Wall of Respect

Honors students: Share your accomplishments with us here!


2019 Truman Scholarship Finalist: Michael Allain, Public Administration and Policy Major

Celebration of Scholarship
2018 Nominees:  Allix Coon, Elisabeth DuBois, Simi Kaur, Dhanisha Nandigam, Maksim Papenkov, Natalie Turner

Chancellor’s Award
2019 Recipient: Fu Yee Chua
2018 Recipient:  Anna Agnes
2017 Recipient:  Stuti Misra

Department of Economics Gordon Karp Award
2017 Recipient:  Morgan Knudtsen

Departmental Philosophy Prize
2019 Recipients:  Mackenzie Darling, Gregory Zaloom

Eager and Losee Scholarships
2017-2018 Recipients:  Julia Bataille, Madeeha Khan, Charles Coley, Shannon Moquin, Elise Coombs, Rachel Eager, Nikki Garguilo, Mary Hren, Destiny Valentine, Shanice Morgan, Tocorey Oughterson, Jessica Charles, Katarina Manzi, Niamh O'Sullivan, Erin Ray, Indiana Brown, Allix Coon, Molly Macisaac, Arielle Westcott, Marisa May

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award Computer Science
2016 Recipient:  Stuti Misra

Heritage Circle Society Scholarship Award
2017 Recipient:  Fuyee Chua

Irving Harold Losee Scholarship
2018 Recipients:  Sierra Acri, Terence Allard, Julia Bataille, Nicole Bulanchuk, Valerie Bresier, Indiana Brown, Jessica Charles, Charles Coley, Elise Coombs, Allix Coon, Caitlyn Doherty, Rachel Eager, Niki Garguilo, Mary Grace Hren, Olivia Johansen, Simranpreet Kaur, Madeeha Khan, Stacie Klinowski, Luke Lebel, Molly MacIsaac, Katarina Manzi, Merissa Marthage, Samuel Marthage, Marisa Way, Clara Meyer, Shannon MoQuin, Shanice Morgan, Tocorey Oughterson, Niamh O’Sullivan, Danielle Rambuss, Erin Ray, Destiny Valentine, Jessica Van Saders, Caroline Veldhuizen, Arielle Westcott, Kelly Wingfield

James Unger Memorial Award

Troy Norton

Julie Forster Student-Athlete Academic Award
Ashley Cummins, Cassandra Edwards

Mary Whitney Eager Scholarship
2018 Recipients:  Anna Agnes, Danielle Amoretti, Kathryn Helm, Peter Gajic, Nicholas Prescott, Michelle Kobou Wafo, Baylee West

President’s Awards for Leadership
2019 Recipients:
Academic Leadership Award:  Elisabeth Dubois
Athletes and Recreational Leadership Award:  Jeremy Tu
Distinguished Scholar-Leader Award:  Jeremy Carter, Dhanisha Nandigama, Paul Pangburn
Great Dane Award:  Nicholas DiModica, Michelle Raissa Kobou Wafo, Niara Nichols, Max Sevor
Interfaith Center Award:  Emma Thrasher
International Student Leadership Award:  Benitha Muyizere
Outstanding Senior Award:  Fu Yee Chua, Elise Coombs, Virginia Cooney, Joseph De Santis, Morgan Eldridge, Amanda Helak, Ilene Rothman, Carolyn Solimine, Destiny Valentine, Caroline Veldhuizen

2018 Recipients:
Academic Leadership Award:  Jalissa Thomas
Distinguished Scholar-Leader Award:  Allix Coon, Molly MacIsaac
Great Dane Award:  Paulina Hatzipetrakos, Nicholas Gonzalez
Interfaith Center Award:  Aileen Eagleton
Outstanding Senior Award:  Anna Agnes, Madison Corbeil, Elisabeth DuBois, Marina Danielle Infantado, Annie Songeun Lee, Robin Lieb, Lauren Maitner, Michelle Kobou Wafo
Ada Craig Walker Award:  Claire McCulley
Residential Life Achievement Award:  Samantha Spoor
Christine A. Bouchard School Spirit Award:  Carolyn Solimine

2017 Recipients:
Academic Leadership Award:  Gertrude Morgan Dadzie
Diversity & Inclusion Award:  Madeeha Khan
Great Dane Award:  Madison Corbeil, Ashley Cummins, Andrew Cutrone, Sarah Farrell, Harlan Ginsburg, Antonio Iacobelli, Morgan Knudtsen, Rachel Levit, Jessica Van Saders
Outstanding Senior Award:  Mathew Boll, Caitlin Briggs, Carlie Eagle, Cassandra Edwards, Michael Lorka, Colin Manchester, Jibin Manimala, Naomi McPeters, Stuti Misra, Steven Troy, Natalie Turner
Residential Life Outstanding Leadership Award:  Robin Lieb
Rod Hard Memorial Award:  Elisabeth Dubois

Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research
2019 Recipients:  Nurat Affinnih, Roxanne Grieggs, Jiwon Kim, Luke LeBel, Julia Melfi, Maksim Papenkov, Jalissa Thomas, Caroline Veldhuizen, Destiny Valentine
2018 Recipients:  Lisa Dobrowolsky, Kaylynn Enright, Leah Gloskey, Paul Pangburn
2017 Recipient:  Stuti Misra
2016 Recipient:  Troy Norton

Situation Interactive Prize
2019 Recipients:  Jeremy Carter, Michelle Raissa Kobou Wafo, Maksim Papenkov       
2018 Recipients:
Valerie Bresier, Robin Lieb, Molly MacIssac, Michelle Kobou Wafo

Sorrell Chesin Research Award
2019 Recipients:  Thomas Banco, Jeremy Carter, Morgan Eldridge, Gabrielle Shames

Spellman Awards

2019 Recipients
Community Service Award: Valerie Bresier
Top Academic Honorees: Caroline Corona, Niara Nichols, Tocorey Oughterson, Jivan Ramjisingh, Kayleigh Ross, Gina Tan, Kiera Whitely      

2017 Recipients
Dr. Seth Spellman NIA Scholar Award:  Cassandra Edwards
Spellman Achievement Award for Academic Excellence:  Nurat Affinnih, Stuti Misra
Spellman Achievement Award for Community Service:  Stuti Misra

2016 Recipients
Spellman Achievement Award for Academic Excellence:  Oyenike Ilake, Stuti Misra
Spellman Achievement Award for Distinguished Leadership:  Cassandra Edwards

2015 Recipients
Dr. Seth Spellman NIA Scholar Award:  Stuti Misra
Spellman Achievement Award for Academic Excellence:  Cassandra Edwards, Oyenike Ilake
Spellman Top Academic Achievement Award:  Stuti Misra

2014 Recipients
Spellman Achievement Award for Academic Excellence: Cassandra Edwards, Stuti Misra


"Pets: Aiming at a 'Forever Home'" Honors Seminar
Professor Rich Holt's essay "Forever Home," based on his Fall 2017 Honors seminar course, will appear in Honors in Practice (HIP). HIP is a refereed journal published by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) on innovative honors practices. Professor Holt wishes to acknowledge the students in his seminar.

Human Trafficking Honors Seminar
Professor Dennis McCarty’s article discussing his human trafficking honors seminar was published in Homeland Security Today, featuring descriptions of the projects his students worked on over the course of the semester. 

One of his students, Mika Ella Rectin-Hernandez, recently made the UAlbany newspaper for her five-minute video describing the pain felt by human trafficking victims. The video, whose inspiration comes from a poem also written by Mika Ella, was originally produced as a project for a new Honors seminar offered last Fall by Professor Dennis McCarty. The one-credit course offers students a unique opportunity to develop material they believe would help prevent human trafficking. “I was immediately intrigued by this course,” said Rectin-Hernandez, who immigrated to the United States from the Philippines when she was an infant. “Through hearing stories from Professor McCarty and doing my own research online, I felt a duty to humanize victims of these terrible crimes.”

For more information on this unique course and the projects by Mika Ella and other students, please visit this link to read the article, titled “Honors College Course Empowers Students to Fight Human Trafficking.”

McCarty, D. (2019, Jan. 7) Perspective: Give students the tools to fight human trafficking. Homeland
           Security Today. Retrieved from https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/human-trafficking/perspective-give-students-the-tools-to-fight-human-trafficking/

Public Health Pieces
Six honors students’ pieces were selected to be published in JPHMP Direct, a journal for public health practitioners. The pieces were developed in Professor Erika Martin’s class.

Brooks, A. (2018, Sept. 7). Increasing the number of advance directives in the United States. JPHMP

Direct (the multimedia companion site of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice).
Retrieved from jphmpdirect.com/2018/09/07/advance-directives-commentary-by-alexa-brooks/


Galway, M. (2019, Aug. 23). Anti-vaxxers: A threat to our future. JPHMP Direct (the multimedia 

companion site of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice). Retrieved from https://jphmpdirect.com/2019/08/23/anti-vaxxers-mirren-galway/

Melnitsky, J. (2018, Sept. 20). Through Haiti: How a natural disaster disproportionately affects

populations with lower socioeconomic status. JPHMD Direct (the multimedia companion website of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice). Retrieved from https://jphmpdirect.com/2018/09/20/jayda-melnitsky-student-commentary/


Shet, H. (2018, Aug. 22). I-Generation and the use of social media to help dispel misconceptions about

vaccines. JPHMP Direct (the multimedia companion site of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice). Retrieved from https://jphmpdirect.com/2018/08/22/i-generation-and-the-use-of-social-media-to-help-dispel-misconceptions-about-vaccines/ 


St. Hilaire, D. (2019, Aug. 8). Preventing water contamination: Potential solutions in the United States. 

