Harold D. Hodgkinson Award Recipients


Christie Civetta, SSH’15, human services major, Chinese minor
A scholar with a passion for global social change, Christie helps individuals turn traumatic events into a form of personal empowerment. She has raised thousands of dollars for suicide prevention, counseled suicide survivors during a capstone project in China, and supported survivors of rape and domestic violence at a nonprofit in South Africa. Among other on-campus activities, she served as president and treasurer of the Human Services Organization. A champion powerlifter, Christie will study the positive impact of physical activity on adverse mental health conditions during a graduate program at the University of Bristol in England.

Neel Shah, E’15, computer engineering major
As a freshman, Neel joined the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research lab as a researcher, and after one year, his work was compared with the best doctoral students in the electrical and computer engineering department. He developed a facial recognition system, and his code is now being used by researchers around the world. The Goldwater Scholar is currently working on an NSF-supported cybersecurity project and has served on student teams that won national and international supercomputing competitions. Neel has been a peer mentor in the College of Engineering and in the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program. He plans to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School.

Lindsay Weigel, BHS’15, health science major
Through her exceptional academic work, community service, and global outreach, Lindsay has fueled her passion to pursue a career in medicine. She served as a tutor and teaching assistant in honors health courses, led health workshops for underprivileged high school students through the Peer Health Exchange Program, and assisted cerebral palsy patients at a Boston rehabilitation center. She also helped care for patients and trained young students in nutrition and agriculture during co-ops in Belize and Ghana. Lindsay developed her own co-op at Boston Health Care for the Homeless and volunteers regularly at a Boston soup kitchen. This marathon runner has been accepted to Tufts Medical School.


Brooke Gasson, SSH’14, criminal justice major
Brooke’s unparalleled work ethic and passion for knowledge and mentoring are the cornerstones of her illustrious college career. While earning a 4.00 GPA, she combined her passion for politics and her growing global perspective by participating in the Balkans Dialogue of Civilizations; she also blogged about the Bosnian War and the regional politics. As co-chair of the Student Conduct Board for the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, she has displayed keen leadership and mentoring skills that garner praise from peers and professors alike. She worked as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice, and she has been accepted to Harvard Law School for the fall.

James Maniscalco, S’14, physics major
This highly accomplished student-researcher has remained on the Dean’s List since he came to Northeastern and has earned numerous prestigious awards, fellowships, and academic accolades. During a research stint at Harvard Medical School, he worked on a project related to rapid detection of autism, leading to a co-bylined paper in the prestigious journal PLoS ONE. As the confirmation of the Higgs Boson particle became international news, James was at CERN working on the Large Hadron Collider with top scientists from around the globe. He worked in several Northeastern labs, creating nanotubes for applications such as solar cells and medical implants. All five years, he volunteered with the Math*STARS program, working every week as a tutor-mentor for middle schoolers. He will begin work on his doctorate in accelerator physics at Cornell University in the fall.

Matthew Schmidt, BHS’14, pharmacy studies major, business administration minor 
Matthew’s distinguished scholastic achievement is rivaled by his superb leadership and service record. A 3.976 GPA ranks him first in his class in pharmacy studies. Matt’s three co-op positions allowed him to excel in an independent community pharmacy, a hospital pharmacy, and the pharmaceutical industry, where he was directly involved with the implementation of early-phase clinical trials on a global scale. He held member and leadership positions with the Industry Pharmacists Organization and the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, among several other groups. Matt’s natural abilities as a leader were allowed to shine at the local and national levels when he organized an advocacy program to support two Massachusetts pharmacy- related bills and when he was chosen as a delegate at a major advocacy event in Washington, D.C.


Brian Henske, SSH’13, international affairs
This Presidential Global Scholar and lover of languages, cultures, and politics leaves Northeastern as an Africanist poised for a career in foreign policy. As a student, Brian expertly integrated his classroom learning with his career goals, first with a co-op at the U.S. Department of State in Virginia, where he assessed terrorism and security sector development, and later on a co-op with the federal government analyzing political, economic, and leadership developments in Africa. Proficient in Swahili, he did a Dialogue of Civilizations in Kenya and co-founded Northeastern’s Swahili Club to harness a growing interest in African affairs across the university.

