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TAZREE A. KADAM HOMETOWN: Fishers, Ind. MAJOR: Economics HER THESIS: The Effect of Women’s Autonomy in South India: Arranged Marriage and Dowry Culture WHILE SHE WAS HERE: Member of the Management Fellows program, CFO of DePauw’s Timmy Global Health student organization, Prindle Prize recipient for her Honor Scholar thesis, and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors HER PLANS: Financial analyst for Goldman Sachs, Chicago LEARNING FOR LIFE: “It was amazing to me to find how taking a class on European modern art or the theory of consciousness can help you build relationships over shared interests in the real world.”

of honors classes that you find at other institutions, according to Tyler J. Bussian ’15. “The Honor Scholar classes feel like graduate-level courses in the fact that your grade is determined by how you engage with the material instead of how well you have memorized a concept. None of the classes have tests, and many times you feel like you’ve learned more about the topic because of this.” As seniors, Honor Scholars write a thesis (see list of this year’s graduating seniors and their thesis titles that accompanies this story), which is a culminating, interdisciplinary project that involves a student’s independent study, research, academic expertise, community service or other work. “In writing the thesis, I feel like I grew from an undergraduate student into something more,” Katherine R. Tozer ’15 said. “My committee kept encouraging me to publish my thesis, telling me that I was cultivating skills I would use after college – such as teaching myself and setting my own schedule.” An Honor Scholar’s thesis tends to be thorough and long, sometimes nearly book length. In fact, students have literally written a novel. As an indicator of their mindset, when DePauw Magazine asked this year’s graduating Honor Scholars to provide brief answers to six questions on

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Number of students selected for the Honor Scholar Program since 2001-02.

Profile for DePauw University Publications

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Elisa Villanueva Beard, Honor Scholars and First-Gen Students

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Elisa Villanueva Beard, Honor Scholars and First-Gen Students