What’s Happening With Local College Students

Kutztown University has announced that 281 students will be part of the university’s Honors Program in 2023-2024, including Mikayla Frain of Dix Hills.

The Honors Program at Kutztown University provides high-achieving students with opportunities to engage in scholarship, leadership and service. The program, which is undergraduate in nature and open to full-time students, is comprised of a minimum of 21 credits in Honors courses including a senior Honors capstone project.

Internships Complete

More than 60 students completed New York Institute of Technology’s Internship Certificate Program during summer 2023, including Peter Panagi of Huntington, learning hands-on experience and developing skills in a wide range of work environments.

Panagi worked at Victor Famulari Architect in the role of Drafting/Project Management.

Making a Difference

Abby Splaine of Northport was one of more than 140 James Madison University students who participated in DMAD: Dukes Making a Difference, this past August.

DMAD students volunteer with nonprofit agencies in the Harrisonburg area to learn about the area’s most pressing social issues and to interact with individuals and organizations making the Harrisonburg community a better place for all residents.

Study Underway

Matthew Gerardi of Huntington Station has begun higher education studies at Albright College, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree as a member of the class of 2027. A graduate of Huntington High School, Gerardi is studying accounting at Albright. Gerardi is joined by 440 first year and transfer students.

Members of the new class have taken an average of seven honors courses during high school. Thirty-six graduated in the top 10% of their high school classes and 68 are eligible for Albright’s prestigious Honors program. The class boasts six Eagle Scouts and four Girl Scout Gold Award winners.

Research Project

Allison Califano, a member of the class of 2025 majoring in Civil Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense research project titled Developing Materials for the Rotary Club of Venice.

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology that addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s 50-plus off-campus project centers, which are located around the world. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives-and make a difference before they graduate.


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