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Clarkson's Honors students defy convention.  They have high standards of excellence in everything they do, as you will see by looking at some of the lists below.

Media Reports and Press Releases
Honors and Awards
Organized Research
Leadership and Service


Honors Sophomore Project featured on front page of Watertown Times

Honors Sophomore Michael Lee to study at NASA Langley over the summer 2014

Honors Senior Eleanor Vane wins National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award

Honors Junior Ruisheng Wang wins Goldwater Scholarship and Mason Sutorius receives honorable mention

Honors Juniors Joanina Gicobi and Zhan Li participate in Alternative Spring Break in Buffalo with Habitat for Humanity

Honors sophomore Andrew Wegner is part of OdrIt team that wins Sigma Nu Tau Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Clarkson University ChemE Car team captained by Honors junior earns place in national finals

Three Honors students among strong Clarkson showing in United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) Championship

Honors junior John Coleman named Liberty League All-Star in basketball


University Recognition Day Awards

Once again, Honors students were conspicuous at University Recognition Day, where they were acknowledged for their exceptional leadership and service in the broader campus community, as well as outstanding scholarship. 

Honors students won over one-third of the 68 departmental awards this year. Honors students won a Commendable Leadership Award and two Commendable Leadership Awards.  One Honors student was inducted into Phalanx, Clarkson’s highest honorary society.  In addition, the Residence Halls Scholarship Award went to Ormsby House, 2nd Floor.  

In fact, almost one half (14) of the senior class won awards, three winning multiple awards, and one third (10) of juniors won awards, one winning multiple awards.  Four ofthe sophomore class and four of the first year class won recognition.  

Commencement Awards

Once again, the two Clarkson Prize winners announced at Commencement were Honors students: Matthew Gammariello won the Levinus Clarkson Award and James Davis won the Frederica Clarkson Award. Matt is going to work for BAE Systems as a Financial Analyst and Jamie is going to work for IBM as a software tester.

Graduating Seniors with Distinction 

Thirty honors students graduated in May 2012.  Twenty (67%) graduated with Great Distinction and 10 (33%) with Distinction. 


Students in the Honors Program regularly win major national scholarships.  We have had many years of success with the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, with at least one winner every year for the past 14 years, and with the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. For a record of these achievements please check out the following:

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Many Honors students received competitive funding to support doctoral studies in highly regarded programs. A short list includes:

Aerospace Engineering at Notre Dame
Applied Math at Cornell 
Applied Math at North Carolina State
Chemical Engineering at Penn State
Chemical Engineering at RPI
Civil Engineering at Illinois Urbana-Champaign 
Computer Science at University of Rochester 
Material Science and Engineering at University of Michigan 
Physics at Stony BrookSignal Processing at Georgia Tech

One student is fully-funded to pursue the Juris Doctorate at Albany Law School.


This year, the jobs of our graduating seniors include the following: 

Software Engineer at IBM 
Development Engineer at IBM
Assistant Engineer on the Intrusion Detection Team at Assured Information Security 
Science/Math Secondary School Teacher for the Peace Corps 
Mechanical Engineer for Submarines at the US Department of Defense NAVSEA Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Engineer in the Edison Engineering Development Program at GE Aviation
Product Supply Engineering Intern at Procter & Gamble


In Summer 2013, 32 students interned with major companies including, NextEra Energy Florida Power & Light, Styron, WS Nelson, Green Mountain Coffee, Raythroa Space and Airborne Systems, Autumn Harp Inc., Moog Inc. Space & Defense Group, Proctor & Gamble (4), NYPA, GE Hitachi, GE Aviation (3), GE Mobile Water, GE Energy, Whiting-Turner, Tetra-Tech Construction, AMCR, National Grid, Binghamton DOT, Norwich Pharmaceuticals, PA Dept of Environmental Protection, NYC Dept of Environmental Protection and Husky. Students also worked with other universities and laboratories such as the University of Nairobi in Kenya, University of Washington, Benet Labs, and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. 


In Summer 2013, 35 students did research: 22 students participated in the Summer Research Program at Clarkson University; thirteen completed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at other universities, including the University of Bradford, Louisiana Tech, SUNY Potsdam, Brookhaven National Lab, Purdue, Tampa FL, Cornell, Paris (2), Penn State, and Berkely.  


Some may be surprised to learn that Honors students are highly engaged in athletics as well as academics.  In 2011-2012, 22 students participated in Varsity athletics at Clarkson University.  This is approximately 17% of the Honors student population compared with about 15% of the general Clarkson student population that participates in Varsity athletics at Clarkson).  Eight Honors students were dual-sport athletes.  Ten Honors Program student-athletes were awarded Liberty League and/or USCSA (United States Collegiate Snowsport Association) All-Academic status.  

