Archimedean Gathering Program: Celebrating High Achievers
In continuing efforts to support the CLASS initiative and enrich the undergraduate student experience at Rensselaer, the Office of the Student Experience recently created the Archimedean Gathering program, which recognizes and celebrates Rensselaer’s high-achieving students who have received a cumulative 4.0 GPA.
“Archimedean Gathering is focused on developing an undergraduate pipeline to identify and develop our highest achieving students,” said J. Louis Trzepacz, class dean in the Office of the Student Experience. “At Rensselaer, we challenge student to change the world. The Greek mathematician Archimedes did just that saying, ‘Give me a place to stand and I will move the Earth.’ This was is in reference to his formally stating the correct mathematical principals of the lever that would make moving the Earth possible. Similarly, we have some amazingly talented students on campus, and we want to let them know that they have a unique opportunity to leverage their skills and abilities to change the world.”
More than 80 students attended the inaugural event, which was held March 28 in the Russell Sage Dining Room. Students also received a silver beetle to signify their membership. Trzepacz noted that the beetle was selected based on researching ancient Egyptian history that created commemorative scarab beetle carvings as a way to publicly recognize the achievements of the pharaohs.
The event provided students with an opportunity to learn about campus programs including undergraduate research, study abroad, career planning and preparation, student leadership, entrepreneurship, and graduate education. Several faculty, staff, and campus departments also attended the event, including the Office of Entrepreneurship, Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, Office of Graduate Education, Center for Career and Professional Development, Archer Center, Study Abroad Office, and more.
Plans are underway to expand the Archimedean Gathering into a yearlong series beginning in the fall.