Portz Scholars

Each year the Honors College nominates one outstanding Senior Honors Thesis for the NCHC Portz Scholars competition.

The NCHC Portz Scholars are featured at a plenary session at the National Collegiate Honors Conference, held annually each fall. In addition, each Scholar receives a $250.00 stipend. The NCHC Portz Fund Committee pays the Scholar’s conference registration fees.

Past Portz Scholars from Kent State University


Allison Moats ('14) is the 7th Portz Scholar from Kent State University.

Allison Moats, 2014

B.S. Anthropology

"Abnormalities in the Growth and Development of the Proximal Femur: Comparing Ancient to Modern Populations and Their Incidences of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis and Cam Deformity"

Molly MacLagan became the 6th Portz Scholar from Kent State in 2010.

Molly MacLagan, 2010

B.A. Theatre studies

“Early English Theatre: A Practical Guide”


David R. Hill, 2008

B.S. Chemistry

“Evolution of Quorum Sensing Genes in the Genus Burkholderia”

This project was designed to enhance our understanding of the evolution of quorum-sensing genes, using complete genomes of representatives of genus Burkholderia and several other closely related Proteobacteria. The study suggest adaptive diversification and specificity of CepIR systems, possibly driven by kin discrimination in the production of public goods, such as virulence proteins.

Douglas Antibus, 2007

"Microbial and Photochemical Transformations of Dissolved Organic Carbon in a Great Lakes Coastal Wetland (Old Woman Cree Ohio)"

Laura Herron, 2005

"Redemptive Memory: The Christianization of the Holocaust in America"

Erin Osborne, 2001

"Understanding Caesar's Gallic Ethnography: A Contextual Approach to Protohistory"

Jessica Anderson, 1994

"Lobocarcinus Iumacopius, A New Species of Cancrid Crab from Fayum, Egypt"