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IC Scholars: The Honors Program at Illinois College

Are you the student who asks the big questions? Do you find yourself researching topics of interest on your own time? How about taking on a challenging project with the hope and desire to discover something new? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider being a part of the honors program at Illinois College.
 
As a member of IC Scholars you will explore the mind and experience the world like never before. Engaging in academic and experiential programming will allow you to dig deeper into your liberal arts education, work directly with faculty mentors, and make the connection between scholar and citizen. 
 
Perks of being an IC Scholar include:
:: A unique blend of honors courses and projects over four years
:: A fully-funded BreakAway experience
:: Exclusive access to events throughout the school year
:: Special honors at graduation
:: A promise that you will Graduate READY
 
Students interested in the honors program at Illinois College should submit their application for admission to IC by December 1. Invitations to attend Bright BLUE, where you will meet the Director, learn more about the program, and interview to be an IC Scholar, will be mailed by January 5. 
 



Dr. Beth Widmaier Capo

Director of IC Scholars | Professor of English | beth.capo@mail.ic.edu
Dr. Beth Widmaier Capo is professor of English at Illinois College. She earned an MA and PhD in English from Pennsylvania State University after graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the Honors Program of Denison University (Ohio) with a BA in English. While at Denison she completed an Honors Thesis on fictional feminist utopias and spent a semester abroad in Bath, England with the Advanced Studies in England program. She is the author of one book, co-editor of another, is working on a third, and has published or has forthcoming fifteen articles in peer-reviewed journals or edited collections. As a professor at IC she has taught courses in American literature, principles of writing, young adult fiction, Japanese fiction, and gender and women’s studies. She spent 2009-2010 as a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer in Japan, and has also been selected for programs with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center. At IC she has twice run the St. Jude Memphis Marathon with students in her Life is a Marathon first-year learning community (2008, 2015) and she regularly teaches self-defense to women through the RAD program. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, running, knitting, and learning Japanese.

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