Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Verrazano Honors Students Make The Most Of Summer Break

Verrazano Honors students are spending the summer conducting research, participating in internships, and exploring the world, and some of them have been selected for special opportunities. Here's what some of our top students are doing this summer.

Abeer Husein, Verrazano Class of 2016, is participating in a Teach & Travel program in Turkey.  This is a month-long program in which participants teach English to elementary school students while gaining valuable work and cross-cultural experience.  Abeer is pursuing a combined BA/MA degree in History along with the Adolescent Education certification. 


Juliet Baidoo, Verrazano Class of 2015, has been selected for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Princeton University.  She will be working with Dr. Celeste Nelson, whose research is focused on tissue morphodynamics.  Juliet is part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) which aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing graduate and bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  Juliet is majoring in Chemistry and plans to apply to medical school.

Kamal Kaur, Verrazano Class of 2017, has been accepted to the New York Needs You (NYNY) Fellows Program.  The New York Needs You Fellows Program is an intensive program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students.  The two-year program offers career development workshops, access to internships, and professional development grants, and Fellows are matched one-on-one with a successful and motivated professional mentor. Kamal joins a growing list of Verrazano students who have been selected for the NYNY Fellows Program, and she is studying Biology. 

Dennis Lam, Verrazano Class of 2015, is working with Dr. Sharon Loverde in the Chemistry Department at the College of Staten Island this summer, where he will be using molecular dynamics (computer simulation) to analyze Camptothecin (CPT) drug delivery.  Dennis is majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry and has been involved in undergraduate research since his freshman year.

Adriane Musacchio, Verrazano Class of 2015, has been accepted for a CSI Summer/Fall Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  She will be the research assistant for Dr. Zara Anishanslin’s forthcoming book on eighteen-century women’s history to be published by Yale University Press, and Adriane will be fact-checking, obtaining image permissions, and researching eighteenth-century primary sources – images that are in museums, online history collections, and other information accessed through various archives.  Adriane is pursuing a double-degree in Dramatic Arts and History/Adolescent Education.

Allison Fremer, Verrazano Class of 2017, was selected as the Undergraduate Intern for Finance and Operations at the Brennan Center for Justice through a competitive application process.  Allison is studying Accounting and hopes to attend law school in the future.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

Verrazano Honors Graduate Named 2014 CSI Salutatorian

Congratulations to Elizabeth Krawczun, Verrazano Class of 2014, who was named the 2014 CSI Salutatorian and Honors Convocation Speaker!  Elizabeth pursued a concentration in Epidemiology through the CUNY Baccaluareate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, and this fall she will be attending the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom for a MSc in Medical Anthropology.  

Elizabeth is graduating summa cum laude, and she served as the Class Speaker at the Verrazano Senior Convocation and was the President of the CSI Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee.  Elizabeth studied and traveled abroad three times during her undergraduate experience.

You can read more about Elizabeth and her accomplishments here on CSI Today.