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 Self-Education provides students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest to them with much more freedom and independence than in traditional classes. Each Self-Education project counts for one credit hour and the student works on the project on his/her own time throughout the semester.  Below are some samples of work from these self-education projects. 




 Ha Long Bay 

 The Honors Self Education project gave Yen Tran the chance to experience acrylic painting that she never had the time for. She set her goal to paint two pieces over the summer of 2012 and ended up with four paintings. The first piece Yen painted was of the Ha Long Bay, one of the 7 New Nature Wonders of The World. This painting took her two months to finish to get its details and depth. Other paintings took her approximately two weeks each to finish. She used the gridline system to outline her paintings with important details, and then Yen started painting from left to right. After that, she touched up her paintings to see the depth, reflection, and details to make them complete. The project opened up some unexpected opportunities such as a great sale in the Claypool Young Gallery and her recent art business on, an on-line website for handmade and vintage items.  





 Kasey Reed 

Kasey Reed designed and painted this stained glass window as her Self-Education Project. 




 Flower in Hand self education   Kentucky River   bongo   mimosa 
Brooke Washburn has had an interest in photography for quite a few years now. So when Dr. Krummrich told her that she could use the Honors camera for a self-education project, she jumped at the chance.   She set out to basically teach herself how to use the camera in manual mode considering all she had ever worked with previously was a point and shoot type camera. She ended up buying a book and reading the camera's manual to learn her way around the camera. She then set out to learn about different aspects of photography: aperture, shutter speed, lighting, etc. Through this she was able to greatly enhance her photos, as shown above, to where she was satisfied with how they turned out so she would no longer have to edit them on the computer.  


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As a freshman, Yen did two projects focusing on U.S. – China relationship and Vietnam’s Economic Reform. Her first project about U.S. – China won the 2012 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. She has presented the two papers at several conferences in all levels (state, regional and national). In the future, she plans to expand her research in the Asian regions under political and economic aspects, under two mentors: Dr. James Masterson and Dr. Ali Ahmadi. Yen hopes to get a law degree and MBA degree after graduating from Morehead State University.

Yen Tran

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