Fall 2018 Honors Symposium Proceedings

The Fall 2018 Honors Symposium was held at the Alexandria on Friday, Oct. 26. Two of the participants have kindly provided information about their presentations for which we are grateful.

Beyond Our Borders: Why American Students Should be Multilingual

Daisy Garner


At the age of eighteen, Daisy Garner boldly decided to leave her northern Virginia home and move to Germany for six months. She knew only a few phrases in German before moving to Germany, but she was excited to become acquainted with the language. Daisy soon learned, however, that almost everyone she met in Germany would speak to her in English. She was highly impressed with that fact, since, according to Pew Research Center (2018), very few people in the United States speak a second language. The main topic of her presentation was on whether American students should learn another language.

In her presentation, Daisy took her subjective experience learning other languages and combined it with a plethora of data. She also included fascinating data on the cognitive, career, and social benefits of being multilingual. She also encouraged American students and school systems to embrace multilingualism and explained how they can do this.

The Exponential Decay of Beer Froth

Sarah Olsen


Sarah Olsen chose to present on the Exponential Decay of Beer Froth at the Fall 2018 Symposium. She was inspired to choose that topic when she read an article about it on the IgNoble website which honors scientists for their achievements that make people laugh and then think.

The Exponential Decay is a very significant process and can be observed in many fields such as biology, economics, chemistry, physics, etc. The German physicist A. Leike chose to study this topic because beer froth is a widely known phenomenon, at least in Europe where the legal age for drinking is 18. Possibly shockingly to American audience, the author was able to easily demonstrate the beer froth decay to his students in the university classroom and published his results in the European Journal of Physics in 2001.

Since the typical american college student will not be allowed to reproduce this experiment in the foreseeable future, here is a link to Sarah’s presentation for those interested.

Invitation to Fall 2018 Honors Symposium

We would like to invite anyone interested to come to the 2018 Honors Symposium held on the Alexandria campus on Friday, Oct. 26, Room AA 0291.

The event is co-sponsored by NOVA’s Honors Program and the Alexandria Chapter of the PTK Honors Society.

There will be two monetary prizes. One goes to the best presentation by an Honors placed student. The other prize will go to the most engaging presentation as voted by the audience.

For questions or details, contact Tatiana Stantcheva, Alexandria Honors Faculty.

Join the Honors Club

The Alexandria Honors Club is accepting new members.

English Professor Alexander Purugganan serves as the faculty advisor for the Alexandria Honors Club. For Fall 2018, Ms. Noorjahan Sheikh is serving as a president of the club helped by executive board members Ms. Marcia Rollins, Ms. Elisabeth Flick, and Ms. Stacy Becenti.

Activities at the Honors club meet the Research and Enrichment requirement for earning Honors credit in the Honors and Honors Option courses, as well as provide some opportunities for leadership.

If you would like to find out more information about the Club, its activities, or how to join it, email Ms. Sheikh directly at nss2165@email.vccs…

Fall 2018 NOVA Honors Symposium

Fall 2018 NOVA Honors Symposium will be held on the Alexandria Campus on Friday, Oct. 26, 12-3 pm.

Who Is Eligible?

All students who meet the Honors Eligibility criteria are eligible to participate. Students do not have to be enrolled in the Honors Program.

Why Present?

Come and present on a topic that you are passionate about.

Presenting at the symposium also meets the Research and Enrichment components for earning Honors Credit if you are enrolled in an Honors or Honors Option Class. Check with your instructor and the campus Honors Lead Faculty.

We are happy to announce our collaboration with the Alexandria Tau Nu Chapter of the PTK Honors Society to offer monetary awards open to all participants.

Presentation Guidelines

Come and present on a topic that you are passionate about. It doesn’t have to be an original research topic. The level of the presentation must be appropriate for students majoring outside your chosen topic.

Talks will be evaluated based on the following rubric. There will be monetary prizes for the best presentations sponsored by NOVA Honors Program and the Tau Nu PTK chapter.

Submit a Talk Proposal

Submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 19, 11:59 pm. Please, use the following link for electronic submissions:

Fall 2018 Honors Symposium Submission


Contact Your Campus Lead Faculty

Honors Meet and Greet on September 28 at the AL Library

The Alexandria Annual Honors Meet and Greet Event was held in the Alexandria Library on September 28. The event was attended by over 60 students and was sponsored by the NOVA Honors Program.  The Alexandria Honors Club members shared their honors experience to many students and faculty members who came to the event.

AL Honors Meet and Greet
Dr. Annette Haggray, Alexandria Provost, students Chelsey Fernandez, Muhammad Muhammad, Charlotte Hepler, Honors Club President and Dr. John Sound, Alexandria Honors chair.

Transition to VT Honors Program from NOVA Honors Program!

There is a new agreement with Virginia Tech!  Anyone who completes the full honors program at NOVA and graduates from NOVA will automatically get into the Virginia Tech Honors program.  University Honors at VT will accept six (6) credits of NOVA Honors credit to apply to the VT Honors diplomas.  For more information, contact NOVA Honors Chair Dr. John Sound (jsound@nvcc.edu).

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