Freshman Awards

Meghan Kenney, Assistant Dean, UAAP

Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming recognizes the accomplishments of the freshmen class. This year, six members of the Class of 2019 were acknowledged for their contributions to MIT.

Peter Calvaresi, Athletics
Peter was nominated for his contributions to the men’s water polo team. As a freshman starter in the center position, he had a significant impact on the team, helping them win 14 competitions, including critical wins over Fordham University, St. Francis of Brooklyn, and the Naval Academy. MIT beat the Naval Academy for the first time in the history of the program and St. Francis for the first time in 22 years. Beyond his accomplishments as an athlete, Peter was recognized because he focuses on the team, not himself.  

Stephanie Chin, Research
Stephanie was nominated for her aptitude and the high quality research skills she demonstrated in her UROP in Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Oral Buyulozturk’s lab. According to her nomination, Stephanie is by far the best first year student he has worked with in his career. Not only has Stephanie been involved research at MIT, but also she conducted sophisticated in situ experiments at the prestigious Argonne National Laboratory. Additionally, Stephanie traveled to Kuwait during IAP and made two presentations on research progress to meeting delegates and sponsors.

Kerrie Greene, Leadership
Kerrie was nominated because she has distinguished herself as a leader among her peers most particularly in the Concourse Learning Community. Kerrie stands out as a model of unfailing poise, thoughtfulness, and good humor; she also fosters those qualities in her fellow community members. As a leader in the community, she brings out team spirit and spends time and energy defining what will improve the community. Kerrie also participates in undergraduate research with Professor Ann Graybiel.

Kara Holinski, Athletics
Kara was nominated for her contributions to the women’s basketball team. Kara’s talent, poise, energy, work ethic, leadership, team-first attitude and humble nature all contributed to her recognition as a top regional rookie. Moreover, she was named one of the top freshmen nationally by Hero Sports and she also helped lead the team to their best season in 15 years. Off the court, Kara is conducting a UROP with Professor Bob Langer on a project involving biodegradable polymers for gastric retentive devices. She also volunteers with Amphibious Achievement.

Claire Nord, Diversity & Culture
Claire was nominated for volunteering and playing a central role in organizing activities related to Japan and Japanese culture on campus. While her interest in Japanese culture may have existed prior to MIT, last fall Claire took the class Visualizing Japan and set herself apart in her research of Japanese religion, showing a deep understanding of how religion can differ from culture to culture.

Mary Jane Porzenheim, Academics
Mary Jane is a member of the Concourse Learning Community, and is described as a deeply thoughtful reader who elegantly and carefully analyzes the issue at hand. She is a generous learner and always works to advance the understanding of the group as a whole. This summer, Mary Jane is participating in a UROP with Professor Kay Tye in Brain and Cognitive Science.