Philosophy Student of the Year

May 28, 2014


In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Philip Gasbarro ’14 has been named the top student in the Philosophy Department for 2014.

A Philosophy major from Cumberland, R.I., Philip has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

“Phil is without a doubt one of the very best students I have had the pleasure to teach,” says Associate Professor Ed McGushin.

“Not only does he elevate the level of discussion in class, he always engages other students respectfully and without any pretense. Conversations with Phil are stimulating and intellectually rewarding. He is a delightful person to spend time with.”

Philip, who will attend law school at Roger Williams University in the fall, says that the single most important thing he learned at Stonehill was “how to think.”

“We spend so much time and effort training people about what to think, and in the process sometimes forget that the student is a young person still trying to come to understand the world and his or her place in it. Whether it is about social justice or the meaning of life, it is only natural for someone to wrestle with these questions, and I’ve found Stonehill to be a place where I’m encouraged to approach these issues in a thoughtful and authentic way.”

Selected Activities & Achievements

  • President of the Philosophy Society (3 years)
  • Stonehill Honor Society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma
  • National Religious Studies and Theology Honor Society, Theta Alpha Kappa
  • Academic Peer Mentor (Teaching Assistant) for Professor Anna Lannstrom, 2012-2013
  • Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience, “Science vs. The Soul: Can the Mind Fit into the Natural World?”, Summer 2013
  • Institute of Philosophical Research, Assistant for Program Design and Development, Summer 2011