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JCC Featured Honors Program Student - December 2015

Patrick L. Crane, of Watertown, is the featured Jefferson Community College (JCC) Honors Program student of the month for December. At Jefferson, Crane is a mathematics and science major with a concentration in science. For one of his honors options, he used organic chemistry to produce nanoparticles and investigated new and emerging methods of producing the same nanoparticles. After graduating from Jefferson, Crane plans to transfer to the University of Rochester to study neuroscience and visual science and eventually apply to medical school. His career goal is to become an ophthalmologist.

The Jefferson Community College Honors Program offers students with exceptional academic skills the opportunity to receive enriched instruction within their current program of study. For the Honors Program, students select three courses within their curriculum, and enhance them as Honors Options. The option is based on a project agreed to by the student and a faculty member willing to work closely with the student to provide a unique and rewarding experience. Students also take the Honors Seminar, a unique inter-disciplinary course open only to program participants. The Seminar examines a single theme each semester and features guest speakers from a variety of disciplines and often includes some sort of field experience.

Successful program participants earn a prestigious Honors Graduate designation on their academic transcript for each Honors Option course. Students demonstrating excellent academic achievement in high school or who have completed 12 credit hours of college coursework are invited to apply for admission to the Honors Program. For more information, contact Honors Program coordinator, Christine Grimes Topping, at