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Barrett College Fellows

Barrett Honors College students are getting unique research opportunities through a partnership between the honors college and the Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Barrett Fellows @ CLAS Centers Program allows second and third year Barrett students to work with Research Centers in The College based on the students’ interests.

 

Pratik Nyaupane

Pratik Nyaupane

 

(From 2019-2020) I am a senior at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University pursuing a B.S. in Informatics with a minor in Political Science. My interests consist of data and technology regarding social issues and policy as well as sport and society. In the past, I have developed research experience as a student in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, where my team and I prototyped an application to encourage younger people to stay civically engaged.

My research work also consists of researching sports tourism and co-authoring a publication about soccer and secular pilgrimage. I am also a Junior Fellow with the School of Politics and Global Studies as well as an Undergraduate Researcher for the Civic Science for Environmental Futures Collaborative, where I am on a research team studying mobilized public engagement against natural gas and oil pipelines.

I chose to begin my work as an honors fellow with Professor Pauline Cheong and the ICGlobal Initiative and Internet of Things project at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication because I am passionate about research and intrigued about the complex relationships between humans and the world around them, as the world is progressing towards connectivity at a global scale.

 Read more about their work HERE and HERE

Communication Honors Students

Victoria Vankdekop

Victoria Vankdekop

(From 2019 - 2020) I am a 3rd-year student from Dallas, pursuing a Communication B.A. with a certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership. I worked on an honors contract in COM 407, Advanced Critical Methods in Communication, with the mentorship of Professor Sarah Tracy, to conduct qualitative research on why student comedians choose to bring up or avoid topics on social issues, including racism and sexism, during their performances. Through my research, I concluded that some choose these topics to persuade the audience to see and adopt their viewpoints. In contrast, other college comedians deliberately choose to avoid these big topics because they preferred to foster an environment of lighthearted humor or they don’t feel qualified to speak on such issues. This research enrichment opportunity has been one of the most rewarding parts of my time at ASU, and because of that, it's one of my top choices for my Barrett Thesis topic that I will be deciding on soon! All in all, I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to conduct this research and enhance it through a Barrett honors contract.

 

 

Molly Bishop 

Molly Bishop

(From 2019-2020)As a senior studying Communication (B.S.), Theatre (Acting) (B.A.), and a Gender Studies certificate, I look to performance to explore the world around me. My thesis creative project is one iteration of that exploration, consisting of a show based on interviews I conducted with fellow Barrett students who also live with diagnosed mental health conditions. My show, called Crazy/Smart, works to use those stories to reclaim the idea of success form ideology of stigma and ableism in higher education, and challenge institutions to reconsider what it means to be an honors student.

The fact that ASU and the Hugh Downs School has The Empty Space to host this kind of work is a wonderful gift. Being able to dual-major was something that drew me to ASU in the first place, and connecting my experience in theatre and technical skills gained from that degree with performance studies has really opened up my intellectual and professional world.

 

 

 

Interdisciplinary Honors Projects

Colin Redman 

Colin Redman

 

(From 2019-2020) Colin Redman, a computer science major and a member of Barrett, The Honors College is combining his interests in computer science and forensics for his honors project. Working with Forensics Director Adam Symonds at the Hugh Downs School, Redman is by building a program that offers debate students efficient means to store and access their research in a database.

Read Colin's story HERE

 

 

 

 


Fargo Tbakhi 

Fargo Tbakhi

 

(From 2019-2020) Although a theatre major in the Herberger School for Design and the Arts, senior Fargo Tbakhi found a home at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Tbakhi, a national merit scholar and student at Barrett, the Honors College, recently completed his honors thesis, working with Hugh Downs School Artistic Director Jennifer Linde, who says his contributions to the critical, aesthetic, and intellectual climate at ASU are “extraordinary.”

Read Fargo's story HERE and HERE