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The Honors Program Office is open from 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Students may stop by during office hours for advising help, or to use the student lounge.

Northeastern University Honors Program
360 Huntington Ave.
150 Richards Hall
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-2333 Phone
(617) 373-5300 Fax

Laurie Kramer, Director
(617) 373-2333

Professor Laurie Kramer is the Director of Northeastern University’s Honors Program and oversees all aspects of Honors programming. New to Northeastern University as of July 2016, Dr. Kramer comes to the Honors Program with an established career in higher education, having long served as a professor and associate dean of academic programs at the University of Illinois. Her teaching excellence has been recognized with awards from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the North American Teachers and Colleges of Agriculture. Dr. Kramer earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, her Master’s Degree from Long Island University, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Stony Brook University. Her research on children’s sibling relationships has been highlighted in many media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and the Today Show. Dr. Kramer is also a Professor of Applied Psychology in Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

Sheryl O’Brien, Senior Associate Director
(617) 373-3314

Sheryl O’Brien is a Senior Associate Director for the Honors Program. Sheryl oversees all of the advising for the program and specializes in advising students for Honors in the Discipline. Sheryl also works closely with Undergraduate Admissions, helps to advise the Honors Ambassadors and works with Residential Life in coordinating the Living Learning Community. She also works with the new Sophomore Year Experience for Honors. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Maine. She also has a Masters of Education, specializing in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Maine and is currently working on her Doctorate of Education at Northeastern University. Sheryl has been with the Honors Program for nine years, and at NU for fourteen.

Shannon Pittman, Associate Director
(617) 373-2333

Shannon Pittman is an Associate Director for the Honors Program. Shannon graduated from Wheelock College in 2008 where he studied education, arts, and human services. Soon thereafter, Shannon attended Northeastern University where he studied College Student Development and Counseling and received his Master’s in 2010. His professional tenure has ranged from supporting LBGTQA+ students at MIT, teaching event planning and networking to local Boston residents at Roxbury Community College and creating a robust living-learning community for residents at Boston University. Shannon has been at Northeastern for six years where he served as the Assistant Director for the Opportunity Scholarships and Outreach Programs serving 250 first generation college students who received the TORCH, Boston Public, and Gates Millennium among others; most recently, Shannon was the Senior Assistant Director- Student Engagement within the Center for Student Involvement for the past three years.  His passion for advocating for marginalized student populations, specifically first generation college students, has led him into a Doctor of Education program at Northeastern, which he has been pursuing since 2016.

Justin Silvestri, Assistant Director
(617) 373-6217

Justin Silvestri is an Assistant Director for the Honors Program. Justin specializes in First Year Advising, Undergraduate Research, and Fellowship advising. He oversees Honors’ undergraduate research initiatives, as well as coordinating Northeastern University’s First Pages Comittee. He is a 2007 Fulbright Fellowship Alumni, having taught at conversational English in Sartrouville, France. He received his B.A. in History & French at Union College and earned his M.A. in History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Education at Northeastern University. Justin advises Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Bouvé College of Health Sciences Honors students.

Barbie Papalios, Academic Advisor
(617) 373-2922

Barbie Papalios is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. Prior to Northeastern, she worked in graduate financial aid at Brandeis University, and as an academic advisor and graduate assistant at Boston College. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Modern Greek and Theatre from Ohio State and her Master’s in Higher Education from Boston College. She has also previously worked abroad, as an English Teaching Fellow and Dormitory Counselor in Thessaloniki, Greece. Her interests include international education/study abroad, theatre as an educational tool, first-year student development, and student leadership. She also loves to travel and enjoys learning about language. Barbie will be advising students in the College of Science and the College of Arts, Media and Design.

Jenna Thrash, Academic Advisor
(617) 373-2809

Jenna Thrash is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. Jenna works with the Honors Living Learning Assistants and Living Learning Communities and specializes in Upper Class Honors Programming. With a background in both residence life and academic affairs, Jenna is passionate about holistic learning and development and campus community. Jenna received her B.A. in both English and Public Relations from Elon University and earned her M.A. from the Ohio State University in Higher Education & Student Affairs. She advises College of Engineering and College of Social Sciences and Humanities Honors students.


Matthew Kilduff, Academic Advisor
(617) 373-4679

Matt Kilduff is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. Matt primarily oversees admissions, orientation and graduation in the program. Along with working with honors students, Matt has a background in academic advising, new student programs and career services and seeks to create holistic advising opportunities for all students. Matt received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Rhode Island and his M.S in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. He advises students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the D’amore-McKim School of Business.


Meghan Clapp, Administrative Specialist
(617) 373-8509

Meghan Clapp is an Administrative Specialist for the Honors Program, and a student in Northeastern’s M.S. program in Counseling Psychology. She received both her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Human Services and her M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Meghan has always been passionate about the criminal justice system and helping others, and hopes to work in a counseling capacity within the justice system in the future. She is excited to be a part of the Honors Program team.


Carli Fink, Graduate Assistant
(617) 373-2333

Carli Fink is a Graduate Assistant for the Honors Program, and a student in Northeastern’s M.S. program in College Student Development and Counseling. She is involved in many facets of the Honors Program. Carli obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Queen’s University and completed her teacher certification at the University of Ottawa. Prior to beginning graduate school, she worked with middle school, high school, and undergraduate students in a variety of programming and support roles. Her interests include student health and wellness, learning strategies, and career development. Carli is excited to work with Northeastern students and staff, and to explore the Boston area.

Alice Lowy, Graduate Assistant
(617) 373-2333

Alice Lowy is a Graduate Assistant for the Honors Program and doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish Literature from Kenyon College (2008) and her M.A. in Psychology from Boston University (2014). Prior to graduate school, she worked as a clinician to provide group and individual counseling to court-mandated juvenile offenders and at-risk youth, as well as Program Administrator of a residential and partial hospitalization program for eating disorders treatment. She is also a member of the APPEAR lab (Applied Psychology Program for Eating and Appearance Research) and is primarily interested in prevention and treatment of eating disorders for underserved populations. Alice thoroughly enjoys mentoring undergraduate students in research and is thrilled to be a part of the Honors Program team.