration on a university brochure but a daily reality. You've got students around you who are more interested in debating the existence of dark matter or exploring... (more)

(801) 422-8583 | srbraithwaite@byu.edu | 286 TLRB

Michael Call

July 01, 2021 04:11 PM
Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? The Honors program is a wonderful opportunity to get out of our normal academic comfort zones and dialogue with others while thinking together about fascinating and thorny questions, the kinds of questions... (more)

(801) 422-1616 | michael_j_call@byu.edu | 3039 JFSB

Christopher Flood

July 18, 2024 03:46 PM
Associate Professor, French | Humanities

Why Honors? We are blessed to live in a beautifully and sometimes frustratingly complex world—the natural world, certainly, but our human world as well. Looking closely at the world from a single perspective can reveal some of its beauty and many of its problems, but the picture will never be complete. In the Honors Program we have the unique opportunity to bring perspectives together in illuminating ways. (Read more...)

(801) 422-3220 | cflood@byu.edu | 3134 JFSB

Matthew Grey

September 07, 2023 10:09 AM
Professor, Ancient Scripture | Religion


(801) 422-2441 | matthew_grey@byu.edu | 365G JSB

Jennifer Haraguchi

August 25, 2021 03:02 PM
Associate Professor, French & Italian| Humanities

Why Honors? Because Honors classes push us all--students and professors alike--to test new ideas, re-evaluate what we already know, and integrate that knowledge into our own realm of experience.

(801) 422-8179| jennifer_haraguchi@byu.edu | 3139 JFSB

Jeff Hardy

June 14, 2023 01:07 PM
Associate Professor, History | Family, Home and Social Sciences

Why Honors? To me, the Honors Program is exactly what a university should be: a group of self-motivated and eclectic students and professors with a wide range of backgrounds and specialties engaged in asking big questions of each other and of the world... (more)

(801) 422-2891 | jeff_hardy@byu.edu | 2144 JFSB

Laura Jefferies

July 18, 2024 01:05 PM
Associate Professor, Food Science | Life Sciences

Why Honors? I love BYU and its mission. While the typical student experience focuses on gaining proficiency in a single field of study, discovering the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated disciplines is why BYU Honors excites me! Merging differences in viewpoints (read more...)

(801) 422-9290 | laura_jefferies@byu.edu | S-133 ESC

Jerry Johnson

July 18, 2024 01:11 PM
Professor, Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? I have been at BYU long enough to know where to find the good stuff—and a lot of it is in Honors Program. The Honors Program is a place where faculty and students foster a culture of curiosity, and where the integration of knowledge from all fields of academic learning is a priority. It also cultivates a remarkable place of belonging (read more...)

(801) 422-2891 | jeff_hardy@byu.edu | 2144 JFSB

Steven Johnson

September 07, 2023 10:11 AM
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? I have always had a passion for acquiring new knowledge and learning new things. I used to tell people that if I were to win the proverbial lottery and not have to work, I would just live in a college town and pursue degree after degree acquiring as much knowledge and wisdom as possible. After becoming a professor at BYU... (read more)

(801) 422-9170 | stevenj@byu.edu | 3132 LSB

Mike Jones

August 15, 2023 04:09 PM
Professor, Computer Science | Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Why Honors? Because I still think about questions and ideas I encountered as an undergraduate computer science major in the BYU Honors program. Teaching an Honors class is a great way to join up with faculty and students to wrestle with difficult questions. Just like hiking, wrestling with difficult questions is hard work but the views are amazing.

(801) 422-2217 | jones@cs.byu.edu | 2224 TMCB

Peter Leman

July 18, 2024 01:17 PM
Associate Professor, English | Humanities
Why Honors?

(801) 422-3383 | peter_leman@byu.edu | 4115 JFSB

Grant Madsen

August 25, 2021 02:58 PM
Associate Professor, History | FHSS

Why Honors? It is like a giant factory outlet mall for all the best that the university has to offer (at an affordable price).

(801) 422-2145 | gmadsen@byu.edu| 2145 JFSB

Jennifer Nielson

January 13, 2023 08:43 AM
Teaching Professor, Chemistry | Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Why Honors?

(801) 422- 4312| jennnifer_nielson@byu.edu | C-412 BNSN

Rex Nielson

June 18, 2021 10:24 AM
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese | Humanities

Why Honors? I know of no other program on campus as dedicated to tackling the pressing issues facing our world. The Honor’s program brings together faculty and... (more)

801-422-2176 | rex_nielson@byu.edu | 3149 JFSB

Samuel Otterstrom

July 18, 2024 03:57 PM
Professor, Geography | Family, Home and Social Sciences
Why Honors?

(801) 422-7751 | samuel_otterstrom@byu.edu | 690F KMBL

Steven Peck

May 04, 2022 03:13 PM
Associate Professor, Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? Honors is about becoming more complete, compassionate, and able to think in new ways. The ability to think creatively, passionately, and spiritually matters in so many professions. The Honors program is about becoming someone who can examine problems outside of the box, which allows excellence to bubble out of who we are as we become someone richer in spirit and hope.

