Finnegan Award Finalist Pool Deep

The Rev. Edward H. Finnegan, SJ, Award is the top undergraduate prize given at Commencement, presented to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the qualities of excellence, humility and service to others. This year's finalists for the award included:

Dean Bell (CSOM). President of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, Bell was active in the First Year Experience Program and National Association of Black Accountants.

Deirdre Brannin (SON). Brannin, who plans to become a midwife, cares for seriously ill newborns as an aide in a neonatal intensive-care unit. She has traveled on service trips to Appalachia, built homes in Georgia with Habitat for Humanity, and cooked meals for the homeless at a Boston shelter. She also served as a resident assistant, and worked at the Pine Street Inn as an Undergraduate Faculty Research Fellow.

Stephen Dosch (CSOM). Dosch has been a leader in the 4Boston Program, and on student service missions to Nicaragua and Appalachia. Dosch drew upon those experiences to write his economics thesis on micro-lending in poor communities.

Nada Fusaro (SOE). In addition to serving in the SOE Senate and as an editor of the SOE undergraduate newsletter, Fusaro has done innovative work on the "spirituality of teaching" for a senior research paper in the Faith, Peace and Justice Program.

Leigh Harlan (A&S). The only student to have been elected a chairman of the Student Judicial Board for three consecutive years, she also did groundbreaking research for her Scholar of the College thesis in clinical psychology. A product of the Emerging Leader Program, Harlan has served on the Boston College Police Department Advisory Board and the Senior Week Committee, and has worked as a figure-skating instructor on and off campus.

-Mark Sullivan

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