University Honors Program

UHP Student Spotlight

Featured below are some of our outstanding UHP students!

May 2019: Chaudhry Nosher Hameed

Class of 2021

Majors: History, English, and Human Rights
Minors: Classical Studies, Latin, Arabic, Women’s and Gender Studies

Chaudhry was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but spent most of his life in Dallas. He has wonderful parents and two great sisters. His role model is his grandfather who is 89 years old. Chaudhry's grandfather was born in a rural Punjabi village and became the first in his family to achieve higher education. For most of his career, he worked in education as an English teacher at various government public high schools in and around Lahore. Chaudhry's grandfather’s precedent has really instilled in Chaudhry a passion for learning. Chaudhry attended Highland Park High School, and chose to go to SMU because he was familiar with the campus since he has lived in the neighborhood. His lifelong passion has always been history, so it was only natural that he became a History major. His favorite topics in history are the ancient world and South Asia. Thanks to the great mentors and professors here at SMU in the History Dept., Chaudhry has been able to develop his passion in new directions. During the summer of 2018, he was able to do an internship at the Dallas Historical Society for three credit hours towards his History degree. The UHP has also enabled him to make the most of his time here at SMU. Most Honors specific courses are small and discussion-based, and he really loves that. During his sophomore year, the UHP was able to cover the costs of an optional Spring Break trip to Jerusalem for a Medieval Studies course he was taking. Chaudhry has also had a keen interest in language throughout his life. He is fluent in Punjabi, Urdu/Hindi, and Spanish. At SMU, he has taken first year Ancient Greek, and is currently undertaking a minor in Latin and Arabic. He recently won the Phillip H. Solomon award in Greek and the MacLamore Family Scholarship in Classical Studies. In Spring 2019, he presented a term paper on Roman slavery that he had written in Professor Melissa Dowling’s course on Ancient Rome at the first annual Body, Place, and Identity Conference at the University of North Texas. In addition, he recently declared an English Major, and will be going to Oxford this summer to start making progress on that. Chaudhry's ultimate goal is law school, and thus he feels that his liberal arts education will be very helpful. However, he feels that everyone ought to study the humanities because that is how you develop yourself as a better and more knowledgeable human being, in his opinion. As of now, he does not know what type of law he would want to practice, but he is inclined towards civil/human rights law.


March 2019: Bradley Potts

Class of 2019

Majors: Political Science (BA), Business Management (BBA)
Minor: Public Policy and International Affairs (HCM Tower Scholars Program)

Graduating in May 2019, Bradley Potts has majors in Political Science and in Business Management, with a minor in Public Policy and International Affairs as an HCM Tower Scholar. Devoted to serving the SMU community, Bradley is the Student Representative to the SMU Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, serves on the University Honors Program Advisory Council, is a representative to the Dedman College Undergraduate Council, and is a Teaching Assistant in Finance. In the past, he was a Student Senator for Dedman College and served on the Armstrong Commons Council. Selected for the Honor Roll with High Distinction each semester, Bradley is also committed to academic achievement and intellectual growth. Among other honors groups, he is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society, Mortar Board, and Hilltop Scholars Program. As a junior, Bradley was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as the 2019 Induction Student Orator, where he delivered a speech titled "Living With Enthusiasm: How to find the Right Path Without Knowing It." Recently, he was selected as the standard-bearer for the Cox School Business at May commencement and was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award for Strategy as well as the Management and Organizations Department. Bradley has conducted independent research in a variety of areas, including a Political Science Distinction thesis on the problems associated with filibuster avoidance in the U.S. Senate. After graduation, Bradley will be attending law school.

Bradley's PBK Oration

April 2017: Hope Anderson

Class of 2017

Majors: Human Rights, History, Sociology
Minor: Spanish

Hope Anderson will graduate in May with degrees in Human Rights (B.A.), History (B.A.), and Sociology (B.S.), as well as a minor in Spanish.  Upon graduation, she will enter the John Lewis Fellowship program in Atlanta and hopes to continue her involvement in human rights work upon the completion of this summer grant. During her time at SMU, Hope received several honors (Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors Program, Robert S. Hyer Society, and the Maguire Public Service Fellowship), and was a semi-finalist for the U.S. Fulbright program.  In addition to working as a student coordinator for the Embrey Human Rights Program, Hope has also completed internships with several nonprofit organizations - the International Rescue Committee, International Justice Mission, and CitySquare. As a Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellow and Engaged Learning fellow, Hope conducted interdisciplinary research on NGOs and forced migration in Kathmandu, Nepal; Amman, Jordan; and Santiago, Chile through her study abroad program in human rights.  She has served as a resident assistant for Virginia Snider Commons and the SMU Service House, as well as a student leader for the 2017 Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

September 2016: Camille Aucoin

Class of 2017

Majors: Electrical Engineering & Mathematics
Favorite UHP Course: Dante's Poetic Vision and Art & Experience in Inka Peru

Camille Aucoin is a senior Electrical Engineering & Mathematics major. She has a passion for electric power and a love for liberal arts. From College Station, TX, she forewent a life of maroon at Texas A&M University and came to SMU in the Fall of 2013. Since the first day of classes in 2013, Camille has always been found at UHP events or napping in the Scholars' Den. She assumed the role of UHP Office Coordinator in Fall 2014 and has since worked with Dr. Doyle and Sally to keep the UHP up and running. Camille has worked to design Hilltopics, the UHP newspaper, since her first semester at SMU. She has taken over the responsibility of throwing Mad Hatter's Tea Parties to bring UHP students together for great intellectual fun. During the summer of 2015, Camille conducted a Richter Research Project in Taos, New Mexico studying the feasibility of alternative energy sources for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. She spent the summer of 2016 in Topeka, Kansas interning in System Planning with Westar Energy, a power utility company. This year, Camille hopes to enjoy her remaining time as a member of the UHP while looking toward graduate school in the future.

Of all of the UHP adventures Camille has had, she describes her favorite moment of the UHP as sitting above the ruins of Machu Picchu at 6 AM with the Art & Experience in Inka Peru class watching the fog roll over the Andes mountains.

March 2016: Dana Sherman

Class of 2016

Majors: Health & Society, Studio Art
Favorite UHP Course: Ways of Being Religious with Professor Jill DeTemple 

Dana, an active member of the UHP since 2012, has recently completed her combined Richter Fellowship and Engaged Learning project: Opioid Overdose in Taos, New Mexico. Through Richter funding, Dana was able to spend Summer 2015 in Taos, New Mexico researching the effects of opioid overdose on the local community and analyzing strategies to remedy drug-related issues in Taos. Recently, Dana presented her research at The Society for Applied Anthropology Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

In addition to performing Richter research, Dana enjoys participating in many UHP field trips, dinners, and discussions and praises the wonderful faculty of the UHP.