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University Scholars Program




The University Scholars Program (USP) offers a select group of exceptional students the opportunity to forge their own academic path and the support to reach their full potential. Our mission is to provide a challenging, engaging, global education that is fully supported and flexible, tailored to each student’s talents and goals. The program creates and empowers visionaries, innovators, and leaders. And that is the best path to improving our world. The University Scholars Program provides an abundance of resources and guides students to chart their own unique Northeastern experience.

We provide: > Intellectually demanding coursework paired with innovative research projects and premium experiential learning opportunities. > Personalized advising and mentoring by accomplished senior faculty members and staff. > Unparalleled access to Northeastern’s president and distinguished guest speakers. > Customized programs spanning multiple disciplines to advance each student’s personal aspirations. > Tailored international experiences: four- to six-week immersions, a semester study abroad, a six-month co-op, or even a full year in a foreign country. > A strong community of peer scholars who challenge and support each other and develop life-long friendships. > A full-tuition scholarship, including financial support for global curricular experiences.

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Jasmine Fu PHARMACY, BOUVÉ COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES | 2018 MINOR: PSYCHOLOGY Hometown: Irvine, California Activities: Orchestra (Violin, Treasurer), Student National Pharmacy Association, AASIA (Asian American Students In Action) Mentor

University Scholars Program offers a lot of op“ The portunities that you wouldn’t get otherwise. We have

specialized faculty mentoring, often by the college’s deans, and the professors really take time to get to know us. The great thing about faculty mentors is that they really go out of their way to help their students. It’s probably my favorite part of the program.


The University Scholars Program provides individualized advising to all of our scholars with support from the University Scholars Program Director and staff as well as from our Faculty Fellows. The leaders of the University Scholars Program have extensive expertise in teaching, advising, and mentoring students, and our four Faculty Fellows are acclaimed researchers and scholars in their respective fields. Our team is enthusiastic about working with and for our students, and delights in creative collaborations with our scholars. Professor of Biology Erin Cram has described it as “a privilege to work with students of the caliber represented in the University Scholars Program,� a sentiment echoed by the other Faculty Fellows. Our Faculty Fellows are mentors as well as intellectual partners who foster a community in which professors and scholars work with and learn from each other.

Clockwise from left: Distinguished Professor of History William M. Fowler Jr., Faculty Fellow; Dr. Jonna Iacono, Director, University Scholars Program; Dr. Paola Cesarini, Associate Director, University Scholars Program; Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Carey Rappaport, Faculty Fellow; Professor EVENT of Physics Darien Wood, Faculty Fellow; University Scholars Program | WELCOME 2014 Professor of Biology Erin Cram, Faculty Fellow

Siddhartha Pant (Sid) BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (FINANCE) AND MATHEMATICS, D’AMORE-MCKIM SCHOOL OF BUSINESS | 2017 Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal Activities: Finance Club, Outdoor and Hiking Club, Entrepreneur’s Club, Boston Building Resources Volunteer

came into Northeastern through The Program for “ IUndeclared Students. I had five prospective majors,

all of which I found fascinating, all of which were quantitative. My professor helped me figure out my goals. Now I know that I want to work in financial markets. I also want to be engaged in some sort of entrepreneurship that will help my country. I feel a great responsibility toward aiding the development of my country in any way I can. I know USP will help me do that.


All of our scholars have direct access to the expertise of our faculty and to our state-of-the-art research facilities. We provide ample opportunities for each scholar to learn about and participate in cutting-edge research and creative projects that advance and create knowledge. Many scholars begin participating in research their first year; this experience informs the rest of their academic and professional careers.

Second-year student Daniel Moran (CCIS BS ’17, MS ’18), a computer science major from Minerva, Ohio, spent three-quarters of his first year working in an interdisciplinary lab at the intersection of political science and computer science. Dan used scripting language and the Twitter and Daylife application programming interfaces (APIs) to gather data on “mention counts” of political candidates across social and mainstream media during election seasons. He then created visualizations of this big data. His second year brought him to a new computer science research lab, where he developed verification tools for concurrent programs. Now on co-op at Metaswitch Networks in San Francisco, he is working to implement Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in various use cases. “As a member of USP,” Dan explains, “I am poised to take full advantage of the exciting opportunities Northeastern has to offer, opportunities that are already aiding in my personal and professional growth.”

