Meet the Students

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Class of 2011: The Torch Scholars Inaugural Class


Nadia, a Psychology major who is originally from California, has just begun her second co-op conducting research with the Speech, Language, and Pathology Department at Northeastern. Nadia, who earned Dean’s List distinction with a 4.0 last semester, spent part of her summer on a Dialogues of Civilization study abroad to Northern Ireland.



Melanie, from Somerville, Massachusetts, is majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. Melanie earned Dean's List distinction for spring 2009 while also conducting research at Children's and Brigham and Women's Hospitals in Boston. Melanie has decided to pursue a PH.D. in Cognition Neuroscience after graduating NU in January 2010.


Besa, a graduate of the O’Bryant School of Math and Science in Boston, is a Business Marketing major who is on her second co-op at Harvard University. A member of NU's Student Conduct Board, Besa earned Dean’s List distinction last semester, recently returned from a Study Abroad experience in Italy.



Joseph, a Human Services major and Dean’s List scholar in spring 2009, is originally from Foxboro, Massachusetts. Before starting his second co-op, a placement in the Brookline Public Schools, Joseph completed a Dialogues of Civilization study abroad to Northern Ireland. Joseph will be receiving the AmeriCorp Student Leader in Service Education Award.




Originally from Lawrence, Massachusetts, Ana is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Latin American studies. Ana, a Dean’s List scholar in spring 2009, is a leader in her sorority, and she has completed a co-op to support her interest in early childhood development. Ana plans to graduate in 2010.




A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ulysses is majoring in Political Science at Northeastern. Ulysses just returned from a Dialogues of Civilization study abroad in Ghana and is about to embark on a second Study Abroad experience in India to support his major.



Jordan, originally from Lubec, Maine, is a Music Industry major. Recently starting a second co-op with a local start-up company in the music industry, Jordan also founded a music production blog.

Qin Rui


Originally from Charlestown, Massachusetts, Qin Rui is majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Science. She has completed two co-ops and is working towards a career as an Environmental Engineer. Quin Rui serves as an Orientaton Leader for the International Student and Scholar Institute(ISSI) at NU in addition to volunteering as a peer mentor in the College of Engineering. Quin Rui will begin her third Co-op in 2010



Odalis, a graduate of English High School in Boston, is an International Business major with an Accounting concentration. Odalis recently began a year of experiential learning in Puebla, Mexico, beginning with his second co-op experience, followed by a Study Abroad program. With other Torch Scholars, Odalis founded a volunteer service organization called DRYVE.



Mike is a graduate of the Melrose, Massachusetts schools through the METCO program and originally hails from Boston. A Graphic Design major, Mike recently completed his co-op experience designing for non-profits. In addition to founding his fraternity on campus, Mike runs his own hip-hop clothing company called Annie Mulz.