The Honors Student Council is dedicated to enhancing the Honors experience and engaging their peers in the Honors community. The student council hosts a wide variety of events—past favorites include Flipping Out Over Finals, Dinner with the Dean, the Let’s Talk About It series, and an end-of-the-year Honors Dance. The student council also serves as a liaison between the Morehead Honors College administration and the student body. It is comprised of five committees: Programming, Communications, Diversity and Inclusion, Peer Assisted Leadership (PAL), and Service.

Applications open each year to first- and second-years interested in enriching the Honors community. If you are a creative thinker, like to organize events, and work in teams to solve problems, consider joining HSC.

Peer Assisted Leadership Program (PAL)

One major component of HSC is the Peer Assisted Leadership program, or PAL. Every semester, Honors students are paired through PAL to discuss everything from professors to clubs to shared hobbies. If you are new to UGA and the Morehead Honors College, you have the opportunity to seek guidance, talk about favorite downtown restaurants, and learn about opportunities in your major or discipline. If you’re beyond your first year at UGA, you can gain the satisfaction of helping a new friend navigate now-familiar waters.

PAL began as a student-led initiative in 2015 and has helped to foster a stronger sense of community among Honors students. The PALgorithm, the problem-solving mechanism that connects mentors and mentees each semester, will match you with another student by pre-professional track, major, and minor, and is overseen by PAL program chairs. PAL leaders will guide you through the mentoring process at orientations and social events each semester to help you maximize your PAL experience.

You will be asked to meet with your PAL at least three times a semester during your time participating in the program.

Honors Student Council officers, 2022

Sarah Burnett
Co-President

Sarah is a fourth-year Honors student from Milton, Georgia. She is majoring in health promotion with a minor in health policy and management and a certificate in personal and organizational leadership. She is also a member of the Arch Society, the Director of Campus Outreach for Aurora at UGA, and a volunteer at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys trying new breakfast spots in Athens with friends, going on walks, reading, and listening to podcasts. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in healthcare administration with the goal of becoming a hospital administrator.

As co-president, Sarah is excited to provide engaging opportunities for Honors students to further foster a sense of community for the Morehead Honors College as well as to serve as a resource for PAL mentees as they navigate their first few years at UGA.

Elise Karinshak
Co-President

Elise is a fourth-year Honors student from Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is majoring in data science and marketing, and pursuing a minor in studio art. Elise enjoys research, collaborating on projects with UGA’s Crisis Communication Coalition’s Crisis Research Group and with Stanford University’s Social Media Lab. Elise also serves as CodeHub co-president and Paw Print Agency co-president. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Athens, reading, and DIY projects.

As co-president, Elise is looking forward to fostering community and engagement within Honors, as well as connecting Honors students with the tremendous resources offered by Honors and UGA.

Ashni Patel
Vice President

Ashni is a third-year Honors student from Douglas, Georgia. She is studying international affairs and economics with a minor in statistics. She also serves as an Honors Teaching Assistant, a tutor with the Athens Prison Tutorial, and as a Legislative Fellow with the Frye Fellowship. She also works as a tour leader with the UGA Visitors Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling to new places, and trying new restaurants in Athens with her friends. After graduation, Ashni hopes to attend law school or graduate school and pursue a career in national security.

As vice president, Ashni is excited to help plan events for the Honors community to build a more inclusive and supportive environment for students in the Morehead Honors College.

Evan Frey
Treasurer

Evan Frey is a third-year Honors student from Oconee County, Georgia. He is studying political science and economics. On campus, he is involved with the Honors Student Council, the Applied Politics Program, Economics Society, and Shop with a Bulldawg (SWAB). In the future, he would like to pursue a career in law. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports with friends, watching movies, and exploring new food places in Athens.

As HSC treasurer, he looks forward to promoting engagement and community within the Morehead Honors College.

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Our calendar includes upcoming information sessions, external scholarship application deadlines, lunchbox lectures, book discussions, important semester dates, and events for our alumni and friends, among other items.

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