Honors in the News
News Release: Six HUHC Students Receive the Hofstra University Phi Beta Kappa Book Award (10/28/2013)
Six HUHC students are among the nine winners of the Fall 2014 Hofstra University's Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards. These awards are given to students who are at the every top of their classes, and whose work is broadly inclusive of the liberal arts. The winners include:
Sophomores: Christopher Carchia, HUHC; Emily Dorward; Erin Caster
Juniors: Irena Fanarraga, HUHC; Bassir Caravan, HUHC Samantha Spagnoli, HUHC
Seniors: Allison Carmody, HUHC; Tamunoisoala Longjohn, HUHC, Rebecca Friedman
When asked about the awards Dean Frisina said: "Phi Beta Kappa is the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Students who receive the Book Award often go on to be elected to PBK membership. So, it's always exciting to see so many wonderful HUHC students among the winners. I am delighted to congratulate all the winners for their outstanding work. I look forward to watching as their careers continue to unfold at Hofstra and beyond."
News Release: Report shows strong placement numbers among 2011-12 HUHC graduates (10/09/2013)
In a recent survey of 2011-12 HUHC alumni 97% of respondents had found full-time employment (62%), entered graduate school full-time (23%) or were employed part-time (12%). There was a 74% response rate to the survey (197 of 267). Also of note is the timing of alumni hiring. 37% of those hired had their positions in hand before graduation. The next 30% were hired within 3 months of graduation, and by 6 months that number jumps to 87%.
Senior Associate Dean Neil H. Donahue responds, “I’m delighted but not surprised by the high rate of response and the high rate of employment among our graduates. Given the structure of our Honors College curriculum and co- or extra- curricular activities, and the way we interact with all departments and programs, our students get the academic training and social skills, the content and the style, as it were, to do well when they leave. It’s particularly gratifying to see the number of students going on to graduate or professional school! And I bet a lot of those who didn’t respond, are doing very exciting things around the globe. We’ll catch up with them later!”
For Full Report visit HUHC Employment Statistics
News Release: Beena Biju named Amgen Scholar for Summer 2013
The Amgen Scholar program is very competitive and selective, and offers amazing opportunities for students from around the country to meet and work in the summer with research scientists at leading research universities. Beena follows Cindy Schmelkin (now at Harvard Medical School) and Courtney Grimes (now in the Ph.D. program, Chemistry, University of Maryland), who were also Amgen Scholars in recent years. We look forward to tracking Beena’s later success but we’re also glad she’ll be here for another two years.
This summer, Beena Biju participated in the Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA. The program, which provides fully-funded hands-on scientific research experiences to undergraduate students across ten universities in the US and three in Europe, is running for its seventh summer in 2013. Beena was one of 255 U.S. students to be selected as Amgen Scholars from a national pool of 3,640 applicants. Representing 173 undergraduate institutions, this year’s cohort comes from 42 states, DC and Puerto Rico.
Complementing her science education and experience at Hofstra University, Beena is completing a summer research project in the Department of Biological Chemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Siavash Kurdistani. Outside of the lab, Beena joined 24 other students in a range of programming designed to enhance professional skills and better prepare students for graduate school.
From July 20-22, Beena attended the annual Amgen Scholars U.S. Symposium held both at UCLA and Amgen, where students have the opportunity to learn more about biotechnology and drug discovery and development, to meet and network with other Scholars from across the nation, and to hear firsthand from leading scientists in industry and academia.
We are glad to have hosted Beena as an Amgen Scholar this summer and hope for continued participation from students at Hofstra University
For more information, please visit the Amgen Scholars Program website and see our 2012 Annual Report for an overview of the program. For additional questions about the Program, please do not hesitate to contact the US Program Office.
News Release: Hofstra Student Body Goes Global - HUHC entering class enrolls 10 international students
Hofstra University announced that this year's group of entering students come from 49 different countries. HUHC's 2017 class includes 10 international students. Speaking about the important role international students play, Dean Warren Frisina said: "It is difficult to overestimate how much our community benefits when we are able to attract so many talented students from so far away. They bring their own special form of creativity and intelligence, and just be being themselves help to expand and extend the HUHC experience intellectually and culturally." The countries represented include:
*HUHC's incoming "Class of 2017" includes students from 10 countries
Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium,*Brazil,*Brunei, Canada,*China, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Ethiopia, France,*Germany, *India, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, *Mexico, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, *Philippines, Poland, Portugal, *Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, *Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, *United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
News Release: 14th Annual Aims of Education Address Given by Professor Beverly Clendening, Biology (8/30/2013)
On Saturday evening of Welcome Week, Professor Beverly Clendening (Biology) gave the 14th annual Aims of Education Address to the HUHC 2017 class. Having arrived a mere 48 hours earlier, students listened attentively to what would be their first "college lecture." The Aims of Education Address provides students who are about to begin a new chapter in their lives with an opportunity to hear from one of Hofstra's most esteemed faculty on the aims and goals of a college education. After the talk, they gathered in small groups with approximately 20 faculty who led them in a reflective discussion about their own positions on the "aims of education." This exercise, which is modeled on a similar practice at the University of Chicago, provides HUHC students with an opportunity to look ahead and think hard about what they hope to achieve during the coming four years.
News Release: Technology Helps HUHC Student Join Welcome Week Events (8/30/2013)
When freshman Andrew Fierstein (2017) couldn't attend orientation events this weekend, he got a little help from Honors College Dean Warren Frisina. The dean introduced Andrew via FaceTime to his fellow freshmen who had gathered in Axinn Library for the Aims of Education Lecture. For more details on this story follow this link.
News Release: More HUHC Students Pursue Senior Honors Theses
A recent review of HUHC records reveals a substantial uptick in the percentage of HUHC seniors who are pursuing senior honors theses or projects. Historically about 10-12% of the HUHC students with senior status went the extra mile and used a senior honors thesis or project as a capstone to their college experience. During the last three years, however, that percentage jumped to approximately 20%. HUHC's Senior Associate Dean Neil Donahue, who also serves as Coordinator of Undergraduate Research at Hofstra, said "We've been getting out word to our students about the possibility of earning departmental honors in their major as a wonderful capstone experience, a chance to do original work under the supervision of an advisor, which is a great credential for graduate or professional school and a big first step into the field, and your future career. The Undergraduate Research page has the details, but the benefits are clear: with a departmental honors thesis, you can make your major field of study definitively your own and put your signature on your education."
News release: High Percentage of HUHC Students make Provost's and Dean's List
In the Spring semester 114 HUHC students, around 10% of the HUHC population made the Provost's list by earning perfect 4.0 GPA's. An additional 612 HUHC students were on the Dean's list. This means that approximately 70% of HUHC's students earned highest honors last semester. Congratulations to all!