Dec. 03, 2012

Presidential Scholars Excel Through Academic Strength and Service


GENESEO, N.Y. - Sixteen SUNY Geneseo students are Presidential Scholars for the 2012-13 academic year, representing a variety of academic areas and exemplifying the college's institutional values. A presidential scholar is a top-achieving member of the senior class who also serves as an ambassador for the college.

To receive the honor, a student must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.6 and demonstrate academic achievement across the curriculum, affirming Geneseo's values of excellence and innovation. Examples of such achievement could be involvement in major directed studies, substantial overseas studies, independent research, conference presentations, significant artistic projects and/or record of creativity. They also must demonstrate an active involvement with the community.

The following students are Geneseo Presidential Scholars for 2012-13 academic year (all hometowns are in New York unless otherwise noted):

Sandra Bender, an anthropology major from East Greenbush; Stephanie Berland, childhood/special education major from Williamsville; Jessica Carl, a childhood/special education major from Johnson City; Samuel Colbert, a psychology major from Westbury; Olivia Derella, a psychology major from West Nyack; Eric Gomez, an international relations major from LaGrangeville; Delfin Iglessia, a biology major from Branchburg, N.J.; Louis Lohraseb, a music major from Schenectady; Hayley Martin, a biology major from Troy; Yael Massen, a psychology major from Coram; Michael Mattiucci, a biology major from Webster; Paul Muniz, a sociology major from Edison, N.J.; Danae Polsin, a physics major from Baldwinsville; Caroline Schwartz, a computer science major from Rochester; Justin Shapiro, a history major from Buffalo; and Cory Young, a history major from Pittsford.

Presidential Scholars are nominated by faculty members and reviewed by a panel of faculty and students before being recommended to the provost for final approval.

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