Star Family Prizes recognize Harvard College advisers

Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College, congratulates winners.

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Harvard College’s Advising Programs Office awarded 12 advisers from throughout the University with the prestigious Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The Star Prizes were established by James A. Star ’83 to recognize and reward individuals who contribute to the College through their exemplary intellectual and personal guidance of undergraduate students.

Prizes are awarded each year to 12 advisers: three each to freshman, sophomore, concentration, and faculty advisors.

Nominations for the award were sought from the undergraduate student body earlier this year, and selection committees comprised of College staff and Peer Advising Fellows chose from competitive pools of nominees to select the winners.

Freshman Advising

  • Shawn Harriman, educational program coordinator in Mind/Brain/Behavior
  • Amanda Morejon, proctor in Straus Hall
  • Emily Warshaw, department administrator for Theater, Dance and Media
“This is a real honor for me, not least because it is the students who nominate advisors,” said HSCRB’s William Anderson, who received one of the first Prizes for advising in 2012. Photo courtesy of the Harvard College Advising Programs Office.

Sophomore Advising

  • Jessica Fei, resident tutor in Cabot House
  • Gabe Katsh, lecturer on government, teaching assistant in the Derek Bok Center, sophomore advising coordinator and tutor in Currier House
  • Kuong Ly, resident tutor in Currier House

Faculty Advising

  • Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of undergraduate studies in history
  • Evelyn Hu, Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering
  • Nicole Newendorp, assistant director of Studies for Juniors and Seniors and lecturer on social studies

Concentration Advising

  • William Anderson, associate director of education and senior lecturer in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
  • Katie Derzon, teaching fellow in sociology, fellow for undocumented students and sophomore advising coordinator, Leverett House
  • Bernhard Nickel, professor of philosophy

Brooks Lambert-Sluder, assistant director of Advising Programs commented: “When nominators take the time out of busy student schedules to share stories of their advising relationship, it shows what a difference good advising makes to the undergraduate experience. The Star Family Prize is a wonderful opportunity to recognize those members of our community who have taken on the important work of undergraduate advising.”

Congratulations to the 2018 nominees and winners of the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising!

Faculty and Staff who are interested in serving on the Board of Freshman Advisers should contact for more information.