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Cathedral of Learning in sunlight
February 27, 2024

Forbes: A College Double Major Could Be A Ticket To Career Security

Frederick Honors College senior Michael Sobol discusses the benefits he sees to completing a double major in pursuit of his career goals.

Cathedral of Learning at night with snow
February 23, 2024

Pittwire: 2 Pitt undergrads completed Pittsburgh Media Partnership internships

James Paul, a Frederick Honors College junior majoring in writing and law, criminal justice and society worked 10-15 hours each week to produce content for Pittsburgh Media Partnership members.

Dean G. Alec Stewart in the honors college's dean's suite.
February 22, 2024

FHC BOV chair honors founding dean through generous gift

Nearly two years after the naming of the David C. Frederick Honors College, the vision created and fostered by founding Dean G. Alec Stewart, PhD continues to thrive as the college grows, shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.  

Podcaster Ian Kehinde sitting in the recording studio.
February 22, 2024

Pittwire: This Pitt junior’s podcast is transforming communities through conversation

Ian Kehinde's "Let's Talk Social Innovation" podcast is sponsored by CRSP and the Frederick Honors College’s Office of Social Innovation, where it’s part of the ChangeMakers Media Lab.

Alex-Jaden Peart in front of ancient building structure.
February 20, 2024

Pittwire: Senior Alex-Jaden Peart earned a 2024-25 Lionel Pearson Fellowship

Alex-Jaden Peart, a Frederick Honors College Bachelor of Philosophy candidate in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Classics, is a recipient of a 2024-25 Lionel Pearson Fellowship, which will fund a year of his graduate studies at an English or Scottish university.

Zachary Miller shaking hands with Mary Crossley.
February 19, 2024

Pittwire: Junior Zachary Miller won the 2024 Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award

Frederick Honors College junior Zachary Miller is the recipient of the 2024 Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award, an annual prize is granted to a student from any Pitt campus whose service has made a difference in the lives of adults and children with disabilities.

Plaque outside of the Dean's Suite of the David C. Frederick Honors College with stained glass windows and plants.
February 19, 2024

The Pitt News: Honors College hosts Changemakers in Art panels for Black History Month

The Frederick Honors College hosted their three-part Changemakers in Art series last Thursday and Friday, with events in the Center for Creativity’s Understory in the Cathedral of Learning, the William Pitt Union and Hillman Library.

Fulbrighter Megan Liu teaching in Taiwan.
February 13, 2024

Pittwire: Pitt has been named a 2023–24 Fulbright Top Producer

Since the 2013–14 cycle, Pitt has earned this prestigious accolade nine times and has produced 114 Fulbrighters.

Alivia Pierce, 2023 Brackenridge Fellow
February 5, 2024

The Pitt News: Runner-Up | Excerpt from ‘CAN I KICK IT?: Discussing The Vietnam War,’ First Edition

Alivia Pierce is an art history major who participated in the Frederick Honors College's summer Brackenridge Fellowship, and an excerpt of her research was featured in The Pitt News.

Ron Idoko, Director of Social Innovation in Honors Education
January 24, 2024

Pittwire: Here’s who won the University’s annual social justice awards

Two Frederick Honors College members, Ron Idoko, director of social innovation in honors education, and senior Aarushi Pant, who is a SAFE peer educator, were honored with the Creating a Just Community Award and University Prize for Strategic, Inclusive and Diverse Excellence (UPSIDE) Award, respectively.

Image of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA
January 23, 2024

The Pitt News: Pitt first year Imaan Saeed wins Carnegie Museum inclusive art competition

The first-year Frederick Honors College student majoring in molecular biology and studio arts major won a prize at the “Envisioning a Just Pittsburgh” competition, the Carnegie Museum’s call for diverse art that “encouraged artists throughout southwestern Pennsylvania to share their visions for a just and equitable Pittsburgh.”

Maya Jones' Versailles court gown featured in Hillman Library
January 3, 2024

KDKA News: University of Pittsburgh student recreates Marie Antoinette-inspired dress

Jones was awarded a Creative Arts Fellowship grant of $4,000 from the Fredrick Honors College during her sophomore year; this grant went to help her both research and create this dress.

