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.
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.
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:
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:
Financial Analyst in the Leadership and Development Program at BAE Systems
Engineer at Barton & Loguidice
Crew Training Engineer at Bechtel Marine Propulsion
Rickover Fellow at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
EMRE Engineer at Exxon/Mobil
Engineer in the Edison Engineering Development Program at GE Aviation
Engineer in the Operations Management Leadership Program at General Electric
Multi-Site Project Engineer at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Software Tester at IBM
Associate Engineer at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
Systems Engineer at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
Maintenance Supervisor at Leprino Foods
Office Engineer at PC Construction Company
Module Test Engineer at Trison Engineering
In Summer 2011, 25 students interned with major companies including, Amphenol Aerospace, BAE Systems (2), Barton & Loguidice, Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, Eastman Kodak, GE Aviation, GE Energy (2), GE Healthcare, GE Transportation, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Newport News Shipbuilding, NRG Systems, Olin Chlor Alkali Products, Parsons Corporation, PC Construction Company, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, SRC Inc. and Trison Engineering. Two students interned in state and federal government, including the NYS Bridge Authority and FBI New York Field Office; two students interned in hospitals, including Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, VT and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center; two students worked as educators at summer camps; and one student worked on the Prospect Park Natural Resource Crew.
In Summer 2011, 53 students did research: 38 students participated in the Summer Research Program at Clarkson University; ten completed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at other universities, including Beijing University in China; two did research at government institutions (NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Glenn) and three did medical research at major hospitals (Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School; Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program, and US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Brooke Army Medical Center).
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:
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
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 (3)
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.