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6 MVCC students receive Clarkson University awards

May 4, 2018

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6 MVCC students receive Clarkson University awards

Six students at Mohawk Valley Community College have been nominated for Clarkson University awards.

Claire Parisi, Marharyta Pliazhuk, and Gurpreet Singh received the Clarkson University Transfer Leadership Award ($15,000 per year for two years), and Mirza Pjanic, James Newman, and Matthew Clemons won the Academic Achievement award ($12,000 per year for two years). All six will graduate from MVCC in May and will transfer to Clarkson University in Fall 2018.

Parisi, an Engineering Science major from Utica, has received several honors during her time at MVCC, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and was named to the Phi Theta Kappa All New York State Academic Team. She also has been active on campus as a member of MVCC’s Future Engineers Club and Student Congress, and served as the vice president of scholarship for MVCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. Parisi is also active in the community as a volunteer at FIRST Robotics, a private math tutor, and an Air Force Research Laboratory intern. She is a graduate of Whitesboro High School.

Pliazhuk, a Computer Science and Mathematics major from Utica, has won several honors during her time at MVCC, including the New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges Scholarship Award, the SUNY Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship, and the Albert V. Payne Memorial Scholarship. She also has been accepted into the McNair Research Program at Clarkson University, where she will spend eight weeks this summer conducting research and receive a stipend, room, and board. Pliazhuk has been active on campus as a member of the Droids Club, Future Engineers Club, and Phi Theta Kappa, and in the community as a volunteer at the Utica Children’s Museum. She is a graduate of Lyceum No. 1 of the City of the Brest in Belarus.

Singh, an Engineering Science major from Rome, has been active on campus as a member of the Men’s Soccer Club, the Indoor Soccer Club, and the Engineering Club. He also has spent time volunteering at the Utica Children’s Museum and MVCC’s NanoDays and STEM Fest event. He is a graduate of Rome Free Academy.

Clemons, an Engineering Science major from New Hartford, is a member of the Future Engineers Club and the Men’s Lacrosse Team. He also has volunteered at community events, including MVCC’s NanoDays and STEM Fest. He is a graduate of New Hartford High School.

Newman, an Engineering Science major from Utica, is a member of the MVCC’s Future Engineers Club and Student Congress, and has spent time volunteering at the Utica Children’s Museum and MVCC’s NanoDays event and STEM Fest event. He is a graduate of Seminole Ridge Community High School in Florida.

Pjanic, an Engineering Science major from Utica, has been named to the Vice President’s List and is a member of the Future Engineers Club. He has volunteered in the community at the Utica Children’s Museum and at MVCC’s NanoDays and STEM Fest event. He is a graduate of Proctor High School.

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