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Honors Information

Updated May 27, 2021

Information for the 2022 ceremony can be found at augsburg.edu/commencement/honors-information/.


2020 Honors


2021 Honors


2020 Honors

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Latin Honors

The Latin honor was determined by the final cumulative GPA and required a minimum of 56 traditionally-graded credits at Augsburg.

Summa Cum Laude

GPA 3.9-4.00
Lidiya Ahmed Margaret Goshaw Sadie Paulsen
Lane Beneke Emma Gustafson Caryline Reiter
Djenana Bostan Kenneth Hamand Jaelin Rios
Megan Brownell Pachi Hang Kylie Rischer
Brett Buckingham Benjamin Henderson Amber Samonek
Thomas Carey Joseph Hentges Katelyn Stehr
Joetta Cooke Clara Higgins Allison Stein
Harrison Cooper Sonja Hohn Xueqing Su
Helen Derechin Kelton Holsen Marc Tietjen
Carolyn Devens Andy Hotchkiss Jacob Tyson
Katherine Dockter Lourdes Juarez Olvera Allison Uselman
Thuy Dong Anne Liners Tommy Webster
Eh Soe Dwe Bjorn Melin Shannon Wenzel
Hannah Dyson Sonja Mischke Sadie Werlein
Sophie Finnerty Kayla Murray Amber Wiebe
Ava Fojtik Christopher Nies Matthew Willenbring
Victor Gliva Jada Olson Sydnie Zachary

Magna Cum Laude

GPA 3.8-3.89
Umalkheyr Ali Rebecca Hoisington Cassandra Okell
Natalya Arevalo Heidi Holm Carden Olson
Hayley Arnold Lauren Holzem Brandon Perez
Karla Blanco Lopez Olivia House Jacob Pernsteiner
Kate Bystrom Nicholas Juve Preston Peterson
Emily Chapman Nick Keener Hibak Roble
Jasmira Colon John Kipper Rebecca Roider
Shannon Dale James Kunau Dylan Sherman
Dayton Danielson Zishuo Li John Sundberg
Gareth Davis Domenica Llerena Correa Robert Thames
Patrick Deng Kylee Lokken Stacy Theobald
David Flynn Hendrik Louters Jack Truax
Elmer Gutierrez Mimbrera Olivia Marcott Henry Tufford
Jocelyn Hendrickson Carissa Nielsen
Hollywood Hermanson Kiah Norby

Cum Laude

GPA 3.6-3.79
Shanelle Abeywardene Jared Johnson Walker Rogers
Sierra Armstrong Abby Jordan Samantha Rosemeier
Grant Berg Anne Juergens Laura Santiago Gomez
Kristina Bink Anesia King Sydney Saygbe
Samuel Boyer Rebekah Krussow Travis Schmidt
Rachel Brezinka Kong Meng Lee Jordan Schouweiler
Emily Cherne Pearl Lockwood Tyler Schultz
Julia Dapper Elena Luu Eleanor Schwartz
Benjamin Darwitz Erin Malkow Abdulkadir Sharif
John Dewitt Joseph Matteson Brian Sisterman
Kimberly Enriquez-Aragon Mackenzie Molnar Isaac Sonquist
Emma Erie Tatum Moore Ashley St. Aubin
Dylan Findlay Soyome Moya Talia Tanick
Bailey Garcia Pamela Mzezewa Donovan Tomony
Metti Gari Mariah Newell Andrew Tran
Nell Gehrke Teresa Nguyen Karla Valverde
Derek Glynn John O’Connor Bridget Wagner
Jasmine Gonzalez Gabrielle Olsen David Walker
Saul Gonzalez Rodriguez Courtney Olson Tanner Williams
Elizabeth Guiracocha Kristy Ornelas Aaron Wilson
Hunter Hansen Chantelle Palermo Ia Yang
Sarah Hanson Cole Paulson Samantha Youngdale
Daniel Hedstrom Amanda Pedersen Bulungu Zanzu
Kacie Hendrickson Madelyn Peterson

Honors Program

Honors program students completed an accelerated curriculum of advanced courses, participated in a series of co-curricular activities, achieved a minimum GPA of 3.3, and completed an extensive research requirement.

