Matriculated students with superior academic records are honored in various ways, such as by placement on the Dean's Honors List, election to honor societies, and admission to departmental honors programs. Additional information may be obtained from departmental advisers and from the College Advising Center, Silver Center, Room 905; 212-998-8130.
Dean's Honors List
A Dean's Honors List is compiled at the end of each academic year, in June. This is an honors roll of matriculated students who have achieved an average of 3.65 or higher for that academic year (September to May) in at least 28 graded points. To be listed, a student must not have any grades of Incomplete or N at the time the list is compiled. Note that grade point averages are carried to two decimal places (but are not rounded off).
Honorary Societies in Arts and Science
Any student seeking to join a departmental scholastic honorary society is required to maintain, as a minimum scholastic requirement for election to membership, a general average of 3.50, as well as an average in the major subject of 3.50. Students should consult with departmental advisers in regard to the specific requirements for the various departmental honor societies.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society invites for induction the most outstanding arts and science students in America's leading colleges and universities. NYU's College of Arts and Science chapter, the Beta of New York, was established in 1858. In terms of seniority, it ranks as the 15th oldest chapter of the Society.
Each April, the faculty members of the Beta chapter automatically review the academic performance of all students in the College for eligibility for election to Phi Beta Kappa.
Eligibility for Graduation With Latin Honors
To be graduated with honors, a student must have at least 64 points earned in courses from CAS, GSAS, and selected Tisch departments. All graded courses taken while enrolled either in the College or in another school of NYU will be used in computing the grade point average on which Latin honors are based, as long as the 64 point residency requirement is met. Pass (P) grades are not counted; grades received in courses taken at other institutions are also not counted. The student must also have a clean record of conduct.
Effective with the September 2008 graduating class, the GPA cutoffs for each category are determined by the combined GPA distribution from the preceding academic year, all graduation moments included. The cutoff for summa cum laude is the GPA included within the top 5 percent of the previous year's graduating class. The cutoff for magna cum laude is the GPA included within the next 10 percent of the previous year's class. The cutoff for cum laude is the GPA included within the next 15 percent of the previous year's class. For example, the necessary GPA level for summa cum laude for students graduating in September 2008 will be based on the GPA cutoff for the top 5 percent of the combined graduates from September 2007, January 2008, and May 2008.
Students who have completed at least 64 points of graded work in the College may be awarded degrees with departmental honors if they complete the designated honors sequence in a department and maintain the requisite grade point average. There are two levels: honors and high honors.
Students seeking admission to and graduation with departmental honors are expected to have a minimum grade point average of 3.65, both overall and in the major. Departments may exercise some flexibility: in rare cases where a candidate for admission to a departmental honors program falls short of the expected minimum GPA, the director of undergraduate studies or the director of departmental honors may petition the director of college honors for an exception. In all cases, once admitted, students are expected to maintain the GPA at the stipulated level in order to graduate with departmental honors. Should there be an exceptional circumstance in which the stipulated GPA is not maintained, the director of college honors may be petitioned for an exception. If the case is compelling, the latter will inform the registrar's office of the waiver.
Honors programs must, minimally, be a two-term (8-point) experience that includes a capstone research project. The capstone project, which typically culminates in a thesis, should reflect sustained original research over two semesters. The scope and length of a thesis will vary by discipline, but the thesis is typically 40 to 60 pages in length.
All students completing departmental honors must make public presentations of their work, preferably at the CAS Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) held at the end of the academic year, or in a departmental forum (e.g., oral defenses or presentations) held in conjunction with the URC.
Students with double majors in discrete, unrelated disciplines must complete honors programs in each major for which they seek honors. Students with double majors in interdisciplinary or related fields may, if the two departments concur, convene a joint honors committee to establish an interdisciplinary research program of course work that culminates in a single thesis. Similarly, in the case of joint majors, the relevant departments must work out an agreement on the requirements for honors and on the supervision and evaluation of students' theses or projects.
