Student Honored for Excellence in Writing

By | September 27, 2019
Dr. Paulette Niewczyk and Cassandra Sherman

Dr. Paulette Niewczyk and Cassandra Sherman

Daemen College student Cassandra Sherman has received the college’s 2019 André Hannotte Award for Excellence in Writing in recognition of outstanding writing for her senior thesis.

Sherman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in health promotion from Daemen in May, is currently pursuing a master of public health degree at the college. For her senior capstone project for her undergraduate degree, she conducted an analysis of the association between oral contraceptive use and breast cancer risk.

“Cassandra produced a high-quality manuscript that served as evidence of her superior scientific writing skills and mastery of research design and methodology,” said Dr. Paulette Niewczyk, associate professor of health promotion and Sherman’s advisor. “She plans to expand on this research during her graduate studies at Daemen.”

The award is named in honor of André Hannotte, a skillful writer and beloved faculty member who taught French at the college. He was also a founding member of the Faculty Senate, which established the award in Hannotte’s memory.

“Being selected for this writing award truly means a lot to me,” said Sherman. “This was a fascinating research topic for my capstone project and something that is very personal to me. I’m excited to have the opportunity to further explore my research in my graduate studies.”

Sherman resides in Keuka Park.