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University Honors Program

Brian Barney

Health Sciences/Pre-Physical Therapy major
College of Allied Health Sciences

Brian Barney

Brian has built quite the portfolio during his time on campus thus far. As a Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar and star on the varsity track & field team, this Chicago area native immediately found ways to enhance his UC experience. In addition to his prowess on the field and in the classroom, Brian has also taken advantage of University Honors offerings.

His first experience took place over his first winter break at the LeaderShape Institute, a week-long intensive leadership institute that has laid the groundwork for future involvement. As Brian puts it, “University Honors gives me the chance to work on the tools I need to be successful professionally… and, of course, registering for classes early!”

Brian's experience at LeaderShape helped prepare him to mentor a high school freshman in conjunction with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. During his second year, Brian took part in the RAPP Accelerating Racial Justice program, a five-day intensive retreat that helps students learn about racial justice and develop skills related to advocating for justice and fostering conversations around the topic.

Brian Barney

In addition to his interest in social justice, Brian has undertaken a research opportunity in the summer of 2013. He earned an Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship through the University Research Council to work on a project investigating the validity of exercise measurements on patients who suffer from chronic strokes.

Brian stars on the UC track & field team as a middle distance runner. He continues his leadership off the field as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He furthers his contributions to the campus community through leading various clubs, such as Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and ADVANCE minority student professional organization.

In December 2013, Brian was named the Student of the Month by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly Endeavors, and Creative Practice. In addition to being recognized for his work, Brian gave a talk as a part of the Undergraduate Discovery Student Lecture Series.

In January 2014, Brian was named Mr. Kuamka by the African American Cultural and Resource Center as a part of the week-long Kuamka celebration of the Transitions Program. This title recognizes his leadership on campus and in the community as well as his planned service project for the following year.

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