Maya Jones with Versailles court gown she created for her Creative Arts Fellowship project.
January 2, 2024

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Color me Marie Antoinette: Pitt student recreates dress from French Court

Creative Arts Fellowship recipient Maya Jones' 18th-century French gown is currently on display in Hillman Library.

Snow on Pittsburgh campus by Heinz Memorial Chapel
December 15, 2023

Pittwire: Sophomore Kaden Kashner was short-listed for the 2023 Harvey Chute Book Awards

The Frederick Honors College sophomore's book, “The ChatGPT Business Playbook: AI-Driven Strategies and Formulas for Business Success,” was among 17 business and enterprise nonfiction publications recognized as outstanding works of emerging talent.

Stephany Andrade (left) and Kayla Brockington (right)
December 12, 2023

Pittwire: 15 Pitt students were named 2023 Gilman Scholars

Two of the winners—Stephany Andrade and Kayla Brockington—are sophomores in the Frederick Honors College.

Composite of two photos of 2023-24 Iris Marion Young Award recipients, Jolie Haertter above and Devineni below.
December 6, 2023

Two Frederick Honors College students named 2023–24 Iris Marion Young Awardees

Neha Devineni and Jolie Haertter were honored on November 30, 2023 as recipients of this year's Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement, which is awarded annually to students who work to promote justice in the University, at the local or national level, or globally. Devineni is majoring in biology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, and Haertter is majoring in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies and psychology.

Sherry Zalika Sykes, diplomat in residence
December 1, 2023

The Tribune-Democrat: U.S. diplomat on African affairs shares insights with UPJ students, community

Frederick Honors College's Diplomat in Residence Sherry Zalika Sykes visited the University of Pittsburgh's Johnstown campus to encourage others to follow in her footsteps and pursue careers in foreign affairs and diplomacy.

Damon Young, FHC writer in residence
November 29, 2023

The Pitt News: Inaugural Experts-in-Residence Program brings Damon Young to campus

Damon Young, this year’s writer in residence at the University of Pittsburgh, believes literacy skills are important to have in today’s society.

Joseph Landsittel, 2023 Rhodes Finalist
November 27, 2023

FHC alumnus Joseph Landsittel named Rhodes finalist

Joseph Landsittel (A&S, FHC ’22) of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, believes that mathematical modeling can be used to make predictions to understand our world better and improve people’s lives through that understanding. While still an undergraduate at Pitt, Landsittel completed the David C. Frederick Honor’s College’s prestigious Bachelor of Philosophy degree in applied mathematics, physics and astronomy, won two university-level prizes—the Thomas-Lain Prize in Physics and Astronomy and the M.M.

Liam Horan (left), Jake Lorenz (middle), and Sophia Shapiro (right) each standing in front of the White House.
November 15, 2023

Pittwire: These Pitt students brought their passion for public service to the White House

Three Frederick Honors College students, Liam Horan, Jake Lorenz, and Sophia Shapiro, participated in summer internships at the White House, where they received hands-on experience in public service.

Adi Mittal at the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition, photo courtesy of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
November 7, 2023

Pittwire: Adi Mittal won first place at the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition

Alumnus Adi Mittal (A&S, FHC '20) won first place in the graduate student category at the 2023 Collegiate Inventors Competition for the development of a test to detect a brain aneurysm.

Frederick Honors College students at the NAAAHP conference in Baton Rouge, LA.
November 6, 2023

FHC students attend National Association of African-American Honors Programs conference

Last week, five Frederick Honors College students had the opportunity to participate in the 32nd annual National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP) conference in Baton Rouge, LA hosted by Southern University.

The conference is an opportunity for students around the country to gather for networking, academic competitions, scholarly research presentations, and educational & professional enrichment opportunities.

