Fall 2013

Outstanding Student Awards

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

Since 1999, this is the award through which Syracuse University in 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 and exceptional engagement in the local community.


Step 1: Students nominate either themselves or peers via the online application form (Deadline is Tuesday, March 21 by midnight). Professors will also nominate students based on in-class performance. Professor nominated students will be notified via email and asked to fill out the application form if they accept the nomination by Tuesday, March 27.

Step 2: The Outstanding Student Award Committee will select 10 top students. These students will then write an essay or produce a project in which they will be asked to reflect on three topics relating to students’ educational and Italian experience. (Deadline to submit is Monday, April 17 by midnight).

Step 3: The Award Committee plus some faculty will then select the top 3 essays/projects.

Step 4: The 3 winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 20th by the Spring 2017 Student Committee, which will be in charge of the ceremony. All top 10 finalists should be present at the ceremony as they will illustrate to the public their projects/essays.

How are the Outstanding Student Award winners honored?

The top 3 winners will be announced and all 10 finalists will be honored at the Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 20th. Essays/Projects will be displayed in the limonaia in the days before the ceremony.

At the Award Ceremony the top 3 winners will receive personalized letters of recommendation to use in their future educational projects and a monetary prize. The other 7 finalists will each receive a Certificate of Merit.

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