Monday, May 19, 2014

Ackerman Receives Chantler Award

Joshua Ackerman '14, who spoke to students at the Yale admitted-students reception in Bronxville in April (top, second from R), received the Chantler award at Class Day exercises during Commencement Weekend (Yale photos)


New Rochelle native Joshua Ackerman '14 was one of four Yale seniors to receive the David Everett Chantler 1910 award during Commencement Weekend at Yale in New Haven. The award is given to a senior "who best exemplifies qualities of courage, strength of character, and high moral purpose."  Ackerman received the award during Class Day Exercises, May 24, on Old Campus.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ' 66 was this year's Class Day speaker.

Ackerman graduated with a double major in Latin American Studies and Mollecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, accumulating 43 credits. A Berkeley College resident, he was a freshman counselor, performed research in the School of Public Health, and assisted in the admissions office.  Besides the Chantler award, he received the Berkeley College Beggs prize, the Yale College Public Service Research prize, and the Yale Global Health Initiative Field Experience award.

In April, he spoke on a Yale-student panel in Bronxville at the annual Yale Westchester admitted-students reception. He told students and parents that "Perspectives in Technology and Science" had been one of his most favorite Yale courses.  He encouraged them to "take time to explore Yale off the beaten path."

Ackerman shared the award with Jun Luke Foster '14, Beata Fiszer '14, and Alan Elbaum '14.

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