Student Highlights

Meet some Cornell University students who portray the intellectual potential, strength of character, and love of learning that has exemplified Cornell since 1865.

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Sana Ahmad

Sana has worked on Cornell's solar house and has already taken enough credits to be more than halfway toward earning a Master's of Engineering.

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Jeannine Altavilla

Jeannine helped design revitalization plans for Collegetown and New Orleans and spent a semester in the Cornell in Rome program.

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Justin Anderson

Justin, an Eagle Scout, has spent four years as a scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop and as a member of a service fraternity, and working for Cornell Cinema.

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Jason Bender

A top student in his major (with 16 A-pluses), Jason was working on research in his adviser's lab for just four weeks when his adviser described him as "almost superhuman."

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Abdul Chaballout

Abdul, an American Muslim pre-med student, uses his Arabic skills and cultural background to build bridges with other Cornell students and as a vehicle in his scholarship.

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N. Barbara Conolly

After a career in insurance, Barbara went to junior college to pursue her passion in plants. At age 48, she sold her house and entered Cornell as a junior to study horticulture.

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Catherine Elder

Catherine is not only a leader in her co-op, in the Intercooperative Council and in the Cornell Photo Society, she is a physics tutor, soccer player and steel drum player.

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Aaron Gingrande

Aaron, a jazz guitarist and a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, learned Chinese so he could interview Chinese workers firsthand about human resource practices in China.

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Jarett Goldman

Jarett learned Mandarin Chinese at Cornell, attended a Beijing university for a semester, and worked as a teaching assistant since he was a second-semester freshman.

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Jessica Hippolyte

Jessica, leaning on black women and Haitian student organizations for her own support, mentored freshmen and interned in a New York City hospital and a school in Haiti.

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Ding Kong

A recipient of the prestigious Udall scholarship, Ding led a sustainability initiative on campus, helped launch a course on environmental justice and tutored area schoolchildren.

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Robin Kornet

Robin has done research on the language variations in psychopaths as well as on deception on Facebook, and she helped organize Cornell students to participate in Bookfest.

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Tim Krueger

Tim was founder and director of the Roosevelt Institution on campus and was a columnist for The Cornell Daily Sun. He is also the father of a young son.

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Miatta Lebile

Miatta sang her way through Cornell with her eye on singing onstage in the future. "It is what I do, what I breathe, what I love. Music is what gets me going."

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Corissa Lee

Water polo – playing on the women's team and coaching the men's – helped keep Corissa "sane" while studying materials science and engineering at Cornell.

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Christi Lockwood

The first in her family to attend college, Christi had a rough time adjusting. But once she did, she rocked – ultimately being named the most accomplished student in her college.

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Sara Martinez

Sara came here to study astronomy but got wooed from the sciences into history, specifically material culture and museum studies.

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Perry O'Brien

After a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a medic, Perry eventually obtained conscientious objector status. His anti-war efforts have largely defined his two-years at Cornell.

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Matt Perkins

Singing, sustainable energy and Mandarin Chinese have largely defined Matt's Cornell experience. He served as president of the Cornell Glee Club and Kyoto Now!.

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Helen Tsang

Says an adviser: "Students such as Helen are exemplary in their unwavering commitment to improve our social and political world because of their pure unselfish goodness."