Bich Ngoc (Jade) Hoang, BHS’13, pharmacy major, business administration minor
Jade’s passion for education and healing has powered her college career. Following two pharmacy co-ops with Massachusetts General Hospital, Jade returned to her home country of Vietnam for a co-op with AstraZeneca, where she managed a large-scale project to create an iPad application that collects essential pharmaceutical information. Her leadership has benefited volunteer initiatives in Boston and Vietnam, as well as numerous campus groups, including the Pharmacy Student Government Organization and the Vietnamese Student Association. A committed scholar, she plans to pursue graduate work in business administration and alternative medicine, and then a career in global healthcare.

Fernando Quivira, E’13, electrical and computer engineering
Fernando discovered his passion for research as a freshman volunteering in campus laboratories. These experiences led to research co-ops on two federally funded projects at Northeastern, a research-based study abroad in Barcelona, and a co-op with a breast-cancer detection study at Massachusetts General Hospital. Fernando, an international student from Ecuador, has contributed to numerous published scholarly papers, including seven as first author. He was named a Gordon Scholar and received Northeastern’s 2012 President’s Award as one of the top 10 students of his class, and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society. Fernando plans to pursue engineering graduate work focused on advancing the healthcare industry.


Mark Cleary, BHS'12, health science
Mark’s academic and professional potential were recognized early at Northeastern when he was accepted into Tufts University School of Medicine during his sophomore year through its Early Assurance Program, a partnership with Northeastern. When he enters medical school this fall, he’ll build on his important clinical-research experience at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and draw from the valuable insights he gained on co-ops in South America. His outstanding undergraduate accomplishments also include the President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, the Presidential Global Scholarship, and the Ruth Page Sweet Award for unusual professional potential through service, leadership, and scholarship.

Matthew Cournoyer, SSH'12, political science, economics minor
A passion for social change has fueled Matthew’s college career, leading to his prestigious 2011 Truman Scholarship, an honor awarded to a small, elite group of undergraduate students for their leadership skills, academic excellence, and public-service commitment. He has a long list of leadership positions, including president of Northeastern’s International Relations Council (IRC), vice president for finance of the IRC, and secretary general of the National Model Arab League, where he has received significant national recognition and is one of the most highly regarded students in the program. He has also done co-ops at the New England Council and in the U.S. Senate. Matthew plans to earn a law degree, and to enter public service.

Lauren Gianino, E'12, chemical engineering mojor, biochemical engineering minor
Lauren will merge her superb chemical engineering talents with her interest in business development at Harvard, where she has been accepted into its highly selective MBA program. While at Northeastern, her academic excellence has been recognized with six prestigious awards and scholarships, and she made significant scientific contributions to her field during her three co-ops. A deep understanding of chemistry, impressive teaching abilities, and commitment to giving back contributed to her selection as a peer mentor for the college’s introductory engineering course, a distinction reserved for its best and brightest students.

Shradha Khadge, S'12, behavioral neuroscience
A critical thinker with strong analytical skills and an exemplary work ethic, Shradha has been recognized with many top scholastic awards. In addition to her stellar undergraduate work, she had the opportunity to collaborate with researchers at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Lab at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital on research she was conducting in Northeastern’s Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab. Shradha was a pre-medical intern at Venus Hospital in Nepal, which expanded and sharpened her clinical skills, and she volunteered at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Steven W. Criscione, S'11, biochemistry and mathematics

Nicholas Daggett, E'11, mechanical engineering

Kenneth McGrady, CIS'11, computer science and mathematics

Amanda Strobel, BA'11, business administration/finance and marketing

Sarah Tishler, SSH'11, international affairs, psychology, and French