Fall 2019 NOVA Honors Symposium

Fall 2019 NOVA Honors Symposium will be held on Friday, October 25th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. Honors Program, PTK, NSCS, and general students with a GPA of 3.5 and above are eligible to present.

Details about the abstract submission and the symposium are posted on the NOVA Honors blog space at:


If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly.

Tatiana Stantcheva, Professor of Physics
Alexandria Honors Faculty Lead

Fall 2019 Registration Open

Registration for the Fall 2019 Honors and Honors Option classes is open. Here is a comprehensive list of all classes offered at the Alexandria campus.

Fall 2019 Honors and Honors Option Classes at Alexandria

Plan ahead for Spring 2020. The schedule is not out there yet but will be very similar to that from last spring.

Remember, you don’t have to be in the Honors program to enroll in an Honors Class. Any student with a GPA of 3.5+ is eligible to enroll in Honors classes. There are also alternatives to the GPA requirement for eligibility. Read more here.

A note on logistics:

Eligible students who would like to enroll in a Full Honors class must seek the assistance of a counselor, an Associate Dean, or the campus Honors Lead Faculty. Email prof. Stantcheva for more details.

Registration for Honors Option classes is unrestricted. Be sure to inform your instructor, however, that you are interested in earning Honors credit in their class.

Spring 2019 Honors Symposium

The Spring 2019 Honors Symposium was held this past Friday, Mar. 1 on the Annandale Campus. Academically strong students and members of the NOVA Honors Program, the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and the National Collegiate Scholar Society were invited to participate. Student presentations spanned many disciplines and subjects and were highly informative and entertaining

I am happy to announce that two of the three awards went to students from the Alexandria campus.

Ashley Davis presented on Application of CRISPR/Cas9 for Treatment of Tay-Sach’s Disease. The CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing tool that can be very effective in the treatment of genetic illnesses, one of which is theTay-Sach’s Disease. Ms. Davis’s talk showcased her research on a project that she did in her Genetics class. Prof. Izanne Zorin was the research supervisor of Ms. Davis.

Zainab Saeed presented on Merging Biology and Physics: Our Plasma Membrane as an Electric Capacitor. Ms. Saeed worked with Profs. David Fernandez and Tatiana Stantcheva to integrate knowledge from the fields of biology and physics and to create a unique biophysics talk. The field of biophysics is a highly exciting and relatively new field that is developing rapidly in the modern scientific field. Ms. Saeed’s presentation is unique to the extent that currently there are no classes at NOVA that include even remotely biophysics topics in their curriculum.

Congratulations to the winners!

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


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