Left to right: Sherry Zalika Sykes, Damon Young, and Morgan Overton, the inaugural Frederick Honors College Experts in Residence
October 26, 2023

Pittwire: A new Frederick Honors program brings national experts to Pitt

In August 2023, Nicola Foote, dean of Pitt’s David C. Frederick Honors College, announced the launch of the Experts-in-Residence Program, a partnership between the college and three distinguished leaders in their fields.

Ron Idoko, Director of Social Innovation in Honors Education
October 25, 2023

Pittsburgh Panthers News: Ron Idoko Receives 2023 ACC UNITE Award

Ron Idoko, Director of Social Innovation in Honors Education, has once again been recognized for his outstanding work in the fields of racial and social justice, this time earning the 2023 ACC UNITE Award.

Maria Anto, winner of a 2023-25 Erasmus Mundus award.
October 17, 2023

Pittwire: A Pitt alumna is the only US citizen to win an Erasmus Mundus award

Maria Anto, a David C. Fredrick Public Service Internship Award recipient, is Pitt's second-ever winner of an Erasmus Mundus award.

Sherry Zalika Sykes, diplomat in residence
October 6, 2023

University Times: Diplomat takes up residence at Pitt to promote State Department

Sherry Zalika Sykes will hold extensive programming within the Honors College while partnering with other areas of the University, including GSPIA, the Institute for Politics, UCIS and the Global Experiences Office.

Alison Linares Mendoza stands in front of aircraft
October 4, 2023

Pittwire: Undergraduate Alison Linares Mendoza received a Young Eagles engineering internship

This Frederick Honors College senior spent her summer participating in the Young Eagles Internship Program, which identifies and engages promising future leaders of the general aviation sector.

Sherry Zalika Sykes, diplomat in residence
September 29, 2023

The Pitt News: New Diplomat in Residence aims to ‘inform and inspire’

Meet Sherry Zalika Sykes, Pitt's first Diplomat in Residence, who is housed out of the Frederick Honors College and serves the Allegheny region.

Promotional screen for "Pivot" short film
September 27, 2023

Pittwire: Pitt alumna Aditi Sridhar premiered a short film at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival

Aditi Sridhar, a recent Frederick Honors College graduate, debuted her short film “Pivot” at the 14th annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival on September 21.

Maya Jones with Versailles court gown she created for her Creative Arts Fellowship project.
September 21, 2023

FHC Creative Arts Fellowship student creates 18th-century Versailles court gown

Maya Jones, a junior in the Frederick Honors College majoring in history and theater arts, participated in this summer's Creative Arts Fellowship through which she created an 18th-century Versailles court gown.

Jones became interested in historical fashion during the pandemic and wanted to make a dress in the style of the French court. She entered college looking for an opportunity for the funding and extensive time to research and create such a gown. Of her creative process, Jones stated:

Isabella Hsia presents findings from the SHURE-Grid program to fellow students and researchers
September 14, 2023

Technically Media: What this Pitt engineering student learned from a summer spent analyzing the power grid

Frederick Honors College sophomore Isabella Hsia gained a new understanding of how the energy and cybersecurity fields overlap through the interdisciplinary SHURE-Grid program.

Person walking in front of Frick Fine Arts fountain
August 29, 2023

Pittwire: 2 Pitt students earned Voyager Scholarships

Erin Lancaster and Anjolaoluwa Oludayo are both juniors in the David C. Frederick Honors College, and their wins solidify Pitt’s status as a top producer of Voyager Scholars among public universities for the second year running.

Students who participated in the SHURE-Grid program stand on the stairs of the David C. Frederick Honors College
August 17, 2023

Pittwire: In this program, Pitt students are working to protect the electric power grid

Through the Frederick Honors College Office of Research, students were invited to participate in a pilot interdisciplinary program supported by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

Four Frederick Honors student ambassadors showing off Pitt pride at recruitment event
August 1, 2023

FHC Ambassador Applications Open

The Frederick Honors College wants you to become an FHC Student Ambassador! FHC Ambassadors offer invaluable assistance to our staff during student recruitment events throughout the academic year. FHC Ambassadors receive Honors OCC credit, FHC swag, and more! Interested students should apply by September 5, 2023.

