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Clarkson's Honors students defy convention.  They have high standards of excellence in everything they do, as you will see by looking at some of the lists below.

Honors and Awards
Organized Research
Leadership and Service


 University Recognition Day Awards

Once again, Honors students were conspicuous at the 2014 University Recognition Day, where they were acknowledged for their exceptional leadership and service in the broader campus community, as well as outstanding scholarship. 

Honors students won approximately one-third of the 68 departmental awards this year. Honors students won five Commendable Leadership Awards and six Commendable Service Awards.  Four Honors students were inducted into Phalanx, Clarkson’s highest honorary society.  In addition, the Residence Halls Scholarship Award went to Ormsby House, 1st Floor.  

Commencement Awards

Once again, the two Clarkson Prize winners announced at Commencement were Honors students: Nicholas Marshall won the Levinus Clarkson Award and Pinguang Yang (known as "Dawson") won the Frederica Clarkson award. Nick, who spent his last semester of college in Russia as part of the prestigious American Math Society's Math in Moscow Scholarship (funded by the National Science Foundation), is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Yale University. Dawson, pictured below, is looking forward to travel in China before starting in the MD/Ph.D. program at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in the fall. He will earn his M.D. in oncology and a Ph.D. in cancer research.

Pinguang Yang accepting the Frederica Clarkson Award, 2014

Graduating Seniors with Distinction 

Thirty-two Honors students graduated in May 2014.  Twenty (67%) graduated with Great Distinction and 11 (33%) with Distinction. 


Students in the Honors Program regularly win major national scholarships.  We have had many years of success with the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, with at least one winner every year for the past 15 years, and with the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. For a record of these achievements please check out the following:

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Many Honors students received competitive funding to support doctoral studies in highly regarded programs. A short list includes:

Aeronautical Engineering at Wichita State University
Applied Math at Yale University
Biological Physics, Structure and Design at University of Washington
Civil Engineering at Clarkson University
Engineering - Solid Mechanics at Brown University
Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University
Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University
Nuclear Engineering at MIT
Oncology/Cancer Research at Hofstra Northshore LIJ School of Medicine
University of Vermont College of Medicine


This year, the jobs of our graduating seniors include the following: 

Mechanical Engineer, Test Equipment Dept at Raytheon - Space and Airborne Systems
Nuclear Reactor Operation Engineer at Bechtel/US NAVY
Operations Leadership Program at Pall Corp
Project Engineer at Keurig Green Mountain
Quality Engineer at Novelis, Inc.


In Summer 2014, 31 students interned with major companies including, NextEra Energy, Lockheed Martin, Consigl Construction, Ferrile Microwave Technology, The Chayen Company, Brookfeld Power, Agri-mark, Buchanan Nipper LLC, NASA, Stantec Consulting, DEC Pollution Prevention Program, GE Transportation, GE Power & Water, GE Aviation, GE Energy Management, Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, The Raymond Corporation, O'Brien & Gere, Johnson & Johnson, BAE Systems, Whiting-Turner, McLaughlin Electric, Tetra-Tech, Corning, Wateruliet Arsenal, Huntair, Praxair, and ExxonMobil. 


In Summer 2014, 53 students did research: 44 students participated in the Summer Research Program at Clarkson University; 9 completed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at other universities or professional institutions, including Wels Upper Austria University, Trudeau Institute, UMass Amherst, Penn State, Lafayette College, Beer Capitol Distributing, Rome Research Corporation, Wadsworth Health Center, and Mass. General Hospital. 


Some may be surprised to learn that Honors students are highly engaged in athletics as well as academics.  

In 2013-2014 15% of Honors students participated in a varsity athletic sport.  Over 20% of first-year Honors students played a varsity sport, including 4 who were on the men’s soccer team.  A few highlights of the 2013-2014 competition season:

Erika Chin

Erika Chin ’14 had her fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament.  This is the second year in a row that women’s volleyball made it to the Elite Eight, and Chin was a key player.  She raked in the honors in 2013, including:  AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA NY All-Region 1st Team, Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American 2nd Team (National); Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District (District 3); Liberty League Second-Team All Star; and NCAA DIII Regional All-Tournament Team.

School records fell in Men’s Varsity swimming, as Kyle Hancock ’14 set a new Clarkson standard in the 100m Breaststroke.  Kyle and Nick Short ’16 also contributed to new school records in the 200 and 400 Medley Relays.

John Coleman

John Coleman ’15 continues to excel in his mathematics major, on the basketball court, and on the baseball diamond.  One highlight of his basketball season was scoring over 1000 career points this winter.  He also earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America, 1st Team (National); Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America District 3; NABC Division III All-District (East)- 2nd Team; All-East Region- 2nd Team and Liberty League First-Team All-Star honors in basketball, and Capital One/CoSIDA All-District Honors in baseball.

