Ten University Research Fellows were included in the 3,622 students awarded bachelor’s degrees on May 7. Prior to the walk to the Spectrum, where President Stan L. Albrecht would confer their degrees, the graduating Fellows posed on the East side of Old Main.
Research Fellowships are awarded competitively upon entrance to Utah State University and offer ambitious students the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty mentors.
Research Fellows completing their degrees this spring include the following:
• Robert Call, Physics (Goldwater Scholar-Honorable Mention)
• Jason Carlisle, Wildlife Science
• Jonathan Brett Chambers, Philosophy
• Peter Griffin, Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Lydia Howes, Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Shanna Bylund Kaltschmidt, Social Work
• Dustin Nash, Human Movement
• Katy Pike, Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education
• Brett Steadman, Psychology
• Kayla M. Woodring, Journalism and Political Science
“This group of Fellows has been outstanding,” said Associate Vice President for Research Joyce Kinkead, director of the Fellows Program. “And they are moving on to graduate studies or employment, taking with them considerable knowledge and expertise that comes from the result of getting their hands on research while undergraduates.” Jonathan Chambers advances to law school; Jason Carlisle will attend the University of Wyoming to work on a Ph.D. in ecology; Peter Griffin moves on to Pennsylvania State University for medical school; Robert Call and Katy Pike remain at USU for their master’s degrees.
Kayla Woodring joins Fox-TV in Salt Lake City as an Associate Producer. “For most of these students,” Kinkead said, “graduate school is in their future. Some are taking a year to recharge and then proceed with their studies.” Lydia Howes, who served as President of the award-winning Chemistry and Biochemistry Club, intends to pursue library studies as a graduate student. Katy Pike, recently named Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services gets a running start on her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology by beginning work this summer on a new research project.
The Fellows Program is designed to help ambitious students attain their scholastic goals. Several of the Fellows completed their degrees with Honors. “Our goal in the Honors Program is to provide excellent students with the opportunities to make them truly outstanding,” said Christie Fox, Honors Program director. “Research Fellows at USU embody the goals of Honors; they have been actively involved in their educations and are looking forward to extremely bright futures.”
Jason Carlisle, who served as Senator for the College of Natural Resources, summed up his experience, “This semester marks the end of my undergraduate career here at USU, and although I’m a bit nostalgic to turn over a very meaningful page in my life, I’m also very excited to see what happens next. My experience as a Research Fellow has played a large role in culturing within me a curiosity for the natural world and helped equip me with the tools and knowhow needed to embark on a meaningful lifetime of learning and fulfillment.”
The USU Undergraduate Research Fellows program was piloted in 2003 and formally initiated in 2004 as part of Utah State University’s focus on hands-on learning for students. Typically, 100 students hold Fellowships in all USU’s colleges of the University. Applications for new Research Fellows are accepted in the spring at the University’s annual Scholars Day. “It’s particularly rewarding to see these students, who have established themselves as undergraduate researchers, complete their degrees with distinction,” said Brent Miller, vice president for research.