Meet our Staff – Sarah Crim


Name: Sarah Crim

Title: Academic Advisor

Hometown: Nashville, TN but been in Auburn for 15 years

How long have you been with the Honors College? It will be a year in November.

Briefly, what do you do for the Honors College?

I have the opportunity to get to know our Honors students through academic advising and hopefully help them achieve their goals in the Honors College.

I also have been able to help start a new organization for the Honors College that focuses on service called Honors Serves. There has been an unbelievable outpouring of students interested in engaging in service activities in our local community. Our students are helping local high-school students prepare for college and beyond through peer mentoring and ACT/SAT prep courses. I am in awe of the time and effort that our Honors students are giving to this cause simply from the outpouring of their hearts.

We are also beginning a new partnership with a group from West Alabama called Horseshoe Farms. This opportunity allows Honors students to tutor elementary and middle-school aged students living in Greensboro, AL via Skype. It is such a unique collaboration where a need on the other side of Alabama can be met through Honors students here through the use of technology.

 If you are interested in learning more about either of these opportunities to serve, please contact me. I would love to talk to you more about both programs!

 What’s your favorite class or event offered by the Honor College?

I have lots! As an Honors Student, my favorite class was Organismal Biology with Dr. Folkerts, it was amazing! My favorite Honors course now is Freshman Exploration because I get to teach some incredible students and learn more about campus resources. Finally, I really enjoyed serving along with our students this summer during our k(NO)w poverty week of service, it was truly the highlight of my time here.

 Do you have office hours for students?

Yes, we are here 7:45-11:45 and then 12:45-4:45 Monday thru Friday.

 What’s your favorite Auburn memory?

Whew, I cannot name just one. Auburn holds lots of memories for me both from my days as a student to the times that I have worked here. This is the place where I received my education, met my husband, and raised my children. Now, it is where I get to work and hopefully give back to the campus and the community.

 In your opinion, what’s the best thing about Auburn Honors?

The students of course! They inspire me daily with their knowledge and passion.

 What’s the best advice you can give to an Honors Student?

There is grace for each day, do not worry about tomorrow and live each day to its fullest.

 Do you have any hobbies, and if so name a few!

Most of my free time is spend with my family, either out at the ball field or at home. I am training for my very first full marathon, so if you are ever out around 5:00am, you may see me running around town.

 What is the best way to contact you?

 Email, or just stop by if you are in the Quad area, we always love to see you!


Auburn Honors College and CMB Graduate Earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Mary Catherine Anderson

Mary Catherine Anderson, a 2014 Honors College and Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology (CMB) graduate of Auburn University, has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship that will be applied towards her first year of graduate study at Cambridge University.

Among her many awards and achievements, Anderson was the recipient of the 2014 Women of Distinction Undergraduate Student Leadership Award; the 2014 Comer Medal (Biological Sciences) in the College of Sciences and Mathematics; and was a 2014 finalist for the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship.

Anderson participated in Vanderbilt University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Pharmacology where she researched neuregulin modulation of NMDA receptors and various signaling pathways in adult rat cardiac muscle cells. Neuregulin is a protein that has been shown to have diverse functions in the development of the nervous system and play multiple essential roles including cardiac development. Anderson’s research will be used as a model for the proteins’ effect on the adult human cardiac muscle cell.

Outside of the classroom and lab, Anderson volunteers at Magnolia Place Assisted Living Home where she performs monthly musical ensembles, and assists with Bonaparte’s Retreat, an animal rescue in Nashville, Tennessee.

Anderson will attend Cambridge University in the fall where she will pursue a master in philosophy in biological anthropology.

Each year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. Mary-Catherine follows Honors College graduates Paul Bergen (AU ’12) and Dan Mazzaferro (AU ’11) who also received a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship.


Students Awarded NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship

Kerns and Leon
(Left) Spencer Kerns (Right) Tofey Leon

Recent Honors College graduate Spencer Kerns and current  student Tofey Leon have been awarded the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

A double major in Chemistry and Spanish, Spencer Kerns conducted his honors thesis under the direction of Associate Professor Anne Gorden.  A Rhodes Scholarship nominee in District VII – Birmingham, Kerns will be attending The University of Texas Austin to pursue a doctorate in chemistry this fall.

Tofey Leon is a senior biomedical sciences major (pre-medicine) who is writing his  thesis under the direction of Associate Professor Mike Squillacote.  Leon was recently recognized as the Top Male Scholar Athlete of the Year at the Athletic Awards Banquet (AUSPYS), and was Auburn’s male student-athlete nominee for the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Award for 2014 (winners to be announced later this month).  Leon will be applying for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Gates-Cambridge Scholarships this fall.

Honors College alumni who have received this honor include Kyle Owens (AU ’13), Stuart Ferguson (AU  ’13), Dan Mazzaferro (AU ’12), Katy Frierson (AU ’12), and Erica Meissner (AU ’11).

The NCAA scholarship committee selects 29 women and 29 men each season for the $7,500 honor. Created in 1964, the NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage academic excellence in education by rewarding the NCAA’s most accomplished student-athletes.

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding student athletes.

War Eagle!

Featuring stories from the Honors College at Auburn University


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