Torch Scholar reflects on meeting with President Obama

Over the past few years, Malachi Her­nandez has become one of the leading voices for Pres­i­dent Obama’s My Brother’s Keepers ini­tia­tive, a nation­wide effort aimed at empow­ering boys and young men of color through edu­ca­tion and job training. “I never say ‘no’ to a young person,” he says. “I always try to help as much as I can.”

Education ‘stakes have never been higher’

Under Sec­re­tary of Edu­ca­tion Ted Mitchell deliv­ered his final speech as a senior member of the Obama admin­is­tra­tion on Thursday morning at North­eastern, saying that inno­va­tion in higher edu­ca­tion is crit­ical to the suc­cess of the nation’s democ­racy. “Our col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties must strive each day to embody the highest aspi­ra­tions of this country,” he noted.

Five simple career tips for job-​​hunting seniors

The spring semester is less than one week old, but scores of seniors have already begun looking for their first full-​​time jobs after grad­u­a­tion. Here, Mary Sul­livan, asso­ciate director of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Career Devel­op­ment, offers up some tips to the enthu­si­astic jobseekers.

Alumni behind former IDEA venture receive $19M to take business to next level

Ben Anderson and Yin Wang, the co-​​founders of Amino, a mobile-​​based social ser­vice aimed at con­necting users with niche inter­ests, won’t rest until their product is in the hands of every single smartphone-​​wielding cus­tomer in the world. With the help of $19 mil­lion in recent funding, the startup just might achieve that goal.

Professor’s seminar on scientific literature paves the road to creative thinking

In Rebecca Shansky’s course on bio­log­ical psy­chology, stu­dents learn how to crit­i­cally ana­lyze aca­d­emic papers while simul­ta­ne­ously gaining a solid footing in the lit­er­a­ture exploring the ways animal research con­tributes to our under­standing of psy­chi­atric disorders.

Last-​​minute tips to help prepare for co-​​op

Some 4,500 stu­dents will work on co-​​op during the spring 2017 cycle. Career advisor Emily Norris says stu­dents can use winter break to do some addi­tional research on their com­pa­nies and indus­tries, double-​​check details like the dress code and com­mute time, and set co-​​op goals for themselves.

For Hutchinson family, Northeastern is home

Emily Hutchinson’s first day of classes as a stu­dent at North­eastern coin­cided with her father’s first day of work as asso­ciate director of cor­po­rate part­ner­ships for the university’s ath­letics depart­ment. “It’s so funny how it all worked out,” Emily says. “I def­i­nitely could not have pre­dicted this.”

Students share the impact of their service-​​learning experiences

Varsha Ram­sumair said she teared up during her final visit with the Boston ele­men­tary school stu­dents she’d been men­toring this semester through a service-​​learning course called “Human Ser­vices Pro­fes­sions.” Ram­sumair was one of more than 200 stu­dents who pre­sented at the Fall 2016 Service-​​Learning Expo last week.