2012-13 Academic Awards Recipients


The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is proud to recognize its students and faculty members who have been honored by the University and its various departments for their excellence in scholarship and leadership. The following are the 2013 award recipients from CSSH:

Harold D. Hodgkinson award: International affairs senior Brian Henske

This award is considered one of the highest honors a senior at Northeastern University can receive because it requires that a student distinguish him- or herself both scholastically and through displaying leadership skills. 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.

Presidential Global Fellow: International affairs senior Miguel de Corral

Presidential Global Fellows are chosen by a Presidential Global Fellows Selection Committee from a group of up to 200 Presidential Global Scholars, and the selection must be approved by the president. With four Dialogues of Civilizations, two international co-ops, and two international field-research projects, Miguel’s undergraduate experience has spanned 16 countries, truly embodying the university’s spirit of global exploration. His studies fostered his passion for diplomacy and humanitarian action, and his co-ops enabled him to delve into security and disarmament research at two prestigious international organizations. A prolific scholar, he has been published twice in an independent European policy journal. Miguel has his sights set on earning master’s and doctorate degrees in the field of international relations, and pursuing a career as a diplomat for NATO or the European Union.

Outstanding Graduate Research Award: Economics doctoral student Rand Ghayad

Rand’s research concerns the Beveridge curve, which describes the relationship between job vacancies and unemployment. Findings from his work have generated strong interest from researchers and policymakers because of the implications for setting the conduct of monetary policy. Rand served as an economic consultant at the Brookings Institution last summer, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, an honor generally reserved for distinguished faculty members.

University Distinguished Professor: Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences Phil Brown

Professor Brown is an internationally known scholar whose interdisciplinary research in medical sociology addresses environmental justice and social movements, mental health, and the health consequences and social impacts of environmental hazards. He is a widely published expert, and his research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Professor Brown founded Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and regularly assists state and federal agencies concerned with understanding and remediating environmental contamination.

The Dr. Ruth E. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship: Economics senior Lauren Graybill

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities annually honors a senior who has demonstrated excellence in interdisciplinary research. Lauren completed a directed study as well as her honors thesis in economics and public health, and she will attend the Harvard School of Public Health next fall to continue this research. In her application essay, Lauren said, “In an increasingly globalized world, the future of global public health rests in our ability to overcome the traditional segmented approach to health and approach global public health from all sectors. I plan to be at the forefront of this movement, and the Dr. Ruth E. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship will help me realize this dream.”

Compass Award: Human services and international affairs senior Frank Marino

The Office of Alumni Relations awards the Compass Award to seniors who have demonstrated a true commitment to a core set of values: leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern. Frank has held leadership positions in over five student organizations on campus (such as Peace Through Play, Slow Food NU, and the Social Justice Resource Center) and has accepted an offer at Teach For America in New York for after graduation where he will be teaching fifth grade at Success Academy Harlem West charter school in NYC for the next two years.

The Huntington 100

The Office of Student Affairs announced that a University-high 24 CSSH students are members of the Huntington 100, a distinguished list of the University’s most influential juniors and seniors.

The President’s and Sears B. Condit Awards

Congratulations to the three CSSH seniors receiving President’s Awards and the 17 CSSH undergraduate students receiving Sears B. Condit Awards. Full list.

– Courtesy of the CSSH Dean’s Office

Published On: April 23, 2013 | Tags:
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