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Honors Program Student Association

Summerville Campus

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Meet Our Officers

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Sandra Bangiyev

  • President

Biology, Senior

My name is Sandra Bangiyev, and I am a Senior Biology major here at AU! I’ve been involved with the honors program and HPSA ever since freshmen year and it was the best decision I could have made. I can truly say I have gained some lifelong friends through this organization and experiences that I could never replace. Some fun facts about me are that I am an environmentalist at heart, and I love outdoor activities. I am so excited to work with everyone and I can’t wait to make this the best year yet!!
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Khrstyn Bais

  • Vice President

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Senior

Hi everyone! I serve as the Vice President for HPSA. I'm a Senior 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!


  • Secretary
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Stephanie Felonta

  • Social Events Chair

Nursing, Sophomore

My name is Stephanie Felonta and I am the Social Events Head Chair for HPSA! I am a sophomore Nursing Major at here at AU! Although I have only been part of the honors program for one year I have had unforgettable experiences that not only improved my academic skills but brought me closer to the AU community. I am excited to create memorable experiences for those who are part of the honors program and those who are interested in joining by bringing innovative and fun events this semester! I have a passion to serving the AU community as a VolunJag, and now I will have the pleasure of serving AU Students through the program. As my personal mission, I strive to implement Inclusivity and Diversity by welcoming all groups to the Honors Program! 
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Elyse Garrett

  • Service Chair

Psychology, Junior

I am a junior 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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Za'Mya Thomas

  • Social Media Chair

Biology, Senior

I'm a senior majoring in General Biology. I have been a part of the Honors Program for three years. I joined this program because some friends suggested it would offer great opportunities. And, it definitely has! This organization has allowed me to expand my intellectual abilities and communication skills. I am very eager to share my experiences and welcome you all into the Quad family.
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Jubin Mathew

  • Treasurer

Cellular and Molecular Biology, Junior

My name is Jubin Mathew and I am excited to serve as HPSA Treasurer this year. I am a third year here at Augusta University pursuing a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology on a Pre-Medical track. I joined the honors program to be challenged and seek new opportunities which I have both experienced in spades. Some of my interests include sports like Basketball and Soccer and gaming of many varieties. The honors program and HPSA have both helped me grow throughout college thus far and I hope I can do my best to help this amazing organization. 

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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Physical therapy students

Augusta University Honors Program offers acceptance pathway into physical therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Pathway Acceptance Program is designed to give priority acceptance to graduates of the Augusta University Honors Program.

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Honors Program, student counseling host ‘Let’s Talk’ mental health event

At "Let’s Talk," students will meet with a counselor one on one to obtain support, ideas, suggestions and resources.

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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.

Open A World Of Opportunity

The AU 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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