Recognizing Outstanding Students at Capstone Turn-In

CGS Associate Professor Robert Schoch holding a stack of bound Capstone projects and smiling
CGS Associate Professor Robert Schoch collects Capstone projects at the 2019 Capstone turn-in ceremony


Each year, every CGS student gathers in the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium to celebrate a CGS tradition– the Capstone turn-in. Second-year students officially turn in their Capstone projects, the final product of two years of interdisciplinary education and weeks of diligent research and teamwork.

CGS also takes the opportunity to recognize students who have excelled in academics and leadership. 

Linda Bondy-Ives Award

The Linda Bondy-Ives Award is given in memory of a beloved advisor, Linda Bondy-Ives. The award goes to a student who is engaged in CGS’ academic advising and who best embodies the spirit of kindness, dedication and service exemplified by Linda Bondy-Ives. Jennifer Ramirez received the 2019 award, described by Dean Natalie McKnight as “hard-working, insightful, humble, and thoughtful.”

Brendan Gilbane Award

The Brendan Gilbane Award is given annually to a student who is going into CAS or COM and who has demonstrated excellent academic performance. This year’s award went to two students: Karsten Grape and Kira Nash. The faculty of Team S nominated Karsten because he “is one of the top academic achievers among the CGS sophomores this year. He is also a mature, courteous, respectful and empathetic student.” In addition to being a top academic achiever for her year, Kira Nash did an outstanding job in an interdisciplinary independent research project with CGS Senior Lecturer Neal Leavitt. Leavitt said the thesis was original and showed Nash’s potential as a researcher– “precisely the kinds of qualities the Gilbane award seeks to recognize and foster.”

Judson Rea Butler Award

The Judson Rea Butler Award is a merit scholarship for a second-year student who best exemplifies the highest standards of leadership, citizenship, and loyalty in contributing to the student life of the College of General Studies. This year’s award went to Noor Siddiqui, who has served as a CGS Dean’s Host, peer mentor, member of the CGS Dean’s student advisory board, and a member of the BU HUB student advisory board.

Two students looking at the camera and smiling. One is holding a bound Capstone project with the heading SENSE at the top.
Two students show off a finished Capstone project