Honors Advising

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Honors Advising fosters a supportive environment where Honors students feel empowered to pursue and achieve their educational and professional goals. Advisors serve as a bridge connecting students to opportunities tailored to their interests. Honors advisors and students work together to develop academic plans, explore campus and community resources, and set attainable goals.

Honors students can expect:

  • Professional and friendly advisors who are well-versed in their academic areas of interest
  • Assistance with integrating Honors Degree and major(s) requirements and developing timely graduation plans
  • Guidance and support throughout the Honors Thesis process
  • Relevant connections to internships, faculty mentors, resources and unique opportunities that will further enhance their undergraduate experiences

Meet the Team!

At Honors our advisors are always available to help. Whether its a quick scheduling question, looking into extra curriculars, or finding the perfect elective our team is here to make your experience as positive and impactful as possible. Schedule an appointment or stop by the MHC for daily walk in hours!

Aaron Reynolds

Prior to coming to the U, Aaron was an advisor at the University of Arizona and Southern Utah University. A native Utahn, Aaron grew up in a rural town in southern Utah. After completing his undergraduate degree in Utah he completed a masters in Organizational Leadership at Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration at the U and enjoys cycling, working out at Orange Theory and spending time at the golf course.

Michelle Taliaferro

Michelle is the product of three small California towns. She grew up swimming competitively, and loved her math and sciences courses. In college she completed a bachelors in Chemistry at California State University- Fresno. There she learned quantum mechanics can be fun— just ask her! During her third undergraduate year she was recruited by University of Utah to pursue her PhD in Physical Chemistry. She completed her PhD under Distinguished Professor Joel S. Miller in less than four years, publishing close to ten papers while speaking both nationally and internationally. Through her experiences she has developed great empathy for the students she advises, as she understands the perseverance, drive and dedication it takes to succeed. She is always happy to share a story or two, and enjoys assisting students in finding their “own story”.

Kyle Carsey

Kyle was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Psychology. Before coming to the Honors College, Kyle has been an advisor in the athletic departments at the University of Utah and most recently for the football and basketball programs at Weber State University. Kyle enjoys watching and playing sports, his brother Kellen is the current head baseball coach at Juan Diego High School in Draper Utah. He also enjoys working out, politics, and spending time with family and friends.

Ginger Smoak

Ginger arrived at the University of Utah seven years ago from Colorado, and grew up in Northern California. A medieval historian, she is interested in midwifery and childbirth, anatomy and social history, and enjoys Game of Thrones. As a member of the Honors Faculty, she teaches Intellectual Traditions, Honors Writing, and Reacting to the Past courses. She enjoys boxing, skiing, golfing, and once took bagpipe lessons.

Kelly O'Neill

Kelly is a graduate of the Honors College with an HBFA in Studio Art. Originally from Albuquerque New Mexico, Kelly has made Utah his home and is in love with the state’s wilderness. While not a skier or hiker Kelly is inspired by the harsh landscapes of the west desert and has a keen interest in the social, economic, and cultural wonder that is Great Salt Lake. Land use and interpretation is one of the major themes of his artworks which also investigate archives, appropriation, simulation, and knowledge production. He is still a practicing artist regularly applying to shows and residencies throughout Utah and the South West. Besides art and the desert Kelly also enjoys building Gundams, catching films at The Tower, playing MTG with friends, and rock climbing at The Front.