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Three LIU Brooklyn Students Named Watson Fellows

Sebastien Delice, Sage Howard and Navil Infante will each receive three prestigious summer internships, including one abroad


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Three students in LIU Brooklyn's University Honors Program have been awarded the prestigious Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship.

The three-year fellowship program offers paid summer internships, mentoring and enhanced educational opportunities to New York City undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding  leadership skills and commitment to the common good.

The three winners are…

Watson Fellow Winnter Debastien Delice
• Sebastien Delice, who emigrated from Haiti with his father in 2007. He is an avid soccer fan and player who was named to the Sheepshead Bay High School Athletics Hall of Fame. A biology major, he is considering going into the medical field after graduation and expects the Watson fellowship will help broaden his experiences and allow him to clarify if becoming a doctor is the right path for him.

Watson Fellow Winner Sage Howard • Sage Howard, a Fort Greene resident, who transferred to LIU Brooklyn in fall 2013 and is majoring in journalism. She has traveled widely — from Egypt to Mexico to Bermuda — and hopes to travel with the Watson fellowship, but not as a tourist.  She believes the Watson fellowship will expose her to people established in their careers.

Watson Fellow Winnter Navil Infante
• Navil Infante, who was born in the Bronx but raised in the Dominican Republic. A political science major, Navil is interested in a career in law. In high school, she interned at Legal Services, an organization that provides free law services to underserved populations. She is an intern at the New York City Bar Association, helping plan such events as speed networking and boot camp for young lawyers. Despite all her experience in law, she wants to get out of her "law comfort zone" and see how her Watson fellowship will influence her future career.

Established by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 1999, the Fellowship operates on the principle that "talent is broadly distributed but only selectively developed." Watson Fellows get their pick of coveted job placements over three consecutive summers in non-profit groups, business organizations and government agencies. In the third summer, Watson Fellows can apply for an international assignment through partnerships with the Institute of International Education, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and many other organizations.

A dozen colleges in the city compete annually for 15 Watson Fellowships. Each school may nominate up to four candidates to send to the citywide selection panels. Only the most determined candidates complete the rigorous application process.  Twenty-four LIU Brooklyn students have received Watson fellowships since 2000.

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 04/17/2013

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