Noah Aleshire Kelton Holsen Sadie Paulsen
Grant Berg Andy Hotchkiss Amanda Pedersen
Djenana Bostan Olivia House Matthew Svestka
Emily Chapman John Kipper Laici Vue
Alyssa Crow Anne Liners Bridget Wagner
Nell Gehrke Sonja Mischke
Sarah Hanson Gabrielle Olsen

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors were awarded to students who met the advanced project requirements in research, performance, or writing of their major department.

  • Lidiya Ahmed – Departmental honors in Physics, project titled “Study of Similarities and Differences of Substorm and Non-Substorm Events From Repulse Bay Station in the Years 2015 and 2017: Superposed Epoch Analysis”
  • Natalya Arevalo – Departmental honors in Political Science, project titled “Governance and Policing: Immigration Federalism and the Rise of Crimmigration”
  • Jasmira Colon – Departmental honors in Social Work, project titled “Reforming Child Welfare: Reunification of Black Families”
  • Benjamin Darwitz – Departmental honors in Biology, senior thesis project titled “How the Innate Immune System May Help Treat Bacterial Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patients”
  • Helen Derechin – Departmental honors in Biology, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
  • Katherine Dockter – Departmental honors in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science; project titled “Physical Education and Physical Activity in College Students and Adults”
  • Eh Soe Dwe – Departmental honors in Psychology, project titled “Photovoice as Participatory Action Research: Exploring Resiliency Among Karen Refugees Using a Narrative-Storytelling Approach”
  • Hannah Dyson – Departmental honors in History, project titled “The Assassination of Walter W. Liggett and Minneapolis Crime and Corruption, 1930–36”
  • Seth Frand – Departmental honors in Chemistry, project titled “Influence of Spatial Distribution of Cationic Functional Groups at Nanoparticle Surfaces on Bacterial Membrane Interactions”
  • Emma Gustafson – Departmental honors in Theater, Student Directed Production: “Quake” by Melanie Marnich, an Exploration of the Human Heart
  • Maxwell Herron – Departmental honors in Computer Science, project titled “Deep Reinforcement Learning in Starcraft 2”
  • Andy Hotchkiss – Departmental honors in Mathematics, project titled “Curve Fitting of Periodically Repeating Functions”
  • Benjamin Lagerlund – Departmental honors in Business Administration, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
  • Bjorn Melin – Departmental honors in Computer Science, project titled “Embedded Systems Analyzing the Environment”
  • Sonja Mischke – Departmental honors in English, project titled “Spoon”
  • Blake Nyberg – Departmental honors in Business Administration, scoring above the 90th percentile nationally on the ETS Major Field Test in Business Administration
  • Sadie Paulsen – Departmental honors in Business Administration, project titled “The Restructuring of GM Korea”
  • Brandon Perez – Departmental honors in Mathematics, project titled “Visualization and Analysis of Open Source Police Data in Minneapolis”
  • Kylie Rischer – Departmental honors in Biology, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program, and score above the 90th percentile nationally on the Biology ETS Major Field Test
  • Skye Rygh – Departmental honors in Communication Studies, Film, and New Media; project titled “Line 3 Replacement Project: Environmental Justice and Communication in Minnesota”
  • Laura Santiago Gomez – Departmental honors in Communication Studies, Film, and New Media; project titled “Challenging Conversations in Transnational Families”
  • Allison Stein – Departmental honors in Social Work, project titled “Horses as a Pathway to Healing: A Systematic Review of Equine-Assisted-Psychotherapy as a Non-Traditional form of Therapy for Interpersonal Violence Survivors”
  • Brittany Stokes – Departmental honors in Biology, score above the 90th percentile nationally on the Biology ETS Major Field Test
  • Xueqing Su – Departmental honors in Mathematics, project titled “A Numerical Power-Series Approach to Boundary-Value Eigenvalue Problems in the Context of Fluid Flows”
  • Sophie Warnberg – Departmental honors in Religion, project titled “Creating Congregants: Outdoor Ministry as a Viable Solution to Declining Church Attendance”
  • Theodore Werner – Departmental honors in Business Administration, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program

Members of National and International Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international honor society dedicated to the study of sociology, and the research of social problems impacting the human condition.

