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Honors Scholars Present Research

Looking for scholars directly impacting the Bowling Green community? Kaitlyn Dickinson and Phil Pearson, both Honors College scholars at WKU, are just the students you’re looking for!


As rising juniors, Phil, a history major from St. Clair, IL and Kaitlyn, an advertising and political science double major from Bowling Green, KY, have been very involved with Honors 251: Citizen and Self.  They participated in the course as students in the class of Spring 2012 and served as peer mentors in the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013.

They presented the research they have conducted throughout the course titled “Honors Education as a Democratic Education” at the Southern Regional Honors Conference in April. Additionally, they have had a paper accepted to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities annual American Democracy project conference titled “Useful, Interesting and Beautiful: When the Old Ways of Teaching Citizenship Won’t Do.” This will be the third conference at which Kaitlyn and Phil will present their research.

Elizabeth Gish, an Honors College faculty member and professor of Honors 251, commented, “An important part of the class is helping students to understand that they do not have to just memorize or repeat information that they read in books. While knowing the literature is important, we emphasize creating knowledge through respectful, collaborative engagement with the Bowling Green community.” Kaitlyn and Phil have certainly lived up to this aspect of Honors 251.


Arete contribution submitted by Abby Boyd

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