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Student News 5/26/17

Achievements

Katherine Forbes Awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Occidental College junior Katherine Forbes of Orange, CT has been awarded a nationally competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry to conduct summer research with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeff Cannon.  The research project, “Synthesis of Furanolactone Motifs through a Photocatalyzed Ketyl Radical Cyclization,” aims to develop new methods for the synthesis of carbon-carbon bonds, a critical component in the synthesis of many biologically active or pharmaceutically relevant molecules.  The $5,000 fellowship, awarded on the merits of students’ research proposals, academic records, passion for laboratory science, and faculty recommendations, will pay for Forbes’ summer stipend and any necessary supplies.  Forbes wrote the proposal with Cannon’s assistance and will be conducting most of the experimental work during the summer research period.  More information on the award can be found here:  https://www.organicdivision.org/student-and-postdoc-awards/surf/.

Eastern Student Amanda Meade Of Orange Inducted Into Communication Honor Society

Willimantic, CT—A number of Eastern Connecticut State University students were recently inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for the field of communication.  Amanda Meade ‘17 of Orange was one of the inductees.  Meade’s major is Communication.  The society recognizes students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25, are in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class, are enrolled in good standing and display a commitment to the field of communication.  “Eastern’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, Tau Nu, includes many students who have not only achieved academic excellence according to the national standards, but have also demonstrated professional competence in the many applied areas of communication.  This includes video, audio, print journalism, photography, interpersonal communication, public relations, advertising and social media,” said Professor Terri Toles-Patkin.

Top Students Celebrated For Academic Excellence By Johns Hopkins Center For Talented Youth

Baltimore — Armaan Patel from Orange, Connecticut, was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).  Nishaan, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test.  As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning.  Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions.  These students may also take advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB). Younger students take the SCAT, STB, or PSAT 8/9.  Nishaan, a student at Amity Middle School, was one of more than 27,000 students from more than 65 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search between March 2016 and February 2017.  Only about 25 percent of Talent Search participants earned the High Honors designation.

Top Students Celebrated For Academic Excellence By Johns Hopkins Center For Talented Youth

Baltimore — Nishaan Patel from Orange, Connecticut, was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).  Nishaan, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test.  As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning.  Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions.  These students may also take advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB). Younger students take the SCAT, STB, or PSAT 8/9.  Nishaan, a student at Amity Middle School, was one of more than 27,000 students from more than 65 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search between March 2016 and February 2017.  Only about 25 percent of Talent Search participants earned the High Honors designation.

Gabrielle Digello Helps Stevenson University Womens Lacrosse Reach MAC Commonwealth Championship.

Stevenson University’s women’s lacrosse recently played in its fifth straight conference championship.  Unfortunately, they succumbed to arch rival Messiah.  Gabrielle DiGello,of Orange and Amity High has been one of Stevenson’s leading defensemen throughout the year.

Dean’s List

Ajay King Named To Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List

Worcester, MA—Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Ajay King of Orange, Conn., a member of the class of 2018 majoring in mechanical engineering, was named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the spring 2017 semester.  A total of 1,319 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI’s spring 2017 Dean’s List.  The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA).  Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

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