Loyola University Maryland

Honors Program

Honors Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Current Students

  • Madeline Becker '21 Summa Cum Laude; Alfons and Christine Renk Language Medal in French; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Clarissa Bezdek  '21 Ayd Philosophy Medal — Clarissa will pursue a Master's in History, specializing in Medieval Art, at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
  • Brittany Bonin '21 Summa Cum Laude; National Political Science Honor Society President — Brittany will be pursuing a Juris Doctor at William & Mary.
  • Jack Bonner '21 Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Jennifer Bower '21 Jennifer will pursue a Masters in Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. 
  • Colin Burke '21 Colin will be working as a financial services auditor for EY and preparing for his CPA exams.
  • Matthew Cunniff '21 Summa Cum Laude — Matthew will be consulting for Deloitte Consulting in Boston, MA.
  • Doria Diacogiannis '21 Summa Cum Laude — Doria will be working for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Joseph Doyle '21 Summa Cum Laude — Joseph will be continuing at Loyola in order to pursue a Master's in Teaching.
  • Michael Fabrizio '21 Michael will pursue a Master's in Health Administration at Tulane University.
  • Andrew Fallon '21 Summa Cum Laude — Andrew will be working as a software engineer for Dish Technologies in Denver, CO.
  • John Gillespie '21 Summa Cum Laude
  • Grace Homany '21 Summa Cum LaudePhi Beta Kappa
  • Lily Kase '21 Summa Cum LaudePhi Beta Kappa — Lily is applying to graduate school programs in Speech Pathology, but in the meantime she is serving a year with Mercy Volunteer Corps in Savannah, GA, where she will be working with un- and under-insured emergency room patients.
  • Madison Keleher '21 Summa Cum LaudePhi Beta Kappa
  • Kaylin Malmquist '21 Summa Cum Laude — Kaylin will be working for BCE Consulting in Boston, MA.
  • Victoria Matos '21 Summa Cum Laude; James D. Rozics Computer Science Medal; Phi Beta Kappa 
  • Brigid Moynihan '21 Summa Cum LaudePhi Beta Kappa
  • Brunilda Neufeld '21 Summa Cum Laude; Sarkar-Dey Natural and Applied Sciences Medal; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Bridget O'Carroll '21 Summa Cum Laude
  • Liam O'Grady '21 Summa Cum Laude
  • Emma Ozer '21 Summa Cum Laude
  • Emily Robinson '21 Summa Cum Laude; Economics Medal; Global Studies Medal; Phi Beta Kappa (inducted as a junior). Emily will be working for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Brianna Russo '21 Summa Cum Laude; Alfons and Christine Renk Language Medal in Spanish; Phi Beta Kappa — Brianna will be pursuing a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Florida State University.
  • Helena Sanders '21 Summa Cum Laude
  • Emma Schiller '21 will be working for Mauna Kea Technologies, a French medical technology company, in Boston, MA.
  • Jennifer Veith '21 Summa Cum LaudePhi Beta Kappa 
  • Emily Zimmerman '21 Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa — Emily will be pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Kutztown University, PA. while also working as a Director of Youth Ministry at St. Paul's UCC in Amityville, PA.


  • Jerry Armstrong '20 Summa Cum Laude; Mathematics Medal, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Chloe Boustany '20  Summa Cum Laude
  • Matthew Brown '20 Summa Cum Laude
  • Alaina Cataldo '20 Summa Cum Laude; National Student Speech, Language, Hearing Association Honor Society President—Alaina will pursue a Master’s in Speech, Language Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in the fall.
  • Caitlin Dwinnell '20 Summa Cum Laude
  • Sarah Flaherty '20 James D. Rozics Computer Science Medal—Sarah will pursue a Masters in Secondary Education at Loyola while assuming a full-time teaching position teaching programming and mathematics at Archbishop Curley High School.
  • John Garrow '20 Summa Cum Laude; Phil Beta Kappa
  • Lindsey Hinczynski '20 Chinese language Critical Language Scholarship, (CLS), a U.S. Department of State’s scholarship program; Fulbright Teaching Award for the 2020-2021 academic year in Kinmen, Taiwan. Due to COVID-19, Lindsey will serve in Taiwan from January '21 to the end of June.
  • Elijah Holloway '20 Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Victoria Jasionowski '20 Victoria will pursue a Master’s in School Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University next fall.
  • Kevin Kane '20 Summa Cum Laude; Carrell English Medal and Ayd Medal for Philosophy; Phi Beta Kappa—Kevin will pursue a Juris Doctor degree at the George Washington University School of Law in the fall.
  • Sean McDermott '20 Summa Cum Laude; Economics Medal and Data Science Medal; Phi Beta Kappa—Sean will pursue a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
  • Zachary Metzler '20 Summa Cum Laude; Physics Medal; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Colin Ness '20 Summa Cum Laude; Madeleine Freimuth Memorial Award for Chemistry; Phi Beta Kappa—Colin will be pursuing a medical degree at the Temple University School of Medicine in the fall. He received three acceptances to medical school.
  • Vivian Nguyen '20 History Writing Award
  • Kathleen O’Donnell '20 Summa Cum Laude
  • Jacob Rombach '20 Summa Cum Laude; Engineering Medal; RA of the Year (2019-20); Phi Beta Kappa—Jacob is joining Northrop Grumman as an Associate in Hardware Engineering in their Annapolis office.
  • Hannah Tubman '20 Summa Cum Laude; recipient of the Whelan Medal as the graduating senior with the highest academic average, Global Studies Medal, and Sociology Medal; Phi Beta Kappa—Hannah will pursue a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh in the fall.
  • Shannon Ward '20 Summa Cum Laude; Co-President of Ad Honorem, the Honors Student Council
  • James White '20 Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Of 35 departmental medals, Honors students won 7 in 2021— that is, students in a program that makes up less than 5% of the student body won 20% of the medals.
  • 12 of the Class of 2021 inducted into Phi Beta Kappa were Honors students.
  • Acceptance rate for Loyola Students and recent alumni to medical schools was 93% this year. Nationwide the acceptance rate is 41%.
Barnaby Nygren

Barnaby Nygren, Ph.D.

Dr. Nygren likes to get students out of the classroom and into art museums, and aims to show them how art skills are applicable—and valuable—for their future careers

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Honors students posing for a group photo on a wooded trail during a hike
Honors Program

Why I'll always be glad I joined the Honors Program

Faculty mentors, engaging intellectual discourse, and opportunities for academic enrichment like excursions and field trips characterize the Honors Program, Loyola's learning community for high-achieving students.