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Presidential Scholars

Presidential Scholars at SUNY Geneseo are top-achieving members of the senior class who exemplify Geneseo's institutional values and assist the Provost and President in promoting academic excellence on campus.

To be considered for the honor, a student must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.6, have at least 70 credits (at least 24 of which being earned at Geneseo), and plan to graduate in May or August of the following year. Additionally, the student must demonstrate academic achievement across the curriculum, affirming Geneseo's values of excellence and innovation with experiences such as major directed studies, substantial overseas studies, independent research, conference presentations, significant artistic projects, and/or record of creativity, and demonstrate Geneseo's value of integrity in academic and community life.

Students are nominated in January by members of their academic department or program and are reviewed by a panel of faculty and high-achieving senior students before being recommended to the provost for final approval. During the fall semester, students and their nominators are invited by the President to attend a reception where the students are presented with a certificate and a pin. The Presidential Scholars meet regularly with the Provost during the academic year and assist with various campus activities.

2018-19 Academic Year

Fourteen students have been selected as Presidential Scholars for the 2018-19 academic year. The cohort has a 3.87 average GPA and represents 11 majors, 6 minors, 4 Edgar Fellows and numerous disciplines: Biochemistry (3), Biology (3), Early Childhood/Childhood Education, English (2), French, Geography, History (3), Mathematics (2), Music, Political Science (2), and Theatre.

  • Patrick Buckley, a Biochemistry major with a minor in the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Gena Driscoll-Brantley, a dual major in Geography and Mathematics
  • Sara Feinland, a Biochemistry major with minors in Psychology and the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Jennifer Galvao, an English Literature major with a minor in the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Erin Kesel, a Biology major with a minor in Biomathematics
  • Melanie Kirk, a dual major in Biology and Mathematics
  • Lila Klatz, a Theatre major with a minor in Musical Theatre
  • Ashley Law, a dual major in History and Political Science with a minor in the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Trisha Maini, a Biology major
  • Jack McKeown, a History major with a pre-med track
  • Mallory Mrozinski, a dual major in Political Science and French
  • Tayler Nguyen, a dual major in Early Childhood/Childhood Education and Music
  • Isabel Owen, a dual major in English and History with a dual minor in Black Studies and Latin American Studies
  • Colleen Steward, a Biochemistry major

2017-18 Academic Year

Fifteen students served as Presidential Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Julia Cameron, a Psychology major and Edgar Fellow with a minor in Human Development
  • Nicole Delligatti, a dual Philosophy and History major
  • Emily Ellmann, a Biology major with a minor in Dance
  • Justen Geddes, a Mathematics major with a minor in Anthropology
  • Thomas Hurysz, a Biochemistry major
  • Benjamin Juchniewicz, a dual Philosophy and Accounting major and an Edgar Fellow
  • Derek Kaczorowski, a dual History and Sociology major
  • Rachel Knapp, a Biology major and an Edgar Fellow
  • Jenna Lawson, a History major and an Edgar Fellow
  • Brendan Mahoney, a dual major in English and Economics with a minor in Mathematics
  • Harrison Moses, a dual Anthropology and Philosophy major
  • Kyle Powers, a Chemistry major and an Edgar Fellow
  • Shauna Ricketts, a dual Political Science and Sociology major with a minor in Urban Studies
  • Blain Shinkle, an Anthropology major with a minor in Museum Studies
  • Veronica Taglia, an English Literature and American Studies major with a minor in Psychology

2017-18 Presidential Scholars

2016-17 Academic Year

The following fifteen students served as Presidential Scholars during the 2016-17 academic year:

  • Stephanie Allen, a double major in mathematics and economics, and member of the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Jacqueline Christensen, a French and art history double major and a Spanish and museum studies double minor
  • Alexandra Dananberg, a biology major with a mathematics minor
  • Joshua DeJoy, a history major, philosophy minor, and member of the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Francesca DiGiorgio, a psychology and vocal performance double major
  • Kiaya Rose Dilsner-Lopez, an English major and member of the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Nicole Eras, a psychology and musical theater double major with a biology minor
  • Kendall FitzGerald, a geological sciences major and member of the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Chloe Forsell, an English (creative writing) and French double major
  • Darrell Getman, a political science and economics double major
  • Jessica Heppler, a philosophy major and member of the Edgar Fellows Honors Program
  • Mohammed Hossain, a psychology/philosophy double major
  • Hannah Loo, a double major in biology and music (vocal performance) with a chemistry minor
  • Ethan Turner, a physics major
  • Jenna Zomback, a mathematics major and member of the Edgar Fellows Honors Program

2016-17 Presidential Scholars