Presidential Honors Scholars
Membership in the Presidential Honors Scholars at the College of Arts and Science offers outstanding students the opportunity to receive special advising from College faculty and staff, to challenge themselves in honors courses and through independent research, to study away, to take advantage of New York City's cultural resources, and to develop leadership skills through community service. Scholars comprise a distinguished group of undergraduates; only the top 10 percent of the entering class are chosen, and students who apply for entry after they have matriculated must demonstrate not only superlative academic achievements but also a consistent record of leadership and service to the community.
First-year students appointed on the basis of their high school records participate in a Scholars Seminar. They meet regularly for lectures and discussions and participate in a wide variety of cocurricular activities. These include the Scholars Lecture Series, cultural events in the city, social events, and community service projects. During the January intersession, first-year scholars travel with faculty mentors to NYU Florence, Italy. Sophomore scholars also participate in a trip abroad, choosing a destination that most closely relates to their academic or personal interests. During their junior or senior year, scholars spend an entire semester (or year) studying at one of NYU's programs or exchanges away. In their junior and senior years, they also enroll in the honors track of their chosen major. In addition, Presidential Honors Scholars are committed to volunteering and serving in the community.
Membership in the scholars program is renewable annually, depending on the quality of the scholar's academic records and his or her level of participation in the program. All scholars are expected to be full-time students and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.65. Students who are not designated as Presidential Honors Scholars for the first-year students are invited to apply for membership at the end of the spring semester.
Further information is available from the Office of the Associate Dean for Students, Silver Center, Room 909 (212-998-8140) or from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 665 Broadway, 11th Floor (212-998-4550).
Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program
Since its inception in 1987, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program has awarded over 400 need-based and merit scholarships to incoming freshmen at NYU. These students present records of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the principles of community service, humanitarianism, and social progress. MLK Scholars help to plan and participate in academic and cultural events that draw on the vast resources of New York University and New York City. They explore cultural diversity through domestic and international travel and take the lead in helping others through community service.
Women in Science Program
The Women in Science (WINS) program seeks to cultivate the talents of women undergraduates who are interested in careers that focus on research in science and math. A core group of undergraduate women, WINS Scholars, apply and are selected after the first year based on high academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in research and a career in science. WINS aims to nurture the talents of its members through an individualized program of study, research, and mentoring. The goal is to provide the foundation for lifelong success in professional and academic careers that involve research in anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, neural science, physics, or psychology.
WINS scholars meet regularly as a group, offer peer support to each other, meet with instructors and women scientists invited to address the group, and host events that enable them to meet eminent scientists from STEM fields. The WINS faculty director acts to facilitate mentor relationships with women researchers at NYU. WINS scholars also raise awareness on campus of the enormous contribution women have made to the sciences. WINS scholars benefit from annual scholarship funds.
Lewis Rudin City Scholars
Rudin Scholars are outstanding entering freshmen selected from public and parochial high schools in all five boroughs of New York City. In addition to their scholarship, the scholars participate in academic and cultural activities in New York City. The program is named in honor of the late real estate developer Lewis Rudin, former president of the Association for a Better New York and an NYU alumnus and trustee.
Departmental Awards and Prizes
Africana Studies Prize
Presented for excellence in this field.
Alexander L. Shluger Class of 1914 Award
The income of a bequest from Fannie B. Shluger in memory of her husband, Alexander L. Shluger, Class of 1914, awarded to a senior who has majored in sociology and who has excelled in his or her study of this subject.
Alumni Association Award
Presented each year by the Alumni Association to a senior who has excelled in scholarship and general attainments.
Alvin H. Zagor Scholarship Prize
Awarded annually to an undergraduate or undergraduates at the College whose academic record and life experience demonstrate wide-ranging interests and concern for the necessity of humanity in the intellectual development of the modern professional. Candidates must have a deep appreciation for and commitment to ethical choices and principles and demonstrate, as well, the conviction that a liberal arts education is a means of defining the educated person. Strong preference is given to candidates in economics, English, philosophy, political science, and pre-law.
American Institute of Chemists Prize
A certificate offered each year to a member of the senior class in recognition of excellence in scholarship and character.
Anna and John Peter Zenger Award
Awarded by the National Journalism Honor Society and presented for overall excellence in journalism to the institute's highest-ranking student.
Annette B. Weiner Memorial Prize
Presented for excellence in the field of anthropology and for service to the department.