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Ololade Akingbade (Lola) BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE, COLLEGE OF SCIENCE | 2018 MINOR: RHETORIC Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ Birthplace: Nigeria Activities: END7 (Northeastern’s Neglected Tropical Disease club), St. Stephen’s Volunteer Program Research: Northeastern LEDLab (Lifespan Emotional Development Lab)

know a lot of other schools have honors programs “ Ithat just give you money; this is more than that. This

program is grounded in mentorship and intellectual scholarship. USP provides opportunities and communities that enrich our education. As a scholar, you are always on the side of inquiry—we always question, we think past just knowing. We’re not just getting a degree—we’re growing as people and as academic scholars.


Our global perspective is cultivated by bringing students from around the globe to study in Boston and by sending students abroad for immersive international experiences. Many of our classes take a global approach, and our diverse population—including 17 percent international students—means new insights and discoveries are made naturally every day.

International experiences are available to all Northeastern students, however there are some opportunities that are exclusive to the University Scholars Program. Corinne Bowers (COE, ’18), a first-year civil engineering major from Richmond, Virginia, is already taking advantage of several of these programs. “The thing I love about USP is that you can do whatever you want and Northeastern will help you get there. For example, it has always been a dream of mine to go to Africa. This summer I’m going on an Engineering Problem-Solving Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Cameroon, Africa to help villages there overcome a variety of engineering-related problems. And this spring I will be participating in an all-scholars Alternative Spring Break; we will be going to Costa Rica to learn about the coffee industry. And this is all in my first year!”

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Joaquin Diaz ARCHITECTURE, COLLEGE OF ARTS, MEDIA AND DESIGN | 2018 MINOR: PHOTOGRAPHY Hometown: Houston, Texas Birthplace: Cuba Activities: American Institute of Architecture Students, NUPride, ACE (Alternatives for Community and Environment) Volunteer

amazing to be so connected to the faculty here, “ It’s to have such strong mentorship, to be able to have

dinner with the head of your department and important people in your field. I’ve become much more confident and learned so much in my first year here.


The University Scholars Program is committed to the common good and to giving back to our communities. This strong commitment is embodied by our top-ranked service-learning program and anchored by our Civic Engagement Program (CEP). Each year, our scholars dedicate 100 hours to a civic engagement activity through this program, designed to help scholars understand how to best put their talents to use.

In one of these scholars-only Service Research Projects, first-year international business major Katelin Murdock (DMSB ’18) is volunteering with Boston Building Resources, working on ways to develop quantitative measures of social programs for the local non-profit. The Nashville, Tennessee native says the opportunity has allowed her to “see how research and service interact,” and is just another way she has found a sense of community through the University Scholars Program. Her fellow first-year scholar, Lindsey Bressler (CSSH ’18), originally from Tucson, Arizona, is studying international affairs and economics. But she says the experience she has grown from the most has been a bit more local— her volunteer work at LIFT Boston. “Helping people with everything from finding basic housing to applying for jobs has been amazing—my experience there transcends clichés. Being a part of LIFT and really understanding the challenges many people face has made me think about what kind of a person I want to be. It’s made me think about who I want to help as an individual who can hopefully make an impact someday. It’s probably the most meaningful thing I’ve done so far.” University Scholars Program | WELCOME EVENT 2014


Sunday, March 23 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

CHECK-IN Welcome to Northeastern! West Village F, The University Visitor Center

9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:45 a.m.


10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:45 p.m.


11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Join us for an hour-long overview of the Northeastern experience. West Village F, The University Visitor Center A 90-minute walking tour of campus, including International Village, the residence hall where all first-year University Scholars live. West Village F, The University Visitor Center Meet at check-in and we’ll show you the way to one of our fantastic dining facilities. West Village F, The University Visitor Center Join admissions staff for a walk to the best view in Boston and some sightseeing along the way. West Village F, The University Visitor Center 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. sessions are for guests only; scholars have separate programming at these times.

