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Honors Trio Headed for Oxford

Published: August 20, 2004

Jessie Bowden of St. Petersburg will be headed to the venerable Oxford University in England for the fall 2004 term. Two other undergraduates, Emily Anderson and Angela Sia, will join her. All are UT students chosen for the University’s “Honors at Oxford” program.


At Oxford, Bowden, a senior with a double major in history and criminology and a minor in government and world affairs, intends to investigate modern British government, politics and international relations.


Anderson, a junior writing major, plans to pursue studies of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Oscar Wilde, or feminist approaches to Shakespeare.


Sia, a senior biology major, will study genetic disease and gene regulation, neurodegeneration, gene therapy and neurophysiology.


The Honors Committee has chosen two or more outstanding undergraduates for studies at Oxford each semester since January 1997, said Dr. Richard Piper, director of the UT Honors program and Dana Professor of political science.

“It’s a unique system, one-on-one with the Oxford faculty,” Piper said.  


The coursework includes writing, presenting and defending a paper a week. Only Honors program juniors and seniors with minimum 3.5 GPAs are eligible to apply for the Honors at Oxford program.


UT is the only school in the state with such a program in the spring and fall semesters, Piper said, with one other university offering an Oxford study only in the summer.


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