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 

emmaMaisam Alahmed, SSH’16, political science and international affairs combined major

The potential impact of Maisam’s research on some of the world’s most intractable problems, from landmines to worker’s rights in Syria, is truly remarkable. In 2014 and 2015, she worked with the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, researching the refugee crisis in three Jordanian camps. She is now working on a set of policy recommendations to the Kingdom of Jordan on workers’ rights for Syrian refugees. On co-op, she worked for the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit in Geneva and the Fuller Project for International Reporting in Istanbul. On campus, Maisam has participated in the Invisible Children student organization, the CSSH Student Advisory Council, and Model UN, among others.

emmaLogan Jackson, E’16, civil engineering major

Logan has always heeded her mother’s advice,“take the initiative,” and pushed the limits of what’s possible. At Northeastern, this outstanding student led and expanded the university’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers; completed co-ops with four high-profile engineering firms; studied renewable energy in Reykjavik, Iceland; conducted research into fiber-optic sensors in Professor Mehrdad Sasani’s lab; and taught science courses to economically disadvantaged children in Boston Public Schools. This “truly extraordinary person, in mind, character, and leadership potential,” as one mentor describes Logan, was recently named Northeastern’s first-ever Rhodes Scholar.

emmaVictoria McGrath, DMSB’16, finance (awarded posthumously)

Victoria McGrath’s life was cut short in a car accident, but her commitment to academic achievement and selfless community service will always be remembered. After being injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, Victoria rehabbed with veterans whose support became instrumental to her own recovery. Inspired by their encouragement, she spent the last year and a half advocating for veterans, in addition to raising funds for other bombing victims. She made up eight months of missed classes, was included on the dean's list every semester, and earned highly competitive co-ops. By overcoming her own adversity to achieve academic and professional success while demonstrating grace, humility, and empathy, Victoria leaves a powerful legacy for the entire community.