Loyola University Maryland

Honors Program

Honors Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Current Students

  • 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
  • Emily Robinson ’21 was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior.


  • Sean Diertl, '19 will pursue a medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine in the fall. Sean received six acceptances to medical school.
  • Tyler Schoch, '19 will pursue a medical degree at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine in Seton Hall University in the fall.  
  • Alexander Akers '18 was admitted to Hofstra University’s graduate program in linguistic anthropology, the only such program in the country.  Alex was also awarded the medal for highest attainment in Classical Civilization.
  • Alexander Batton '18 will be attending the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland in the fall.
  • Connor Blancato '18 will be attending Brooklyn Law School in the fall.
  • Natalie Cori '18 will be attending Teacher's College, Columbia University in the fall to pursue her Master's in Social-Organizational Psychology. 
  • James Engel, Jr. '18 was accepted into the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program at Johns Hopkins.
  • Andrew Lucibella '18 and Madalyn Myers '18 received the Whelan Medal, tying with three other students for the top GPA at graduation.  
  • Andrew Lucibella '18 also received the Whiteford Medal for History and will be attending the University of Massachusetts/Amherst to pursue his M.A. in Public History in Fall 2018.
  • Eliana Marzullo '18 received the Global Studies Medal. In addition to the Whelan Medal, Madalyn Myers, who is a star swimmer, received the Mary O’Meara Loyola University Club Scholar-Athlete Award, the Carrell Biology Medal, and the Grindall Psychology Medal.  She will be a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School in the fall.
  • John Mucciolo '18 will be attending Cornell Law School in Fall 2018.
  • Kelly Mueller '18 will attend Indiana University Bloomington in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in History with full funding.  She also received the P. Edward Kaltenbach Classics Medal.
  • Christine Phillips will pursue an M.A. in Teaching from Loyola University Maryland in the fall.
  • Catherine Seeger received the McNeal Chemistry Medal.  She will attend medical school at Pennsylvania State University in the fall.
  • Amy Swartz '18 will be attending Georgetown University this fall, pursuing an M.A. in Art and Museum Studies.
  • Sarah Trent '18 had research published in The Journal of Surgical Education evaluating methods of laparoscopic suturing and was admitted to 5 medical schools.  She will attend Georgetown University School of Medicine this fall.  Sarah is currently a partner in a medical research team associated with the University of Heidelberg.
  • Samantha Van Doren '18 has been admitted to the Columbia/London School of Economics graduate program in History.


  • Of 35 departmental medals, Honors students won 12—that is, students in a program that makes up less than 5% of the student body won 34% of the medals.
  • 10 of the Class of 2020 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%.
Rana Malek

Rana Malek

The relationships she formed with faculty and fellow students prepared Rana for her career in medicine

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.