Honors Scholars Program Merit Award: Olga Privman
Olga Privman is deeply grateful for all that she has been given, and as such, feels that she must do everything she can to give back to the world. Ahead of her last semester as a Professional and Technical Writing major with specialization and minor in Physics, Olga has been blessed with the opportunity to conduct grant-funded research with brilliant mentors in geophysics and quantum computing. Through the amazing Honors Scholars Program that she has been fortunate enough to join, she was able to seek additional guidance from her mentors in editing, technical documentation, and quantum mechanics, as well as benefit from its multitude of workshops. She hopes to use the advantages in education that City Tech has graciously given her to both research and write about physics, endeavoring to help protect our world and its amazing inhabitants from the ravages of climate change, while learning and sharing with others the secrets of our wondrous universe. Olga is an avid lover of astronomy who lives in the joy of the overview effect; a writer with a heart at home in fantasy and song; and a deep believer in the best potential of humanity. She strongly believes that with effort, courage, and empathy, we can come together and build wonders. She is profoundly honored to receive this prestigious award, and will use it to help continue her pursuits in science and writing, and with them, her efforts to benefit humanity.
Honors Scholars Program Leadership Award: Joya Biswas
Being the first-generation college student in my family, I was unsure of myself. Self-doubt clouded my mind about how I was going to figure everything out. However, when I set a goal to get into a Human Services professional, I never doubted or confused myself. My name is Joya Biswas and I’m a sophomore at New York City College of Technology. I am currently receiving my AAS Degree in Human Services major with a GPA of 3.7 this spring 2021 semester. Now, I am moving forward pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Human Services major. This degree holds the ability to open doors to many paths. I want to work with diverse cultures in many different settings to provide prevention, education, and resources for individuals, families, groups, and communities. I want to empower those in society who require assistance in meeting their basic human needs in several aspects: emotionally, mentally, and physically. I am honored to be a part of an Honor Scholar Program in City Tech, which has given me many various opportunities to be successful students such as receiving this noble award: Honors Scholars Program Leadership Award, this is a great achievement in my academic year this Spring 2021 semester. Moreover, I have been part of ASAP since my freshmen year of college, and being part of that program opened many doors for me. I am serving as an NSCS Chapter President at City Tech since Spring 2019, and I am a CREAR Futuros Mentorship Program Mentor at City Tech. Overall, I am striving to create an identity and a life that is very much my own, one that I can take full credit and responsibility for and make a commitment to enhancing well-being and assisting meet essential human needs of all people.
Honors Scholars Program Service Awards: Juvanie Piquant
Juvanie Piquant is the first Haitian-American woman to serve as the University Student Senate (USS) Chairperson. She represents more than 500,000 full and part-time CUNY students in New York State and is the only student member of the City University of New York Board of Trustees.
Ms. Piquant is a third-year honors student attending New York City College of Technology where she is majoring in Law & Paralegal Studies. Previously, Ms. Piquant also served as the Vice-Chair of Legislative Affairs for the USS, ensuring the students of CUNY had a representative that would advocate for the advancement and affordability of higher education at local, state, and federal levels. Prior to her work at the USS, Ms. Piquant served on the Board of Directors for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) for two consecutive years, focusing on higher education and environmental policy in New York City and New York State.
On her local campus, Ms. Piquant currently serves as the Senator of Professional Studies at the City Tech Student Government Association working with students and administration to improve professional development opportunities and resources for the City Tech student body. Ms. Piquant’s passion for advocacy and philanthropy has propelled her to get involved in her community and continuously serve others.
As an aspiring attorney, Ms. Piquant is a member of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY), which has the goal of working with various individuals in the legal profession to create access and opportunities for aspiring law school students. As a Brooklyn native, born and raised by Haitian immigrants in Canarsie, Juvanie has seen first-hand the importance of access and affordability of education for the most marginalized in New York City and hopes to empower the youth and her peers at CUNY.