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2022 INSTITUTIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Experience-powered learning

Immersive experiences, personalized and lifelong

Northeastern unleashes the power of inclusive, global experiences to create near-limitless pathways for students to learn, discover, and invent—anywhere, anytime, with anyone. 

A new aerospace residency in Seattle

Shaked Lotem dreams of contributing to humanity’s exploration beyond our world. He took an exhilarating leap toward realizing his vision by enrolling in Northeastern’s new aerospace minor and the aerospace residency at Northeastern’s Seattle campus. The immersive eight-week program—integrating courses with opportunities to connect with industry leaders and leading aerospace companies—has brought the mechanical engineering major ever closer to his career goals. 

Opening doors with an accelerated master’s 

To turn her passion for environmental sustainability into a career, international affairs and economics major Kaitlyn Cavallaro felt she needed more depth in the sciences. Enter Northeastern’s PlusOne program, which offers undergraduates an accelerated track to a master’s degree. Cavallaro’s PlusOne in environmental science and policy will open more professional doors when she completes her master’s degree in 2023.  

Changing paths, breaking into tech 

Kris Barnes’ degree in economics and commerce landed him a National Forest Service job, but he was eager to build a career in computer science—without leaving his beloved Maine. Barnes found a path to both goals at Northeastern’s Roux Institute in Portland. The Align master’s program in computer science, designed for those without a bachelor’s degree in the field, will enable Barnes to help propel Maine’s burgeoning tech economy as well as his own success.

Experiences that transform

12,127

co-op placements for undergraduate and graduate learners, up from 6,301 in 2006

93%

of graduates employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within 9 months of graduation (10-year average)

19,957

learners in graduate and certificate programs, up from 5,410 in 2006

2,300+

partners in our Experiential Network providing real-world projects for online learners

Measures of selectivity

91,000

undergraduate applications for fall 2022, and a 7% acceptance rate

Talent in action

Students won nationally competitive awards supporting global study and experience

  • American Chemical Society Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • Churchill Scholarship
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship
  • J.P. Morgan PhD Fellowship
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
  • National Institute of Aging–NIH Research Training Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Schwarzman Scholarship

Schwarzman Scholarship

Arlen Argiliga, ’22

A finance major with an interest in emerging markets, Agiliga will pursue a master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing through his Schwarzman Scholarship.

Fulbright Scholarship

Amanda Brea, ’22

With a passion for teaching theater and mentoring young people, Brea will use her Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Spain, and to lead public speaking and improv classes for people in the community.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Giona Kleinberg, ’23

With research experience in neurological diseases, Kleinberg won a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. He plans to earn both a doctorate and a Doctor of Medicine degree in developmental neurobiology.

Fulbright Scholarship

Nicole Occidental, ’22

A neuroscience major with a focus in social neuroscience, Occidental will devote her Fulbright Scholarship to studying the long-term effects of virtual learning on kids at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

B. Parazin, ’23

A physics and math major with extensive research experience, Parazin received a Barry Goldwater Scholarship and will pursue a doctoral degree in geophysics. They plan to study landforms on Earth and in space.

Churchill Scholarship

Cameron Young, ’22

With his Churchill Scholarship, Young will study toward a master’s degree in medical science at Cambridge University in England. He will work with Cancer Research UK to study the diverse ways the disease manifests.

Reinventing the PhD

Earning a PhD while working full time to fight cancer

Lauren Gauthier has 16 years of industry experience in pharmaceutical toxicology, including her current leadership position at Takeda, overseeing strategies for testing new cancer-targeting drugs safely. She applied to Northeastern’s Experiential PhD program because it enables busy professionals to align their dissertation research with their employers’. With mentors at both Northeastern and Takeda, Gauthier is pursuing an innovative approach to drug safety that will help get better, safer therapies to patients faster. 

A PhD powered by transcontinental experiences

En route to a PhD in electrical engineering, Jared Miller has traveled far. He is seeking to optimize control systems that automate everything from cars to power plants. A Chateaubriand Fellowship took him to France’s national Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture Systems last spring. Guided by LAAS and Northeastern mentors, he shared ideas at European conferences, published papers, and sharpened his thesis—real-world learning he calls “invaluable.”

Industry experience cements this PhD student’s career goals

Doctoral student Judene Thomas is laser-focused on getting more effective immuno-therapies to cancer patients. Northeastern’s LEADERs Program has brought her closer to that goal. Designed to prepare doctoral students for real-world leadership, the program also enabled Thomas to master project management skills and hone her lab work while embedded for five months in the Discovery Biologics department at Merck & Co. in Boston. The experience cemented her interest in immuno-oncology and in starting her own drug development company.

26

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships held by current PhD students, up from 1 in 2006

96%

increase in applications to research PhD programs since 2010

Our collective commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

“I’m using what I have learned about social justice and public service in Boston and Oakland to lead the Northeastern Votes Coalition, a nonpartisan group dedicated to advancing civic engagement and voter turnout across Northeastern’s global community. Experiences like these are the reason I and so many others chose Northeastern.”

Olivia Oesteicher, ’25
Executive Director of Communications, Student Government Association, and Northeastern Votes Coordinator, Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement

“We’re hoping to elevate the voices and concerns of our peers—whether by amplifying the actions of other organizations or by directly tackling issues that impact our community’s most vulnerable populations. With the continued commitment from Northeastern to listen to and communicate with students, we believe we have the power to make this campus a more inclusive environment.”

Angelica Jorios, ’24, and Sebastian Chavez, ’24
Student Government Association president and executive vice president

“It is only through embracing diversity and cultivating inclusivity across all areas that we can impact lasting change.”

Carmen Sceppa
Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, in support of the first universitywide Racial and Cultural Literacy Training program

11%

increase in underrepresented minority students since 2020 

22%

increase in freshman underrepresented minority students since 2020 

73%

increase in freshmen underrepresented minority students since 2006  

* Underrepresented minority students include Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American, American Indian or Alaska native, and native Hawaiian or Pacific islander

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