Honors Student Council

Welcome to HSC!

The purpose of the Honors Student Council (HSC) is to provide a community where honors students can develop friendships and participate in activities that are critical to the mission of the program. The HSC is supported financially and overseen by the Campus Honors Program staff. During the spring semester, students have an opportunity to apply for leadership positions on the HSC Executive Board. Each of the Vice Presidents is responsible for chairing a committee focused on each of their respective areas of responsibility, and all students in the Campus Honors Program are encouraged to actively participate on one or more of these committees. Those selected for the 2020-21 academic year include:

The HSC meets at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings on alternating weeks throughout the semester. All students are encouraged to attend. On those Tuesday evenings when the HSC does not formally meet, it sponsors an “Honors After Dark” program that is thematically determined by students.

We encourage all students to become involved in the HSC this year!

Your 2020-21 HSC Exec Board:

Maya Chattoraj


Maya is a sophomore majoring in Specialized Chemistry. She plans to pursue a PhD in chemistry, then go into industry in an area that benefits the environment. Outside of CHP, she is involved in the Illinois Space Society's NASA University Student Launch Initiative competition team, the American Chemical Society Student Chapter at UIUC, and she conducts research in the Jain Lab, where she works on the synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles. In her free time, she plays violin in the Philharmonia Orchestra on campus, and she also enjoys reading, when she has the time for it! Maya became involved in HSC in order to interact more with her fellow Chancellor's Scholars as well as faculty and staff. Through her role on exec board, she hopes to introduce students to new professors who they would never have interacted with otherwise. She encourages others to join HSC in order to meet other Chancellor's Scholars!

Micah Rubel

Vice President, Academic Engagement

Micah is a sophomore majoring in Materials Science and Engineering, and plans to pursue a PhD in the same field. He is interested in a career centered around research and development of new technologies, especially in the renewables sector. He is currently involved with the local chapters of Keramos and Material Advantage. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, editing videos, and learning in any and every form imaginable, and is (albeit slowly) teaching himself a few languages. He hopes to learn as much as he can during his tenure as the VP of Academic Engagement, and he hopes to inspire or encourage the passion for learning inside each and every member of the Campus Honors Program, even given the tenuous nature of the world as a whole right now.

Ashley Hornig

Vice President, Social Engagement

Ashley is a History major with a minor in Secondary Education. After undergrad, she plans to become a high school history teacher. Outside of CHP, she is a student worker for the Illinois Early Learning Project, as well as the Chapter President of her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and is involved in Illinithon’s Morale Leadership Committee. She spends most of her free time listening to music and singing. Ashley chose to become involved in HSC because she wanted to make connections with like-minded students on campus. Her role on the exec board has given her the opportunity to strengthen her leadership and organizational skills, as well as the opportunity to create a network of peers and mentors on campus. HSC has been an unforgettable part of her experience at U of I, and she is so grateful for the experiences it has given her. Ashley would encourage anyone who is looking for a way to get involved to join!

Niraj Lawande

Vice President, Civic Engagement

Niraj's major is Molecular and Cellular Biology, and he is interested in going into healthcare. Outside of CHP, he is involved with Illini EMS where he volunteers as an EMT-B and teaches CPR to the Champaign-Urbana Community. He is also in the Founders Entrepreneurship Club and does neuroscience research in the Christian Lab. In his free time, he loves going out to eat, hanging out with friends, going to music concerts, and traveling. He got involved with HSC early on because he wanted to meet others in the program and see how he could make an impact. This year, he is hoping to establish some groundwork for the Comunity Engagement Committee so that in future years, we can make an even greater impact on the community. Niraj says HSC is a great place to meet other Chancellor's Scholars and work together to build a stronger Honors community. He would encourage every Chancellor's Scholar to attend a few meetings to try it out and see if this warm and welcoming environment is a good fit for them.

Andrew Schollmeier

Vice President, Civic Engagement

Andrew is a sophomore currently majoring in Bioengineering, but plans to switch to Statistics & Computer Science beginning fall 2020. He is interested in a career in quantitative analysis. Outside of CHP, Andrew is a member of the local chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Tau Beta Pi, and the Social Gaming Club. In his free time, he enjoys reading, weightlifting, listening to podcasts, and working at the Amazon pickup point in the Illini Union Bookstore. Andrew is co-VP of Civic Engagement, and he says he joined Honors Student Council because he wanted to become more involved in CHP and get to know more Chancellor's Scholars. He has found the board members to be very supportive and excellent at fostering a welcoming community environment for students. He looks forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the broader campus area through civic engagement.

Ethan Frobish

Vice President, Publications

Ethan is an English and Creative Writing double major with a minor in Media and Cinema Studies. He intends to go to graduate school and pursue a PhD in literature with a focus on modernist/contemporary literature. Ethan is beginning a research-based English senior thesis. He enjoys fraternizing with other writers, and he is also a frequent participant in pub trivia games. Ethan joined HSC because he saw that there was an opening for a publications V.P. As someone who reads a lot of books and prides himself on his self-righteous editing skills, he thought it would be a perfect fit. He’s very glad to be on the student council, and in addition to making some of the most beautiful issues of Equinox, he likes to think that he’s helped engender a further appreciation of literature and the arts in the program. Ethan finds there are ample and varied opportunities to explore different intellectual fields through Honors Student Council. As part of the group that plans scholastic and extracurricular events, he has the ability to both experience and to influence what goes on with the events. It's a great group of people!

MaryRose O'Donnell

Vice President, Publications

MaryRose is a Communication and Linguistics double major with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. She wants to go abroad to live in South Korea as an English teacher before returning to either work or go back to school for a PhD. Every year MaryRose subjects herself to a month of constantly writing by doing National Novel Writing Month. Through CHP MaryRose now works for a Nuclear Engineering Professor which has nothing to do with her major but she found through her honors courses. She has been involved with HSC since she was a freshman and decided to be a VP because the Publications Committee has been a large (and great!) part of her time in CHP and in college. MaryRose is excited to keep the Equinox going and create the best editions that CHP has seen yet. She hopes that more people join, even with the challenges we currently face, because it has fostered a great community.

Matthew Haak

Vice President, Art

Matthew is a junior majoring in Architecture and minoring in Mathematics. Outside of CHP, Matthew is involved in a co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, in which he is the Vice President of Service. He loves to paint, ride his bike, volunteer, and hang out with friends in his free time. He has explored more abstract art styles in college; he especially enjoys creating collages after taking a CHP class focused on collaging. Matthew has been a member of HSC's art committee for the past two years and is excited to participate in CHP even more as the Vice President of Art. He has creative ideas for making art engaging for all students, even those who have never held a paintbrush. Matthew looks forward to collaborating with honors students on many exciting projects.

Jacob Fritchie

Secretary and Social Media Chair

Jacob is a physics major, and he plans to go to graduate school to pursue a PhD in astrophysics. He is currently on the executive board of Collegiate 4-H, and he serves on the Elks National Foundation Scholar Advisory Board. In his free time, he volunteers with people experiencing homelessness. His creative outlet is photography. He enjoys blowing off some steam by creating beautiful images. Initially, he joined Honors Student Council to make more friends within the Campus Honors Program and discovered that HSC hosts many fun events. As a member of the executive board, he hopes to be able to help facilitate events that foster friendships between Chancellor’s Scholars. Jacob thinks joining HSC is a great way to make your voice heard in terms of what you would like CHP to do. Joining HSC helps you meet other like-minded scholars, as he finds those are often some of the best friendships.