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The National Collegiate Honors Council has announced Kent State University Honors College graduate Sarah Hagglund as a 2021 Portz Scholar. Hagglund is the 10th honors student from Kent State to be named a Portz Scholar since the national competition began in 1990.  "Each year, the NCHC awards four Portz Prizes, one to a student in each of the four broad academic areas, in a competition for most excellent undergraduate thesis," Honors College Dean Alison J. Smith, Ph.D., notes. "Sarah receives this year’s Portz Prize in the Humanities, becoming our 10th Portz scholar. We are so proud of...

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Jessie Maisano graduated in 1994 from Kent State University’s Honors College with her bachelor’s degree in Geology.   Maisano started her time at Kent State University as a Fashion Merchandising major, but once she met Honors College professor, Don Palmer, she was inspired to change her major to Geology and pursue a career path that was more impractical, but she was passionate about.  She pursued her Masters and Ph.D. at Yale University in Vertebrate Paleontology, graduating in 2000.  Maisano is now a research scientist at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas where s...

The Kent State University Honors College is proud to announce that Honors College student and political science major, Megan Swoger, has been named by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) as a 2018 Portz Scholar.  As a member of the graduating class of 2018 this past spring, Megan created and submitted her thesis entitled “Analysis of the Prevailing Practice of FGM in Ghana: Are domestic laws and international treaties effective in the eradication of FGM within the state?” Megan based her thesis upon two trips to Ghana where she collected data firsthand for her research projec...

The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) has named Allison Moats, a recent graduate of the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, as a Portz Scholar for 2014. Allison is a native of Ravenna, Ohio, and received her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Anthropology. Each year, the Portz Prize recognizes outstanding undergraduate honors theses submitted by honors college students from across the country. Honors programs throughout the country nominate one student essay to be considered by the NCHC Awards and Grants Committee. Moats is one of four s...