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.
Notable Honor Students
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honors Program Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3420, (630) 942-3318