Several Honors students were on the Nordic Ski Team this winter, which competed in the USCSA Nationals in Lake Placid last March.  The men’s team finished third overall, led by Eric Mallery ’17 who had a third-place finish in the sprint race, among other top results.  Katie Dunn ’17 and Keighty Tallman ’16 both helped the women to a 5th place finish overall at Nationals.

Nick Strandholm

First-year Men’s Lacrosse Player Nick Strandholm earned Liberty League Defensive Performer of the week in April.

Additionally, high numbers of Honors students participate in club teams like crew, rugby, racquetball, ice hockey, Frisbee, football, and others.

Brian Kroetz and Andrew Akiki

First-year Honors students Brian Kroetz and Andrew Akiki (both on the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team) earn some service hours in December by ringing bells for the Salvation Army at the local Wal-Mart.


Honors Program students are not only actively engaged academically through their coursework and research interests during their time at Clarkson. They are also held leadership positions in many campus organizations and participated in service activities on campus and in the local community. Honors students held the following leadership positions: 

Captain of Concrete Canoe
President of the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team 
Co-captain of the Steel Bridge Team
President for Chem-E-Car
Vice President of Chem-E-Car
Treasurer of Chem-E-Car
Secretary for Chem-E-Car
Team Leader SAE Mini Baja

President of the Gaming Society
Vice President of the Clarkson Gaming Society
President of the Autonomous Robotics Club
President of the Newman Club 
President of the Clarkson University Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 
President of Math Club
President of Theater Club
President and Co-Founder of the Ballroom Dance Club
Vice President and Co-Founder of the Ballroom Dance Club
President and Co-Founder of the Clarkson Barbershop Quartet
Treasurer and Co-Founder of the Clarkson Barbershop Quartet
Vice President and Co-Founder of Clarkson Foodies
Vice President of the Society of Professional Women
Treasurer for Clarkson Golden Knotes
Caving Chair of the Clarkson Outing Club
President of Clarkson'e Gay Straight Alliance

Lab Director for the Clarkson Open Source Institute (COSI)
Network Administrator for WCKN
Chief Engineer at WTSC Radio Station
Librarian for the Clarkson University Orchestra
Staff Writer for The Integrator Senator for CUSA (2)  

Co-Captain of Women’s Rugby
Co-President of Outing Club
Chair Outing Club Caving
Treasurer of Women’s Club Hockey
Treasurer of the Clarkson University Cycling Club
President and Founder of Clarkson Nordic Ski Club
Vice President of Clarkson University Martial Arts Club

Resident Advisor (7)  

President of the Clarkson Chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
President of the Sigma Gamma Tau Aeronautical Engineering Society
President and Founder of the Charity Knitting Club
President and Co-Founder of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Vice President and Co-Founder of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Vice President and President of the Association of Computing Machinery
Chief Financial Officer of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization 
Treasurer for Engineers Without Borders

Vice President of Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
Vice President of Standards of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity 
Vice President of Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
Scholarship Chair of the Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
Treasurer of the Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity
Charter Member of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority

President of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society
President of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Vice President and Treasurer of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Secretary of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society
President of the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society
Vice President of the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society 
President of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Vice President and Webmaster of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Treasurer of Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society
Secretary of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society
Secretary of the Sigma Gamma Tau Aeronautical Engineering Honor Society

Members of the graduating class were also mentors for FIRST Robotics, Physics Team Design Lab and the Outdoor Enthusiasts Floor, and tutors in multiple disciplines for Student Academic Services and the Clarkson School, and in Chemistry for S-Stem Program. 

Honors graduates participated in fundraising and service activities for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Relay for Life, St. Lawrence Seaway Polar Plunge, Potsdam Town Cleanup, Potsdam Seniors Luncheon, Adopt-A-Highway, Habitat for Humanity, Pride in Potsdam Day, National Breast Cancer Foundation and Make A Child Smile.


Honors Sophomore Project featured on front page of Watertown Times

Honors Sophomore Michael Lee to study at NASA Langley over the summer 2014

Honors Senior Eleanor Vane wins National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award

Honors Junior Ruisheng Wang wins Goldwater Scholarship and Mason Sutorius receives honorable mention

Honors Juniors Joanina Gicobi and Zhan Li participate in Alternative Spring Break in Buffalo with Habitat for Humanity

Honors sophomore Andrew Wegner is part of OdrIt team that wins Sigma Nu Tau Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Clarkson University ChemE Car team captained by Honors junior earns place in national finals

Three Honors students among strong Clarkson showing in United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) Championship

Honors junior John Coleman named Liberty League All-Star in basketball