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Honors Program Student Association

Summerville Campus

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Meet Our Officers

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Matthew Zimmerman

  • President

Ecology and Chemistry, Senior

My name is Matthew Zimmerman, and I am a Senior double majoring in Ecology and Chemistry. I previously served as the Vice President of the HPSA and have been active in the Honors Program since my Freshman year. In addition to the HPSA, I am also the President of the Biology Club and the Treasurer for the Chemistry Club! For my Honors thesis, I am conducting research investigating the evolution of metal tolerance in a rare local plant species. The Honors Program and HPSA has been a major aspect of my college career: from providing unique learning experiences in the classroom, to social events that allowed me to make lasting friendships. Outside of school, I enjoy being outdoors hiking, camping, and kayaking. I also volunteer with the local Boy Scouts of America council as a merit badge counselor, teaching middle and high school students STEM topics. I am excited to lead the HPSA to provide you all with fun opportunities during your college careers!

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Sandra Bangiyev

  • Vice President

Biology, Junior

My name is Sandra Bangiyev and I am a Junior Biology major here at AU! I was in the honors program since freshman year, but only got recently involved in HPSA; it was the best decision I could have made. The HPSA is such an amazing organization, and I love watching it flourish from year to year. Some great aspects about it are that it is a great way to know all your peers in the honors program, and I have gained some lifelong friends through this organization. Some fun facts about me are that I am environmentalist at heart, and I love outdoor activities. Some of my other passions include arts and crafts and running (even though I am slightly above mediocre in both). I am blessed to be a part of the board, and I look forward to working with everyone to make this the best year yet!

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TJ Allen

  • Secretary

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Sophmore

My name is Tate Allen, but you can call me TJ. I am a sophomore majoring in cellular and molecular biology with a minor in business administration. I hope to become a dentist after attending the Dental College of Georgia. I am a member of the Pre-Dental Club, the Delta Chi Fraternity, and am now the secretary for the Honors Program Student Association. I enjoy golfing, kayaking, trail riding (in my jeep) and can find something to enjoy in everything. The honors program has been a fantastic way to make new friends and faculty connections and has challenged me in and out of the classroom. The Honors Program is truly an honor to be a member of, and I hope that each of you will take advantage of all the resources we offer as an HPSA board. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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Khrstyn Bais

  • Treasurer

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Junior

Hi everyone! I serve as the treasurer for HPSA. I'm a junior Cell and Molecular Biology major with a minor in Chemistry on the Pre-Physician Assistant track. I currently work as a Teaching Assistant in the Biology department helping a professor and her students in Biology 1108 lab, while also helping in lab preparation for both Biology 1107 and 1108. I volunteer at a local soup kitchen here in Augusta and do research in the AU Vascular Biology Center. I joined the honors program to challenge myself academically, but I also found a sense of community with my fellow members. I have met some of my closest friends through the honors program. I hope you consider being part of this great community, and I look forward to seeing you guys on campus!

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Za’Mya Thomas

  • Social Media Chair

Biology, Senior

I'm a senior majoring in General Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I have been a part of the Honors Program for two years. I joined this program after some friends suggested it would offer great opportunities. And, it definitely has! Since participating in undergraduate research with my PI Dr. Pace the last two years, it has improved my patience and resilience. Although there were many sacrifices, late nights, failed meetings, but the support of great mentors and colleagues helped me to successfully overcome those hurdles and drive forward with my research. Although my passion for traveling has been intervened due to COVID-19, I enjoy traveling, along with reading, immersing myself in new languages and cultures, and playing video games. I enjoyed my participation in the Honors Program. This organization has allowed me to expand my intellectual abilities and communication skills and how to divide my time between participating in distressing events and studying. I am very eager to share my experiences and welcome you all into the Quad family. I look forward to meeting you all!

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Elyse Garrett

  • Service Chair

Psychology, Sophomore

I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. I am an Augusta native, but my family hails from New Mexico where our roots run hundreds of years deep. The reason I am pursuing a minor in Spanish is to try to reconnect to my Hispanic heritage. I am fascinated by the brain and human behavior, and I am participating in the undergraduate personality assessment and therapy lab. I hope to pursue clinical psychology after my undergraduate studies. I love the Honors Program because it is how I has offered access to the research community at Augusta University. It has also offered avenues towards meeting some of the best people at the university! I am excited to be the service chair for the HPSA because service is one of my highest priorities. I hope to be able to help those in the Honors Program to connect to the Augusta community and experience the joy that comes with serving!

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Amina Aly

  • Events Chair

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Senior

Hello Everyone! My name is Amina Aly and as Events Chair, I plan Honors Program outings, get togethers, and more! Some of our most common events have been a Halloween Party (an annual event), trivia nights (which happens around 3 times a semester if not more), and back to school picnics. As a personal mission, I hope to make freshmen and transfer students feel more welcome with specialized events. No matter if you are an Honors Program member or not, you are always welcome to our events and even simply in the building. And as an incentive, free pizza and drinks (and usually accompanied by snacks) are almost always provided at our events! When I'm not planning events, I can usually be found studying somewhere on campus or running/reading for fun. I hope you consider joining us and our little family! 

We Are Here For You

The honors student association is a student organization committed to fostering academic growth, creating a vibrant and cohesive Honors student community, and giving back to the local community. The Council also serves as a liaison between the Honors administration and the student body.

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In photos: Augusta University students, employees participate in Augusta PRIDE festival

The city of Augusta’s 12th annual LGBTQ pride celebration, Augusta PRIDE, was held June 24-25 at the Augusta Common.

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Visit Augusta University-affiliated booths at Augusta PRIDE celebration

Augusta PRIDE 2022 features a concert, a parade, a festival and more.

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Pre-med student becomes first Goldwater Scholar at Augusta University

From a pool of more than 5,000 applicants, sophomore Dipen Mehta was one of about 400 U.S. students who were awarded Goldwater scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship announces spring fellowship winners

“I think CURS is doing a wonderful job at exposing students to not only research opportunities, but what the research can do for them in return," said Amesha Adams.

Open A World Of Opportunity

Honors Program seeks students who want to think in complex ways about global challenges. If you have a deep curiosity about the world, we welcome your application. 

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