Part of the benefits of being in the Honors College are the special events during the semester. These events range from fun, relationship building dinner and outings to serving the community as a whole.


High School Honors Dinner Registration Link:

HSAC Cultural Outing to the Houston Symphony on Saturday, April 21. Tickets for the event, meal, and transportation are $20. Registration link:


Featured Events

Medallion Ceremony

The Bowers Medallion Ceremony and Reception is held in the LSC Ballroom at the end of every semester to celebrate the graduation of honors students. This semester the ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11 am.

Graduates will need to register by May 2, 2018 by following this link:

Student plus 4 guests are complimentary, each additional guest will require a $20 fee.

Honors College Open House

The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College Open House is a campus event that provides prospective students and their parents the opportunity to learn more about Honors education at Sam Houston State University.  Presentations and informal conversations with Honors faculty, academic advisors, and Honors College Student Ambassadors will include information on the following topics:

Applying to the Honors College

Academic Scholarships

The Honors Seminars

Honors Student Life

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Co-Curricular Honors Experiences

Honors Residence Life Opportunities

The Honors College Open House is scheduled during Saturdays at SAM, the SHSU college preview day:

  • Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11:00 am, Olson Auditorium, AB4

Reservations are encouraged. 

Please RSVP at:

For additional information, contact the Honors College at or 936-294-1477. For Saturdays at SAM information, view the website

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 28, 2018

CHSS Building

The URS was conceived of and is hosted by the Honors College Student Ambassadors, who believe in the importance of sharing undergraduate research in a multi-disciplinary environment. It was created to:

  • Provide a forum for students to present their research to faculty and other students
  • Give students the opportunity to practice public speaking to prepare for future conferences
  • Give students the chance to network with other students and faculty
  • Help students grow as emerging professionals in their fields of study

To achieve these ends, the URS is a congenial, positive, professional environment, and faculty volunteers serve as moderators to provide informal yet constructive feedback to everyone who presents.


Interested in presenting or attending the 2017 URS? Visit the official website HERE.

ProfSPEAK 2017-2018

In a continued effort to promote undergraduate research, the Honors College is hosting a new series of informal lectures called ProfSPEAK. Each month, a different faculty member will share some aspect of his or her research with interested undergraduates from any discipline. All students, faculty, and staff are also welcome. Here is the line-up for this academic year:

Spring 2018

Wednesday, February 21 Piney Woods Auditorium 3:00 pm

Dr. Luis Garcia (Mathematics)

Modern Algebra Techniques in Theoretical Neuroscience

The brain is tasked with many important functions, but one of the least understood is how it builds an understanding of the world. Stimuli in one’s environment are not experienced in isolation, but in relation to other stimuli. How does the brain represent this organization?

A place cell is a neuron that codes a distinct region in an animal’s environment called a place field. That is, if the animal is in a place field, the associated place cell fires; otherwise it is silent. Such neurons are believed to be an essential part of the navigation system and spatial memory. The firing activity of a group of neurons over time results in a set of co-firing patterns, which can be stored using binary vectors, or codewords. A set of codewords on a given set of neurons is called a neural code. Rephrasing the original question in the previous paragraph we can ask: What can be inferred about the underlying stimulus space from neural activity alone?

Given a particular neural code C presumed to come from place cells, can we find a set of convex subsets in the plane which would, as place fields, exhibit C as its associated code? This question has been investigated via algebraic, combinatorial and topological approaches. In this talk, we present a summary of recent advances in this area focusing on the algebraic methods.

Wednesday, March 21 Piney Woods Auditorium 3:00 pm

Dr. Justin Allen (Psychology)

Social Power and Influence: How Trivial Factors Play a Non-Trivial Role

Social power and influence play a considerable role in group decision making. Useful information presented by competent and qualified professionals may be disregarded or viewed as trivial if the individual presenting the information holds little social power or lacks persuasive skills. This is particularly true in cross-disciplinary work where estimating another professional’s level of competence is difficult due to a lack of familiarity with a colleague’s area of expertise. This presentation will provide a broad overview of the factors shown to influence social power and persuasion within group decision-making contexts, as well as current research investigating the role that relative age (i.e. consultant to consultee) plays in psychoeducational consultation outcomes. 

Wednesday, April 18 Piney Woods Auditorium 3:00 pm

 Dr. Ouadie Akaaboune (Accounting)

Do Strategic Cost Policies Lead to More Sustainable Communities?Evidence from County Governments

We contribute to social responsibility research by expanding its scope to include government-level actors and their stakeholders – citizens. We use county-level strategic cost management to investigate the public sector’s role in maximizing citizens’ value through sustainable development (sustainability) efforts. Evidence suggests information gathered through national-level inquiries is a relatively poor indicator of public or private sustainability efforts, and that investigations of sustainability at the local public sector-level may be more informative than that collected at the national level. Accordingly, we assess the link between strategic cost management and citizen-stakeholder value via panel analysis of the 66 counties in the state of Florida between 2005 and 2014. Contrasting prior literature, our results indicate a strategic cost management strategy that increases total aggregate county spending results in a reduction of emission levels. Further, when total spending is held constant while simultaneously allocating resources to social-public spending county emission levels are reduced.


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