PC Honors students to present capstone projects at symposium

The Peninsula College Honors Program will host its annual symposium for the presentation of capstone projects from 10 a.m.-noon on Monday, May 22, in Keegan Hall, room M125, at the school, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

Students will present their original capstone research at the event.

Members of the 2023 Peninsula College Honors Cohort said they hope that their work inspires future students to believe in their own passions and curiosity.

“Our projects were hard work, but none of us can imagine what our college experiences would have been like without them,” the cohort said in a statement addressing PC students.

“This program teaches you something you can’t get any other way, from any other class. It will challenge you, but you will persevere, and come out on the other side wanting to share your experience with others the way we want to share it with you.”

The Peninsula College Honors Program is a unique educational program for highly motivated students who seek to be engaged in an intensive learning process. A key component of the Honors Program is a culminating capstone project. Honors students work independently on their projects throughout the second year of the program, guided by faculty mentors.

Capstone projects may involve original research, service learning, artistic expressions, international experiences, or some combination.

The symposium is an opportunity for students to share their scholarship with the broader community. It is also an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing Honors at Peninsula College to learn about the kinds of capstone projects being completed, and to talk with students finishing their honors degree.

2023 Honors students and projects include:

• Amanda McKoin, “Patterns of Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) activity in Olympic National Park”

• John Considine, “Study Tips for Students with ADHD”

• Joycelin Grier, “Definition: Feminist”

• Courtney Smith, “Ecology of Dance”

• Gloria Spry, “Homelessness: An Intersectional Approach around the Olympic Peninsula”

For more information, contact Kelly Doran at kdoran@pencol.edu or 253-209-9029.