2020 Syracuse University Scholars


Each year twelve seniors are selected to be the Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor the University bestows.

The Syracuse University Scholars Selection Committee, a University-wide faculty committee, selected the 2020 scholars using criteria that included coursework and academic achievement, independent research and creative work, evidence of intellectual growth and/or innovation in their disciplinary field, a personal statement and faculty letters of recommendation.

For more information on the Class of 2020 scholars, see the Syracuse University News press release.


Alexander Otilio Aguirre (Gilbert, AZ)

Alexander Aguirre Portrait University Scholar Nominee 2020

College of Arts and Sciences

Majors: Biochemistry, Neuroscience

Minor: Psychology


Nicholas Barba (Baldwin, NY)

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Martin J. Whitman School of Management

Majors: Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, Finance

Minor: Information Management and Technology


Adam Lewis Bayer (Chappaqua, NY)

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School of Information Studies

Majors: Information Management and Technology, Philosophy

Minor: Logic


Margaret Rose Garber (New York, NY)

Margaret Garber Portrait University Scholar Nominee 2020

College of Arts and Sciences

Majors: Biology and Neuroscience


Lara Penamante Hicks (Bemidji, MN)

Lara Hicks Portrait University Scholar Nominee 2020

College of Arts and Sciences

Major: International Relations

Minor: Global Security Studies


Natasha Justice Liston-Beck (Statesboro, GA)

Natasha Liston-Beck Portrait University Scholar Nominee 2019

School of Architecture

Major: Architecture


Bethany Lauren Murphy (Seekonk, MA)

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College of Engineering and Computer Science

Major: Environmental Engineering

Minor: Geography


Serena Omo-Lamai (Lagos, Nigeria)

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College of Engineering and Computer Science

Major: Bioengineering

Minor: Geography


Natalia Rose Rice (Buffalo, NY)

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College of Arts and Sciences

Majors: English and Textual Studies, Sociology

Minor: Spanish


Nicole Stallings-Blanche (Miami, FL)

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College of Visual and Performing Arts

Major: Communications Design

Minor: Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises


Morgan Rachel Trau (Moreland Hills, OH)

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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Majors: Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Minor: Psychology


Tyler Davis Youngman (Oswego, NY)

Tyler Davis Youngman Remembrance Scholars Portraits 2019

School of Information Studies

Majors: Information Management and Technology, Music History and Culture

Minor: Music Performance