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Featured Honors Program Students - Week of April 29


Laura D. DeNardo and Marie A. White, both of Watertown, are the featured Jefferson Community College Honors Program students for the week ending May 3, 2013.

Laura DeNardo, a 2011 graduate of Watertown High School, is a dual major at Jefferson. She is pursuing degrees in both nursing and individual studies.  For one of her honors options, Laura created a brochure that compared and contrasted the typical pharmaceuticals used to treat three diseases/disorders specific to the geriatric population - shingles, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoarthritis - with possible herbal remedies. Laura is planning for a career as an advanced practice nurse after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees.    

Marie White, originally from Kingston, Jamaica, is studying business administration at Jefferson. For one of her honors options, Marie completed a research project for her macroeconomics class, based off the book The Future of Work by Lynda Gratton, which explored how valuable competencies will become the work currency of the future and the resulting shift from being a generalist to a focus of serial mastery. Marie plans to transfer to SUNY Potsdam and study business and economics with a career goal of becoming a financial planner or business analyst.

The Jefferson Community College Honors Program offers students with exceptional academic skills the opportunity to receive enriched instruction within their current program of study. For the Honors Program, students select three courses within their curriculum, and enhance them as Honors Options. The option is based on a project agreed to by the student and a faculty member willing to work closely with the student to provide a unique and rewarding experience.  Students also take the Honors Seminar, a unique inter-disciplinary course open only to program participants. The Seminar examines a single theme each semester and features guest speakers from a variety of disciplines and often includes some sort of field experience.

Successful program participants earn a prestigious Honors Graduate designation on their academic transcript for each Honors Option course. Students demonstrating excellent academic achievement in high school or who have completed 12 credit hours of college coursework are invited to apply for admission to the Honors Program. For more information, please visit or contact Honors Program coordinator, Michael Avery, at or 315-786-2444.