Jaz Commers
Danielle Dean
Ebelin Morales Delgado
Citlaly Escobar
Lillia Miller
Jordan Peoples
Cinthia Ramirez
Simone Rask
Marka Wreh

Beta Beta Beta

Beta Beta Beta is a national honor society emphasizing a three-fold program: stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research.

Emily Chapman
Shannon Dale
Ben Darwitz
Helen Derechin
Elena Luu
Soyome Moya
Nicole Nightengale
Jada Olson
Kylie Rischer
Walker Rogers
Brittany Stokes
Anna Vang
Yee Vue
Bridget Wagner

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is a national honor society that seeks to recognize and promote outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.

Louisa Akoto
Alexandria Leslie Katelynn Avre
Rosario Gail Garcia Bartolo
Catherine Carpenter
John DeWitt
Kimberly Enriquez-Aragon
Alesksander Hagel
Matthew Lubega
Nicholas Madden
Tatum Moore
Preston Peterson
Skye Rygh
Laura Santiago Gomez
Eleanor Schwartz
Amber Wiebe

Phi Alpha Omicron Delta

Phi Alpha Omicron Delta is a national honor society that promotes humanitarian goals and ideals and fosters high standards of education for social workers through excellence in scholarship and achievement.

Jasmira Colon
Joetta Cooke
Elizabeth Guiracocha
Kacie Hendrickson
Hollywood Hermanson
Felicia Philibert
Hibak Roble
Allison Stein
Sadie Werlein

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society that promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

Rosario Gail Garcia Bartolo
Grant Berg
Brendan Descamps
Hannah Dyson
Andre Griffin
Robert Harnagel
Clara Higgins
Cassie Lehman
Alexander McNeff
Kristy Ornelas
Emily Painter
Abdulkadir Sharif

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society promoting academic excellence and scholarly activity in mathematics.

Dayton Danielson
Patrick Deng
Carter Duncan
Andy Hotchkiss
Abby Jordan
Civastina Kyewaa
Bjorn Melin
Brandon Perez
Jocelyn Sager
Xueqing Su

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college and university students of political science and government in the United States. Its purpose is to recognize and promote high academic achievement in the field of political science.

Clara Higgins
Lauren Holzem
Sydney Saygbe

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society promoting excellence in scholarship while advancing the science of psychology.

Shanelle Abeywardene
Benjamin Darwitz
Eh So Dwe
Lauren Hemenway
Rebecca Hoisington
Nicholas Keener
Kylee Lokken
Nancy Moyers
Carden Olson
Cinthia Ramirez

Sigma Pi Sigma

Sigma Pi Sigma is the national honor society affiliated with the American Institute of Physics, which, in turn, serves as an umbrella agency for all professional physics-related societies in the United States.

Lidiya Ahmed
Noah Aleshire

2021 Honors

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Latin Honors

The Latin Honor conferred upon completion of the bachelor’s degree will be determined by the final cumulative GPA. Based on the cumulative GPAs achieved by May 27, 2021, the following students meet the requirements for the respective Latin Honors:

Summa Cum Laude

GPA 3.9-4.00
Paola Aguila Flores Daniil Gerasimov Christian Nelson
Jonathan Albers Matthew Glavan Alexa Nieder
Joshua Anderson Gunnar Goodmanson Charles Parker
Norah Anderson William Hansen Lisa Pinke
Eric Bibelnieks Kei Heltemes Emily Plantz
Kelly Biel Audrey Iorio Rachel Rapacz
Callie Boucher Robert Jewell Ethan Reed
William Brewster Christopher Johnson Melisa Robles Olivar
Sidney Bulthuis Michelle Keeton Salvador Salado-Herrera
Kayla Coffland Christina Kelly Sabir Salah
Jourdan Crane Dylan Kelly David Saxon
Calvin Denson Lehman Taylor Kraemer-Hopkins Noah Seltzer
Steven Diehl Laura Kundel Terrence Shambley
Jalizbeth Dominguez-Matheis Gabrielle Lewis Alisha Stahler
Citlali Escobar Sarah Limpert Nora Sylvestre
Simon Eskenazi Alexander McNeff Molly Tengwall
LaShawna Freeman Jessica Mendoza Brent Tilseth
Andrea Galvan Gregory Miller Abbey Ulrich
Joseph Gaskill Matthew Nehls Nathaniel Vokoun

 

