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Honors Students Bridge the Divide in Pittsburgh

Morristown, N.J. (April 17, 2017) – Eighteen CSE students travelled to Pittsburgh this month to partake in the Northeast Regional Honors Council's (NRHC) Annual Conference. Each student spent hours researching their topic, compiling data and connecting it to the conference's theme: Bridging the Divide. Students then submitted their proposals to the national board and CSE students had an impressive 88% acceptance rate.

"The honors conference provides a great opportunity for CSE's honors students to not only explore a new city but also discuss pressing political, social, and cultural issues with their peers," says Dr. Nicole Yanoso, an assistant history professor at CSE.

Through the program, "City as Text", each student is able to delve into the complex sociological environment of Pittsburgh and understand the realities facing residents.

"It's like a mini study abroad," says Dr. Margaret Roman, director of the honors program. "Students are sent forth with maps and a minimal amount of information."

They are encouraged to really experience the city instead of just staying in the hotel.

This integrative learning experience enables presenters "to immerse ourselves in the culture of curiosity, exploration and knowledge," says Maria Capozzoli, '18, a member of the honors program. It is intended to foster critical inquiry and aide in bridging the divide between opposing viewpoints.

"For me," says Dr. Kimberley Grant, a chemistry professor at CSE, "the best part of the conference is seeing our students interact with students from other schools ... they truly do CSE proud."

CSE scholars presented on topics such as: "African-American Youth and Victimization," "Media Misrepresentation of Mental Illness," and "The Richness of Spanish Inclusion in English Texts" in either a poster demonstration, round table discussion or paper presentation.

The CSE students who presented are: Adonnis Murray-Brock, Katie Blevins, Courtney Brown, Maria Capozzoli, Sara Casanas, Caitlyn Conseylea, Laurie Ginn-Cuttino, Analicia De Los Angeles, Caty Dominguez, Brandi Garriques, Tim Habboub, Tori Lange, Alicia Mitchko, Annemarie Robinson, Ashley Reyes, Aysa Viola, Amanda Wassel and Diamond Yancey.

In Roman's words, "their presentations are fabulous, and they are a poised, confident, formidable force."

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