"As I researched potential undergraduate institutions, I was looking at programs geared toward students interested in graduate and professional school. I was impressed by Portland State University's Honors Program, and felt its curriculum, internship opportunities, and faculty would aid me in developing skills vital for success in a graduate program.
PSU's Honors coursework taught me both to construct and to dissect scholarly argument. During my years in the program, I read a wide variety of scholarly work and from these readings, learned about the world of bioethics, and explored (for example) the bioethics of medical experimentation in the Third Reich.
The internship opportunity in Washington, D.C., was life-changing for me (and for my fellow Honors students.) I had the opportunity to work at the National Institutes of Health and pursue cutting edge research. That internship allowed me to work with renowned scientists, and it brought me into contact with my current research mentor. (I'm presently continuing my research at NIH, investigating the etiology of congenital heart disease.)
The Honors faculty is one of the strongest aspects of the program; I was deeply impressed by their knowledge - not only in their fields of expertise, but in an array of other subjects. They are also great mentors, going beyond just teaching. In fact, even after graduating, I still turn to them for advice. I have always felt that they really care for the success of all their students, and I have always deeply appreciated their support.
I am extremely happy with my undergraduate education and strongly recommend PSU's Honors Program to anyone interested in pursuing graduate work."