Baylor University Student Awarded Prestigious Honors Fellowship

August 27, 2007

Media Contact: Caitlin Anderson, (800) 526-7022 x 168

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has selected Shane Slowey, a junior University Scholar from Bryan, as one of its 50 Honors Fellows for 2007. The ISI is a national educational organization headquartered in Wilmington, Del., and each year its Honors Program selects the nation's most talented undergraduates to participate in a yearlong program of educational enrichment.

Slowey recently attended a weeklong ISI summer conference in Québec City, Canada, titled "Law in the Western Tradition: Common, Constitutional, Natural, and Divine." ISI Honors Fellows at this conference explored the values and ideas that animate the Western tradition, as the students untangled some of the most vexing questions of contemporary politics in light of first principles and discussed natural justice, natural law, and natural rights. While examining our civilization's intellectual roots, students had the opportunity to engage in debate and discussion led by outstanding faculty mentors from numerous colleges and universities, who teach in the humanities and social sciences.

"The ISI Honors Program is a unique mentoring program offering our most talented undergraduates opportunity to engage in high-level, one-on-one debate with elite university faculty. Such mentoring opportunities are rare in the modern academy," said John Joseph Shanley, director of the ISI honors program.

In addition, as part of ISI's Honors Program, throughout the next academic year, Slowey will receive continued direction from his faculty mentors through participation in small seminars and online discussions. The ISI faculty mentors and staff will provide one-on-one professional assistance to the each of the Honors Fellows, including information about internships, job opportunities, graduate and professional programs, and related concerns. Slowey will also attend an ISI Career Development Seminar, designed to help prepare him for future positions of leadership. He also will receive a large collection of free books and journals.

Founded in 1953, ISI works "to educate for liberty"--to identify the best and the brightest college students and to nurture in these future leaders the American ideal of ordered liberty.

For more information about ISI, or to arrange an interview with Slowey or John Joseph Shanley, please contact Caitlin Anderson at (800) 526-7022 or visit