Two outstanding seniors at Missouri University of Science and Technology have been named Honors Academy Fellows for 2011.
Rebecca McNally of Jefferson City, Mo., and Ken Smith of Florissant, Mo., received the honor during Missouri S&T’s Honors Banquet Sunday, May 1.
To qualify for the designation, students must be members of Missouri S&T’s Honors Academy, complete 12 hours of honors course credit and an honors senior thesis, and maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.
McNally and Smith both will graduate Saturday, May 7. McNally will receive a bachelor’s degree in business and management systems with an emphasis in marketing and a certificate in systems, applications and products (SAP). Smith will receive a bachelor’s degree in physics with a minor in applied mathematics.
A member of the S&T track and cross country teams, McNally also has served on the university’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee for the last three years. She also was a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy and studied abroad in Finland and Russia.
For her honors thesis, McNally analyzed ways for Rolla to better attract business for conferences and events. Her research was also shared with the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce.
Smith has been a member of the Society of Physics Students for three years. In his honors thesis, he developed a new process for growing nanowires. Nanowires are sub-atomic wires that may one day be used to connect components into extremely small circuits. After graduation, Smith plans to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Missouri S&T, where he hopes to conduct further research into the use of nanotechnology for sensor development.