In just three months Founding Dean of the Honors College Larry Berman has implemented some new additions to the Honors College program.
One of the most beneficial opportunities for Honors College students is Berman’s plan to initiate an intern track in Washington D.C. next year. Berman has reached out to contacts at the University of California Washington Center and is looking forward to placing honors students in internships as early as summer 2013.
“I have been to Washington and I have met with the people at the UC Washington program----we are right now beginning to plan the honors college program for the summer 2013,” Berman said.
Berman says that interested honors students can have the opportunity to work in D.C. for a summer, and, in the future, some might work there longer.
“We’ll send our first group of students to Washington for the entire summer and we’ll also start looking into a program for the academic year—but the summer program is definitely on its way,” Berman said.
And while a working track in Washington D.C. would allow students to gain invaluable experience off campus, Dean Berman is also bringing some in-house opportunities for honors students to learn new ways to get ahead.
Among those opportunities included are the Dean’s Speaker Colloquium, started Apr. 5 with a theme based on how to effect social change and become involved in the community, and a new research journal featuring students’ submissions that is scheduled to be distributed in print this summer.
Beefing up research opportunities for the Honors College doesn’t end there. In fact, this upcoming weekend Berman will be headed to Old Dominion University with some of Georgia State’s Honors College best.
“Next weekend I’m taking eight of our best undergraduates who presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference, to the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference at Old Dominion University,” Berman said. “All of the schools are sending their best researchers and I’ll be there with our students.” Georgia State is slated to host this world event next year.
Berman also says that the Honors College has been busy building local business. “We’ve been hiring a lot of people. We are in the midst of hiring and associate dean; we now have a librarian who is dedicated to our students, a brand new academic advisor and a developmental officer which is really exciting,” Berman said.
Berman has made it clear that he means business about preparing the Honors College to make big strides in the near future. Additional elements to the college soon to be revealed will also include an exclusive Incept for honors students in the fall and a honors convocation ceremony.
Berman continues to urge the Honors College to provide more opportunities for their students and says news of the biggest move is just around the corner.
“The big thing that we’re still waiting for and we’ll know some time in the next month or two is where our new home is going to be—we’re just waiting to find out.”