North­eastern on Wednesday after­noon cel­e­brated the out­standing schol­arly accom­plish­ments of stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff at the university’s fourth annual Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion.

This event honors a select few who channel their extra­or­di­nary tal­ents and pas­sion into trans­for­ma­tive research and schol­ar­ship, excep­tional teaching and men­toring, and inno­va­tion in higher education—on campus and across the globe.

In his remarks, Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun noted that the annual event allows the North­eastern com­mu­nity to see the uni­ver­sity at its best by show­casing the remark­able work being done by its members.

We are here to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of our com­mu­nity,” Aoun told hun­dreds of stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff who had gath­ered in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ballroom.

The full list of the North­eastern com­mu­nity mem­bers rec­og­nized at the Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion can be found here.

  • Presidential Global Fellow awards were on display.

  • Members of the extended Northeastern University community filled the Curry Student Center Ballroom.

  • Musicians performed at the beginning of the Academic Honors Convocation.

  • From left, President Joseph E. Aoun, was joined by former Northeastern University presidents John A. Curry, LA'56, MEd'60, H'96, and Richard M. Freeland, H'06, before the Academic Honors Convocation.

  • Former Northeastern University president Richard M. Freeland, H'06, walked with Philomena Mantella, senior vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, before the Academic Honors Convocation.

  • Former Northeastern University presidents John A. Curry, left, LA'56, MEd'60, H'96, and Richard M. Freeland, H'06, were each honored with the Presidential Medallion.

  • President Joseph E. Aoun addressed members of the extended Northeastern University community.

  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen W. Director, left, and President Joseph E. Aoun, right, with Erin Cooney, BHS'14, recipient of a Presidential Global Fellow Award.

  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen Director, left, and President Joseph E. Aoun, right, with University Registrar Linda J. Allen, recipient of an Outstanding Service Award for her 43 years at Northeastern University.

  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen W. Director, left, and President Joseph E. Aoun, right, with Cabot Professor of Chemical Engineering Laura Lewis, recipient of an Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award.

  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen W. Director, left, and President Joseph E. Aoun, right, with Dagmar Sternad, professor of biology, electrical and computer engineering, and physics, who was the recipient of the 2014 Klein Lectureship Award.

  • Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and who was bestowed the title of University Distinguished Professor, took a "selfie" with President Joseph E. Aoun.

  • The platform party processed into the Curry Student Center Ballroom.

Two former North­eastern pres­i­dents, John A. Curry and Richard M. Free­land, received Pres­i­den­tial Medallions—the university’s top honor. Aoun thanked both Curry and Free­land for not only making North­eastern better, but for also cre­ating more oppor­tu­ni­ties for today’s stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff.

Curry, who served as pres­i­dent from 1989 to 1996, was the first North­eastern alumnus to go on to lead the uni­ver­sity. “Thank you very much for this honor you bestow on me today by my alma mater,” Curry said. “It means so much to me.”

Free­land, who served as pres­i­dent from 1996 to 2006, said when he saw an adver­tise­ment for the posi­tion 18 years ago, he called it the best job in Amer­ican higher education.

When I met with the search com­mittee, I said this is the only job I really truly want,” Free­land said of the pres­i­dency. “And after I got the job I told the fac­ulty that it was a dream come true.”

Eight fac­ulty mem­bers received the Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor honor, the highest honor North­eastern can bestow on a fac­ulty member. The recip­i­ents were Nadine Aubry, dean of the Col­lege of Engi­neering; Arun Bansil, pro­fessor of physics; Albert-​​László Barabási, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Physics and the inau­gural Robert Gray Dodge Pro­fessor of Net­work Sci­ence; Ahmed Bus­naina, pro­fessor of engi­neering; Arthur Coury, pro­fessor of chem­ical engi­neering; Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs; Terry Fulmer, dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences; and Vinod Sahney, pro­fessor of mechan­ical and indus­trial engi­neering.

These fac­ulty mem­bers have achieved inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion and dis­tinc­tion for con­tri­bu­tions to edu­ca­tion, artistic cre­ativity and expres­sion, and research that is trans­for­ma­tive in their fields,” said Wendy Parmet, asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic affairs and the George J. and Kath­leen Waters Matthews Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Law.

