YSU Honors Student, Publication Honors Top NCHC Conference Awards

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A delegation of students from Youngstown State University Sokolov Honors College won two prestigious awards at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference held in Orlando.

Julie Centofanti received the John J. Hanigan scholarship

Julie Centofanti, a second year biology student in the BaccMed program, received the John J. Hanigan Fellowship for her work in developing a meaningful way for students to serve the community together through transcription.

“Julie Centofanti took the opportunity to find an answer to the question of how students could meaningfully volunteer during a pandemic. Julie took the initiative to leverage technology to develop a transcription community and provide an opportunity for remote service while learning, ”said Amy Cossentino, Dean of Sokolov Honors College and Vice President for Strategy and commitment.

For decades, students have presented at NCHC and received recognition for top awards in their disciplines. A new first for YSU is that a student receives one of their competitive distinction awards.

“We are proud of Julie’s leadership and everyone who transcribes with Julie. Receiving the NCHC John J. Hanigan Award is a testament to what can be achieved, no matter what the obstacles.

Collectively, honors students transcribed over 13,000 documents and recorded 1,300 hours of service.

“As I continue at YSU, the transcription club gave me a goal. I have met students of various majors and made friends that I would never have been able to make without this club. We are working together to achieve a common goal, despite the various limitations of the pandemic, ”Centofanti said. “I am grateful to Honors College and all of the students who take time out of their busy schedules to transcribe and help our community!

Centofanti was also selected to share her work as a conference presenter in a general session, something which is usually reserved primarily for faculty and specialist staff.

Honors College also won first prize in the print division for With Honors magazine.

“Recognizing our magazine through this competitive process recognizes the magazine’s student team, as well as the considerable time and effort they have invested in developing this publication,” said Mollie Hartup, Associate Director and editor-in-chief of the magazine.

Other YSU student presenters include:

  • Tek Chhetri, senior specializing in electrical engineering, presents a self-driving car research poster.
  • Bronson DeAngelo, second year major in psychology, and Taylor Sebastiano, second year student major in biology / pre-medicine, present the honors helping future researchers – and their schools.
  • Alessandra Montanez, a second year student majoring in business administration, has been a student moderator for several conference sessions.
  • Lauren Rager, senior specialist in anthropology, presenting A Student-Centered Approach to Curating Content for Publications and The Impact of Man-Made Bird Boxes on the Reproduction of Cavity Nesting Birds research poster.

The NCHC conference brings together students, faculty and administrators from around the world to collaborate and inspire new ideas and energy in teaching honors. YSU students have attended the conference since 2008. Participation in NCHC supports the pillars of Honors College of teaching and research, interdisciplinary perspectives, and global citizenship.


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