IC Honors Student Spotlight: Monica Chen ’18

This week’s Student Spotlight features Monica Chen, junior Writing major from Carlisle, MA. Monica is also working towards a minor in Integrated Marketing communications. As someone who is passionate about giving back to communities, both local and global – Monica has worked with 180 Degrees Consulting, helping local nonprofits improve their business practices. She is also the president of IC’s China Care Club, through which she helps coordinate activities to raise both awareness and funds for Chinese orphans. Monica is a member of Martin Luther King Scholar Program and an inductee of the Oracle Honors Society. This semester, Monica is studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland where she’s interning for the video technology startup Viddyad. Continue reading for more about Monica!

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Above: Monia at the Cliffs of Moher in northern Ireland on her semester abroad with IES Dublin.

Favorite part about IC:
I’ve had incredible conversations in and out of classes with students who are extremely intelligent with so many interesting passions. I really appreciate being able to have real and deep conversations with people about important things like life experiences, matters of identity, social justice, and other topics like that. It’s very different from a lot of the more superficial conversations I’ve had with people back home.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
I loved American Breakdown with Hugh Egan. Not only is Professor Egan an amazing professor, but the books and short stories we read in the class were very interesting and a lot of the students have very insightful views on topics pertaining to mental illness, hysteria, as well as the cultural and historical contexts of the pieces we went over in class.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I’m currently studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland and it has been the most amazing experience of my life so far. I’m so grateful that I’m able to spend a semester here and learn about the culture and the history of this place, as well as travel around Ireland and the rest of Europe.

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Ryan Bianconi ’17

This week’s Student Spotlight features Ryan Bianconi, a member of the senior class hailing from just up the road in Scipio, NY. An accomplished student of mathematics, Ryan presented his research on The Mean Median Sequence in the Ithaca College JJ Whalen Symposium last April. A week later, he presented at Colgate University for the 75th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section on his research into Infinite Series Without Calculus. Ryan is a member of the National Mathematics Honors Society, the Oracle Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. Despite such scholastic achievement, those that know Ryan acknowledge him as a man of kindness and humility, and value him as a friend. Learn more about Ryan below!

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Favorite part about IC:
The people: be it in the Honors program, or in the mathematics department, I have found that they are a lot of wonderful people here at Ithaca College.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
American Breakdown (with Dr. Hugh Egan): The course presented a fascinating portrait of mental instability through American literature. At the time, I had never had any class like it. Even now, two years later, it stands out as one of the most unique classes I have taken.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Going to Mathfest: The school of Humanities and Sciences co-funded my trip to Mathfest in Columbus, Ohio this summer where I was able to present some of my mathematical research on integral transforms and take in various presentations by other mathematicians.

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.