New York Honors Students Find Their Niche in Berkeley College Honors Program

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The first Berkeley College Honors Scholars Research Symposium held recently in New York City featured the works of student scholars who rose to the challenge and presented fascinating theses on a variety of subjects. The Symposium, which opened with an address to the students from Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, is the culmination of a year of studies through classroom discussions, seminars and research in close proximity with peers and professors.

“Employers are seeking top graduates with collaborative, critical thinking, research, cross cultural and communications skills,” Dr. Cortes said. “Berkeley College Honors Scholars possess all of these, plus the intellect and desire to succeed. Graduates of the Honors Program are prepared to take leadership roles in their workplaces and benefit their local communities.”

The theme for the 2013-2014 Berkeley College Honors Program was “Rediscovering New York City,” with students exploring such topics as the history and culture of the city, along with the growth of the financial district and the City’s criminal justice system.

Berkeley College Honors Scholar Marielena Moreno of Queens presented her thesis on the negative impact of youth prison on juvenile offenders. Ms. Moreno, a Legal Studies major, said that the Honors Program challenged her to move outside her comfort zone and inspired her to reach her full potential by working closely with other high-achieving peers.

“The Honors Program taught me that with initiative, incredible work ethic, perseverance, determination, passion and purpose, anything is possible,” Ms. Moreno said.

Another Honors Scholar, Tamara Desrosiers of Brooklyn, presented her research on court-mandated arbitration and the violation of an individual’s constitutional right to a jury trial. Ms. Desrosiers, a single mom who is employed as a paralegal at Rubert & Gross PC in Manhattan, defended her thesis with poise and confidence as she drew from personal experience within the legal profession.

Ms. Desrosiers also is enrolled in the Legal Studies program. She said the strong mentorship in the Honors Program was critical to her success since she had so many responsibilities outside of college. The program also helped her in her career.

“I developed really great research skills which are very important in my job as a paralegal. I will also be able to draw on these skills when I go on to law school,” Ms. Desrosiers said.

Berkeley College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and offers an interdisciplinary theme-based Honors Program to a limited number of high-achieving students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees. Participation in the program is on an invitation-only basis with recommendations coming from faculty members and advisors. In addition to excelling in their academic programs, Honors Scholars volunteer for service projects in the community, participate in Honors seminars conducted by senior faculty and conduct independent research.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields in the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The website address is

Berkeley College Honors Scholar Tamara Desrosiers

Photo Caption: Berkeley College Honors Scholar Tamara Desrosiers of Brooklyn presents her research on court-mandated arbitration and the violation of an individual’s constitutional right to a jury trial during the first Berkeley College Honors Scholars Research Symposium held recently in New York City.

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