Anthropology Department Prize
Presented to a senior majoring in anthropology who has demonstrated excellence in academic achievement and who shows outstanding promise in the field of anthropology.
Antonio Mazzeo Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a senior who plans to pursue graduate studies in the humanities.
Arthur E. Hill Prize in Chemistry
The income from a fund given anonymously in memory of Arthur E. Hill, a member of the Department of Chemistry for 35 years and head of the department from 1912 to 1937, awarded for excellence in chemistry to a senior who has majored in the subject.
Asian/Pacific/American Studies Outstanding Student Award
Presented for the best senior project that best combines rigorous and original scholarship with a strong community service approach.
Auguste Ulfers Memorial Prize
Awarded to a student for excellence and accomplishment in German studies (language, literature, or literature in translation).
Benjamin Salom Memorial Award
Awarded annually for excellence in biology to a junior or senior student who has performed outstanding research.
Bernard Garniez Memorial Prize
Presented to a senior for excellence in the study of French literature or culture.
Beta Lambda Sigma Award
A prize awarded by the Beta Lambda Sigma Honor Society for the highest scholastic achievement in biology.
Bluma L. Trell Prize
Awarded to a graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of classics.
B'nai Zion Prize
Presented for excellence and achievement in the study of Hebrew.
Carl Prince Prize
Presented for distinguished service to the Department of History's undergraduate program.
A prize awarded to a senior majoring in biology who has demonstrated exceptional intellectual ability and commitment in the study of natural science.
Chair's Award in Biology
A prize awarded to a senior majoring in biology who has demonstrated exceptional intellectual ability and commitment in the study of natural science.
Charles Andrew Stahl Memorial Scholarship Prize
Presented to a senior for academic excellence and accomplishment in his or her studies.
Charles H. Willey Prize in Biology Honors
Income from a fund given by Dr. George Schwartz of the Class of 1925 to honor Professor Willey, awarded to the senior who, in the judgment of the Department of Biology, has completed the requirements for honors in biology with the greatest distinction.
Chemical Rubber Company Prize
A copy of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, the gift of the Chemical Rubber Company, presented annually to the student with the highest average in general chemistry at the end of the first term of this course.
Chesler Prelaw Scholarship
Founded by alumnus Evan Chesler and his wife Barbara to recognize a junior, outstanding in academic excellence and NYU community leadership, who most exhibits the potential to enhance the legal profession's commitment to honesty, candor, and ethics, who will care more about the integrity of the system than the outcome of a particular case, and whose professional conduct will inspire others to hold themselves to such high standards.
Comparative Literature Senior Thesis Prizes
Two prizes awarded every year, based on nomination from faculty member supervising the thesis.
Comparative Literature Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant
Intended to encourage juniors to begin researching their senior thesis project in comparative literature. A three-page prospectus outlining the project and how the grant will be used is due to the department's director of undergraduate studies on April 15. Faculty nominations are also welcome. The stipend can be used for expenses related to research and field work, including travel and living expenses.
Computer Science Prize for Academic Excellence
Awarded to graduating seniors for excellence in computer science.
Computer Science Prize for Academic Excellence and Service to the Department
Awarded to graduating seniors for excellence in computer science and for service to the department.
Computer Science Prize for Academic Excellence in the Honors Program
Awarded to graduating seniors for excellence in the computer science honors program.
Computer Science Prize for the Most Promising Student in the Junior Year
Awarded to juniors for academic excellence.
David James Burrell Prize
Award presented to an outstanding journalism student in the communications and society concentration.
Dean Archibald L. Bouton Memorial Award for Research in English
Income from a fund established by Dr. George Schwartz of the Class of 1925 as a memorial to Dean Archibald L. Bouton and awarded for research by undergraduate honors students in English and American literature.
Dean's Award for Scholarship and/or Service
Presented by the dean of the College to a graduating senior for outstanding accomplishment in either or both of these areas.
A plaque presented to the senior selected by the dean to receive the diploma on behalf of all the members of the graduating class at Commencement. Selection is made on the basis of scholarship and/or contribution and service to the graduating class and to the College.
Don R. Mellett Prize
Established by Mrs. Don R. Mellett in memory of her husband and awarded annually to an outstanding student of journalism in the broadcast concentration.