JPHMD Direct (the multimedia companion site of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice). Retrieved from https://jphmpdirect.com/2019/08/08/pfoa-contamination-danielle-st-hilaire/

Tan, G. (2018, July 24). Preventing intimate partner violence: Integrating routine screening into primary

care. JPHMD Direct (the multimedia companion site of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice). Retrieved from https://jphmpdirect.com/2018/07/24/preventing-intimate-partner-violence-integrating-routine-screening-into-primary-care/


Publications from our Alumni

Berman, J., & Rees, K. (2017). Affecting eternity: Sharing eulogies in the classroom. Radical

Pedagogy, 14(1), 42-61. Retrieved from


Brunelle, E., Huynh, C., Alin, E., Eldridge, M., Le, A. M., Halámková, L., & Halámek, J. (2017).

Fingerprint analysis: Moving toward multiattribute determination via individual markers. Analytical Chemistry, 90(1), 980-987. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b04206


Chandrasekaran, A. R., Levchenko, O., Patel, D. S., MacIsaac, M., & Halvorsen, K. (2017).

Addressable configurations of DNA nanostructures for rewritable memory. Nucleic Acids Research, 45(19), 11459-11465. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkx777


Coon, A. M., Beyramysoltan, S., & Musah, R. A. (In press). A chemometric strategy for forensic

analysis of condom residues: Identification and marker profiling of condom brands from direct analysis in real time-high resolution mass spectrometric chemical signatures. Talanta.

Tapawan, G. (2017). Endearment. In Z Publishing House (Ed.), New York’s best emerging poets: An

anthology (p. 130). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


Teevan III, J. R. (2017). A mysterious evening in Vienna. (n.p.): CreateSpace Independent Publishing




Teevan III, J. R. (2019). Secret weapon and last hope. Self-published; printed by Kindle Direct Publishing.



Teevan III, J. R. (2018). The love letter with a bullet hole. (n.p.): J. R. Teevan III.



Teevan III, J. R. (2018). The traveler’s sketchbook. Self-published; printed by Kindle Direct Publishing.


Turner, N., Hastings, J. F., & Neighbors, H. W. (2018). Mental health care treatment seeking among

African Americans and Caribbean Blacks: What is the role of religiosity/spirituality?. Aging & Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1453484



Chang, H. C., & Hanson, A. (2018, November). Transgressing the boundaries of program to

college. Panel to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Boston, MA.


Holt, R., Wright, P., & Yu, B. (2018, November). Forever home: Grounding transgression in

experience. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Boston, MA.


Ilake, O. (2018, October). A comparison of health literacy measurement tools for a sample of

college students. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Health Literacy Research Conference, Bethesda, MD.


Papenkov, M. (2018, November). Empirical asset pricing at the sector-level using Fama-French

factors. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Boston, MA.


Strine, S. (2018, November). Effects of stereotype threat on black and white individual’s verbal

responses in police encounters. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Boston, MA.


2018 Undergraduate Research Conference Presenters: Eden Alin, Ryan Badalamenti, Valerie Bresier, TJ Brown, Christina Burgos, Fuyee Chua, Allix Coon, Lisa Dobrowosky, Morgan Eldridge, Kaylynn Enright, Samantha Giuliano, Leah Gloskey, Grace Hren, Ashley Hull, Oyenike Ilaka, Danielle Infantado, Olivia Johansen, Simi Kaur, Robin Lieb, Keily Linger, Erin Lynch, Michael Main, Joshua Martin, Paul Pangburn, Maksim Papenkov, Marquette Rocque, Cara Sherman, Samantha Strine, Nina Williams


2018 SUNY-wide Undergraduate Research Conference Presenters: Robin Lieb, Maksin Papenkov, Paul Vita, Samantha Giuliano, Ashley Hull, Simi Kaur




Campus Tour Guides: Julia Batallie, Michelle Delaski, Nicolas DiModica, Nick Gonzalez, Emily Guererri, Alyssa Hathaway, Grace Hren, Anthony Piche, Damian Rodriguez, Kayla Rees, Christina Skrastins
* In addition to daily tours and office operations, they participate in all admissions related events (EOP Day, Scholars Day, Open House, Transfer Day, and so on). They are extremely influential in helping students choose UAlbany and the Honors College.

Global Institute for Health and Human Rights (GIHHR) Interns: Rachel Dejean, Thomas Banco, Natalie Turner, Joseph Walsh, Rachel Eager, Valerie Bresier, Audrey Caplan, Oyenike Llaka, Michalina Kulesza, Allyson Marshal, Shannon Moquin, Dhanisha Nandigama, Paul Pangburn, Sam Quetchenbach, Lindsey Riback, Peter Gajic

International Representatives (AIRs):
Michelle Delaski, Amanda Helak, Michael Soden

Orientation Leaders: Joe De Santis, Michell Rogerson, and Alana Ruth

Peer Career Advisor: Emily Guererri, Christina Skrastins

Purple and Gold Ambassador: Emily Guererri

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors: Michelle Raissa Kobou Wafo, Molly Maclsaac, Maksim Papenkov, and Natasha Permaul