Honors Students Present Honors-By-Contract Research at International Conference

 Barry Morrison

This spring Honors students Jack Barry (Computer Science) and Steven Morrison (Management/Economics/Mathematics) presented their Honors-By-Contract research at 10th Annual International Technology, Education, and Development Conference (INTED) in Valencia Spain. Barry and Morrison presented "Expanding Intercultural Communication: A Case-Study in Short-Term International Service Learning."

Undergraduate research is at the core of the Honors Program curriculum. Barry and Morrison completed their Honors-By-Contract research with Dr. Kevin Gaugler (Modern Languages) and Dr. Carolyn Matheus (Computer Science) in the Dominican Republic. The Honors-By-Contract is a unique requirement in the Honors Program in which students add one credit to a major class and work closely with a professor on a research project. Many Honors-By-Contracts are presented at regional, national, and international conferences.

"Undergraduate research has given me a greater sense of motivation and purpose within the academic community," Jack Barry explained. "Having completed a publication I realize that I can come up with an idea, research it, and produce conclusions that will get noticed. In a way, this has inspired me to look at my school work from different perspectives, I consistently find myself thinking about how I could look at my work in a creative way to formulate unique conclusions. This results in me getting deeper into my school work in a meaningful way."

Barry and Morrison presented their paper at last semester's Honors Research Colloquium in order to prepare for their trip with Spain and share their research with Honors students.