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Meet some Cornell University students who portray the intellectual potential, strength of character, and love of learning that has exemplified Cornell since 1865.
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.
Jeannine helped design revitalization plans for Collegetown and New Orleans and spent a semester in the Cornell in Rome program.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Sara came here to study astronomy but got wooed from the sciences into history, specifically material culture and museum studies.
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.
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!.
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."