Honors Student Council

Welcome to Honors Student Council!

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 2022-23 academic year include:

  • Nicholas Davis, President
  • Amanda Finn, Vice President of the Community Engagement Committee
  • Gina Jagminas and Bethany Lee, Co-Vice Presidents of Social Engagement
  • Rosie Martinez, Vice President of the Arts Committee
  • Margot Pierce, Vice President of the Publications Committee
  • Alejandro Pulido, Vice President of the Academic Engagement Committee
  • Flor Quiroz, Secretary and Social Media Chair

The HSC meets at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings on alternating weeks throughout the semester. All students are encouraged to attend. On the alternating week when the HSC does not formally meet, it sponsors an “Honors After Dark” program that is thematically determined by students. Watch for announcements about events in Newsbytes and on Social Media!

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

Meet Your 2022-23 HSC Executive Board!

Nic DavisPresident

Nicholas is a senior studying Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Design. After graduation, he hopes to work in design for the automotive industry. Outside of CHP, he is involved in the aerodynamics, drivetrain, and chassis/suspension sub-teams of the Illini Formula Electric Team. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, running, and learning everything he can. Nicholas joined the Honors Student Council to meet more students with common interests and goals. Through the executive board he hopes to have the opportunity to connect with more people and help other Chancellor’s Scholars create new connections, not only with fellow students but also with faculty and staff. Nic encourages any student looking to get involved to attend a meeting!

Amanda FinnVice President, Community Engagement

Amanda is studying Animal Sciences on the Science, Pre-Veterinary and Medical track. After completing her undergraduate schooling, she hopes to earn a D.V.M. and work as a wildlife veterinarian.

Outside of CHP, she is the fundraising chair for 4 PAWS for Ability, an organization where students lay the key foundation for socialization and training in future service dogs. In her free time, she enjoys traveling by any means possible. Whether car, plane, train, or walking, Amanda loves seeing new sites.

She became involved in HSC to help navigate the vastness of the U of I population and campus size. She hopes that her time as co-VP of Community Engagement will allow students to fully explore all the opportunities available within their new home in Urbana-Champaign.  Amanda encourages all Chancellor’s Scholars to participate in HSC because it has awarded her countless mentors, study buddies, and friends. The Honors House has become such an inviting space to unwind, destress, and grab hot cocoa during the winter months!!

Gina JagminasCo-Vice President, Social Engagement

Gina is a junior in LAS, majoring in History with a minor in Journalism. Outside of HSC, she is involved with the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the Daily Illini, and is an LAS Life+Career Design Intern. In her free time, she is almost always watching movies, crocheting, or going out to eat with friends. 

HSC provided Gina with a much-needed sense of community during her first two years at UIUC, and she wanted to become more involved to continue making new connections with students and faculty. Working with the rest of the executive board and the Social Engagement Committee, she is excited to plan even more events to bring everyone in CHP closer together. She encourages anyone who is a part of CHP to stop by at an HSC meeting or an Honors After Dark event to check it out and meet some great people!

Bethany Lee – Co-Vice President, Social Engagement

Bethany is a junior studying Psychology. Outside of HSC, she is involved in the Undergraduate Psychology Association and works with the Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging Committee for the Delta Zeta sorority. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and reading.

Bethany joined HSC to get to know people in the Campus Honors Program and gain a sense of community on a large campus. As Co-Vice President of Social Engagement, she hopes to help create opportunities for students to bond over common interests as well as to gain diverse new perspectives.

Rosie MartinezVice President, Art

Rosie is a sophomore studying Graphic Design and Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to work in political campaigning and use her art to create social change. She works in a multitude of mediums besides digital, such as pencil, paint, ink, etc. Outside of HSC, Rosie is a member of the Latino Student Association and always looking to advocate for POC issues and rights. 

Through HSC, Rosie was able to find a welcoming community and an actual home away from home! CHP provides so many opportunities to make college life much more enjoyable. Being able to lead the Art Committee and help plan events alongside the rest of the Honors Student Council members is an honor, and she hopes to integrate art into HSC in as many fun and innovative ways as possible.

Margot PierceVice President, Publications

Margot is a sophomore studying Mathematics with a minor in Spanish. Outside of HSC, she is a member of the executive boards for the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Altgeld Ringers. She also plays the violin in the University Philharmonia Orchestra. When she isn’t in class or rehearsal, she enjoys reading, journaling, and going for long walks.

During her freshman year, CHP and HSC in particular became a special community for Margot, and helped make the big university feel a bit smaller and more familiar. On executive board, she hopes to extend the welcome that she received to more students and make them feel at home in CHP. She hopes that all Chancellor’s Scholars will come to HSC and/or Honors After Dark to connect with other students, as well as consider contributing to Equinox, the literary magazine!

Alejandro Pulido- Vice President, Academic Engagement

Alejandro is a Junior studying Information Systems and minoring in Computer Science. Outside of CHP, he enjoys working out and rock climbing as well. Alejandro joined HSC to get involved more within the Campus Honors Program. He hopes that with his time as Vice President in Academic Engagement that professors through various colleges showcase the research that they do outside of classes. He encourages all Chancellor’s Scholars to connect with their professors and get to know them a little better.

Flor Quiroz Secretary

Flor is a sophomore in LAS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is currently studying Clinical Psychology and Spanish, planning to finish her double major bachelor’s degrees in May 2025. After completing her degree, she hopes to pursue a PHD and work as an outpatient therapist supporting Spanish speaking families and the Latinx community.

Outside of HSC, Flor enjoys staying active by working out, bike riding or walking her dog. In her free time, she reads, cooks, draws, likes visiting new places, listens to podcasts, and spends time with friends and family. She loves having conversations with new people and appreciates when people share more about themselves and their passions.

As HSC Secretary and Social Media Chair, she hopes to network with other campuses, grow the CHP following, and increase engagement through hosting fun events for CHP students. She will work closely with other Exec Board members to encourage and support Chancellor’s Scholars in their professional and academic life. She hopes to see and meet a lot more people at the Honors House this year.