Harold D. Hodgkinson Awards

The Hodgkinson Award is one of the university’s highest honors for graduating seniors. Colleges nominate their top students on the basis of academic and experiential performance, and selections are made by a faculty committee.

Award Recipients 

emmaChristie 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.

emmaNeel 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.

emmaLindsay 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.