First-Year Honors Program Students from New York Receive Awards for Academic Performance at Berkeley College

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Photo Caption: First-Year Berkeley College Honors students receive awards for academic performance following their research poster presentations at the Poster Session held on July 28, 2017 at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.  Left to right are: Kiran Ali of Woodside, Queens; Jason Alvarez of White Plains; Amelia Chan of Pelham Bay in the Bronx; and Adela Dervisevic of Astoria, Queens.

Awards for academic performance and community service among the First-Year Berkeley College Honors students were announced were announced on July 28, 2017, after the students presented their research posters at sessions held in Woodland Park, NJ, and Manhattan, NY.  

Awards for academic performance were determined by the First-Year Honors faculty, taking into account the three consecutive semesters comprising the program. Academic performance awards were presented to Kiran Ali of Woodside, Queens; Jason Alvarez of White Plains, NY; Amelia Chan of Pelham Bay in the Bronx, and Adela Dervisevic of Astoria, Queens.

The Poster Sessions included nearly 60 research topics related to the curriculum themes of Global Health and Social Justice, which highlighted a range of subject matters that reflected the students’ individual interests. Many of the students spoke with passion about how the research process their professors led them through became eye-opening experiences.

Ms. Chan is pursuing a BBA in Marketing Communications. Her research was titled A Child with Enemy DNA, Live in Fear or Be Sent Away: The Consequences of Operation Babylift. Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries at the end of the Vietnam War, in April, 1975. Through her research Ms. Chan found that many of these bi-racial babies and children grew up illiterate in either Vietnamese or English and experienced identity crises. Some of these Amerasians, though not all, became drug users, spent time in prison or joined gangs.

Mr. Alvarez is pursuing a BBA in General Business.  His research was titled Patriot: Terrorism & the Shattered Sense of Justice in the United States. What he found out made him question the effectiveness of the Patriot Act n attempting to curb terrorism. According to his research, many now question the Act’s authority because of increasing threats and divisiveness.

Ms. Ali is an Accounting major.  Her research was titled The Visible Yet Invisible PTSD in War Affected Children. She studied what has happened to war-affected children in several countries, including Kashmir, Syria and Palestine. “I researched this in hope that I would find refugees experiencing a better future,” Ms. Ali said. “I was shocked to find out that chances of retraumatizing are increasing.”

Ms. Dervisevic is pursuing her BBA in Management.  Her presentation poster was titled No Care? Know Pain: The Controversial Conversation on Health Care. “This topic is interesting to me because I care for practically everyone,” Ms. Dervisevic said. “I do not wish to see anyone in pain, and if people can receive access and get health care, they should.”

Other examples of research topics chosen by the students included Covered, But Not a Terrorist: Anti-Islamic Discrimination and Violence in America; Not So “Pretty in Pink” Tax: Price Discrimination of Women’s Everyday Needs; Put Up Your Dukes: The Controversy Behind Displaying the Confederate Flag; and Transforming Television: Transgender Portrayals in the Media.

The rigorous requirements of the Honors Program at Berkeley College are distinguished by scholarship and service. First-Year Honor Students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher and complete three consecutive Honors Seminars from the fall to spring terms at Berkeley College at one of four campuses: Woodbridge and Woodland Park in New Jersey or Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY. The students must also complete 10 or more hours of documented community service from the fall to spring terms. 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is


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