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Civil Engineering Sophomore Receives Lead Miami Newcomer Award

On April 12, Francisco Alberdi was honored with Lead Miami’s (formerly Miami Commitment) Newcomer Award. The Newcomer Award is presented to a sophomore Lead Miami Student who has completed all program requirements, has excellent job evaluations from their employer and has the highest GPA from the entire Lead Miami Sophomore class.

Alberdi is majoring in civil engineering and works 12 hours a week researching and writing articles at the College of Engineering’s Communications Department. He also is a research assistant analyzing the effects of Naled – an aerial insecticide – used to combat Zika, a mosquito borne illness. Alberdi is a member of Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society, and Tau Beta Pi, the oldest engineering honor society. He also has assisted as a volunteer note-taker at the Camner Center for Academic Resources, where he was a note taker for students with disabilities. In addition to those responsibilities, Alberdi manages a 16-credit-hour course load while maintaining a 3.98 GPA.

Lead Miami is the University’s premiere student employment program. The learning program is available by invitation to incoming freshmen students receiving a University of Miami merit/academic scholarship. Students apply for the program, and only those who demonstrate a high level of leadership abilities and commitment to their jobs are accepted.

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