Magna Cum Laude

GPA 3.8-3.89
Deborah Camasta Jeron Lau Alexis Roberts
Anahi Cantoran Megan Leahy Victor Sanchez
Evan Coakley Natalee Lessert Peter Sands
Alex Cole William McLeer Leah Schmirler
Abigail Garofalo Grace Morse Hadley Schuld
Megan Hietala Megan Mullenbach Maria Shelton
Katie Hill Nolan Mulligan Henry Shockley
Zoe Huebner Carrington Nowak Madison Siiter
Ziz Immelman Audrey Parker Lydia Stephens
Kali Kadelbach Brooke Pontinen Kyle Thompson
Jacen Kimura Naheeda Riaz Ahamadeen Dametre Thunberg
Elizabeth LaBelle Lauren Ritter Martha Young

 

Cum Laude

GPA 3.6-3.79
Zakariya Abdullahi Sean Hernandez Rachel Rose
Karl Bibelnieks Gabriel Ijjo Tawna Schneider
Reece Boyle Hoban Allison Ims Laura Schuder-Tsai
Ashlee Briese May Kamsheh Madelyn Seykora
Nichelle Camden Charles Keith Hayly Shackleton
Shannon Clancy Camryn Keymes Kristin Sprick
Chadwick Costello Marz Kirchoff Kaitlyn Teasck
Kayla Cross Drew Kreofsky Houa Thao
Sarah Dorr Sarah Larson Emily Vang
Abigail Eck Mina Lein Jaia Vang
Todd Fairbanks Peter Limpert Mai Khou Vang
Josiah Ferguson Sean Litwin Nivea Vang
Kelsy Forslund Jennifer Maldonado Daniella Vasquez
Cole Frederick Camryn Masse Anthony Villagrana
Peter Gaertner Anne McCutcheon Tessa Waite
Serena Gilman Nadirah McGill Aaron Wang
Samuel Gleason Megan McGlynn Jacob Weisser
Alana Goodson Seakh Menheer Cheng Yeng Xiong
Cara Grand Isabelle Natrop Joshua Yang
Elise Griffith Oluwatofunmi Oteju Rosemary Zahn
Robert Harnagel Michael Palella Jucel Grace Zerna
Grace Hartman Jared Pope Nicole Zielsdorf

Honors Program

Honors Program students complete an accelerated curriculum of advanced courses, participate in a series of co-curricular activities, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 and complete an extensive research requirement.

Eric Bibelnieks Joseph Gaskill Ebelin Morales Delgado
Berlynn Bitengo Alana Goodson Carrington Nowak
Callie Boucher Kei Heltemes Oluwatofunmi Oteju
Sidney Bulthuis Christina Kelly Rachel Rose
Kayla Cross Laura Kundel Leah Schmirler
Calvin Denson Lehman Jeron Lau Isaac Tade
Abigail Eck Gabrielle Lewis Molly Tengwall
Citlali Escobar Lanie Lobdell
Abigail Garofalo William McLeer

 

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors are awarded to students who meet the advanced project requirements in research, performance, or writing of their major department.