The following are some highlights of our scholar-athletes in 2011-2012:

•  Two Honors seniors served as captains of their respective varsity teams;

•  One student skied for the Alpine Team, which took a best-ever third place finish at the 2012 USCSA Nationals; she finished in the top-10 in the giant slalom at Nationals; she was also an Academic and an Athletic All-American and recipient of the Paul Hyde Memorial Award.

•  Two students were on the volleyball team, which enjoyed its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament in Fall 2011; one them was a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America District 3 athlete, and was also on the Liberty League Honorable Mention All-Star Team for volleyball

•  Twelve students were members of the men’s and women’s cross country running team 

•  Six students were on the Nordic ski squad, both the men’s and women’s 2012 USCSA National Champions; one of these skiers had a top-10 finish at the 2012 USCSA National Championships in the sprint event

•  A first-year Honors student started for both the basketball and baseball teams, winning Liberty League and ECAC Upstate Rookie of the Year awards for basketball, and Liberty League Rookie of the Year for baseball, as well as Clarkson University’s Male Rookie of the Year.

•  Two Honors students were members of the Clarkson racquetball club team, which won a Division II National Championship title in 2012.  Both finished first in their respective competitions. Of course, many other Honors students play club sports, including Club Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Crew, Rugby, Ping Pong, and Racquetball.  


Honors Program students are not only actively engaged academically through their coursework and research interests during their time at Clarkson. They are also held leadership positions in many campus organizations and participated in service activities on campus and in the local community. Honors students held the following leadership positions: 

Captain of Concrete Canoe
President of the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team 
Co-captain of the Steel Bridge Team
President for Chem-E-Car
Vice President of Chem-E-Car
Treasurer of Chem-E-Car
Secretary for Chem-E-Car
Team Leader SAE Mini Baja

President of the Gaming Society
Vice President of the Clarkson Gaming Society
President of the Autonomous Robotics Club
President of the Newman Club 
President of the Clarkson University Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 
President of Math Club
President of Theater Club
President and Co-Founder of the Ballroom Dance Club
Vice President and Co-Founder of the Ballroom Dance Club
President and Co-Founder of the Clarkson Barbershop Quartet
Treasurer and Co-Founder of the Clarkson Barbershop Quartet
Vice President and Co-Founder of Clarkson Foodies
Vice President of the Society of Professional Women
Treasurer for Clarkson Golden Knotes
Caving Chair of the Clarkson Outing Club
President of Clarkson'e Gay Straight Alliance

Lab Director for the Clarkson Open Source Institute (COSI)
Network Administrator for WCKN
Chief Engineer at WTSC Radio Station
Librarian for the Clarkson University Orchestra
Staff Writer for The Integrator Senator for CUSA (2)  

Co-Captain of Women’s Rugby
Co-President of Outing Club
Chair Outing Club Caving
Treasurer of Women’s Club Hockey
Treasurer of the Clarkson University Cycling Club
President and Founder of Clarkson Nordic Ski Club
Vice President of Clarkson University Martial Arts Club

Resident Advisor (7)  

President of the Clarkson Chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
President of the Sigma Gamma Tau Aeronautical Engineering Society
President and Founder of the Charity Knitting Club
President and Co-Founder of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Vice President and Co-Founder of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Vice President and President of the Association of Computing Machinery
Chief Financial Officer of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization 
Treasurer for Engineers Without Borders

Vice President of Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
Vice President of Standards of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity 
Vice President of Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
Scholarship Chair of the Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
Treasurer of the Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
Charter Member of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority

President of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society
President of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Vice President and Treasurer of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Secretary of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society
President of the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society
Vice President of the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society 
President of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Vice President and Webmaster of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Treasurer of Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society
Secretary of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society
Secretary of the Sigma Gamma Tau Aeronautical Engineering Honor Society

Members of the graduating class were also mentors for FIRST Robotics, Physics Team Design Lab and the Outdoor Enthusiasts Floor, and tutors in multiple disciplines for Student Academic Services and the Clarkson School, and in Chemistry for S-Stem Program. 

Honors graduates participated in fundraising and service activities for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Relay for Life, St. Lawrence Seaway Polar Plunge, Potsdam Town Cleanup, Potsdam Seniors Luncheon, Adopt-A-Highway, Habitat for Humanity, Pride in Potsdam Day, National Breast Cancer Foundation and Make A Child Smile.