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Honors director elected to national council

December 30, 2013

Lopamudra Basu, director of the Honors College at University of Wisconsin-Stout, has added a feather to her cap.

Basu has been elected to a three-year term as a professional member of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council. She will be able to provide input to the national honors organization and will attend two meetings a year. Her term will expire in 2016.
Lopamudra Basu
From Calcutta, India, Basu has been at UW-Stout in the English and philosophy department since fall of 2005. She was appointed assistant director of the University Honors Program in 2008 and director in 2011.

The NCHC directs policies and best practices of honors education in the U.S., and the board is its decision-making body, Basu said. UW-Stout is a long-standing member of the council.

“It is a great honor to be elected,” Basu said. “I will try to represent schools like UW-Stout with its special polytechnic mission.”

She also hopes to represent regional schools that may not have well-funded honors programs.
The UW-Stout program was elevated in 2012 to college status, making it the second Honors College in UW System. Last fall, the program boasted more than 450 students.

Basu’s vision for the college is for it to become a vibrant and inclusive intellectual community which fosters the best teaching, learning and research experiences for undergraduates at UW-Stout, she said.

“I think of Honors College students and faculty as campus leaders in innovation, research and civic engagement who will propel the university to higher standards of achievement,” she said.

Students attending UW-Stout are invited to join the Honors College according to ACT score, class rank or high school grade-point average. Students who do not meet the criteria may still apply.

Honors College requirements include completing a combination of honors courses, study abroad experiences or independent study projects. Students also must attend a colloquium book discussion forum every semester.
Basu holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Delhi. She has a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center, City University of New York; her area of specialization is postcolonial literature.

At UW-Stout she has taught courses in honors composition, women writers, recent world literature and American multicultural literature. She has recently developed the post-9/11 course, After 9/11: American Literature of Public Crisis and Trauma, that she hopes to offer in fall of 2014.

For more information about the Honors College, contact Lopamudra Basu or visit here.

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