Freshmen Recognized for Accomplishments and Contributions to Life and Learning at MIT

Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming

As a group, the entire class of 2015 is impressive. However, within their first year at MIT, seven freshmen distinguished themselves through their level of commitment and contribution to MIT’s living and learning community. Upon entry to MIT, these new students made a commitment to not only participate in clubs, athletics, research, service and other dimensions of this campus, but they engaged in deep, sustained and influential ways. Their performance has been exceptional and they have quickly made an impact on our campus.

  • Bruno Faviero - Distinguished Achievement in Leadership Award
  • Adrian Jimenez-Galindo – Distinguished Achievement in the Arts
  • Mari Kordell - Distinguished Achievement in Athletics
  • Margo Dawes - Distinguished Achievement in Diversity and Culture
  • Joel Schneider - Distinguished Achievement in Academics and Research
  • Jeffrey Sperling - Distinguished Achievement in Entrepreneurship
  • Maryam Zekavat - Commitment to Service on Behalf of Others

On May 17, we acknowledged the outstanding accomplishments of these students at the Freshman Awards Ceremony. Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming Julie Norman presented the awards. President Hockfield and Chancellor Grimson were also present and congratulated the students for their significant contributions.  There individual contributions and accomplishments are described below:

Bruno FavieroBruno Faviero - Distinguished Achievement in Leadership Award
Bruno is described as outgoing, charismatic, enthusiastic, organized, dedicated, forward thinking, and willing to step up. As the Social Chair for the Class of 2015, he has led the organization of numerous events and activities for his classmates and serves on the Student Advisory Board to the UAAP. He helps ensure students are well informed about campus issues by serving as a writer and Copy Editor for The Tech. In addition to being an excellent student, Bruno is on the varsity sailing team and is a member of dance troup.
 

Adrian Jimenez-GalindoAdrian Jimenez-Galindo – Distinguished Achievement in the Arts
Adrian has already been recognized for his exceptional creative writing for an essay “My Life Is In Technicolor”. He received first prize in the Isabelle de Courtivron writing competition. This prize recognizes excellent student writing on topics related to immigration, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences.
 

Mari KordellMari Kordell - Distinguished Achievement in Athletics
Mari was the third player in the history of the MIT women's basketball program to be voted Rookie of the Year by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Kordell ranked in the top 15 in the NEWMAC in six major categories (points per game, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists, steals, and minutes played), which is more than any other first year player in the league.

Margo DawesMargo Dawes - Distinguished Achievement in Diversity and Culture
Propelled by her personal values and participation in the Multiculturalism, Emerging Leader and Out for Undergraduate Technology conferences, Margo has committed endless time and energy into founding the Gender Fluidity Group, a club that is both activism- and teaching-oriented.
 

Joel SchneiderJoel Schneider - Distinguished Achievement in Academics and Research
An excellent student and early sophomore, Joel was nominated because of his contributions to the academic enterprise within the ESG learning community. He accomplished this work through a UROP with Professor Alex Slocum and these problem sets are presently being used in the ESG 18.02 class.
 

Jeffrey SperlingJeffrey Sperling - Distinguished Achievement in Entrepreneurship
Already, as a member of the Sloan Business club, Jeffrey founded their first community service initiative, a novel financial literacy program and has already engaged with microfinance organizations, non-profits in Haiti and MIT’s department of Urban Studies and Planning. Jeffrey is a varsity tennis player, salsa dancer, string bass player, whistler of renowned ability, undergraduate researcher, leader and overall fine person of quality.
 

Maryam ZekavatMaryam Zekavat - Commitment to Service on Behalf of Others
Maryam is President of MIT’s chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, an international non-profit of university students, who work to leverage academic research for global health. Maryam serves as a coordinator for WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), the outreach program for girls in high school to explore science and engineering. For SPLASH, a weekend program through the Educational Studies Program where MIT students teach 7th-12th graders, she designed a new course on neglected diseases, an engaging, interactive presentation that has now been shared around the world through the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.