Join us for an hour-long overview of the Northeastern experience. West Village F, The University Visitor Center

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION Complimentary overnight parking is available in Columbus Garage, 795 Columbus Avenue. Please display the University Scholars Welcome Event parking pass on your dashboard. You are encouraged to use event transportation throughout the program and leave your vehicle parked on campus. Parking passes are available at check-in. The Westin Copley Place is a short walk to campus, and accessible via the MBTA Green E-Line, Copley stop. Shuttle service between the hotel and campus is available from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. University Scholars Program | WELCOME EVENT 2014


Sunday, March 23 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SHUTTLES TO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE Museum of Science is located at 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114. Complimentary parking is available for those not staying at The Westin Copley Place. Depart from The Westin Copley Place and Campus, Forsyth Circle Refer to the back of your name badge for your assigned departure time.

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS RECOGNITION DINNER Join Northeastern’s academic leadership as we celebrate our newest class of University Scholars. Museum of Science Business attire is recommended for this evening event.

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

DESSERT RECEPTION Following dinner, guests are invited to join Northeastern faculty and staff for a dessert reception. Scholars will be returning to campus following dinner. Museum of Science

9:15 p.m. 9:45 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

SHUTTLES TO THE WESTIN COPLEY PLACE For guests staying at The Westin Copley Place. Depart from the front of the Museum of Science

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Monday, March 24 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.


7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Complimentary shuttles to campus will be avaliable.

Breakfast with other University Scholars’ guests. Stetson West Dining Hall

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

THE UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR EXPERIENCE Dr. Paola Cesarini, Associate Director of the University Scholars Program and Professor Darien Wood, Faculty Fellow of the University Scholars Program Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115 Dismissal to your College Session will be announced at the conclusion of this session.

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

COLLEGE SESSIONS Learn more about your scholar’s college and major. University Scholars and guests will attend College Sessions together. Locations will be announced at the conclusion of “The University Scholar Experience” session.

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE TOURS Guests may choose from a variety of experiential-based tours or choose to explore campus on their own. Refer to the “Experience Tours” handout for details.

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION Luggage Storage Service is avaliable in 340-348 Curry Student Center. Scholars and guests may drop off luggage from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Luggage may be picked up from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. For access to luggage at times not listed, please contact 617.309.0269. Complimentary parking is available in Columbus Garage, 795 Columbus Avenue. Please display the University Scholars Welcome Event parking pass on your dashboard.

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Monday, March 24 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

GUEST LUNCHEON For guests with University Scholars from the following colleges: College of Arts, Media and Design; College of Science; College of Social Sciences and Humanities; and The Program for Undeclared Students. Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

GUEST LUNCHEON For guests with University Scholars from the following colleges: Bouvé College of Health Sciences; College of Computer and Information Science; College of Engineering; and D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Curry Student Center, Ballroom

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CLOSING REMARKS Dr. Jonna Iacono, Director of the University Scholars Program Ell Hall, Blackman Auditorium

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

INVOLVEMENT FAIR Information, staff, and students from a variety of campus offices including Residential Life, Financial Aid, Civic Engagement, and other programs will be present. Curry Student Center, Indoor Quad

2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

SHUTTLES TO LOGAN AIRPORT AND THE WESTIN COPLEY PLACE We wish you a safe journey home! Depart from Campus, Forsyth Circle

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Beantown Trolley Tour 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $31.95/ticket 781.986.6100

Fenway Park Tour 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $12.00/ticket 617.226.6666

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $15.00/ticket 617.566.1401

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. $22.00/ticket 617.267.9300

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CAMPUS MAP KEY ACADEMIC & SERVICE 61 Architecture Studio (AS) Ruggles Center 70 Asian-American Center (AC) 109 Hemenway St. 68 Badger-Rosen SquashBusters Center (SB) 795 Columbus Ave. 40 Barletta Natarorium (BN) 400-402 Huntington Ave. 26 Behrakis Health Sciences Center (BK) 30 Leon St. 82 Belvidere Place (BV) 101 Belvidere St. 51 Blackman Auditorium (AUDL) 360 Huntington Ave. 41 Cabot Physical Education Center (CB) 400 Huntington Ave. 07 Cahners Hall (CA) 110 The Fenway 79 Catholic Center 68 St. Stephen St. 36 Cargill Hall (CG) 45 Forsyth St. 54 Churchill Hall (CH) 380 Huntington Ave. 66 Columbus Place (CP) & Alumni Center (CP) 716 Columbus Ave. 47 Cullinane Hall (CN) 288 Huntington Ave. 50 Curry Student Center (CSC) 346 Huntington Ave. 06 Cushing Hall (CN) 102 The Fenway 57 Dana Research Center (DA) 100 Forsyth St. 39 Dockser Hall (DK) 65 Forsyth St. 43 Dodge Hall (DG) 324 Huntington Ave. 60 Egan Engineering/Science Research Center (EC) & Raytheon Amphitheater 120 Forsyth St. 52 Ell Hall (EL) 346 Huntington Ave. 71 Fenway Center (FC) 77 St. Stephens St. 55 Forsyth Building (FR) 70 Forsyth St. 53 Hayden Hall (HA) 370 Huntington Ave. 10 Hillel-Frager (HF) 70 St. Stephen St. 33 Holmes Hall (HO) 39-41 Leon St. 46 Hurtig Hall (HT) 334 Huntington Ave. 27 John D. O’Bryant African-American

