UAB Honors College student wins national award

Honors, creativity and innovation were the themes at this year’s National Collegiate Honors Council where one of UAB’s students was recognized. Ava Michl, a senior majoring in neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded first place in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) category at the 54th annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council Awards Ceremony in New Orleans, LA on Saturday, Nov. 9. She is in the UAB Honors College’s University Honors Program.

Ava Michi 2019 NCHCAva Michl was awarded first place in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) category at the National Collegiate Honors Council Awards Ceremony. Michl worked closely with her faculty research mentor, Burel Goodin, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, to create her winning poster titled, “Temporal Summation of Mechanical Pain Prospectively Predicts Movement-Evoked Pain in a Sample of Individuals with Chronic Low Back Pain.” The SBS category was the largest poster category, with 60 posters.

Michael Sloane, Ph.D., Director of the Honors College’s University Honors Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, presided over the Poster Sessions at this year’s conference. The posters were judged by faculty honors directors and deans throughout the United States. 

Representatives from the UAB Honors College participated in the conference, sharing their expertise in Honors Education:

- Amy Atkisson, Director of Honors Advising and Retention; Mellissa Taylor, former Assistant Director of Honors Advising and Retention; Kamina Perdue and Rebecca Freeman, both Honors Counselors, provided an informative and important session on innovative practices in retention and engagement. They discussed ways to increase involvement, ownership and a sense of community in an expanding Honors College.

- Rusty Rushton, Ph.D., Associate Director (University Honors Program), served as Chair of the Newsletter Committee and presided over the four awards for print and digital newsletters.

- Donna Andrews, Program Manager (University Honors Program) and inaugural recipient of the Honors Administrative Staff Award, presided over this year’s National Collegiate Honors Council Awards Ceremony.

During the four-day conference, the National Collegiate Honors Council serves as the professional organization for all honors programs and colleges across the United States that hosts over 900 member institutions. The awards ceremony is the keynote session that concludes the conference. 

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