Donald Parker Prize
Presented to a student of German for distinguished academic achievement and exceptional service to the department.
Douglas F. Maxwell Award in Fine Arts
Stipend presented to a graduating senior for excellence in the study of fine arts for travel outside the United States to see and study original works of art.
East Asian Studies Prize
Awarded to a student for excellence in this field.
Edgar Wilson Nye Prize
A prize established by the American Press Humorists Association and presented to an outstanding student in the public relations concentration.
Editor and Publisher Prize
A prize representing the income of a grant from Editor and Publisher, to be awarded annually to an outstanding student of journalism in the newspaper concentration.
Edward A. McNelis Award
Presented to students planning to pursue research in the chemical sciences at the graduate level and beyond.
Edward Sapir Award
Presented to an outstanding senior with a joint major in anthropology and linguistics.
Eileen Guggenheim Award
Presented for scholarly accomplishment in fine arts.
Elaine R. Brody Memorial Prize
Awarded to an outstanding music major in the junior or senior class.
Elizabeth Claster Memorial Scholarship Award
Presented by the dean of the College to a member of the junior class who, in terms of academic excellence, student leadership, personality, and character, embodies the goals and ideals of the College and the hopes, dreams, and personal spirit of its students.
Emanuel Stein Memorial Award in Economics
Presented to a senior in the College for outstanding scholarship in economics.
Ernst Rose-G. C. L. Schuchard Anniversary Prize
A prize endowed by alumni, students, and faculty members to mark the 25th anniversary of Dr. Ernst Rose and Dr. G. C.
L. Schuchard, former professors of German in Washington Square College.
Awarded each year to the winner in a competition sponsored by the Department of German.
Eryk Spektor Scholarship
Presented to students who combine a commitment to community service with a strong interest in secular Jewish studies.
Estelle M. Holmes Award in American Literature
A prize established by Mrs. Paula M. Alexander in honor of her sister and awarded annually to the student who writes the best term paper in the field of American literature.
European Studies Prize
Presented to a student for the best undergraduate thesis in this field.
Evelyn Jablow Lilienthal, ¡¥64 Heights Arts and Science, Award
Presented to an especially accomplished junior in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies program in the Department of Art History.
Evliya Chelebi Prize
Presented for excellence in Turkish studies.
Faculty Memorial Award
Presented to the student of the College who has used its resources to the fullest in his or her intellectual, social, and personal development.
Fiona McGillivray Prize
Presented for the best thesis in international political economy.
Frederick Seward Gibson Prize
Income from a fund founded in 1901 from the estate of Frederick Seward Gibson, awarded for the best piece of critical or creative writing by a junior or senior.
Gary Bruce Slochowsky Memorial Award
Presented to a student for excellence in Hebrew and Judaic studies.
George Granger Brown Scholarship
Merit awards presented at the end of the junior year to undergraduates majoring in chemistry or physics solely for excellence and promise in these fields.
George Safiol Meritocracy Award Memorializing Harold Geneen
A competition for juniors consisting of a $3,000 cash prize and a $2,000 scholarship for the best essay on the topic "Meritocracy in the Current Business Climate."
George Schwartz Prize in Biology
Income from a fund given by Dr. George Schwartz, Class of 1925, awarded for outstanding performance in the general biology laboratory course.
Germaine Brée Prize
Awarded to a student who made a significant contribution to French cultural life at NYU.
Gregory Dean Legon Memorial Award
Presented to the student in the freshman year who in academic accomplishment and campus citizenship is deemed by the dean to be the most outstanding.
Gustave Reese Memorial Prize in Music
An award presented for excellence in this field.
Hanna van Vollenhollen Vories Memorial Prize in Music
An award presented to an accomplished music major in the senior class.
Harold Seidenstein Award
Income from a fund established by Mrs. Harold Seidenstein in memory of her husband, Dr. Harold Seidenstein, Class of 1934, awarded annually to a student who shows special ability in chemistry.
Helen M. Jones Prize in History
Established in memory of Helen M. Jones, whose son Theodore Francis Jones was a member of the Department of History for 41 years. Awarded to the student who in the judgment of the Department of History has attained the best record in the history honors course.
