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The Honors College Student Council serves as an advisory group to the Dean of the Honors College and is representative of the greater Honors College student body. The Council seeks to foster productive relationships between the Honors College, academic colleges, and the greater university to optimize students’ opportunities to pursue their passions and explore their educations.

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Samantha Benson
Samantha Benson

College of Engineering

Caitlin Bowman
Caitlin Bowman

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Natalie Boyle
Natalie Boyle

Non-Housing Student Representative

Hey everyone! My name is Samantha Benson, and I am the engineering representative on the Honors College Student Council. I am a junior studying Materials Science and Engineering, with a focus in polymers. At Tech, I have been an HRC apartment fellow, on research teams, and on intramural soccer and battleship teams. Outside of Tech, I have studied abroad in China and Ireland, interned, and have led toy collections for children in hospitals. On the council, I hope to enable students to get more involved in the Honors community through our events and reach beyond their degrees through opportunities such as research, studying abroad, and community service.

Hello Hokies! My name is Caitlin Bowman and I am the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Representative on the HCSC. I am a senior majoring in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (HNFE) and minoring in Psychology. After graduating from VT I plan to go to Prosthetics and Orthotics school and earn my MS in Rehabilitation Sciences/Prosthetics and Orthotics while incorporating my background in Exercise Science into clinical practices. Within the Honors College I have served as a Peer Educator teaching Honors Reading Seminars for three semesters, lived in the HRC for two years, and was a Peer Mentor, Tutor, and Apartment Fellow within the HRC. Outside of Honors I help conduct cross-disciplinary research with the College of Engineering in the Madigan Biomechanics Lab looking at prosthetic knees, serve as a CALS Ambassador, work for VT University Advancement part-time, attend New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF), am a Student Member of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and am an active member of the Alpha Gamma chapter of Delta Epsilon Mu (Pre-Health Professional Fraternity). When I am not running around the Ag Quad or my lab in Whittemore you can find me playing intramural sports, trail running, hiking, spending time with friends, and drinking massive amounts of Mill Mountain Coffee. I am so thankful that I get to serve my fellow Honors Hokies on the HCSC and am happy to answer any questions you might have! 

Hey everyone! My name is Natalie Boyle, and I’m a senior majoring in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise with a minor in Psychology; I serve as the representative of the non-housing honors students on the Honors College Student Council, and am Programming Head of this committee. I also serve on the execute board of the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children organization, working as their Director of Public Relations. I am an active member of Phi Sigma Alpha Psi, Tech’s Biological Honors Fraternity, and presided as President of the organization. I work as a tutor for the Student Success Center here on campus, and I currently conduct Psychology research studying the language development of infants and toddlers with neurodiversity with the iLeap lab. Outside of school, I enjoy running, the outdoors, skiing, and creating art, as I went to governor school with the intent to pursue a visual arts career before I found my passion in STEM. I intend to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant after I graduate.

Madeline (Maddie) Fortner

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Brittany Lawrence
Brittany Lawrence

College of Science

Claire Seibel
Claire Seibel

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets

What's up you guys? My name is Maddie Fortner and I am your rep for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a double major in Religion and Culture and International Studies, with a minor in Spanish. Outside of academics, I enjoy staying active, singing in the school choir, and hiking. As an avid sports fan, I look forward to Hokie athletics every year, especially going to football and basketball games. I am also a member of the sorority Delta Chi Gamma and love spending time volunteering. I am so excited to meet you all and look forward to a great year!

Hello everyone! My name is Brittany Lawrence and I am the College of Science Representative for the HCSC.  I’m a junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Chemistry with a plan to become a pathologist.  As a participant in Dr. Finkielstein’s lab, I am studying how circadian clocks can influence optimal drug administration and how this can be applied to breast cancer research.  I am also a Relay for Life team captain for my lab and I volunteer with Services for Students with Disabilities.  I currently work at a local CVS Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician in order to learn more about the pharmaceutical industry.  I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to participate in the HCSC, and I look forward to meeting you all very soon!

Hey all! I’m Claire, serving as the Corps of Cadets Representative on HCSC. Outside of VTCC, I am pursuing a degree in Biological Systems Engineering with a minor in leadership. I am also a member of VT Running Club, am working on independent research in leadership, and hope to begin research on rural water systems and public health. After graduation, I intend to spend my career working on critical issues in food production and resource allocation to combine my passions of service, leadership, agriculture, engineering, and public outreach. Looking forward to meeting all you!

Maggie Smith 

College of Natural Resources and Environment

Blake Warner

Pamplin College of Business

My name is Maggie Smith and I am studying wildlife conservation and biology with the hopes of going to vet school. I lived in the Honors Residential Commons for two years and served as the director of service for the community. I am also a member of the Leadership Institute of the College of Natural Resources and an ambassador for the college. Outside of school I love playing soccer, doing yoga, and basically anything outdoors. Please feel free to reach out to me about anything honors college or CNRE related!

On top of being PCOB's representative, I also serve as the head of marketing for the Honors College Student Council. I am a rising sophomore pursuing degrees in BIT and Management. This is my first year on the council, but I hope to strengthen the relationship between the Pamplin College of Business and the Honors College. I am also a Pamplin Global Mentor, Prospective Stanford University Innovation Fellow, Honors Residential Commons Apartment Fellow, and Calhoun Discovery Program Scholar. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns regarding Pamplin, the Honors College, or their relationship!