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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.

University Honors Program Advisor

Lisa Hunsaker

Lisa joined the University Honors Program in August 2017. A native of North Ogden, Utah, Lisa is a True Aggie and a proud Utah State University graduate. She majored in Business Information Technology and Education. After spending six years in Kentucky and traveling the east coast at every opportunity, she was excited to return to Utah State in the summer of 2012.

Professionally, Lisa has held various sales and marketing roles and also taught high school and post-secondary business courses. Prior to joining the USU Honors Program, she was an undergraduate advisor in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and also thoroughly enjoyed motivating and inspiring local students as part of Cache County School District's SEM (gifted and talented) program. 

When she is not cheering on the Aggie athletic teams or cruising the valley in her gecko-green Jeep, Lisa loves paddle-boarding at Bear Lake and is a frequent visitor of the Disney parks. Lisa is also active in her community, where she has served as an advisor for the Providence City Youth Council and as a chairperson for the local youth football league. 

Chelsey Gensel

Staff Assistant

Chelsey Gensel

Chelsey is a Logan native and lifelong Aggie who has lived in rural Pennsylvania, New York City, and out of a backpack in 24 different countries. During her travel adventures, she volunteered teaching English in Poland and Hungary and worked in a hostel in Kosovo. Prior to that, she attended USU, graduating in Liberal Arts with a minor in journalism. She is now studying Psychology as she contemplates graduate school. Chelsey enjoys spending time with her partner and two family dogs, Henley and Melman. Other favorite pastimes include listening to live music, watching netflix documentaries, and reading the latest John Green book.


Honors Peer Advisor

Jessica Christensen

Jessica is a senior in the department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences, majoring in Animal and Dairy Science and minoring in Asian Studies. Shortly after graduating from Logan High School, Jessica served a religious mission to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Spending time in the rural rice paddies rekindled her love for agriculture and rural lifestyles. She is currently conducting undergraduate research and writing her honors capstone project on dairy automatic milking systems.

She will graduate with honors from USU in Fall 2018, and after graduation, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. at USU in ruminant nutrition. When she’s not doing schoolwork or research, she enjoys reading a good book, going on adventures with her family, riding horses, and playing with her dog, Tiberius. 


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.

HollyHonors Writing Tutor

Cassidy Gummersall

Cassidy is a senior in communication studies with minors in English, sociology, and family and human development. As a writing tutor, she enjoys learning about a wide range of subjects and interacting with peers. Outside of school and work, she enjoys traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, hiking, and watching the Utah Jazz. She is currently excited to be learning more about research as she works on her Honors capstone project.


Bryce FredericksonHonors Math Tutor

 Bryce Frederickson

Bryce is a junior 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 Jensen 

Trinda is a mechanical engineering major in her second semester on campus. She has recently returned from a religious mission in Nashville, Tennessee, and is originally from South Jordan, Utah. She loves books, movies, music, and the color blue.

Holly Zion Steiner

 Zion is a second-year honors student majoring in computer science and economics with a minor in statistics. He hopes to someday be employed as a data scientist, working to research and promote environmentally sustainable business practices. Originally from West Jordan, Utah, he loves to hike and can usually be found somewhere in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyons during the summers.

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