Honors College students meet research head on

A photo of 2023 Cherng Summer Scholars. Willow Amman, Luke Annin, Margaret Beecher, Anvitha Boosani, Lorenzo Ceccon, Camryn Habben, Haley Hultz, James Long, Ashley Monks, Faith Quist, Audrey Shively, Lara Stefani, Rachel Weber and Michelle Woolridge
2023 Cherng Summer Scholars. (Front row, left to right) Camryn Habben, Ashley Monks, Haley Hultz, Lara Stefani; (second row) Margaret Beecher, Faith Quist, Rachel Weber; (third row) Anvitha Boosani, Michelle Woolridge, Willow Amann; (top row): Luke Annin, Lorenzo Ceccon, James Long, Audrey Shively

Since 1958, the MU Honors College has provided world-class learning and research opportunities to generations of remarkable Tigers. There are now more ways than ever for Honors College students to get involved and create solutions that change the world. 

The Cherng Summer Scholars program concluded last month and featured the largest cohort in MU history. Cherng Summer Scholars explored potential cancer treatments, international migration and human behavior, along with many other ambitious projects. The program provides mentorship as well as research funding and is supported by a gift from Andrew and Peggy Cherng and the Panda Charitable Foundation.

As we begin the fall semester, the college is welcoming more than 950 students – 100 more than last year. Among the incoming class are eight participating in Stamps Scholars, Mizzou’s premiere scholarship program. These incredible students receive a four-year scholarship, a significant enrichment fund, as well as mentorship to achieve their research goals. We’ve partnered with the national Stamps Scholars Program since 2016 to bring some of the country’s best students to Mizzou, and we’re eager to see what this new group will accomplish.

Throughout the Honors College, we’ve also made transformative investments in student success and undergraduate research. For example, in the last year we hired seven additional advisors, brought in additional faculty members and developed a new interdisciplinary Social Science sequence. We are growing the Honors College to even better prepare students to address society’s biggest challenges. 

Our world-class students are driven to make a difference. The Honors College gives Tigers the tools and support they need to create discoveries with impact.

— Mun