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Julie Allen

August 23, 2021 04:39 PM
Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? As a teacher, I believe strongly in the power of interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to provide students with exceptional educational experiences, both by building bridges between things they already know and new content and by demonstrating the connections... (more)

(801) 422-7891| julie_allen@byu.edu | 3025 JFSB

Natalie Blades

June 17, 2021 03:19 PM
Associate Professor, Statistics | Physical and Mathematical Sciences

(801) 422-5076 | blades@stat.byu.edu | 218 TMCB

Michael Call

July 01, 2021 04:11 PM
Associate 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...

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

Ryan Christensen

June 18, 2021 10:09 AM
Associate Professor, Philosophy | Humanities

Why Honors? I am a philosopher. Philosophy is the love of wisdom, and wisdom doesn't have disciplinary boundaries. Honors gives me a place to share my search and to learn the wisdom others have found.

(801) 422-4821 | ryan_christensen@byu.edu | 4085 JFSB

Britton Davis

January 12, 2022 04:50 PM
Program Assistant, Honors Program | Economics & Spanish

Britton is an Honors student from Meridian, Idaho studying Economics and Spanish with a minor in Mathematics. He loves the honors program because it challenges his thinking...

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

Mary Davis

August 23, 2021 04:58 PM
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? I love the intersection of disciplines as it allows us to see information in a new way. The Honor’s program allows me to help students discover this amazing space for learning.

(801) 422-6207| mary_davis@byu.edu |3129 LSB

Mat Duerden

August 25, 2021 02:22 PM
Associate Professor, Experience Design & Management | Marriott School

Why Honors? I love BYU’s Honors Program because it’s a space for individuals from diverse disciplines to come together and wrestle with interesting questions...

(801) 422-3834 | duerden@byu.edu | W435 TNRB

Emron Esplin

August 25, 2021 12:50 PM
Associate Professor, English | Humanities

Why Honors? The interdisciplinarity, the chance to team teach with a good friend, and (so I’m told since I’m new to the program) the amazing students. I’m excited to teach...

| emron_esplin@byu.edu | 4148 JFSB

Marlene Esplin

August 23, 2021 04:52 PM
Associate Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? Honors classes are simply more fun. They are less bound by the expectations of a major or minor program and involve professors (and students) trying out creative and collaborative approaches... (more)

(801) 422-6246| mhesplin@byu.edu | 3050 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...

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

Diana Gonzales

August 17, 2022 03:39 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Humanities, International and Area Studies

Diana is a senior studying international relations. After graduation, she plans to travel and learn about the cultures of the world. She is either planning on going to law school or getting her MBA. She loves the Honors program because she is able to meet cool people every day.

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

George Handley

June 18, 2021 10:15 AM
Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? I love the chance to explore ideas outside of traditional paradigms and curricula because the best and most exciting knowledge is sometimes the kind of thing you can't really easily predict or over-...

(801) 422-7151 | George_Handley@byu.edu | 3770C HBLL

Derek Hansen

August 25, 2021 02:56 PM
Professor, School of Technology | Engineering & Technology

Why Honors? My undergraduate honor's experience opened my eyes to what a broad and integrated education could be and set me on a path of interdisciplinary scholarship that continues to this day. We need more scholars and thinkers who can see the world holistically as they swap and combine different disciplinary lenses.

(801) 422-7467 | dlhansen@byu.edu | 265 B CTB

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

James Hecht

September 22, 2022 02:49 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Engineering and Technology, Physical and Mathematical Sciences

James is a sophomore majoring in Physics. Someday, he hopes to obtain a PhD and teach in am university as a professor because he loves learning and education. He loves the Honors Program because he feels like it creates a community...

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

Christine Isom-Verhaaren

August 29, 2022 09:35 AM
Assistant Professor, History | Family, Home and Social Sciences

Why Honors? As global citizens we will need to prepare for future challenges. Through honor’s classes students may learn to analyze options in more innovative ways using the skills of asking questions of the evidence to elicit accurate understandings of our world, past, present, and hopefully future.

(801) 427683 | cisom-verhaaren@byu.edu | 2146 JFSB

Alexandra Jones

November 08, 2021 01:03 PM
Program Assistant, Honors Program | Pre-Business

Alexandra is pre-business hoping to major in Finance. She loves working in the Honors Program and being able to meet a variety of students...

