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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.

Honors and Awards
Organized Research
Leadership and Service


 University Recognition Day Awards

Once again, Honors students were conspicuous at the 2015 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 approximately one-third of the 68 departmental awards this year. Honors students won ten Commendable Leadership Awards and five Commendable Service Awards.  Four Honors students were inducted into Phalanx, Clarkson’s highest honorary society.  In addition, the Residence Halls Scholarship Award went to Ormsby House, 1st Floor.  

Commencement Awards

One of the two Clarkson Prize winners announced at Commencement was an Honors student:  Ruisheng (Rick) Wang who received the Frederica Clarkson Award based on his scholarship and potential for outstanding achievement.  Rick graduated with a degree in mechanical engineeing and a minor of bioengineering.  For his Honors thesis Rick investigated the use of accelerometers in assessing riks for cardiovascular disease adn he won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship before graduating.  He had a research internship at teh Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital under a program of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences Technology.  He is presently doing a PhD in bioengineering at Cornall University where his is developing smartphone technology for noninvasive diagnostic tools.  

Graduating Seniors with Distinction 

Twenty-eight Honors students graduated in May 2015.  Twenty (71%) graduated with Great Distinction and 8 (29%) 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 16 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:

Food, Agrigulture and Biological Engineering, Ohio State University
Philosophy, University of Buffalo
Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
Chemistry, University of Colorado-Boulder
Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University
Bioengineering, University of Vermont
Robotics, University of Michigan


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

Project Engineer, Whiting-Turner
Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Process Engineer, Freudenberg- NOK
Mechanical Engineer, Exelis Geospatial Systems
Quality Engineer, GE Aviation
Development Engineer, IBM
Manufacturing Engineer, Keurig GMCR
Structural Analysis Engineer, Exelis
Edison Engineer Development, GE Transportation
Process Furnace Engineer, IBM/Global Foundries
Staff Engineer, Weeks Warine & Engineering Company


In Summer 2015, 31 students interned with major companies including, Global Foundries, Intel, Florida Power & Light, NextrEra Energy, Consigl Construction, Xylem, Ferris, P&G, GE Transportation, Mylan Tech, Ferm National Lab, Delaware Engineering, DEC Pollution Prevention Program, Bristol Myers Squibb Engineering Firm, Xerox, GE Power & Water, Alcoa Technical Center, Walmart Corp, O'Brien & Gere, Neutrogena, BAE Systems, GE OMLP, International Paper, Benet Labs, Barton & Loguidice, C Speed, Ayco, Black River Systems, Essex Public Works, Scripps Incorporated, 


In Summer 2015, 43 students did research: 35 students participated in the Summer Research Program at Clarkson University; 8 completed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at other universities or professional institutions, including 2 students at the University of Konstanz (Germany), UVM Medical Center, 3 students at Tsinghua University (China) abd 2 students at the University of Jena (Germany).   


Some may be surprised to learn that Honors students are highly engaged in athletics as well as academics.  

In 2014-2015 12% of Honors students participated in a varsity athletic sport.  Over 27% of first-year Honors students played a varsity sport.  A few highlights of the 2014-2015 season:

John Coleman

John Coleman ’15, standout varsity basketball and baseball player, closed out an impressive collegiate campaign.  This Potsdam native won many awards in both sports, getting recognized for his athletic and academic feats.  John was also selected as a 2014-2015 Capital One Division III Academic All-America of the Year by CoSIDA.  With 1,698 careerp oints, he is Clarkson basketball's all-time leading scorer.  He also led the baseball team with a .422 batting average. 

Nick Strandholm

Nick Strandholm '17, ws named as a Capital One Academic All-District 3 At-Large by CoSIDA this past season, becoming the first player in Clarkson history and only one in the region to receive this distinction.  

Katrina Lane

Katrina Lane '17, had a stellar season with the woment's varsity volleyball team.  Undefeated in the region with a recoord of 29-0, they advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals/Edlit 8. 

Nordic Skiing

Last February, both the Men's and Women's Women's Nordic Ski Team finished 3rd in the country at teh USCSA Nation Championships.


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 have recently 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.


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