(801) 422-4145 | steven_peck@byu.edu | 4145 LSB

Andrew Reed

June 29, 2023 03:01 PM
Associate Professor, Church History & Doctrine | Religion

Why Honors? The Honors Program brings together several elements that are at the heart of what I believe is a university: students who want to change the world, faculty who are energized by tackling big ideas, and an interdisciplinary space to think together.... (more)

(801) 422-4329 | andrew_reed@byu.edu | 316M JSB

Steven Ricks

May 04, 2022 03:18 PM
Professor, Music | Fine Arts & Communications

Why Honors? Through my time at BYU I’ve become increasingly interested in collaboration—both in my creative work and in my teaching. The Honors Program encourages an invigorating exchange of ideas by connecting faculty of different... (more)

(801) 422-6115 | steve.ricks@byu.edu | C490 HFAC

Carl Sederholm

January 13, 2023 08:33 AM
Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? The strength of the Honors program comes from the wide range of students who want to challenge themselves in new and interesting ways. Every class is filled... (more)

(801) 422-9078|csederholm@byu.edu | 3008-B JFSB

Matthew Seeley

June 07, 2023 08:18 AM
Professor, Exercise Science | Life Sciences

Why Honors? Simply put, the primary reason I chose to participate in BYU Honors is to learn more, more about myself and the world around me. I love learning. I also love teaching eager learners about what I have learned.

(801) 422-4970 | matt_seeley@byu.edu | 106 SFH

Lori Spruance

July 18, 2024 01:22 PM
Associate Professor, Public Health | Life Sciences

Why Honors? In our increasingly complex and interconnected world, diverse ideas and perspectives are essential for addressing pressing global challenges. The Honors Program offers a unique platform to integrate multiple disciplines, (read more...)

(801) 422-0281 | lori.spruance@byu.edu| 2149 LSB

James Swensen

July 18, 2024 03:35 PM
Professor, Art History | Humanities
Why Honors?

(801) 422-2206 | james_swensen@byu.edu | 3054 JFSB

Amy Tanner

May 04, 2022 03:22 PM
Associate Professor, Math Education | Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Why Honors? I love when my search for understanding pushes me to see the world in new ways, and I can’t think of a better way to do this than interacting with students and faculty... (more)

(801) 422-3640 | atanner@mathedu.byu.edu | 187 TMCB

Jarica Watts

August 17, 2023 08:50 AM
Associate Professor, English | Humanities

Why Honors? As I see it, the Honors Program offers an enriched and challenging educational experience for academically talented and motivated students. These students benefit from personalized interactions with professors and individualized mentorship. I’m attracted to the program because... (more)

(801) 422-4938 | jarica_watts@byu.edu | 4198 JFSB

Paul Westover

July 18, 2024 01:36 PM
Professor, English | Humanities
Why Honors?

(801) 422-3048 | paw@byu.edu | 4149 JFSB

Jason Whiting

June 08, 2023 08:50 AM
Professor, Family Life | Family, Home and Social Sciences

Why Honors? “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." The Honors classes challenge students to become deeper thinkers and better people, not just memorizers and test takers. Honors classes can light a fire of learning that will last a lifetime.

(801) 422-8177 | jason.whiting@byu.edu | 234 TLRB

Vika Filimoeatu

June 18, 2021 10:42 AM
Advisement Supervisor, Honors Program | Undergraduate Education

Vika manages all aspects of student advisement for the Honors Program. She is in charge of organizing different advisement workshops and student related events. She supervises the student-to-student advising and works directly with students... (more)

(801) 422-1997 | vika_filimoeatu@byu.edu | 102B MSRB

Diana Gonzales

August 17, 2022 03:39 PM
Leadership Development Experience Coordinator | Honors Program

Diana graduated in 2023 with University Honors and a degree in International Relations. As the Leadership Development Experience Coordinator, she is dedicated to helping students become better leaders by meeting with them and helping them coordinate their LDE practicum requirement. She meets with students to guide them through HONRS 390R and occasionally teaches HONRS 310.

(801) 422=5336| diana_gonzales@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Lucy Wesemann

September 02, 2021 02:53 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Life Sciences, Nursing

Lucy is a Biology major pursuing the Ballard Scholar award in the Marriott School of Business. She appreciates how the Honors program fuels her love for learning and challenges her to think in non-traditional ways. She enjoys hiking, playing pick-up volleyball, trying new recipes, and taking power naps. Lucy’s goal is to attend medical school and pursue a master’s in either public health or biomedical engineering.

(801) 422 - 5497 | honors@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Rylie Bird

March 14, 2024 08:08 AM
Program Assistant, Honors Program | Exercise Science

Rylie is a sophomore from the Pacific Northwest and is an Exercise Science major, with a minor in Nutritional Science. She loves working in the Honors Program and getting to meet so many incredible people from all different backgrounds. Rylie enjoys sports, baking, chatting, and making new friends.

(801) 422-3036 | honorsprogram@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Vika Filimoeatu

June 18, 2021 10:42 AM
Advisement Supervisor, Honors Program | Undergraduate Education

Vika manages all aspects of student advisement for the Honors Program. She is in charge of organizing different advisement workshops and student related events. She supervises the student-to-student advising and works directly with students... (more)

(801) 422-1997 | vika_filimoeatu@byu.edu | 102B MSRB

Emma Marx

March 14, 2024 08:12 AM
Program Assistant, Honors Program | Public Relations

Emma is a Junior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Art History. She believes in building a genuine connection with everyone you meet. Outside of school she enjoys... (more)

(801) 422-3036 | honorsprogram@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Julie Radle

June 18, 2021 10:00 AM
Assistant Director, Honors Program | Undergraduate Education

Julie manages the operational and academic functions of the Honors Program. She works directly with faculty, Alcuin Fellows, Department Coordinators, graduate assistants, Honors communications team, program staff and TAs. She is the liaison... (more)

(801) 422-3038 | julie_radle@byu.edu | 102A MSRB

Ben White

September 07, 2023 03:29 PM
Project Assistant-Comms, Honors Program | Pre-Business


Ben is a sophomore planning on majoring in either Finance or Accounting with a double minor in Physics and Astronomy. He loves the Honors Program's interdisciplinary focus and emphasis on making intellectual and social connections. (more)

(801) 422-3036 | honorsprogram@byu.edu | 102 MSRB