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

Jason Kenealey

August 23, 2021 04:45 PM
Associate Professor, Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Science | Life Sciences

Why Honors? Because I like a challenge. I like the challenge of teaching and learning in a new way. I enjoy interacting with students and faculty that think differently than I do. It helps me to be more well-rounded and thoughtful about the difficult problems I am trying to solve in my research.

(801) 422-6671| jason_kenealey@byu.edu | S-249 ESC

Brock Kirwan

August 25, 2021 12:56 PM
Professor, Psychology | FHSS

Why Honors? Because my nerdy obsessions don’t respect disciplinary bounds. I love talking about the neuroscience and psychology of memory, but I also love learning and talking about music, literature, animal behavior, home canning, etc. The Honors program is a great way to explore new interdisciplinary connections.

(801) 422-2532 | kirwan@byu.edu |1074 KMBL

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

Tracy Maylett

September 01, 2021 12:59 PM
Adjunct Faculty, Leadership | Honors Program & Marriott School

Why Honors? Each of us is a leader in multiple capacities, whether we have the title or not: family, church, business, community... the list goes on. Most of our opportunities to lead...

(801) 515-6500 | tmm@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Rory McWhorter

July 01, 2021 03:48 PM
Leadership Development Coordinator, Honors Program | Undergraduate Education

Rory works with students to help them identify opportunities to fulfill the Honors Leadership Development Experience requirement. He is the instructor for the affiliated practicum course - HONRS 390R, and manages the pre-approval and reporting...

(801) 422-8176 | rory_mcwhorter | 102 MSRB

Rex Nielson

June 18, 2021 10:24 AM
Associate 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...

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

Kelsi Niepraschk

September 22, 2022 02:35 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Business | Family, Home, and Social Sciences (Economics)

Kelsi is a junior studying Experience Design and Management with a minor in music. She loves to find unexpected connections, especially between design and business. She has grown to love the Honors Program and has developed a deep passion...

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

Marc Olivier

June 18, 2021 10:25 AM
Professor, French & Italian | Humanities

Why Honors? Because no program on campus is as dedicated to bridging disciplinary divides and fostering connective thinking. French philosophers of Enlightenment (my intellectual heros) would be proud!

(801) 422-5950 | olivier@byu.edu | 3127 JFSB

Rachel Olson

August 04, 2022 12:47 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Fine Arts & Communications, Education, Student Life

Rachel is a Music Education major with a Choral emphasis. She enjoys the interdisciplinary courses in the Honors Program that have balanced her college experience and expanded her interests beyond music. Rachel loves learning new languages,...

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

Jeff Parkin

August 25, 2021 02:49 PM
Teaching Professor, Theatre & Media Arts| Humanities

Why Honors?

(801) 422-8130 | jeff_parkin@byu.edu |F-442 HFAC

Steven Peck

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

Why Honors?

(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...

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

Steven Ricks

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

Why Honors?

(801) 422-6115 | stevericksmusic@gmail.com | C490 HFAC

Jamin Rowan

August 25, 2021 02:18 PM
Associate Professor, English | Humanities

Why Honors? Honors introduces students to the kind of curiosity, creativity, and interdisciplinary thinking required to address the type of “wicked problems” with which we will be grappling for the foreseeable future.

(801) 422-8968 | jamin_rowan@byu.edu| 4143 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...

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

Chris Verhaaren

August 15, 2022 02:46 PM
Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy | Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Why Honors? I feel that we, as a global society, need individuals who can think for themselves, following after truth wherever it leads and by whatever skills are required. We need...

(801) 422- 2111| verhaaren@physics.byu.edu | N247 ESC

Karl Warnick

June 18, 2021 10:35 AM
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering | Engineering

Why Honors? As a BYU student years ago, I experienced the Honors Program first hand. It was a wonderful part of my education. The Honors courses I took were profoundly uplifting and influential. My Honors...

(801) 422-1732 | warnick@byu.edu | 450 EB

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...

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

Clint Whipple

August 25, 2021 02:46 PM
Associate Professor, Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? My favorite classes as an undergraduate at BYU were all honors classes. The combination of rigor and pleasure...

(801) 422-9293 | whipple@byu.edu | 4027 LSB

Sally Wynn

June 18, 2021 10:50 AM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Family, Home, and Social Sciences (except Economics)

Sally is majoring in Psychology, with the goal of going to graduate school and becoming a School Psychologist. She loves the Honors program because she gets to meet so many different people and see new ways to look at the world!...

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

Britton Davis

January 12, 2022 04:50 PM
Program Assistant, Honors Program | Economics & Spanish

Britton is an Honors student from Meridian, Idaho studying Economics and Spanish with a minor in Mathematics. He loves the honors program because it challenges his thinking...

(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...

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

Alexandra Jones

November 08, 2021 01:03 PM
Program Assistant, Honors Program | Pre-Business

Alexandra is pre-business hoping to major in Finance. She loves working in the Honors Program and being able to meet a variety of students...

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

Rory McWhorter

July 01, 2021 03:48 PM
Leadership Development Coordinator, Honors Program | Undergraduate Education

Rory works with students to help them identify opportunities to fulfill the Honors Leadership Development Experience requirement. He is the instructor for the affiliated practicum course - HONRS 390R, and manages the pre-approval and reporting...

(801) 422-8176 | rory_mcwhorter | 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...

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

Julie Allen

August 23, 2021 04:39 PM
Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? As a teacher, I believe strongly in the power of interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to provide students with exceptional educational experiences, both by building bridges between things they already know and new content and by demonstrating the connections... (more)

(801) 422-7891| julie_allen@byu.edu | 3025 JFSB

Natalie Blades

June 17, 2021 03:19 PM
Associate Professor, Statistics | Physical and Mathematical Sciences

(801) 422-5076 | blades@stat.byu.edu | 218 TMCB

Michael Call

July 01, 2021 04:11 PM
Associate 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...

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

Ryan Christensen

June 18, 2021 10:09 AM
Associate Professor, Philosophy | Humanities

Why Honors? I am a philosopher. Philosophy is the love of wisdom, and wisdom doesn't have disciplinary boundaries. Honors gives me a place to share my search and to learn the wisdom others have found.

(801) 422-4821 | ryan_christensen@byu.edu | 4085 JFSB

Mary Davis

August 23, 2021 04:58 PM
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? I love the intersection of disciplines as it allows us to see information in a new way. The Honor’s program allows me to help students discover this amazing space for learning.

(801) 422-6207| mary_davis@byu.edu |3129 LSB

Mat Duerden

August 25, 2021 02:22 PM
Associate Professor, Experience Design & Management | Marriott School

Why Honors? I love BYU’s Honors Program because it’s a space for individuals from diverse disciplines to come together and wrestle with interesting questions...

(801) 422-3834 | duerden@byu.edu | W435 TNRB

Emron Esplin

August 25, 2021 12:50 PM
Associate Professor, English | Humanities

Why Honors? The interdisciplinarity, the chance to team teach with a good friend, and (so I’m told since I’m new to the program) the amazing students. I’m excited to teach...

| emron_esplin@byu.edu | 4148 JFSB

Marlene Esplin

August 23, 2021 04:52 PM
Associate Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? Honors classes are simply more fun. They are less bound by the expectations of a major or minor program and involve professors (and students) trying out creative and collaborative approaches... (more)

(801) 422-6246| mhesplin@byu.edu | 3050 JFSB

George Handley

June 18, 2021 10:15 AM
Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters | Humanities

Why Honors? I love the chance to explore ideas outside of traditional paradigms and curricula because the best and most exciting knowledge is sometimes the kind of thing you can't really easily predict or over-...

(801) 422-7151 | George_Handley@byu.edu | 3770C HBLL

Derek Hansen

August 25, 2021 02:56 PM
Professor, School of Technology | Engineering & Technology

Why Honors? My undergraduate honor's experience opened my eyes to what a broad and integrated education could be and set me on a path of interdisciplinary scholarship that continues to this day. We need more scholars and thinkers who can see the world holistically as they swap and combine different disciplinary lenses.

(801) 422-7467 | dlhansen@byu.edu | 265 B CTB

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

Christine Isom-Verhaaren

August 29, 2022 09:35 AM
Assistant Professor, History | Family, Home and Social Sciences

Why Honors? As global citizens we will need to prepare for future challenges. Through honor’s classes students may learn to analyze options in more innovative ways using the skills of asking questions of the evidence to elicit accurate understandings of our world, past, present, and hopefully future.

(801) 427683 | cisom-verhaaren@byu.edu | 2146 JFSB

Jason Kenealey

August 23, 2021 04:45 PM
Associate Professor, Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Science | Life Sciences

Why Honors? Because I like a challenge. I like the challenge of teaching and learning in a new way. I enjoy interacting with students and faculty that think differently than I do. It helps me to be more well-rounded and thoughtful about the difficult problems I am trying to solve in my research.

