One Blog, Countless Opportunities: ECU Honors Research Connections

By: Ashley Wilford, Undergraduate Coordinator of Academics 

16879886250_cbb2b74005_o-275x275Did you know there are dozens of ECU faculty seeking Honors College students to assist them as undergraduate researchers? Are you looking for internship, on-campus research, or scholarship opportunities? Finding and securing these opportunities used to be a challenge…that is, until the Honors College launched its new blog ECU Honors Research Connections. Follow the link to see our latest posts or narrow down opportunities specific to your interests by choosing between department categories or using the search tool.

Check out our latest posts featuring openings to work with ECU faculty:

Partnering User Experience Design With Higher Education

Protein Effect on Germline Stem Cells

3D Printing / Advanced Manufacturing and Renewable Energy

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EC Scholar Lily Faulconer Crowned Miss Kinston

By: Erika Dietrick, Undergraduate Director of Marketing and Communications

lilyPolitical science major and sophomore EC Scholar Lily Faulconer will be representing Kinston-Lenoir county in 2016 after being named Miss Kinston on Saturday. The prized title came with a $1,000 scholarship, an award that Lily will cherish when she pursues a career an environmental law upon graduation. In June, she will have the honor of representing the region in this year’s Miss North Carolina pageant! You can read the full story on the details of her crowning here.

Congratulations to Lily on this momentous accomplishment! We are confident this is only the beginning of her achievements as a scholar and community leader and are proud to have witnessed all that she has accomplished so far.

Photo: EC Scholar Austin Phillips (right) and sister Lauren (left) attend the Miss Kinston-Lenoir county crowning to support Lily (center).

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The Magnolia Arts Center: Greenville’s Thriving Community Theatre

By: Megan Daniel, Honors College Junior

Megan 1Theatre. It can seem distant, something that only exists in metropolitan areas like New York or Chicago. But theatre is everywhere. Locally, theatres can consist of underfunded high school programs. In a college town like ours, there can be academic theatre. Beyond that, there’s community theatre. Many people may not realize that Greenville has an established and constantly growing community theatre—Magnolia Arts Center.

Magnolia was founded in June 2005, having just recently celebrated its tenth year. I first became involved with Magnolia Arts Center last year. I was cast in Amanda Higgins’ (recent Honors College and Musical Theatre graduate) Well Water: A Parable. We rehearsed in one of the theatre classrooms, so it wasn’t until about three quarters into the rehearsal process that we even saw Magnolia. I can remember walking in as a cast member and looking at all the props and costumes on display in the lounge, imagining how well Amanda’s musical would fit into the intimate stage area. It was shocking to me that I had never been there before.

IMG_1457After closing Well Water, I looked forward to what I thought would be a nice summer off. But only a couple weeks after it had closed, I was itching to be a part of another production. I received an email about Magnolia producing Godspell over the summer, but auditions were the same night as another audition I had already signed up for. I almost didn’t go. I can remember pulling up, hastily putting on my heels and grabbing my repertoire book, my previous audition not leaving me much time before Godspell auditions closed. I walked back into the intimate stage area. When I saw the black walls, memories of Well Water came flooding back. Those feelings of nostalgia quickly faded as I passed the audience seats and greeted the audition panel, which was made up of unfamiliar faces. I took a deep breath, handed the accompanist my music and sang, performing again in the space of a show past. Two weeks later, I got an email saying I was cast.

IMG_1047My time in Godspell truly cemented my love for Magnolia Arts Center. Janice Schreiber, the director, made me love coming to rehearsal every day. Seeing my cast members, some with a lot of theatre experience, and some with very little, have theatre touch them in the same way as it touches me was rejuvenating. It reminded me why I do theatre in the first place. Theatre’s significant impact was evident with the audiences’ reception—our show sold out. Greenville has an audience for all it’s theatre outlets, whether it’s academic or community based.

Since then, I’ve continued to work with Magnolia. Here at ECU, I’m a part of the East Carolina Theatre Association and 5th Street Players, a student-run theatre company created by Honors College and Musical Theatre students Brandon Fillette and Matthew Johnson. Magnolia has welcomed 5th Street Players with open arms, allowing us to use their space for four shows this semester. I’ve coordinated a pre-show made up of East Carolina Theatre Association members for their Christmas show and am in the process of coordinating another pre-show for their Valentine’s Day production.

Not every town is fortunate enough to have community theatre. With the collaboration between university and community theatre, theatre is flourishing in Greenville now more than ever. Below is a list of dates for upcoming Magnolia Arts Center performances. The next time you’re looking for an enjoyable way to spend your evening or weekend, pop in to Magnolia and experience something great. You won’t regret it!

Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve

(with a preshow by ECU School of Theatre and Dance students at 7:00pm)

February 11, 12, 13, and 14th at 7:30pm


A Tree is a Tree/Revolting: An Electrifying Comedy

(a 5th Street Players production)

February 19th at 7:30pm

February 20th at 7:30pm



(an ECU theatre improvisation troupe)

February 21st at 2:00pm


Sabrina Faire

March 4th at 7:30pm

March 5th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

March 6th at 2:00pm

March 11th at 7:30pm

March 12th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm




(a 5th Street Players production)

March 18th at 7:30pm

March 19th at 7:30pm

March 20th at 2:00pm


Spring Awakening

(a 5th Street Players production)

April 15th at 7:30pm

April 16th at 7:30pm

April 17th at 2:00pm


Aint Misbehavin’

June 3rd at 7:30pm

June 4th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

June 5th at 2:00pm

June 9th at 7:30pm

June 10th at 7:30pm

June 11th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

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Experiencing Portugal as an Atlantis Project Fellow

By: Erika Dietrick, Undergraduate Director of Marketing and Communications

tulsi 2Learning about health care systems and practices, shadowing physicians, and getting acquainted with medical terminology are all activities pre-medical students have accepted as necessary preparation for medical school. Dedicating the time and intellect to these preparations is difficult enough in English — let alone in another language. However, opening her eyes to health care based in dissimilar cultures is exactly what sophomore EC Scholar Tulsi Patel set out to do when she applied to participate in the Atlantis Project.

Tulsi applied to travel to São Miguel Island of the Azores Islands in Portugal for the AP Medical Leadership Scholars Program.

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After a string of competitive interviews, Tulsi was not only selected to be a 2016 Atlantis Project Fellow…she was also one of the first recipients to ever receive a $2,200 scholarship covering the full cost of the program. The merit scholarship is awarded on the basis of potential for excellence in the medical field, as evidenced by strong distinction in scholarship, leadership, and public service.

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Tulsi is on São Miguel Island with 3 other Fellows (from New York, New Jersey, and Tennessee), a site coordinator, and a tour guide. They spend 4-5 days a week shadowing doctors in Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo.

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In their spare time, the Fellows embark on a number of adventures, such as jumping off waterfalls, swimming in hot springs, playing soccer, and touring the city (to name a few).

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Her cultural immersion–making friends with the locals and living in the city–has helped her understand the influence of culture on health care systems like that which exists on São Miguel Island. And really, when you get to look at views such as these every day, how could you not be inspired to learn about the people, place and culture?

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At the end of her experience, Tulsi will study abroad in Spain for the Spring 2016 semester!

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The Full College Experience: ECU Honors and Nursing

By: Meghan Boop, EC Scholar and Honors College Senior

nursing frandsAs a 20-something-year-old in this day and age, a number one conversation starter is inevitably “What is your major?” Some people are still in the process of figuring this question out, others have switched multiple times in the course of their four years of undergraduate, and some of us are able to answer this question confidently from the beginning.

I knew I wanted to be a nursing major since my senior year of high school, so I applied to ECU with hopes of getting to fulfill my career path at this top nursing program. Being a part of the ECU nursing school is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding adventures on which I have embarked. The schedule is nothing like that of any other undergraduate major. You spend the normal 16 or so hours in class a week, on top of anywhere from 6 to 16 clinical hours per week. You get to rotate through all types of interesting clinical sites, from psychiatric wards to pediatric emergency departments. You get to learn in-depth skills such as intravenous administration and nasogastric tube insertion. Being a nursing major is certainly not easy, but it is the best choice I have ever made.

However, I don’t like to be defined by just my major, and that is one of the many reasons why I absolutely love EC Scholars and the Honors College. EC Scholars and the Honors College have offered so many diverse opportunities for its undergraduate students. Apart from the typical prerequisites for nursing school, I got to take part in leadership colloquiums, Holocaust seminars, research opportunities, and cultural courses offered by the Honors College. When people ask what I do at East Carolina, I am able to mention many unique experiences that other nursing majors have never gotten to be a part of. I also get to transcend the College of Nursing bubble. At the College of Nursing, students hangout with the same people 5 days a week on an isolated campus, so the EC Scholar program allows me to still keep in touch with the main campus of ECU and my friends in the program that have different majors.

In the end, I think everyone in college feels like they are defined by their decisions; their decision on their university, their decision on their major, their decision to join a student organization, etc. All I can say is I couldn’t be happier with my decisions to be a part of the EC Scholar family and the College of Nursing.

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