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STEM Students of the Month – October 2019

December 2019
  • STEM Students of the Month - October 2019
    STEM Students of the Month - October 2019 included from left: Sharon Ridley, Mina Fahmy, Jonathan Kimball and Savannah Finney

Each month, the professors in QCC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs recognize and acknowledge the perseverance of one student in their perspective STEM areas. Below are the October 2019 STEM Students of the Month with a few comments from the professors who nominated them. They include:

Science - Savannah Finney, nominated by Professor Anna Krzywicka-Racka.

“I would like to nominate as a STEM Student of the Month Savannah Finney. She was in my BIO 108 class during the spring semester and she has shown an exceptional level of enthusiasm toward class and biology in general. Her involvement reaches much beyond the class material and what is required in school. She reminds me of a naturalist of previous centuries who will spend her life trying to discover the mysteries of nature. She is passionate, involved and empathetic toward nature. Savannah is also a good, hard working student who can be an example for others.”            

Technology -  Mina Fahmy, nominated by Charulata Trivedi, professor of Computer Information Systems

“Mina was a student in my Web Development I class and has had many courses with Professor Robert Desilets. We believe he deserves to be ‘Student of the Month’ award due to his exceptional work ethics. He is well-organized, and skilled at handling multiple high priority tasks. He is consistent in quality for his assignments, is willing to suggest solutions, and go extra mile to support other students. He is always on-time for class meetings and submitting project work. We believe that Mina’s hard-working ethics, willingness to help out his fellow students, and enthusiasm in the subject matter will take him far beyond Quinsigamond Community College.”                 

Engineering - Sharon Ridley, nominated by James Heffernan, professor of Electronics Engineering Technology

“Sharon came to Quinsigamond Community College with a significant amount of prior work experience in various aspects of manufacturing.  Since her last company relocated, she has used her unemployed status as an opportunity to update her skills and abilities to prepare for the next phase of her career.  She enrolled in the Electronics Engineering Technology program and is completing both the Mechatronics Option and the Photonics Option. Sharon has distinguished herself in every course she has taken, demonstrating a strong work ethic and a willingness to spend extra hours in the lab when necessary.  She comes to class with a professional and positive attitude and sets a good example for other students. We are delighted to have her here at QCC and know she will represent the college well in the community after she graduates.”

Jonathan Kimball – Mathematics, nominated by Steve Zona, Professor of Mathematics

“College Algebra and Precalculus are the first two college STEM courses that the Math Department offers. Many students struggle, but one student, Jonathan Kimball, has excelled in both of these courses.  As one of my students in both of those courses, I have come to know Jonathan as a model student and a role model for others. Perfect attendance and outstanding class participation seemed effortless for Jonathan.  His willingness to contribute to class and to be a leader among his peers in class are exemplary. Outside of my classes, Jonathan has excelled in Trigonometry and his current course, Calculus I.  Outside of class, Jonathan is generous with his time and expertise. Not only is he a Phi Theta Kappa member with a 3.73 GPA in Engineering, but he is also a volunteer tutor in my College Algebra class where he is respected by everyone.”