Fall 2013

Outstanding Student Awards

WHAT IS IT? It's a contest designed to reward your work while abroad!

Since 1999, SU Florence has sought to formally recognize students who have aspired to the highest levels of integration into the Italian culture, demonstrated academic excellence through in-class performance, assignments, and have also demonstrated exceptional engagement in the local community through the courses offered, the Internship and/or the Community Engagement Program, and studies at the Università di Firenze. 


Step 1: Students nominate either themselves or peers via the online application form.

Professors have also been asked to nominate students who have excelled in their classes. These students will be copied in the nomination email and will be asked to fill out the application form at that time. 

Step 2: The Award Committee will be in contact with professors to relate on the academic achievements of each nominated students in their classes.

Step 3: The Award Committee will communicate to the top 10 students of their selection. These students will then be asked to write an essay or produce a project in which they will need to reflect on one of 3 proposed topics relating to students’ educational and Italian experiences 

Step 4: The Award Committee plus some faculty will select the top 3 essays/projects. The winners will be announced and all top 10 students will be honored at the Award Ceremony. 

On this occasion, the recipients of the award are asked to read/present their essays/projects to all those present. With students' permission, winning essays will also be posted on the SU Florence website. (See essays from past semesters.)

We invite you all to consider this opportunity that will acknowledge your academic achievement, learning and cultural immersion during your semester abroad in Florence.

Winning Essays Spring 2015

Tess Banta (Amherst College)
Christiana Chmielewski (Syracuse University)
Hasmik Djoulakian (Syracuse University)
Madeleine Fournier (Syracuse University)

Winning Essays Fall 2014

Alicia Goshe (Oberlin College)
John Hacking (Gettysburg College)
Emily Young (Syracuse University, Freshman)

Winning Essays Spring 2014

Chiara Klein (Syracuse University)
Jennifer Rodriguez (Harvard University)
Stephanie Straus (Tufts University)

Winning Essays Fall 2013

Nathaniel Carlson (Syracuse University)
Benjamin Lee (Syracuse University, Freshman)
Robert Modafsky (Syracuse University)

Winning Essays Spring 2013

Carla Cortes (Syracuse University)
Katherine Hamilton (Oberlin College)
Carolina Esther Jimenez (Syracuse University)
Zack Ranieri (Syracuse University)

Winning Essays Fall 2012

Kaitlyn Hobson, Syracuse University
Jesse Nichols, Syracuse University
Genevieve Payne, Syracuse University
Laura Silla, Bryn Mawr College

Winning Essays Spring 2012

Rachel Kuenzi, Scripps College
Leyla Tarhan, Pomona College