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Meet the University Honors Program Director and Staff

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Utah State University Honors Program
0400 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
Call: (435) 797-2715
Visit: Living Learning Community Bldg. A, Rm 112

Kristine Miller

University Honors Program Director

Dr. Kristine Miller

A Professor of English at USU, Dr. Miller began as Director of the University Honors Program in July 2014. She is a graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, where she also earned her M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1995) in English. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth- and twenty-first-century British and American literature. She is particularly interested in war and has written a book, British Literature of the Blitz: Fighting the People’s War (2009), that examines fiction and films about the bombed London home front during World War II. Her recent research concerns post-9/11 literature and culture. She has published articles on the trauma of NYPD cops in Jess Walter’s novel The Zero and RAF fighter pilots in A. L. Kennedy’s novel Day. She has also edited a collection of essays entitled Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11: The Wrong Side of Paradise (2014) and published essays on The 9/11 Report and 9/11 memorials and museums. Recently, her son asked her how a person so happy at home could be so obsessed at work with violence and trauma. She realized that war fascinates her not because of its destructive power but because of the creative potential it reveals in the mind’s response.

This ability to think, create, and innovate—even in the worst of times—defines us as human beings. Dr. Miller hopes that the University Honors Program will guide students in following the wise advice of Horace: "Sapere Aude" or "Dare to Know."

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Honors Program Coordinator

Andreas (Andy) Leidolf

Andy joined the University Honors Program in April 2018 after having served as Assistant Director of iUTAH, a $24M interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research, training, education, and outreach project focused on water sustainability in the state of Utah and funded over five years by the National Science Foundation. Andy has been involved in scientific research, teaching, and administration for over 20 years, including as an Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. 

Andy received a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors (summa cum laude) in Forestry/ Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University. He pursued his graduate education at USU, earning a Master of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology in 1999.

In addition to his work with the Honors Program, Andy serves as Executive Director of the Society for Freshwater Science, and he is a 2018 Visiting Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Community Engagement Fellowship Program.

Amanda Adison

University Honors Program Advisor

Amanda Adison

Amanda joined the University Honors Program in October 2019. She grew up in Cache Valley and graduated from Utah State University in 2001, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Since graduation, Amanda has been employed at Utah State in the Independent Study and Distance Education Office and most recently in the CHaSS Advising Center. Prior to joining the USU Honors Program, Amanda has worked as an Academic Advisor in CHaSS Advising for the past ten years, advising students majoring in Journalism, History, History Teaching, and Religious Studies. She enjoys working with current and future Aggies! Aside from work, she loves traveling, baking, spending time with her family, and being a mom to her two year old son!

Justina Adams

Program Assistant

Justina Adams

Justina recently graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in Communication Studies and a minor in Multimedia Development. She was highly involved with the USUSA President's Cabinet, A-Team, and the Public Speaking course, and she pursued her interests in leadership and individual empowerment as a research assistant for Dr. Matt Sanders. Justina is passionate about developing and maintaining strong relationships with her family and friends, being active in her community, and continuing to the journey of life-long learning.

Lia at WimbledonHonors Peer Advisor

Natalia Sorensen

Lia is a junior, double majoring in accounting and finance. Lia has been involved in the volunteer tax preparation program and works in Honors House as a resident assistant. She grew up Argyle, Texas. Some of her hobbies include just about anything outdoors (hiking, rafting, and backpacking), watching movies, and hanging out with friends. She is excited to start getting more involved with research on campus. 


Honors Peer Advisor

Holly Palmer

Holly is a Junior in the College of Science majoring in composite mathematics and statistics with a minor in management information systems. She plans to graduate from USU with honors in Spring of 2020, then pursue a masters degree in data analytics. With her future career, Holly hopes to help businesses and research projects know how to interpret their data. Past research projects include analyzing touch sensing in smart phones, mapping adventure books to discover patterns of choice, and organizing data gathered on the well-being of citizens of Utah.

When not involved on campus, she has worked at a girls’ summer camp, served a religious mission in Carlsbad, CA, and worked with her home state of Idaho’s high school NASA program. She also loves the ocean, the color yellow, and spending time with her friends and family.

MirandaHonors Writing Tutor

Miranda Cundick

Miranda Cundick is a sophomore majoring in English and minoring in the Classics. She has written several manuscripts and tutored in various capacities over the past few years, and she is excited to share her love of writing with her fellow Honors students. In her spare time, Miranda enjoys working on her novel, running in the mountains, and keeping up with politics.

Bryce FredericksonHonors Math Tutor

Bryce Frederickson

Bryce is a senior and Goldwater Scholar majoring in mathematics, with a minor in computer science. He was born and raised in Orem, Utah, where he attended Timpanogos High School and worked as a tutor at the Utah Valley University math lab. After his first year at Utah State, he served a religious mission in Querétaro, Mexico. He has participated in math research at Utah State and Boise State University in the areas of algebraic graph theory and combinatorics and has loved every minute of it. He plans to go on to get a Ph.D. in mathematics and later become a professor. Besides math, his hobbies include hiking, running, playing the guitar, doing puzzles, and watching professional basketball - but mostly math.

Honors Office Assistants

Trinda headshotTrinda Hyde

 Trinda is a Mechanical Engineering major somewhere between her Sophomore and Junior years   on campus. She loves calculus, but wishes it were possible to ban arithmetic. A total nerd, she   enjoys Math, Physics, Theatre, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, sewing, puzzles of all sorts,   music, and movie quotes. On the Saturdays she manages to escape homework, you'll likely find   her hiking, camping, reading, or being overly competitive at a game night. 


corrine jensen portraitCorrine Jensen

Corrine is a Mechanical Engineering major in her first year at Utah State. She has a passion for painting, mathematics, writing, and the arts. Fascinated by the makings of the world, Corrine can recreate most anything—her friends call her a "Regular Macgyver." Between camping and hiking, Corrine can often be found in the mountains throughout her summers.  


maddie mcarthur portraitMaddie McArthur

Maddie is a first-year Honors student majoring in Nursing. She was born in Logan while her parents were attending USU, but was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maddie plans to work as a registered nurse after graduating from USU, then further her career in a Nurse Anesthetist program. She hopes to work in a hospital setting in a NICU or emergency room.
Maddie loves the outdoors, and was excited to move somewhere that has four distinct seasons. She loves camping and hanging out with her friends and family. Maddie is excited to be at USU and for all that university life has to offer.