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12 Seniors Named as University Scholars, Highest Undergraduate Honor
Twelve seniors have been named as the 2018 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows.
University Scholars will represent the entire graduating class at the May 13 Commencement ceremony. On Wednesday, May 9, the scholars will be honored at a reception at the Chancellor’s house hosted by Chancellor Kent Syverud and Dr. Ruth Chen, at which they will receive special medallions to be worn at Commencement. The scholars will also be honored at the One University awards ceremony on Friday, April 20, at Hendricks Chapel.
The Syracuse University Scholars Selection Committee, a Universitywide faculty committee, selected the 2018 scholars using criteria that included coursework and academic achievement, independent research and creative work, evidence of intellectual growth and/or innovation in their disciplinary field, a personal statement and faculty letters of recommendation.
The 2018 Syracuse University Scholars are:
- Michael Aiduk, College of Arts and Sciences, Renée Crown University Honors Program;
- Jordan Barrett, College of Arts and Sciences, Renée Crown University Honors Program;
- Fanta Drame, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics;
- Katie Duggan, College of Engineering and Computer Science;
- Jacob Gedetsis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, College of Arts and Sciences;
- Caitlin Harrison, College of Arts and Sciences, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Renée Crown University Honors Program;
- Joshua McMaster, College of Visual and Performing Arts;
- Jacqueline Page, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, College of Arts and Sciences, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Renée Crown University Honors Program;
- Justine Paul, College of Engineering and Computer Science;
- Sarah Ritchey, School of Architecture;
- Elen Safarian, College of Arts and Sciences, Renée Crown University Honors Program; and
- Danika Van Niel, College of Arts and Sciences, Renée Crown University Honors Program.
About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience. The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.