This fall, the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman celebrates its ten-year anniversary with the arrival of the Class of 2016. The new cadre of students—eighteen in total—hail from some of the top high schools in the city, including Bard HS Early College, LaGuardia HS, Bronx HS of Science, HS of American Studies at Lehman, and Brooklyn Tech HS, and from as far as Maryland and Texas.
“With uniformly high achievements academically and in community service and leadership, this class may well be the most creative and dynamic Macaulay class we have ever fielded,” according to Dr. Gary Schwartz (Languages & Literatures), director of Honors Programs at Lehman and the Lehman Scholars Program.
Previous alumni of the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman include Michael Hintze ’11, who is studying computer information systems at UC Berkeley; James Mariani ’10, now entering his third year at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; Daniel Gurdak ’07, finishing ichthyological environmental Ph.D. research in Amazonas, Brazil; Kunchok Dolma ’09, completing her second year of a Clarendon Fellowship at the University of Oxford (England); Annie Tran ’11, a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate at the University of Delaware; Ruth Barral ’12 will begin Teaching for America; and Mikaela Chase ’09 is a former Fulbright Fellow in Nepal who will be doing gradate research in medical anthropology at the University of Heidelberg.
The CUNY Honors College launched in 2001 to offer New York City’s most talented young students a rigorous and highly competitive academic experience; Lehman began offering the program the following year. Among its advantages, it features small class sizes, allowing its students to more easily engage with peers and faculty.
Lehman College is also home to the Lehman Scholars Program, a liberal arts undergraduate honors program that began offering its hallmark seminars in fall 1981. This year marks the Program’s thirty-first year, with seventeen new scholars. Among its recent graduates are Samsiya Ona ‘11, a second-year medical student at Harvard, and Raul Carranza ‘12 who will be pursuing graduate work in physics.