Western Regional Honors Conference 2021

Congratulations to Annie Sweet for having her poem accepted for presentation at the Western Regional Honors Conference this month! This annual conference is sponsored by the Western Regional Honors Council and is open to students in honors programs across the country that belong to the WRHC. Annie read “Annie Wildwood,” at the one-day, virtual conference.

Research: Winter 2021

Several honors courses included honors-level undergraduate research this term.

Students in Stanley Coleman’s COMM 111_H Public Speaking – Honors class completed an honors research project as part of the course requirements.

Isaiah Contreras’s Research Paper

Casey Nagai’s Research Paper

Samantha Wilson’s Research Paper


John Adair and Lille Youngbauer completed ART 115_H Basic Design – Honors with artist and instructor, Kathleen Caprario. From the assignment instructions:

“It’s often said that there’s nothing really all that new under the sun. That history repeats itself and that the “new” is actually the old, just dressed up differently to seek out a contemporary audience. So, is that true? And, what are the iterations possible for similar ideas given a different cultural point of view and time? Are there similarities in intention, need and purpose that continue to inform the bulk of what is labeled “new,” with the radical, never-before-seen actually being an exception and anomaly?

Begin by researching and selecting two different artists or artistic/cultural movements to compare and contrast. You will be considering these creative and cultural examples, one from the past and one contemporary that, despite different time periods, have similarities based on form, function and aesthetics. Make sure that there is a discernible difference between the two in terms of time period and technologies that will allow for you to fully consider the contrasts and outcomes between the two.”

Read their research papers:

John Adair’s Research Paper

Lille Youngbauer’s Research Paper


In Alexandria Nanneman’s ARH 209_H  History of Japanese Art – Honors class, Perry Wright completed an undergraduate research project. 

Perry Wright’s Research Paper 


In WR 227_H Technical Writing – Honors, students completed a research project and a reflection on that project. The following reflections were written specifically to be shared on this blog. They include links to the students’ formal analytical reports, where they present their findings as to whether PowerPoint or Prezi is the most appropriate presentation software for various audiences.

Noni Lundy’s Reflection

Zain Shah’s Reflection

Trenton Tomlin’s Reflection

Matt Wakefield’s Reflection

Honors Undergraduate Research Fall 2020

Several students completed the honors sections of WR 227 Technical Writing. Here are their reflections on their research, written specifically to be shared on this blog. The reflections also include links to their formal analytical reports, where they present their findings as to whether PowerPoint or Prezi is the most appropriate presentation software for various audiences.


Devin Daniels’ Reflection

Alicia Foster’s Reflection

Deepti Gautam’s Reflection

Donald Laskey’s Reflection

Hanna McGuinness’s Reflection

Jeanna Metcalfe’s Reflection

Casey Nagai’s Reflection

Ryan Rebello’s Reflection

Mariah Vohland’s Reflection

Micki Williamson’s Reflection

Student Research From Spring 2020

In ENG 104_H Introduction to Fiction – Honors, the students in the honors section and the students in the non-honors section were in the same class. The honors students, however, produced a final literary analysis project that included a multimedia presentation and a final essay on a graphic novel of their choice.

John Adair’s Presentation

Jessry Smith’s Presentation

In WR 227_H Technical Writing – Honors, students participated in the regular section of the class, conducting individual research to determine whether Prezi or PowerPoint was the best presentation software for technical writing students at Lane Community College.

The primary differences in their assignments were an extended annotated bibliography and a reflection on their research experience. Below are the honors students’ reflections:

Sophia Brownlee’s Reflection

Damian Carreon Ilboa’s Reflection

Isaiah Contreras’s Reflection

Natalie Ferguson’s Reflection

Grace King’s Reflection

Vi Truong’s Reflection

Honors Students Reflect on Research in Winter 2020

As the COVID-19 virus spread and the college community faced the reality of a pandemic, honors students and faculty finished the Winter 2020 Term via remote instruction. As part of that final effort, students in WR 227_H Honors Technical Writing reflected on the research they engaged in during the term. Here are some of their reflections:

The college will continue remote instruction through the Spring 2020 Term, and faculty and students will find innovative ways to collaborate on undergraduate research. Results will be shared here!


Preparing for UO’s Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020

The University of Oregon celebrates the tenth year of its Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 21, 2020. Once again, we are preparing Lane students to participate! UO has created a special abstract submission process for Lane Community College students and visiting McNair Scholars. The symposium organizers are also working on a video of Lane students presenting last year. Honors faculty will work with students this term and next so that they can share their research at the symposium.

Honors Reflections Fall 2019

The following students took the honors section of WR 227 Technical Writing in fall of 2019. As part of their honors work for the term, they reflected on the research projects they conducted in the class and uploaded the reflections to their ePortfolios.

Annie Taylor is a student athlete who runs cross country and track. She chooses to challenge herself academically through honors coursework. Read her reflection.

Daezhane (Dae) Day joined the Lane Honors Program in fall of 2020 as part of her goal to get as much as she can from her educational experience. Read her reflection.

Jessry Smith joined the Lane Honors Program in 2018 and has completed several honors courses. You can read one of Jessry’s earlier reflection from the spring of 2019 (shared in an earlier post on this blog) and her reflection from WR 227.

Honors Research Project Reflections

In Spring 2019, several students took the honors versions of WR 122 and WR 227. As part of their work, they were required to write final reflective essays on the research they conducted during the term. Use the following links to read their reflections. Many of the links go to their ePortfolios where you can also see samples of their research!

Sadie Baker’s Reflection

Danyka Bratton’s Reflection

Bayli Case’s Reflection

Max Graf’s Reflection

Alex Heintz’s Reflection

Finn Mifsud’s Reflection

Olivia Morris’s Reflection

Arjun Singh’s Reflection

Jessry Smith’s Reflection

Maddie Smucker’s Reflection



Spring 2019 Undergraduate Research Fair

This year’s Undergraduate Research Fair took place May 29-31, 2019. The event included poster sessions, an ePortfolio showcase, presentations, and a poetry reading, and honors students participated in everything!

Stacey Kiser and other members of the Science Division faculty created the fair, which began as SUGR Day (Science Undergraduate Research Day). As the event grew, it developed into the current three-day fair with student research findings being shared in multiple locations. The posters line several hallways in the Science Building.

Honors and PTK students with their posters.

The large space outside the library offered the perfect venue for passersby to see the culmination of student research projects. 

Honors Program students with materials developed for the honors section of Introduction to Drama.

It also served as the venue for the poetry reading.

PTK Co-President Elect Cooper Bixby reading his poetry.

The Academic Technology Center (ATC) continues to be a strong supporter of student research. Students displayed their ePortfolios in the ATC classroom across from the library, explaining their various projects and how their process and findings were incorporated into their portfolios.

Students sharing their ePortfolios, highlighting research done in honors classes.