First-Year Honors Students from New York Receive Awards for Community Service at Berkeley College

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Photo Caption: First-Year Berkeley College Honors students receive awards for community service following their research poster presentations at the Poster Session held on July 28, 2017 at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.  In the photo on the left is Shean Buissereth of Brooklyn.  In the photo on the right are Byron M. Hargrove, PhD, Psychology, Berkeley School of Liberal Arts, and Director, Honors Program (left) with Nadira Salma Khan of South Ozone Park, Queens.

Awards for academic performance and community service among the First-Year Berkeley College Honors Program students 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 community service were determined by the number of hours of service contributed during the three consecutive semesters comprising the program. Community Service awards were presented to New York-based Shean Buissereth of Brooklyn and Nadira Salma Khan of South Ozone Park in Queens.

The Poster Sessions included nearly 60 high-achieving research topics related to the curriculum theme 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.

The topic of Mr. Buissereth’s research was “War on Civilians: The Fight of Afghans Against Depression.” His findings showed that half of the population in the country of Afghanistan suffers from depression and there are not many resources available or affordable to combat the disease.  “In that culture you are not supposed to show any sign of weakness,” explained Mr. Buissereth, who is pursuing a BBA in Management at Berkeley College.  “That is the cultural norm, so intervention doesn’t work. Life expectancy in Afghanistan is 44 years.”

Ms. Khan is earning a BS in Information Technology Management. Her research project was titled “Reading the Label: The Side Effects of Immoral Prescription Drug Pricing.”

Other examples of research topics chosen by the students included Controversy Behind Displaying the Confederate Flag, Fashion Inclusiveness: Get A Clue to Include, Price Discrimination of Women’s Everyday Needs, Anti-Islamic Discrimination and Anti-Terrorism in America, 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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