Robinson Appel Past Winners
The award was established by alumni Gerald Robinson '54, Margot Robinson '55, Robert Appel '53 and Helen Appel '55. The Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award was created to recognize and honor students who have had significant involvement in community service by providing support for their projects, which address a community's social needs. Three awards are given annually, and each receives $1,500 to further a community service project that the student has initiated and proposed.
Listed below are 2012's recipients and descriptions of their projects:
Sharjeel Chaudhry ’13 & Kathy Tin ’14
College of Human Ecology
Project: PATCH Science Kits
The Science Kits for NYC project will provide students at Children Charter Elementary School in North Brooklyn, NYC an opportunity to engage in science through the “hands on” approach. Students in PATCH, a Cornell student-run organization, will create science kits that will include all of the appropriate instructions, equipment, and lessons needed to carry out several full-length experiments.
Anil Singhal ’13
College of Engineering
Project: Mentor in Training, Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success (YOURS)
Therefore they would like to train these youth and provide them with the necessary skills to be successful as mentors in the YOURS program. This will serve two purposes: the first is to reconnect them with the program and allow them to help their younger peers, and the second is to provide them with leadership and teamwork skills that will help them be successful outside of the program.
As the youth in the program YOURS become older, it becomes more difficult to engage them and provide meaningful activities.
Jillian Strayhorn ’14
College of Arts and Sciences
Project SOLVE—Skills Oriented Life View Education
In Project SOLVE tutoring, academic and psychological skills are strengthened through the “effort-payoff” connection. Students are trained in intervention delivery; tutors deal with hypothetical situations and abstract skills, along with traditional reading exercises. They will assess the motivation of students on an individual basis, and where extrinsic motivators are relevant or needed, they will put together a set of prize options catered to the specific students.