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Celebrating Excellence

Each year, Widener University honors the accomplishments of its brightest students during a weeklong celebration in March.

Honors Week gives students the opportunity to share their research and civic engagement projects with the university community, while also being recognized at one of the many honors society induction ceremonies. Additionally, faculty and staff give guest lectures and recitals throughout the week.

But beyond the pomp and circumstance, students often take time to reflect on how Widener’s commitment to service learning and civic engagement helps to build leadership characteristics.

“Widener does a good job getting students out of their comfort zones,” said biochemistry major Spencer Ng, who used Ukraine as a case study for her research on issues in contemporary national identity.

As an aspiring doctor, Ng noted faculty at Widener encouraged her to explore classes outside of her major to develop a more worldly perspective.

“I think sometimes those are the classes you get the most out of,” added Ng, a resident of Haddonfield, New Jersey. “It all contributes to the overall person you become.”

An internship at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology helped fuel senior Olivia Nardone’s research on how to design museum exhibits using a more holistic approach.

The anthropology major spoke passionately about how curators need to tell the whole story of an artifact because a one-sided dialogue can lead to cultures being misrepresented or underrepresented. Nardone added that logic can also be added to her goals moving forward as she plans to attend law school after graduation.

“When you understand a problem in its entirety I feel you can come up with more creative ways to solve that problem.”

Throughout his yearlong research into distracted driving, senior nursing major Justin Scaricaciottoli found that cell phone use while driving touches a wide spectrum of age groups no matter their driving experience.

The Ridley Park native explained his research not only promotes safety, but that it helps to curtail a perception that nurses operate strictly in a hospital setting, when in actuality they also focus on community health issues at large.

“It’s about giving people the knowledge to keep themselves and others safe,” Scaricaciottoli said in talking about the importance of research in the field of nursing.