  • Joshua Anderson – Departmental honors in Mathematics, project titled “Analyzing Augsburg Football Recruits through Data Analytics: A Statistics Approach”
  • Fatemeh Astani – Departmental honors in Art and Design, project titled “Filling the gaps: modest vogue”
  • Jared Bertheaume – Departmental honors in Biology, and score above the 90th percentile nationally on the Biology ETS Major Field Test
  • Eric Bibelnieks – Departmental honors in Mathematics, project titled “Energy Computation and its Minimization for Suction Vortices Modeled on a Cubic Lattice”
  • Nichelle Camden – Departmental honors in Biochemistry, project titled “designing Fluorescently labeled Myosin Constructs”
  • Todd Fairbanks – Departmental honors in Biology, project titled “Analysis of hedgehog sequence and expression in Daphnia magna during development”
  • Daniel Febel – Departmental honors in Business Administration. Daniel scored in the top 10% nationally on the Peregrine Business Administration Exit Exam.
  • Abigail Garofalo – Departmental honors in Biology, and score above the 90th percentile nationally on the Biology ETS Major Field Test
  • Cara Grand – Departmental honors in Art and Design, project titled “My humanity is all I have”
  • Kei David Heltemes – Departmental honors in Physics, project titled “Electrolyte Gating and Magnetic Measurements of Co3Sn2S2: A Materials Solution for Developing Next-Generation Electronics,” and Departmental honors in Chemistry, project titled “Voltage-induced Ferromagnetism in a Diamagnet”
  • Ian Heseltine – Departmental honors in Religion and Philosophy, project titled “A Theology of Change: A Practical Examination of Religion 100 Courses at Augsburg University”
  • Laura Kundel – Departmental honors in Biochemistry, project titled “Exploring Divergent Green Reaction Media for the Copolymerization of Biobased Monomers in the Teaching Laboratory”
  • Jeron Lau – Departmental honors in Computer Science, project titled “Efficient Algorithms for Music Engraving Focusing on Correctness”
  • Gabrielle Lewis – Departmental honors in Theater, project titled “An Exploration of Self in Black and White”
  • Megan Mann – Departmental honors in Business Administration. Megan scored in the top 10% nationally on the Peregrine Business Administration Exit Exam.
  • Gregory Miller – Departmental honors in Statistics, project titled “Visualization and Modeling of Aphid Feeding and Reproductive Patterns on Different Barley Varieties”
  • Ebelin Morales Delgado – Departmental honors in Sociology, project titled “Peace in the Unrest: How Farmers Markets and the Minneapolis Uprising Cultivate Community”
  • Alexa Nieder – Departmental honors in Psychology, project titled “Predictors of Substance Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Loneliness, COVID-Related Stress, and Combined Alcohol and Marijuana Use “
  • Leah Schmirler – Departmental honors in Biology, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program participant
  • Terrence Shambley, Jr. – Departmental honors in English, project titled “How We Brought the College to Its Knees!”
  • Molly Tengwall – Departmental honors in Music, project titled “The Female Anthems of Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Reclamation”
  • Dametre Thunberg – Departmental honors in Chemistry, project titled “The role of Packing Density on Fluorescence Intensity Measurements of Common Fluorophores in Lipid Monolayers”
  • Juan Velesaca Bonete – Departmental honors in Art and Design, project titled “More than Essential”

Members of National and International Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international honor society dedicated to the study of sociology, and the research of social problems impacting the human condition.

Emma Heller
Jennifer Medina
Jessica Mendoza
Christian Nelson

Beta Beta Beta

Beta Beta Beta is a national honor society emphasizing a three-fold program:  stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research.

Michael Bieganek Isabelle Natrop
Nichelle Camden Oluwatofunmi Oteju
Kayla Cross Claudia Radilla
Yusra Darkazanli Leah Schmirler
Todd Fairbanks Isaac Tade
May Kamsheh Daniella Vasquez
Laura Kundel Jucel Zerna
Lanie Lobdell
Seakh Menheer

 

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is a national honor society that seeks to recognize and promote outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.

Callie Boucher
Maria Fernanda Gonzalez Velazquez
Chendamonee Hing
Peter A. Sands
Anthony Villagrana

 

Phi Alpha Omicron Delta

Phi Alpha is a national honor society that promotes humanitarian goals and ideals, and fosters high standards of education for social workers through excellence in scholarship and achievement.

Emily Plantz
Rachel Rapacz
Alexis Roberts
Hayly Shackleton
Kyle Thompson

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society that promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

Deborah Camasta
Matthew Glavan
Robert Harnagel
Jada Lewis

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society promoting academic excellence and scholarly activity in mathematics.

Joshua Anderson
Eric Bibelnieks
Karl Bibelnieks
Joseph Dixon
Kathryn Graham
William McLeer
Gregory Miller
April Prchal
David Robshaw

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college and university students of political science and government in the United States. Its purpose is to recognize and promote high academic achievement in the field of political science.

Zakariya Abdullahi
Norah Anderson
Citlali Escobar

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society promoting excellence in scholarship while advancing the science of psychology.

Naheeda Ahamadeen
Margaret Albers
Simon Eskenazi
LaShawna Freeman
Tanner Hintz
Dylan Kelly
Ryan McElrath
Alexa Nieder

Sigma Pi Sigma

Sigma Pi Sigma is the national honor society affiliated with the American Institute of Physics, which, in turn, serves as an umbrella agency for all professional physics-related societies in the United States.

Kei Heltemes
Megan McGlynn

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