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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Honors Program

Honors Curriculum: What’s Required?

Curriculum

Honors classes are conducted in the seminar fashion and limited to fifteen students. An interdisciplinary focus is promoted by the inclusion of students and faculty from all majors as well as by the design of the honors core curriculum.

Requirements

Students admitted to the Honors Program are required to complete twenty-one Honors Credits including ten credits of Honors Seminar/Thesis.  The remaining credits may be acquired by enrolling in honors sections of general education courses in English and speech, or by taking advantage of the Honors Option Contract for courses in the major.

Students entering the program in Spring 2005 or later must maintain a cumulative 3.5 G.P.A. in order to graduate with an honors degree and to remain eligible for active program participation.

Sample Seminar Topics

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Land Ethics: National Parks
  • Biodiversity
  • An Audience Guide to Opera
  • Gender and Communication at Home and Work
  • The Science in Science Fiction
  • Reasoning and the Supreme Court
  • Human Rights and World Politics
  • The Franco-Phone world
  • Principles of Flight
  • Nature and the Literature of the Wilderness


Michigan Honors Conference, Fall 2001

Honors Program Seminars

HP101 First Year Seminar

An intensive reading/discussion seminar of selected topics from any discipline of special interest to first year honors students.  An interdisciplinary focus is encouraged as well as the inclusion of active learning strategies that promote self-directed learning.  Class size is limited to fifteen to promote student and faculty interaction around the world of ideas.  Prerequisites include status as an honors candidate (freshman) or fully admitted University Honors Program student and/or permission of the Honors Director.  These seminars may be repeated for a maximum of four credits.

HP202 Honors Contemporary Issues

An interdisciplinary sophomore level seminar for University Honors Program students.  The course is designed to accommodate a range of specific topics; the particular topics, however, will investigate some aspect of the history of intellectual ideas, the nature of intellectual inquiry, and/or the construction of knowledge.  the instructor serves as a facilitator in the seminar format, which is intended to encourage student-directed learning.  Prerequisites include formal admission to the University Honors Program and/or permission of the Honors Program Director.

HP302 Honors Ideas Seminar

This course is designed to accommodate a range of special topics to be submitted by LSSU faculty under the general provision for special topics; the topics may evolve out of an interdisciplinary focus on some aspect of traditional desciplinary subject matter, or may be a reconfiguration of a regular course, redesigned to meet the particular needs of Honors Program students.  The role of the instructor, however, is as a faciliataor, working within the seminar format to encourage student-directed learning around a topic requiring intellectual rigor.  As this is a core requirement for all junior honors students, it is expected that a given course proposal would not require prerequisites beyond those for general education.  Prerequisites include formal admission to the University Honors Program, junior status, and/or permission of the Honors Program coordinator. HP201 recommended.

HP401 Honors Senior Thesis

A major written work based on independent research or creative effort to be carried out under the supervision of a full-time faculty member.  Research is intended to be widely interpreted and may include, but is not limited to, experiments, analysis of existing data, and a summary and integration of already completed but dispersed research.  Students will make a formal presentation of their findings to the Honors Council, the thesis supervisor, junior/senior honor students, and others in the spring of their senior year.  Prerequisites:  3.5 G.P.A., 15 honors credits, HP201, and HP301.  Students must present a fully developed proposal to the Honors Council for approval before enrolling in HP401 or its equivalent in their major.

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