Apr 16, 2014
Humboldt State University saluted its Outstanding Students 2013-2014 at award ceremonies April 10 hosted by President Rollin Richmond, Provost Robert Snyder and Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Peg Blake.
Two seniors are the Outstanding Students of the Year for Outstanding Co-Curricular Contributions. They are:
Holly F. Leopardi, who is earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with a minor in Chemistry. Leopardi is recognized for her exceptional achievement as an undergraduate experimental physicist who has sustained academic excellence in multiple disciplines. Her nominators cited Leopardi’s uncanny ability to make connections across many disciplines in science, technology and mathematics. Since 2011 Leopardi has made major contributions to a joint research project between HSU and the University of Washington that investigates the nature of gravitational physics and tests the Equivalence Principle of Einstein’s General Relativity. Leopardi has worked with faculty in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy as a grader and student research assistant and is an instructor in the Dept. of Mathematics’ Academic Excellence Workshops. Leopardi has published two peer-reviewed articles and has presented her work at the American Physical Society, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Caltech Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics and the Alexander Von Humboldt Conference.
Cherrish Courtney-Lynn Robinson, who is earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Department of Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Robinson has been a lead mentor since the founding of the Retention through Academic Mentoring Program in 2012, where she manages a caseload of 25 freshmen while simultaneously monitoring and supporting the work of 15 mentors. Robinson also serves as a research intern with the MultiCultural Center, where she investigated best practices and models of African American academic centers. At the 2013-14 Campus Dialogue on Race, Robinson co-presented “(De)constructing HSU as a Post-racial Campus: A Discussion of White Privilege and Racism.” In addition to her leadership role with RAMP, Robinson has served as vice president of the Black Student Union and worked with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.