There were thirteen CALS students honored during the 19th Annual Freshman Honors Convocation. The purpose of the convocation is to identify and celebrate a high level of achievement among multicultural first year students at North Carolina State University. Ten CALS students received a trophy for having a 3.0 or higher GPA for this past Fall 2013 semester. They include:
Three CALS Students were honored as Top Scholars for having a 4.0 GPA for this past Fall 2013 semester. Our CALS Top Scholars are Sabriya Dobbins, Sara Tong, and Shima Idries. Sabriya is an Animal Science major. She is also a Jefferson Scholar and Co-President of MANRRS. Sara is a Poultry Science major and is a USDA Multicultural Scholar. Shima is a biochemistry major and has been engaged in undergraduate research since her first semester at NC State.
Eighty percent of the honorees and two of the three top scholars were students in USC 110D during the Fall 2013 semester. The USC 110D is a first year student retention and success course that has been empirically shown to increase end of the term GPA for students in the course as compared to their counterparts who opt not to take the course. In a study that examined data over four years, CALS USC 110D students had higher retention rates than their counterparts who opted not to take the course.
Finally, during the convocation, CALS also received a College Award, along with other Colleges, for having at least 50% of all of its first year minority students earn a 3.0 or higher.
Dr. Lisa Guion Jones receiving the college award
|All Top Scholars|
|Dr. Tracey Ray giving the Top Scholar award||All the CALS Student Award Recipients|
Dr. Lisa Guion Jones and Dr. Sam Pardue with two CALS student Receipients