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Honors Peer Advisors

Peer advisors for the University Honors Program meet with inquiring students to help them understand the Honors Program, assist current students with planning their paths through the Honors Program, and participate in recruiting activities for the Honors Program.


undefinedKandice Olson 

Kandice began work in the University Honors Program office in August 2016 as a student and as the Honors Student Council President. In May 2017, she graduated with honors in psychology. While pursuing her bachelor's degree, Kandice was part of a psychology placement program in Sri Lanka, which allowed her to teach English within the general community and work with the special-needs population at a mental health institution. Kandice began graduate work in USU's school psychology program in August 2017. She likes spending her free time outdoors with her family and friends, and her favorite activities include mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding. 

Jessica C pictureJessica 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 an LDS 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 Student Advisory Board

The students serving on the University Honors Program's Student Advisory Board are selected by the program to serve as leaders in the honors community and advisors to the director about the program as a whole. The board is comprised of eight outstanding honors students (one from each college) and meets with the Honors Program director monthly to offer input on specific policies, courses, admissions, and initiatives. These students have also all agreed to answer questions from prospective or current honors students; please feel free to send them a message!

undefinedJaydon Carling
Caine College of the Arts

Jaydon is a junior majoring in Theatre Design and Technology with an emphasis in lighting design. He has also completed a minor in Computer Science and plans on using the skills from both disciplines to create more affordable theatre products for community and educational theatre markets. 


McKenna picMcKenna Walters
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

McKenna is working toward a degree with a dual-emphasis in Bioveterinary Sciences and Biotechnology, with a minor in Animal and Dairy Sciences. She currently volunteers in a research lab studying reproductive physiology in mice. She loves spending time on her family's cattle ranch; agriculture is her passion, and she's proud to be an Aggie!

Tess A picture Tess Armbrust
College of Engineering

Tess is a senior majoring in Biological Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. She works in Dr. Benninghoff's research lab studying the effect of various dietary interventions in a mouse model of inflammation-associated colon cancer. She is currently working on developing a spider-silk-coated catheter with her engineering senior design team.

MorganMorgan Sanford
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Morgan is a senior studying English and Spanish Teaching. She is an Undergraduate Research Fellow and is currently researching the role of letters in Thomas Hardy's novels. She loves to read, but in her spare time, Morgan also loves watching movies, writing music, and running. 


Fiona Van Leeuwen

College of Science 

Fiona is double-majoring in Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering. Her current research is in a material science lab working with optics. She is also an Undergraduate Research Fellow Ambassador and a member of the Aggie Marching Band. She is excited to make a difference in her Honors Aggie community this year.  


Julia P Picture Juliana Plucinik
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services 

Juliana is a nontraditional student entering her junior year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Organizational Communication. She is passionate about traveling, research, and participating in community events. Currently, Juliana is working in Dr. Karl White's National Center of Hearing Assessment and Management department and the Sound Beginnings program. She also volunteers in Dr. Travis Dorsch's Family in Sports Lab and Dr. Renee Galliher's Psychological Statistics tutoring program. She loves her decision to attend Utah State University!

Jackie Sullivan
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business 

Jackie is a senior studying Economics with minors in Statistics and Chemistry. She is currently doing research on affirmative-action policies and ethical development in students, and she plans to attend graduate school after graduation from USU with honors.   


Rylee Jensen picRylee Jensen
S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources 

Rylee is a junior majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Management, with a minor in Biology. She is currently working on getting her research on killer whale behavior published and is involved with Dr. MacNulty's Animal Ecology Lab, where she is looking at aspen growth trends in Yellowstone National Park. She also works in the Fish Ecology Lab and in the Writing Center as a tutor. She loves all that USU has to offer!