Geneseo Students Earn 2024 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Jocelyn Haines ‘24, left, and Laura Wright ‘24 (SUNY Geneseo photo/Matt Burkhartt)

Jocelyn Haines ‘24 and Laura Wright ‘24 have been selected for the 2024 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Haines and Wright are invited to an awards reception on April 11 in Albany, where they will receive a medallion and an award certificate from Chancellor John B. King, Jr.

Jocelyn Haines ‘24 is a business administration major with a dual minor in conflict studies and economics. She was nominated in part due to her 2021–2022 Ambassadorship in Diversity to Uganda, entitled Re-plating Civic Engagement, during which developed partnerships in Uganda to educate people on the environmental and public health impacts of energy-saving cookstoves and foster sustainable farming practices. Jocelyn also earned a Diversity Ambassadorship and was a Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Mentor and Food Security Advocates (FSA) co-chair.

Post-graduation, Haines intends to embark on a journey of international community development work in the Southeast Asia region. She has applied for a U.S. Fulbright scholarship and the Peace Corps. Eventually, she hopes to attain a master’s degree in international development policy.

Laura Wright ‘24 is a political science major, a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program for research, and was awarded the Jessie M. Rodger Memorial Endowed Scholarship for academic achievement, leadership, and character. She is a member of the Phi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society. In addition to her academic prowess, Wright is a participant in the competitive National Science Foundation summer undergraduate research program at Vanderbilt University. Wright received the SUNY Geneseo Class Leader Award for an Educational Opportunity Program student with the highest GPA in their class. She has also been recognized by the SUNY Geneseo Global Affairs Leadership Program, funded by the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women.

After completing her undergraduate studies, Wright plans to pursue a PhD in political science at Vanderbilt University, where she will study how American local politics contribute to community segregation.


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