Honors Program Student Stories

Kristen DevoidKristen Devoid, Class of 2014

Major: History and Sociology
Hometown:  Goffstown, NH

Kristen Devoid was awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad during the fall 2012 semester.   Kristen Devoid will be participating in the AIFS Sustainable Community Engagement Program in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Kristen is a junior a double major in History and Sociology.   Originally from Goffstown, NH, Kristen has chosen to spend her fall 2012 semester abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa.   Kristen will be enrolled in courses at Stellenbosch University and will also be participating in the Sustainable Community Engagement Program, a for-credit service learning course in which she will be working directly with schoolchildren in Lynedoch, a small community outside of Stellenbosch.

Jasmine KhubchandaniJasmine Khubchandani, Class of 2012

Major: Biology
Hometown: Brockton, MA

Jasmine will be traveling to Paris, France for ten weeks during the summer to participate in infectious disease research at the Institut Pasteur in the Chemistry of Biomolecules Unit under the supervision of Dr. Laurence Mulard. The Institut Pasteur, centered in the city of Paris, is one of the world's most advanced biomedical research institutions, with a mission to improve public health through the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

The overall focus of the Mulard lab, where she will be interning, is the development of a synthetic carbohydrate-based vaccine for a particular type of bacteria serotype named Shigella. Out of over 300 American under-graduate students that applied, Jasmine was one of the four students selected to participate in this innovative research.

Tracy DenholmTracy Denholm, Class of 2013

Major: International Studies & Political Science
Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Tracy will be participating in the International Honors Program's semester abroad program in Fall 2011 titled "Health and Community". He will spend two weeks in Basel, Switzerland, five weeks in Trivandrum, India, four weeks in Changsha, China, and five weeks in Cape Town, South Africa where he will study public health and community from a variety of local, state, and international perspectives.

He will gain practical knowledge specifically about the health impacts of globalization, comparative health systems, governance and policy-making, public health issues and innovative strategies to address them, and field-based research methods and analysis. Tracy is extremely honored to have been accepted into this highly competitive program, and is the first Stonehill student to have done so.

Lauren DeRushaLauren DeRusha, Class of 2011

Major: International Studies & Spanish
Hometown: Westborough, MA

Lauren has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, which provides college graduates the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research abroad. She is seeking to implement a community-run water filtration system in Ecuador, where clean water is a paramount need.

While studying in Ecuador, Lauren completed a research project titled "Victims of Water," which documents the various abuses of the privatized water system in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The results of the project were circulated through Ecuador's non-profit and governmental sectors, including the President of the Republic and all members of the National Assembly.

Nicole JaquesNicole Jaques, Class of 2011

Major: Communication
Hometown: Medfield, MA

This past fall, Nicole was one of thousands of Communication majors who sent in an application for the highly-competitive International Radio and Television Society Summer Fellowship Program, which provides up-and-coming communicators with a hands-on experience at New York's top media corporations.

Flash forward to this spring, and Nicole is one of only 16 students to have received an acceptance letter to the program and beginning in June, she will begin a summer-long internship at Nick Jr., working closely with the hugely popular children's show "Dora the Explorer." Nicole says her ultimate goal is to create and produce her own children's television show one day or direct children's programming for a major network.