Hillary Citrin Memorial Prize
Award established by the family of Hillary Citrin in her memory and presented for outstanding departmental honors theses in psychology.
Hollis Cooley Memorial Prize
Presented for excellence and for exceptional promise in mathematics.
Horace W. Stunkard Prize in Biology
Income from a fund given by Dr. Jacob Taub, Class of 1925, to honor Professor Stunkard, awarded to a senior who has majored in biology and whose personal and scholastic qualifications show promise of a noteworthy professional career.
Hossein Jafari Memorial Award
Presented to a premedical student with diverse interests, for excellence in academic and extracurricular endeavors.
Ibn Khaldun Prize
Presented for excellence and achievement in the study of Arabic.
Ilse Dusoir Lind Prize
Presented for the outstanding honors thesis in English and American Literature.
International Relations Program Awards
Awarded for excellence and achievements in this field.
Irving H. Jurow WSC '26 Prelaw Scholastic Achievement Award
Presented for scholastic excellence to a graduating senior who has been accepted to the New York University School of Law.
Isidore Rubiner Award
Presented for outstanding chemical research.
Italian Department Awards
Presented to seniors for excellence and accomplishment in the study of Italian.
James Fenimore Cooper Memorial Prize
An award from the funds given by the citizens of Otsego County, New York, to mark the lifelong friendship between James Fenimore Cooper and Professor Samuel F. B. Morse of New York University and presented annually to an outstanding undergraduate student of journalism.
James Gordon Bennett Prize
Established in 1893 by James Gordon Bennett and awarded to a senior for the "best essay in English prose upon some subject of American governmental, domestic, or foreign policy of contemporary interest."
Jane Costello Prize
Presented for excellence in the study of fine arts.
Jindrich Zezula Prize
Awarded to the best honors thesis in French.
John W. Wilkes Memorial Prize
Presented for service and academic achievement in history.
Josiah Marshall Favill Prize
Income from a bequest from Josiah M. Favill, awarded for the best examination in either Latin or Greek.
Joyce Kilmer Prize
A prize from the income of a fund established by the former students of Joyce Kilmer and others for a prize to be awarded annually to an outstanding student in the magazine concentration.
Kenneth Bromberg Memorial Award
An annual prize given to a student in the prelaw program for academic excellence and/or service to the students in that program.
Kwame Yeboah Daaku Memorial Prize
Presented to a graduating senior for accomplishment and interest in African history.
Lillian Lindhardt-Solotoroff Prize in Chemistry
Prize awarded annually on the basis of scholarship in chemistry and general scholarship average to a woman student who has majored in chemistry and who has taken at least three years of her undergraduate work in the College. Prize derived from a fund established in memory of Lillian Lindhardt-Solotoroff, Class of 1924, by her family and the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority.
Lionel Casson Prize
Presented to a student in the Department of Classics who is outstanding in scholarship in the classics and in service to fellow students and to the department.
Martin Hoffert Graduation Prize
Presented to outstanding graduating environmental studies honors students who have shown academic excellence and dedication in the field.
Presented to a graduating senior for excellence in mathematics and service to the department and to a member of the junior class for either meritorious service or excellence in mathematics.
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program Award
Awarded for excellence and service to an outstanding student in the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies to allow that student to travel abroad. Also known as the Marco Polo Travel Award.
Merck and Company Award
A copy of Merck Index, the gift of Merck and Company, presented annually to a senior for high scholastic achievement in chemistry.
Metropolitan Studies Program Prize
Presented to a student in this major for dedicated service to metropolitan studies and to the community at large.
Michael L. Owen Scholarship Prize
Presented annually to the student completing his or her freshman year who has declared his or her intention of majoring in English and who has achieved the highest academic distinction.
Michelle Lapautre Prix D'Excellence
Awarded to the most promising sophomore or junior majoring in French.
Morris and Clara Gratz Award
An annual award given to a student in the premedical program for academic excellence and service to the College.
Murray Altman Prize
An award from a memorial fund established by the sons and certain friends of Murray Altman, a New York University student in 1916 and 1917. Awarded to a junior with an outstanding record in economics and related subjects.
