Honors Program

Honors students enjoy many benefits including special housing, early registration for classes, special networking opportunities, and the camaraderie of peers who enjoy being intellectually engaged.

Alumni Profile

Jen Petty

Jen Petty
  • Graduation Year: 2010
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology

A 2010 UE graduate, Jen Turpen (Petty) received her Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, in May 2013. She is currently attending medical school at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Jen completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in medical education in May 2016, which allowed her to teach medical students in several courses, including ultrasound. Her research project, which she presented at the 2016 Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, was entitled "Evaluating Ultrasound Practical Examinations Used to Assess Sonographic Skills of Medical Students." She was awarded the Thorpe Leadership Endowment, named a Wetzel Scholar, and received the Dr. Edith & Mead Cottrell Memorial Award. She attended the Betty Ford Summer Institute for Medical Students in May of 2016, where she learned from world-renowned addiction specialists.

Jen believes that the Honors Program enhances the quality education that UE provides and the professionalism that it fosters in its students. “I believe that the Honors Program takes these traits and enriches them further by encouraging the students to take more challenging courses and getting to know their professors earlier on in their academic careers.”

During her time at UE, Jen enjoyed many aspects of the Honors Program. “My favorite part was getting to know the people involved in the Honors Program. I've made lifelong friends from this program - some of whom I lived next door to in Powell Hall. In fact, two of my bridesmaids were Honors program members. I also appreciated the fact that professors at UE would challenge the Honors students to do better. I had a few professors who would push me to do more than what other students were required to do, because they knew I could. Being a member of HPSAC (Honors Program Student Advisory Council) provided excellent opportunities to get to know the program directors better.”

She continues, “In addition, as a member of the Honors Program, I received funding to present research at two conferences while at UE. A fellow Honors student, Rochelle Healy, and I did research on anger and anxiety in live action role playing. We presented our findings to both the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference and the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference.”

Jen was married in June of 2016 at Neu Chapel on the campus of the University of Evansville. She was ecstatic to return to her alma mater to begin the next chapter in her life. In July 2016, she began her clinical rotations in St. Louis with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018. She hopes to specialize in emergency medicine, but is open-minded about where her education and opportunities may lead.