Virtual Symposium Highlights Honors College Independent Study Projects

Thursday, December 17, 2020
alyssa freda holding laptop with presentation

Four students from Raritan Valley Community College’s Honors College presented their independent “Capstone Course” projects during a virtual symposium, held December 15 via Zoom. The Honors College students and their projects included:

• Alyssa Freda (Hillsborough): “Plant Palate: Your Plant-Based Pitstop,” featuring a business plan for a vegan, fast-food drive-through restaurant

• Rebecca McKinnon (Bloomsbury): “The Pathophysiology and Genetic Etiology of Tourette Syndrome,” including the brain activity and genetic issues involved with Tourette Syndrome

• Yann-Raphael Nembo (Basking Ridge): “Foreign Language Acquisition with Social Immersion: A New Language for a New Self,” focusing on the process of learning a new language

• John Peluso (Annandale): “The Theory and Economics of Classical Marxism: Defined, Compared, and Investigated,” including the origins and goals of Marxism and Capitalism

The Capstone Course is designed to guide sophomore Honors College students from all disciplines through the stages of researching and writing a major research paper or project, or developing an artistic pursuit. The students are mentored by faculty members and present their work at the end of the semester.

Launched in 2011, RVCC’s Honors College serves highly qualified high school graduates who are entering college for the first time. Honors College students benefit from being in small classes with similarly academically motivated students. Students in the program are taught by a select group of faculty. The Honors College features a cohort-based program with smaller, seminar-style courses that have an interdisciplinary focus and afford students the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with their professors.

To learn more about RVCC’s Honors College, visit For additional information, email



December 17, 2020

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