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Global Citizens


By Melissa Bordow


Almost 6,050 high-achieving scholars enrolled in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, unleash their creativity at all four ASU campuses. Founded in 1988, the honors college was propelled by an endowment in 2000 from Barbara and Craig Barrett, former US Ambassador to Finland and former CEO of Intel, respectively.

This year, the Barretts established the Barrett Global Speakers program, which will bring international leaders to ASU to engage with Barrett students and provide learning opportunities that will enhance students’ global outlook.


Shelby Prestwich, a junior biology major, and Julio Buntan Jr., a sophomore studying aerospace engineering, spent a summer studying historical human migration patterns in Canada after receiving the Norman Barrett Travel Fund award, established to help honors students enrich their educational experience by taking part in global study opportunities.


Homero Sosa Mendoza, a senior in supply chain management, is examining a range of urban issues in Tempe and Phoenix, from traffic patterns to sustainability practices to supply chains, using a Bidstrup Foundation Undergraduate Fellowship. Bidstrup Fellows engage in research in many fields and locations under the guidance of an ASU faculty member.


Kristy Westgard, double-majoring in supply chain management and journalism, has received not only financial support but also career counseling and learning opportunities outside the classroom through the T. W. Lewis Scholarship, established to cultivate leadership qualities and career readiness in high-achieving honors students.


Professor Mary Ingram-Waters, an honors faculty fellow, worked with Barrett undergraduates on an experiment designed to examine the ethics of fantasy football after receiving the Drescher Lecture Series award in memory of Sol and Esther Drescher. The award enables Barrett faculty to pursue professional development opportunities, such as traveling for research.


For her senior thesis, Ashley Tallman, a biology and society major, conducted a needs assessment of social support for Hispanic breast cancer patients at the Yuma Regional Medical Center and created a video documentary of her work with support from the Jose Franco and Francisca Ocampo Quesada Research Award, designed to increase understanding of Hispanic culture and influences.

To help fuel global learning opportunities at Barrett, contact Michael Murphy at

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