After he received the Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor medal, Barabási cel­e­brated by taking an onstage selfie with Aoun.

Other fac­ulty mem­bers who were hon­ored included Laura Lewis, a chem­ical engi­neering pro­fessor whose research on alter­na­tive energy tech­nolo­gies con­tinues to push the bound­aries of iden­ti­fying and har­nessing alter­na­tive energy from nat­ural sources. She received the Excel­lence in Research and Cre­ative Activity Award.

Tova Olson Sanders, a fac­ulty member in the Grad­uate Edu­ca­tion pro­grams of the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies, and Dennis Shaugh­nessy, exec­u­tive pro­fessor of Entre­pre­neur­ship and Inno­va­tion, both received Excel­lence in Teaching Awards.

Dagmar Sternad, who directs the Action Lab at North­eastern and is an inter­na­tion­ally known authority in the field of exper­i­mental and com­pu­ta­tional motor neu­ro­science, was rec­og­nized as the recip­ient of the 50th annual Robert D. Klein Uni­ver­sity Lec­turer Award, given to a tenure or tenure-​​track fac­ulty member who has con­tributed with dis­tinc­tion to their field of study.

Just as impres­sive as the fac­ulty accom­plish­ments were those of the under­grad­uate hon­orees, whose achieve­ments spanned many dis­ci­plines, including engi­neering, polit­ical sci­ence, and health services.

Our under­grad­uate stu­dents are accom­plished entre­pre­neurs, they are inno­v­a­tive, they are con­fi­dent, they are global, and they are highly engaged,” Director said.

Three North­eastern stu­dents—Theo Bowe, S’16, Tushar Swamy, E’15, and Greg Allan, E’16—are among the 283 sopho­mores and juniors nation­wide who received the Barry W. Gold­water Schol­ar­ship, which honors stu­dents who demon­strate out­standing poten­tial and intend to pursue a career in math, sci­ence, or engineering.

Stanislas Phanord, SSH’14, was twice rec­og­nized for earning a Ful­bright Schol­ar­ship and Rangel Grad­uate Fel­low­ship. The Ful­bright Schol­ar­ship is a merit-​​​​based award that pro­vides funds for U.S. cit­i­zens to study, con­duct research, or teach inter­na­tion­ally. The Rangel Grad­uate Fel­low­ship is given to 20 indi­vid­uals to sup­port them through two years of grad­uate study, intern­ships and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment activ­i­ties, and entry into the For­eign Service.

North­eastern also pre­sented honors to sev­eral accom­plished stu­dent scholars. Seniors Brooke Gasson, SSH’14, James Man­is­calco, S’14, and Matthew Schmidt, BHS’14, received Hodgkinson Awards, one of the university’s highest honors for grad­u­ating seniors. Mean­while, Erin Cooney, BHS’14, and Zuren Tai Zhang, E’14, were hon­ored with the des­ig­na­tion of Pres­i­den­tial Global Fellow, given on the basis of stu­dents’ aca­d­emic standing, lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, and under­standing of the impor­tance of the global expe­ri­ence to their edu­ca­tion, per­sonal devel­op­ment, and career goals.

Seven grad­uate stu­dents also earned awards for their out­standing work in research, teaching, com­mu­nity ser­vice, and expe­ri­en­tial learning. Among them were Sujeet Akula, a doc­toral can­di­date in physics who is rec­og­nized as one of the 50 most promising young researchers in the­o­ret­ical ele­men­tary par­ticle physics, and Ziyao Zhou, a doc­toral can­di­date in elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering who has pub­lished more than 20 papers in respected journals.

The Empower Cam­paign Team received the Out­standing Team­work Award, while Linda J. Allen, uni­ver­sity reg­is­trar, Leroy S. Jackson, Jr., a schol­ar­ship aca­d­emic adviser, and Mau­reen L. Tim­mons, the director of dining ser­vices, were given the Out­standing Ser­vice Award.

Watch the 2014 Aca­d­emic Honors Convocation: