Academic Opportunities

Feed your curiosity!

Deepen your understanding of a favorite topic or explore a new subject through a wide range of programs available to COD Honors Students.

Learn more about these programs, as well as the opportunities and experiences of past COD Honors Students, below

Being an Honors Student at COD opens the door to many engaging and rewarding academic opportunities.  Below are some examples of the wide variety of opportunities past Honors students have experienced.  

Honors Student Showcase

Student Spotlight: Nali Asamoah

Nali Asamoah

Nali Asamoah graduated with both Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees while finishing her prerequisites for nursing. She is transferring to the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for her BSN and then would like to complete a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia.  Read more about her experience in the Honors Program.  


Ina Furxhi

Ina Furxhi

Ina Furxhi participated in a prestigious summer internship at Northwestern University's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. She explored different technologies that use algae processes for making biofuels in order to determine which approach is most cost-effective.  Find out more about Furxhi's academic experiences.


Cody Castle

Cody Castle

COD Chemistry and Engineering student Cody Castleparticipated in NASA's Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Castle is the first COD student be accepted into this national five-week program that focuses on planning a Mars mission and designing a 3D rover model. Read more on Castle's experience at NASA. 



Omar Escamilla

Omar Escamilla

Omar Escamilla was named a Fulbright Summer Institute participant and attended the Scotland Summer Institute, a five-week cultural and academic program at the University of Dundee in Dundee and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.  




Emily Witek's paper published in Geography peer-reviewed journal. Emily Witek was a student in Honors Geography 1100 (Western World Geography), taught by Keith Yearman, in Spring 2015. The research paper she wrote in that class, "The Changing Neighborhood of Greater Ashburn Between 1990 and 2015" was published in Illinois Geographer, vol. 57, Fall 2015, no. 2. Illinois Geographer is the official refereed journal of the Illinois Geographical Society.

John Von Drasek was offered a research position at Purdue University in summer 2015. This undergraduate research opportunity was funded by the National Science Foundation. John joined the lab of Dr. Xiaoqi Liu, whose research focuses on an enzyme called Polo-like kinase 1. This enzyme is found in cancer. Dr. Liu's lab is studying ways to control Polo-like kinase 1, which can lead to new cancer therapies.

Josh Clayton received a fellowship to study at the International Summer School of the University of Exeter (England), summer 2015. He was enrolled in Pathway: Climate Change.


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