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JCC Featured Honors Program Student - October 2015

Gregory F. G. Gilligan, of Adams Center, is the featured Jefferson Community College (JCC) Honors Program student of the month for October. At Jefferson, Gilligan is a mathematics and science major with a concentration in science. For one of his honors options, he conducted a study using multiple DNA technologies/methodologies to compare sample fish DNA to the fish DNA of what is sold in local stores to determine the species of fish being sold as well as the validity of what is being sold. After graduating from Jefferson, Gilligan plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology in hopes of achieving his career goal of becoming a veterinarian.

The Jefferson Community College Honors Program offers students with exceptional academic skills the opportunity to receive enriched instruction within their current program of study. For the Honors Program, students select three courses within their curriculum, and enhance them as Honors Options. The option is based on a project agreed to by the student and a faculty member willing to work closely with the student to provide a unique and rewarding experience. Students also take the Honors Seminar, a unique inter-disciplinary course open only to program participants. The Seminar examines a single theme each semester and features guest speakers from a variety of disciplines and often includes some sort of field experience.

Successful program participants earn a prestigious Honors Graduate designation on their academic transcript for each Honors Option course. Students demonstrating excellent academic achievement in high school or who have completed 12 credit hours of college coursework are invited to apply for admission to the Honors Program. For more information, contact Honors Program coordinator, Christine Grimes Topping, at