Student Admins

Your Honors Student Admins

Mason Koelm


Mason Koelm is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in International Relations and Criminology, Law, and Justice, with certificates in Museum Studies and International Business and a minor in Anthropology. He has been involved in the honors program since 2018 as an ambassador and has been an admin since August. He is currently the Honors Student Representative of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. In his free time, Mason enjoys playing music, reading, and watching movies.







Amanda Barrett


Major: Psychology and Spanish

Involvement: Vice President of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity, Undergraduate Research Assistant (Developmental Psychopathology Lab), Director of Serve Iowa for Student United Way, Family Representative for Dance Marathon, Honors Administrative Assistant, study abroad in Spain, UIHC Employee

My focus this year is deciding my career path and future plans... it's okay to be uncertain!

Ask me about study abroad/travel, research, honors involvement, and student volunteering opportunities!








Josh Parbs


I'm majoring in Biochemistry, with minors in Chemistry and Global Health Studies, and a certificate in Intercultural Leadership on the Pre-Medicine Track

I'm a Senior at the University, and have been involved in the Honors Program since my first day on campus. I formally started working for the Program at the beginning of my Sophomore year, and now serve as a peer mentor and an admin. If I'm not busy at the BHC or studying, I like to dance, try new foods, or hang out with my friends. I'm involved in many organizations revolving around student affairs, Dance Marathon, UI Bio, undergraduate research, UIHC volunteering, and swing dancing to name a few. I've loved the first half of my college career, and I can't wait to see what the next two years have in store for me!



Mishma Nixon


Mishma is a junior from Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is majoring in English and Creative Writing with minors in Cinema and Social Justice. She has just started out as a student admin, and has discovered her new passion for writing emails. She is the cultural director of the Campus Activities Board, the Vice President of Operations in the South Asian Student Alliance and the Communications Director of the International Student Advisory Board. She loves connecting with other honors student and enjoys meeting new people, so don't hesitate to say hi! (All you have to ask about is her current read or the last movie she watched, and you are guaranteed to have a long conversation).






Anna Magaña


Major: English and Creative Writing

Minor: Latino/a Studies

This is my fourth year at the University of Iowa, and my first year as an Honors Student Administrator. I got involved with Honors in my freshman year when I started writing for the newsletter. I worked on it for three semesters and had the opportunity to research the program for its 60th anniversary, interview influential figures over time, and highlight current students. I look forward to using what I’ve learned as I transition to an administrative role! In addition to my work with Honors, I have a position at the university’s Main Library, I’m involved with the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead, and I’m working with a group of peers on starting a local satire magazine. I love Iowa City’s small-town atmosphere, so in my free time, you can usually find me strolling downtown without an agenda.