The Academic Leadership Award

The Academic Leadership Award is presented by the Center for Academic Excellence each year to the student who best exemplifies academic citizenship through leadership and achievement.  Students are nominated by members of the Center for Academic Excellence staff and one student on each campus will be chosen to receive the award.

In order to be eligible for this award, students must demonstrate

1. Strong academic standing, as measured by a CQPA of 3.5 or higher

2. A record of academic leadership as one or more of the following:

  • A peer leader in UNV 101
  • A peer leader in the Challenge to Achievement at Pace Program
  • A peer tutor in the Tutoring Center
  • A special discussion group peer leader

3. A record of service to the community, as demonstrated by leadership in a Pace student organization or by volunteer work outside the university.

Academic Leadership Award Recipient for 2012

Thomas Choi - NYC Campus

Thomas Choi will be graduating from Pace with a combined BBA/MBA in Public Accounting with a 3.77 undergraduate GPA and a 3.51 graduate GPA. He is also a member of the Pforzheimer Honors College.

From fall 2008 to summer 2011, Thomas was a peer tutor in all levels of accounting, helping business students clarify difficult accounting principles and problems. He was also the study skills tutor during this time, holding study skills workshops for the Pace community and tutoring students 1-on-1 in effective study habits and strategies.

In fall 2011, Thomas became the Lubin graduate assistant for the Tutoring Center. In this role, he trained new tutors in tutoring policy, procedures, and strategy, as well as engaging in ongoing mentoring with them. His role also requires that he manage the business lab, assisting the other tutors in their tutoring sessions when necessary and tutoring graduate level accounting and the core MBA courses.

In addition, Thomas proctored placement exams for incoming freshmen and transfer students. These freshman also saw Thomas when he held presentations in their UNV 101 classes, learning about the Tutoring Center and discussing time management skills for their college career.

Off-campus, Thomas volunteered at the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association (BCA). He was a volunteer camp counselor for BCA's Summer Camp Program, helping the lead counselor teach 3rd graders reading, math, and science while also watching out for their safety. Thomas also volunteered at BCA's Chinese School where he assisted the instructor in teaching the students about the Chinese language and culture. In his spare time, Thomas also helps tutor 5th graders in preparation for their standardized exams.  

After graduation, Thomas will start full-time at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an assurance associate in the Banking and Capital Markets team. He plans to visit the Pace campus to speak with students about his experience and give career advice.



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