Get to know your Honors Ambassadors: Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer is a returning ambassador in her third year of the Honors College. She is a biology major with an emphasis in biomedical sciences. Following graduation, Jennifer hopes to attend a Physician Assistant program and work towards an eventual goal of international missions. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys practicing photography, being outdoors, and exploring Kansas City. Some of her favorite aspects of the Honors College are the opportunities to engage in investigative honors contracts, build relationships with students and staff, and participate in social events.

Stop by to say hi to Jen during her office hours in 430 Cherry Hall:

Tuesday: 12:30 – 3 PM

Wednesday: 9 – 11 AM

Thursday: 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Friday: 8:30 – 11 AM, 12 – 2 PM

Get to know your Honors Ambassadors: Lachlan Moore


Lachlan is another new addition to the Honors Ambassador team. He is a third-year health sciences student who is hoping to be matriculated into medical school after graduating. Outside of the classroom, Lachlan enjoys taking road trips, attending concerts, and watching B-movies. His favorite aspects of the Honors College are priority enrollment, the incredible study abroad opportunities, the Honors exclusive Anchors, and the subject-specific discussion groups.


Swing by the Ambassador’s office in 430 Cherry Hall during Lachlan’s office hours and ask him for his thoughts on the Joe’s vs. Q39 BBQ debate.

Monday: 2 PM – 4PM, 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Thursday: 11 AM – 1 PM

Friday: 2 PM – 4:30 PM


Sunday, Nov. 25th: 5 PM – 7:30 PM

Lucerna Spotlight: Joseph Allen

Honors College junior, Joseph Allen, is the Editor-in-Chief of Lucerna, an undergraduate research journal published by the Honors College.  If you would like to get involved, contact Joseph at for more information.

  1. In your own words, how would you describe Lucerna as an organization, and what is its primary mission within the Honors College? 

“UMKC is home to hundreds of students who are doing research, getting involved, and making an impact on the world around them. Lucerna is UMKC’s only interdisciplinary undergraduate research journal. It gives students the incredible opportunity to have their research published, and to share the ideas and knowledge they’ve worked so hard to acquire. Our mission is to encourage and empower students as they advance in their educational and professional endeavors.”


  1. What is your role in Lucerna, and how long have you been a part of the organization? 

“I am the Editor-in-Chief, and I’ve been a part of Lucerna for two and a half years now. My main role is to edit and finalize the publication, help organize the symposium,  and train our staff members to review and edit submissions.”


  1. What is an exciting project that the organization currently has in place? 

“The Lucerna Symposium is our big annual event, and that’ll be on February 15. We are excited because everything is coming together well – so far, we have student speakers, lots of faculty attending, and most importantly food. It’s going to be a great event! All students are welcome and encouraged to come.”


  1. Why did you decide to be involved and run for leadership in this organization? What is advantageous about taking part in the group? 

“I really saw it as a great opportunity to not only see what students are researching across different fields, but to help those students out by encouraging them to have an undergraduate publication. It’s not as intangible or unreachable as a lot of people might imagine. I wanted to be more involved in the Honors College, and after I went to the first couple of meetings, I liked it. Long-story-short, here I am.”


  1. How does Lucerna contribute to your personal development and further your aspirations for the future?

“In the leadership sense, it’s a bit more focused with a more specific role of publishing the journal. Most, if not all, of the process was something I had never done before, so I’ve learned a lot. The other side of it is being able to look at some of these papers from a new standpoint. It’s helped me to understand and judge both the content and editing side. Being exposed to some of that helps you to look at papers in a different way, and it teaches you a lot. I suppose in a lot of ways everything can be a learning experience. So, why not make the most of it”


  1. Outside of Lucerna, what are some hobbies or activities you enjoy engaging in?

“I love reading, cooking, painting, music… and, I’ve kind of gotten into plants over the summer. Honestly, there’s not many things I don’t enjoy delving into.”



Internship Opportunity: Truman Bootstrap Internship

The UMKC Truman Center for Governmental Affairs is seeking applications for the 2019 Truman Bootstrap Internship Award. UMKC will send two students to Washington D.C. to intern with members of Congress for 8 weeks over the summer. The award covers expenses for airfare, housing, 3 credit hours, and a stipend to cover meals and incidental expenses. Additional details and application instructions are here:

For specific questions, contact Dr. Vonnahme:

Internship Opportunity: Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute (BHLI)

Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute (BHLI)

The BHLI is a premier executive leadership development program established to cultivate the next generation of diverse underrepresented healthcare leaders. The BHLI  provides leadership training with an opportunity to analyze current issues in healthcare with national leaders from the fields of healthcare, law, banking, and business with continued mentoring through placement in a paid internship in a premier healthcare environment.


Phase I: May 28 to June 12, 2019 includes $1200 stipend, housing, lodging, and travel allowance to Kansas City, MO

Phase II – Ten week paid internship in Summer 2020 in a notable healthcare organization based upon successful completion of Phase I


Underrepresented sophomore students possessing leadership skills and a minimum 3.2 GPA. Scholars from varying majors are invited to apply: accounting, bio-engineering, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, finance, health administration, health sciences, marketing, nursing, pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, psychology, etc.


PHASE I TOPICS: Public health, public policy, health equity, health law, behavioral health, socio-economic determinants of health, etc.


PHASE I ACTIVITIES: Meyers Briggs Personality Profile, Mock Interview with Chief Human Resource Officers, Etiquette Dinner, Tour of Art Museum, Kansas City Symphony, Team Building Activities, Sporting KC Soccer Game or Kansas City Royals Game, Financial Literacy



Presenters have included the following: Wright Lassiter, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System; Patricia Maryland, President and Chief Executive, Ascension Healthcare; Ian Morrison, famed author, consultant, and futurist; Richard Pollack, President and CEO of American Hospital Association; Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Dr. Bruce Siegel, President and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, and Esther George, President and Chief Executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, among others.



BHLI Scholars have been placed at the following sites: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., America’s Essential Hospitals, Atrium Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Catholic Health Initiatives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cerner Corporation, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Cone Health, Delta Dental of Minnesota, Duke University Hospital, John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Novant Health, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Swope Health Services, Truman Medical Centers, University of Kansas Health System, and Walgreens, among others.


APPLY: Please complete the online application at by Monday, October 22 at 6:00 am.



Upon review of the submitted applications, selected scholars will be invited to interview on the campus of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

Want to know more? Talk with other UMKC students who have participated in the Institute.

Dominique Paje:

Camila Aponte:

Click here for the 2018 Annual Report

Get to know your Honors Ambassadors: Ella Valleroy

Meet another recent addition to the Honors Ambassadors team, Ella Valleroy! Ella is a second-year biology student who plans on attending medical school after graduating. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city and testing her talents in the kitchen by cooking and baking. Some of Ella’s favorite things about the Honors College are the smaller class sizes, the chance to meet a lot of different people, and the leadership opportunities it provides.


Drop in and visit Ella at the Honors Ambassador’s office in 430 Cherry Hall during her office hours:


Monday: 4 PM – 6 PM

Tuesday: 5 PM – 7 PM

Wednesday: 11 AM – 1 PM, 4 PM – 6 PM

Thursday 4 PM – 6 PM