Award Recipient


Charith Peris, doctoral candidate in physics
This Northeastern doctoral student holds a predoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, one of the largest and most diverse astrophysical institutions in the world. Charith successfully applied what he learned at Northeastern in cutting-edge research on black hole and neutron star X-ray binaries. He established strong collaborations with leading scientists across three institutions: Northeastern, the Harvard-Smithsonian, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A mentor and collaborator from MIT says, “Charith functions as a peer among mature scientists at Harvard and MIT. His research accomplishments reflect his dedication and relentless drive to solve scientific problems and achieve self-consistent interpretations.”


Justin Bioc, doctor of pharmacy candidate
Justin’s outstanding performance in his advanced pharmacy practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston demonstrated his excellence in applying classroom materials to improve the lives of patients. Justin’s advanced problem-solving ability allowed him to form an effective, trusting relationship with the Beth Israel medical team, which in turn followed many of his recommendations. Justin’s clinical preceptor describes him as an outstanding example of experiential learning at Northeastern.


Alyssa Bonnette, doctorate of audiology candidate
Alyssa’s passion for the field of audiology shows in her four years of work in a clinical setting. She has gone above and beyond classroom learning to embrace teaching, mentorship, and curriculum development. Collaborating with the head of the Diagnostic Audiology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, Alyssa created a curriculum for a hands-on, pediatric hearing-diagnosis course in Northeastern’s Doctorate of Audiology program.


Lauren Brown, master of science degree candidate in industrial engineering
As a member of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, Lauren is described by her professors and colleagues as a leader with professional maturity beyond her years. She embodies the true spirit of experiential learning, evidenced by her excellent track record of applying what she learns in her graduate studies at Northeastern to her work at the Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center, where she manages a project aimed at reducing public-health risks.