All Kinds of News for May 04, 2016
In April, a Summit Prep Alum, who will be graduating this Spring in biomedical sciences, was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
This was the 40th year that RIT has presented this award. Each of the students honored with this award achieved the distinction of maintaining a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 out of a possible 4.0, having completed at least 83 credit hours of study (which is more than 2/3 of the credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree. In addition, selection of students was based on other factors complementing academic achievement, such as creative work, service on student committees, civic activities, employment and independent research.
As a part of this award, each student was allowed to name a teacher he felt had a positive influence on him, and invite that teacher as his guest to the award ceremony and banquet. Summit Prep’s math teacher, Eric Nelson was selected to attend. RIT flew Eric out to New York where is attended the Awards Banquet.
Here is what Alex had to say about Eric:
“I have chosen to nominate Eric Nelson because he has served as an outstanding mentor and role model for me. I had him as a teacher for two terms of physics, a course which I previously had no knowledge in. He helped to break down the concepts in ways that were easy to understand. And I was able to apply the information I gleaned from the class to RIT’s College Physics sequence and my studies for the MCAT. On top of this, he supervised me through a calculus independent study. This meant helping me construct an organized schedule to complete all the assignments and tests in a timely manner so that I would be prepared for the AP Exam in May. With his help I completed the course, scored a 5 on the exam, and used the knowledge to perform strongly in the Project Based Calculus sequence at RIT. On top of this, Eric is a very positive role model. He serves in the National Guard in Montana and is able to balance both his teaching and military career and remain diligent and organized when it comes to both. He passed on tips for organization to me, such as maintaining a planner for school assignments. And he helped me learn how to break projects down into small parts and pace myself so I would not get overwhelmed. Skills like these have served me greatly in my academic career at RIT, which is why I would like to see him recognized, and thus nominated him.”
Nelson shared with the staff that he had a wonderful time witnessing a former student graduated and felt quite honored to be asked to attend. Congratulations goes out to both of these men.
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