Nathan Schoengood History Award for Interest and Achievement in American History
Awarded annually to the graduating senior considered to have demonstrated conscientious and outstanding work.
Neural Science Theses Prizes
The Cajal Neural Science Thesis Prize and the Samuel M. Feldman Thesis Prize are presented for outstanding honors theses submitted by graduating seniors.
New York University Chemistry Alumni Association Award
Presented to a junior or senior with an outstanding record in chemistry.
Perley Lenwood Thorne Award
Prize endowed by the faculty to honor Professor Thorne at the time of his retirement in 1949 and awarded to a graduating student for outstanding scholarship in mathematics.
Phi Beta Kappa/Albert S. Borgman Memorial Prize
Awarded to the candidates for honors who submit the best honors theses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Politics Prize for Best Honors Thesis
Presented to a graduating senior for an excellent thesis.
Presented for excellence in Hindi and Urdu studies.
Awarded to the student with the highest level of achievement in French literature or culture.
Awarded to the student who displays a particular commitment to furthering and elucidating Franco-American relations.
Awarded to the student who, in addition to academic excellence, has made a significant contribution to the NYU Paris Program.
Prix Spécial du Département
Awarded to a student who made an exceptional contribution to the intellectual and social life of the Department of French.
Psi Chi Service Award
A certificate presented to a senior who has majored in psychology and who has contributed in an exceptional way to the functioning of this honor society.
Psychology Department Award
Presented for excellence in this field.
Rae Dalven Prize
Presented for outstanding undergraduate work in modern Greek studies in the Alexander S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies.
Religious Studies Prize
Presented for excellence and accomplishment in the field of religion to a graduating senior.
Rita Cooley Prize
Established upon her retirement in 1986 by the students of Professor Cooley in honor of her four decades of dedicated and spirited teaching and presented to a graduating senior in politics for excellence and accomplishment in that field.
Robert A. Fowkes Award
Presented to an outstanding graduating senior in the Department of Linguistics.
Roger Deakins Prize
Presented to one outstanding graduating senior in English and Dramatic Literature.
Roland P. Beattie Memorial Award
Established in 1984 by the family of Roland Percival Beattie, University College Class of 1920, and presented to the valedictorian of the graduating class.
Presented for excellence and achievement in the study of Persian.
Russian Language Studies Prize
Presented for excellence in this field.
Salomonowitz Memorial Prize
Presented to a deserving student for outstanding scholarship in philosophy.
Samuel F. B. Morse Medal
A medal award, provided for in the will of Samuel F. B. Morse, former NYU faculty member, and presented annually to a student who shows special ability in physics.
Sherborne Vernon Damerel Memorial Prize
Established by his parents in memory of Sherborne Vernon Damerel, University College Class of 1910, awarded to a graduating senior who has displayed zeal in his or her studies and in promoting the general welfare of his or her class and College.
Sherrington Award for Undergraduate Neural Science
Presented to an outstanding senior who has shown outstanding ability and submitted the best thesis in neural science.
Sidney Gross Memorial Prize
Presented for the best essay on investigative journalism.
Sigma Pi Sigma Prize
A book awarded each year by Sigma Pi Sigma to the student with the highest scholastic average in physics.
Slavic Award for Excellence
Presented to an outstanding senior for excellence and achievement in the field of Slavic languages and literature.
Spanish and Portuguese Department Awards
Presented to members of the senior class for excellence in the study of Spanish, excellence in the mastery of the technique of translation between Spanish and English, and excellence in the study of Portuguese.
A plaque presented to the senior selected by the dean to carry the College of Arts and Science banner at Commencement. Awarded on the basis of contribution and service to the graduating class and to the College.
Vocal Interpretation of Literature Prizes
Three prizes for effectiveness in the vocal interpretation of literature. Contest held in the Department of English.
William Bush Baer Memorial Prize
Established in memory of Dean Baer by the CBS Foundation. Awarded to the graduating senior who has excelled in English and who has contributed in a noteworthy way to the life of the campus during four years.
Wortis Biological Prize
Income from a fund established by S. Bernard Wortis, Class of 1929, in memory of his parents, and awarded to the senior who has maintained the highest scholastic record for three years in biology.