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As Director I oversee the mission and operation of the Honors Program. I represent the Program to all Divisions of the University and to public communities. Working with my colleagues in the Honors Program and with faculty throughout the university I develop curriculum to enrich Honors opportunities.

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Honors Staff: Linda Marchant

Dr. Linda Marchant is the new Director of the University Honors Program (UHP) and is a Professor of Anthropology. She is a behavioral primatologist who has studied wild chimpanzees and bonobos in east, west, and central Africa. She has published two co-edited volumes, Behavioural Diversity in Chimpanzees and Bonobos (2002) and Great Ape Societies (1996) both with Cambridge University Press. In 2013 she co-edited an invited special issue for Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences — “The Evolution of Human Handedness”. She has also authored more than 50 book chapters and journal articles. In addition to directing the UHP she is teaching a cross–listed course in Biology and Anthropology — Primate Biology and Behavior. Dr. Marchant has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California, San Diego; a Visiting Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, Department of Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge and Research Associate, Darwin College, University of Cambridge. In 2004 she was honored to receive the Outstanding Professor Award from the Associated Student Government of Miami University.

MY BEST ADVICE:
Be vigilant about how you use your time. Strive to find the balance between your academic aspirations and the many opportunities you will encounter to grow as a leader, a member of student organizations, and a member of this university. Pursue research early in your undergraduate education. To succeed at research you will need to show initiative, a strong work ethic and intellectual curiosity. Identify potential faculty mentors and share your interests not only with them but with your fellow students. Assume that you will be intellectually challenged and that you will work very hard much of the time. Remember to take care of yourself and endeavor to be kind and gracious to others.

BY THE TIME YOU GRADUATE:
If you fully embrace your university career in all its dimensions, challenges, opportunities, and demands it is very likely you will be a transformed person from the individual who arrived in Oxford, OH to attend Miami University. You will have the great gift of a university education that enables you to act as an informed global citizen who will make positive contributions to society. I also predict you will have forged life–time friendships — some of those individuals will be your fellow Honors students.
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