Institute (AF) 40 Leon St. 35 Kariotis Hall (KA) 55 Forsyth St. 38 Knowles Center (KN) 416 Huntington Ave. 34 Lake Hall (LA) 43 Leon St. 56 Latino/a Student Cultural Center (LC) 104 Forsyth St. 44 Matthews Arena (MA) 238-262 St. Botolph St. 17 Marino Recreation Center (MC) 359-369 Huntington Ave. 29 Meserve Hall (ME) 35-37 Leon St. 48 Mugar Life Sciences Building (MU) 330 Huntington Ave. 31 Nightingale Hall (NI) 105-107 Forsyth St. 32 Power Plant 63 Renaissance Park (RP) 1135 Tremont St. 42 Richards Hall (RI) 360 Huntington Ave. 49 Robinson Hall (RB) 336 Huntington Ave. 78 ROTC Office 335A Huntington Ave. 24 Ryder Hall (RY) 11 Leon St. 30 Shillman Hall (SH) 115 Forsyth St. 58 Snell Engineering Center (SN) 110 Forsyth St. 59 Snell Library 376 Huntington Ave. 37 Stearns Center (ST) 420 Huntington Ave. 81 YMCA (YMCA) 316 Huntington Ave.

ACADEMIC-RESIDENCE 80 International Village (INV) 1155-75 Tremont St. 23F West Village F F: 40A Leon St. 23G West Village G G: 450 Parker St. 23H West Village H H: 440 Huntington Ave.

RESIDENCE 21 Burstein Hall (BU) 458 Huntington Ave. 67 Davenport Commons A, B (DC) A: 700 Columbus Ave. B: 696 Columbus Ave. 01 Kennedy Hall (KDY) 119 Hemenway St.

04 Kerr Hall (KH) 96 The Fenway 12 Levine Hall and St. Stephen St. Complex (LV) 122 St. Stephen St. 09 Light Hall (LH) 81-83 St. Stephen St. 05 Loftman Hall and 153 Hemenway St. (LF) Loftman: 157 Hemenway St. 03 Melvin Hall (MH) 90 The Fenway 20 Rubenstein Hall (464) 464 Huntington Ave. 02 Smith Hall (SM) 129 Hemenway St. 16 Speare Hall (SP) 10 Speare Pl. 14 Stetson East (SE) 11 Speare Pl. 15 Stetson West (SW) 10 Forsyth St. 23 West Village Residence Complex A, B, C, E (WV) A North: 500 Parker St. A South: 510 Parker St. B: 460 Parker St. C: 480 Parker St. E: 10 Leon St. 18 White Hall (WH) 21 Forsyth St. 28 Willis Hall (WI) 50 Leon St. 69 10 Coventry Street (CV) 08 142-148 Hemenway St. 11 319 Huntington Ave. (319) 13 337 Huntington Ave. (337) 19 407 Huntington Ave. (407) 64 780 Columbus Ave. (780)

PARKING 75 Arena Parking Area Gainsborough St. 73 Camden Parking Area Camden St. 72 Columbus Parking Area Columbus Ave. 65 Columbus Parking Garage Columbus Ave. 45 Gainsborough Parking Garage Gainsborough St. 76 Hurtig Parking Area Gainsborough St. 74 North Parking Area St. Stephens St. 62 Renaissance Park Garage 835 Columbus Ave. 25 West Village Parking Garage Leon St.

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