From left: Gabby Yearwood, managing faculty director of Pitt's Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice; Nicola Foote, dean of the Frederick Honors College; and Justin Hansford, Howard University law professor and member of the United Nations' Permanent Forum on People of African Descent.
June 8, 2023

Pittwire: Frederick Honors College representatives presented at UN side event

Dean Nicola Foote gave a keynote on the school’s and Pitt’s commitment to supporting transformative social change and the Declaration on the Rights of People of African Descent.

Split photo of two students, Kaylee Huber (left) and Ethan Crosby (right).
June 6, 2023

Pittwire: Frederick Honors College supports 35 students through Brackenridge Fellowship

Among this year’s 35 Brackenridge recipients are two students—Kaylee Huber and Ethan Crosby—from Pitt-Greensburg’s honors program, the first time a cohort has included students from a regional campus.

Headshot of Michael Meyer
June 2, 2023

Pittwire: FHC's Michael Meyer becomes first Pitt Berlin Prize recipient

Professor Michael Meyer, an electus faculty fellow in the Frederick Honors College, will receive support and resources from the The American Academy in Berlin as he works on his book “Taiwan Rising: Biography of a Modern Nation."

Headshot of Ryan Steinly by Aimee Obidzinski
May 24, 2023

Pittwire: Ones to Watch - Ryan Steinly

A Frederick Honors College student fluent in language and justice.

View of the Cathedral of Learning through blooming spring trees.
May 16, 2023

Pittwire: 15 Pitt students were named Gilman scholars

Among the recipients are two Frederick Honors College students: Kira Klein and Stacey Ngo.

Student walking through the Common Room of Pitt's Cathedral of Learning
May 8, 2023

Pittwire: 10 Pitt students are 2023-24 Fulbright winners

“The Fulbright is one of the most competitive awards available and it is truly outstanding that so many of our students this year have been selected as Fulbrighters,” said Nicola Foote, dean of the Frederick Honors College.

Headshot of scholar mentor Josh Cannon on the 36th floor of the Cathedral
May 2, 2023

Pittwire: 4 Pitt students earned Boren Awards to study language abroad

Joshua Cannon, a scholar-mentor in the David C. Fredrick Honors College, is passionate about helping students with scholarship and fellowship applications — especially when they’re Marines like him.

Raja Krishnaswamy pointing to David C. Frederick sign on 35th floor of the Cathedral of Learning.
April 28, 2023

Meet RJ Krishnaswamy, one of Pitt's youngest graduates of the Class of 2023

Frederick Honors student, RJ Krishnaswamy, will graduate on Sunday at age 16 with his bachelor of science degree in computer science and move on for a master's degree next year as part of Pitt's 4+1 program.

Headshot of Anna Li, Pitt's first Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship recipient
April 25, 2023

Anna Li is Pitt’s first-ever recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Lesha Greene, director of national scholarships and post-graduation success in the David C. Frederick Honors College, assisted Li with her application essay for the fellowship. Greene, who is also an immigrant from the Caribbean islands Saint Kitts and Nevis, said she’s proud of Li for receiving the honor.

Headshot of John Martinson
April 24, 2023

Leading Honors College Philanthropist Chooses Pitt for $2 Million Gift

John H. Martinson knows a great honors college when he sees one. This year, Martinson added the University of Pittsburgh to his list.

Headshot of Grace Fleury, 2023 Goldwater scholar
April 13, 2023

FHC junior Grace Fleury named Goldwater scholar

Fleury is the University's 64th winner of the award, which is the most prestigious scholarship aimed at STEM students.

Hand point to map
March 22, 2023

Pittwire: 4 Pitt students were named 2023 Critical Language Scholars

Among this year's Pitt winners is Hiba Siddiqui, a junior in the Frederick Honors College and Dietrich School majoring in psychology, who will study Urdu in India.

Professor Michael Meyer (left) and Dean Nicola Foote (right) at 2023 Faculty Honors Convocation.
March 17, 2023

FHC Electus Faculty Fellow earns 2023 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Michael Meyer was honored with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at this year’s Faculty Honors Convocation by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in recognition of his dedication to his students and his craft.