(801) 422-6671| jason_kenealey@byu.edu | S-249 ESC

Brock Kirwan

August 25, 2021 12:56 PM
Professor, Psychology | FHSS

Why Honors? Because my nerdy obsessions don’t respect disciplinary bounds. I love talking about the neuroscience and psychology of memory, but I also love learning and talking about music, literature, animal behavior, home canning, etc. The Honors program is a great way to explore new interdisciplinary connections.

(801) 422-2532 | kirwan@byu.edu |1074 KMBL

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

Tracy Maylett

September 01, 2021 12:59 PM
Adjunct Faculty, Leadership | Honors Program & Marriott School

Why Honors? Each of us is a leader in multiple capacities, whether we have the title or not: family, church, business, community... the list goes on. Most of our opportunities to lead...

(801) 515-6500 | tmm@byu.edu | 102 MSRB

Rex Nielson

June 18, 2021 10:24 AM
Associate 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...

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

Marc Olivier

June 18, 2021 10:25 AM
Professor, French & Italian | Humanities

Why Honors? Because no program on campus is as dedicated to bridging disciplinary divides and fostering connective thinking. French philosophers of Enlightenment (my intellectual heros) would be proud!

(801) 422-5950 | olivier@byu.edu | 3127 JFSB

Jeff Parkin

August 25, 2021 02:49 PM
Teaching Professor, Theatre & Media Arts| Humanities

Why Honors?

(801) 422-8130 | jeff_parkin@byu.edu |F-442 HFAC

Steven Peck

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

Why Honors?

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

Steven Ricks

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

Why Honors?

(801) 422-6115 | stevericksmusic@gmail.com | C490 HFAC

Jamin Rowan

August 25, 2021 02:18 PM
Associate Professor, English | Humanities

Why Honors? Honors introduces students to the kind of curiosity, creativity, and interdisciplinary thinking required to address the type of “wicked problems” with which we will be grappling for the foreseeable future.

(801) 422-8968 | jamin_rowan@byu.edu| 4143 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...

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

Chris Verhaaren

August 15, 2022 02:46 PM
Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy | Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Why Honors? I feel that we, as a global society, need individuals who can think for themselves, following after truth wherever it leads and by whatever skills are required. We need...

(801) 422- 2111| verhaaren@physics.byu.edu | N247 ESC

Karl Warnick

June 18, 2021 10:35 AM
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering | Engineering

Why Honors? As a BYU student years ago, I experienced the Honors Program first hand. It was a wonderful part of my education. The Honors courses I took were profoundly uplifting and influential. My Honors...

(801) 422-1732 | warnick@byu.edu | 450 EB

Clint Whipple

August 25, 2021 02:46 PM
Associate Professor, Biology | Life Sciences

Why Honors? My favorite classes as an undergraduate at BYU were all honors classes. The combination of rigor and pleasure...

(801) 422-9293 | whipple@byu.edu | 4027 LSB

Diana Gonzales

August 17, 2022 03:39 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Humanities, International and Area Studies

Diana is a senior studying international relations. After graduation, she plans to travel and learn about the cultures of the world. She is either planning on going to law school or getting her MBA. She loves the Honors program because she is able to meet cool people every day.

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

James Hecht

September 22, 2022 02:49 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Engineering and Technology, Physical and Mathematical Sciences

James is a sophomore majoring in Physics. Someday, he hopes to obtain a PhD and teach in am university as a professor because he loves learning and education. He loves the Honors Program because he feels like it creates a community...

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

Kelsi Niepraschk

September 22, 2022 02:35 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Business | Family, Home, and Social Sciences (Economics)

Kelsi is a junior studying Experience Design and Management with a minor in music. She loves to find unexpected connections, especially between design and business. She has grown to love the Honors Program and has developed a deep passion...

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

Rachel Olson

August 04, 2022 12:47 PM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Fine Arts & Communications, Education, Student Life

Rachel is a Music Education major with a Choral emphasis. She enjoys the interdisciplinary courses in the Honors Program that have balanced her college experience and expanded her interests beyond music. Rachel loves learning new languages,...

(801) 422-5497 | honors@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...

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

Sally Wynn

June 18, 2021 10:50 AM
Student Advisor, Honors Program | Family, Home, and Social Sciences (except Economics)

Sally is majoring in Psychology, with the goal of going to graduate school and becoming a School Psychologist. She loves the Honors program because she gets to meet so many different people and see new ways to look at the world!...

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