Vidya Surti
March 6, 2023

Frederick Honors College student Vidya Surti elected to Allegheny Regional Asset District citizen advisory board

As a member of the board, Surti, a third-year FHC student majoring in English and anthropology in Pitt’s Kenneth P Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, will comment on policies and procedures in RAD’s operations and grantmaking process.

Selam Mekbeb-Gillett (left) and Ron Idoko (right) show poster boards featuring their accomplishments at A Night of Celebration: Honoring Local Heroes of Black Resistance
February 20, 2023

Pittwire: Meet 6 local heroes of Black resistance

FHC's Associate Director for Honors Education in Social Innovation, Ron Idoko, and FHC undergraduate and Dean's Award recipient, Selam Mekbeb-Gillett, to be honored as local champions for equality, inclusion and anti-racism initiatives.

Wide view of Pittsburgh campus with Cathedral of Learning.
February 10, 2023

Pittwire: Pitt named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students for 2022-23

FHC’s Office of National Scholarships leads the way in preparing Pitt students and alumni for their applications to study, teach English, and conduct research internationally as part of the Fulbright program.

Year of Emotional Well-Being Graphic
February 8, 2023

Two Frederick Honors College students receive funding for Year of Emotional Well-Being projects

FHC students Michelle Khattri and Marrissa Muchnock received funding for their respective projects, the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh Youth Arts Program and Stay Ready Medical Education.

Students walking outside of Cathedral of Learning.
February 6, 2023

Emergency and Travel Funds Available

The Frederick Honors College offers financial aid through the Dean's Emergency Fund and the Frederick Honors College Travel Fund.

Lamp post with Pitt emblem banner.
January 30, 2023

6 Frederick Honors College students named Humanities Center undergraduate research fellows

Harmony Arungwa, Meghana Dodda, Matthew Hickey, Anna Kirwin, Alex-Jaden Peart, and Vidya Surti are members of the 2023-24 class.

Student reading poetry book.
January 20, 2023

FHC student Edha Gupta led a group now being honored by the King Center

When Pennsylvania’s Central York School District rescinded a diversity resource list, effectively keeping around 300 books from being taught in classrooms, the Panther Anti-Racist Union sprang into action. Led by Edha Gupta, now an undergraduate student in the David C. Frederick Honors College, the group’s actions and protests resulted in the school district reversing its decision.

Frederick Honors College student Vidya Surti
January 13, 2023

Frederick Honors College student Vidya Surti appointed to the board of directors of Radiant Hall

Vidya Surti, a third-year student FHC student, said she is passionate about disability inclusion, community impact and nonprofit leadership — values that align with the goals and mission of Radiant Hall.

Alex Firestine
December 1, 2022

Meet Pitt’s first Mitchell Scholar

The prestigious scholarship will support Frederick Honors College student Alex Firestine as he earns a master’s degree at the University of Galway.

Students grab food at a carbon-tracked buffet for the 2022 Sustainability Supper hosted by the ScholarCHEF scholar community.
October 24, 2022

Chancellor’s Scholars host dinner focused on sustainability

How often do you think about food sustainability? For the Chancellor’s Scholars who are involved with Scholar, Community, Honors, Ecosystems, Food (ScholarCHEF), this is a regular topic of conversation, concern and empowerment.

David Frederick and Sophie Lynn
October 19, 2022

Pitt Magazine: Honor Role

Alumnus David Frederick’s multimillion-dollar gift will benefit students and connect Pitt to the University of Oxford.

Grid of four headshots featuring Voyager Scholarship recipients from top left to bottom right: Yali Beit-Arie, Braydan Issermoyer, Kiera Ledermann and Sydney Wilhelmy.
October 18, 2022

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Four Pitt students among 100 winners of new Obama Foundation scholarship

Three Frederick Honors College students have received the new Obama Foundation Voyager Scholarship, making Pitt among the schools with the most students to receive the highly-selective scholarship.