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Honors and Awards

Dean’s List

Full-time degree (matriculated) students carrying a minimum of 12 credits who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.3 for a semester are named to the Dean’s List. Part-time matriculated students who have accumulated a minimum of 12 credits in two consecutive semesters in a 12 month period (not including Summer) with a grade-point average of 3.3 are named to the Dean’s List. Students must not have earned any grades of D, F, WU, INC, or FIN. This list is published in the Fall. Dean’s List recognition appears on the student’s transcript. Credits earned while a student is not matriculated (that is, non-degree) are not included in determining eligibility for the Dean’s List.

Honors Courses

Honors courses and individual honors contracts at Queensborough Community College provide an enriched classroom and overall intellectual experience to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement. Through various activities students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in areas of particular interest, to distinguish themselves, and to make acknowledged contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of Queensborough Community College. Such activities include enrollment in specialized Honors sections, uniquely established independent studies, and research opportunities under a professor’s mentorship.

Honors courses and individual honors contracts help students develop the strong academic and leadership qualities and skills that carry them through to advanced degrees and challenging careers. Students who take Honors courses may have the opportunity to present their work; a number of our students have presented their work at professional conferences in their academic discipline. Students who take Honors courses at Queensborough have found that their work enhances their applications for transfer to baccalaureate programs and for competitive scholarships.

Students who successfully complete Honors course requirements will receive a notation of Honors on their college transcript next to the appropriate course(s).

Students interested in taking Honors courses are encouraged to contact their respective departments. Please note, Honors courses and contracts are not generally available in the summer and winter sessions.

Honor Societies

Alpha Beta Gamma (XI Chapter), National Business Honor Society

To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a business curriculum, have completed 15 or more credits with at least 12 credits in business courses, and have achieved general and business averages of 3.0 or better.

Alpha Sigma Lambda (Beta Eta Chapter), National Evening Honor Society

To be eligible, applicants must

  1. be in the top 10% of their class in scholarship;

  2. have a minimum grade-point average of 3.2;

  3. have completed 30 evening credits at Queensborough;

  4. have attended Queensborough for a minimum of four regular semesters, excluding summer sessions;

  5. have earned 15 cred- its in liberal arts and sciences, excluding applied science courses (transfer credits may be used to meet this requirement), and

  6. not have been awarded any associate or baccalaureate degree.

Phi Theta Kappa (Lambda Sigma Chapter), International Honor Society

To be eligible for regular membership, applicants must:

  1. be enrolled in an Associate degree program

  2. have accumulated 15 credits toward that degree

  3. have a grade-point average of at least 3.5

  4. be of good character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.

Provisional membership may be granted to first-semester freshmen who present evidence of academic excellence from high school. Students are sent invitations at the beginning of every Fall and Spring Semester letting them know that they are eligible to join based on the above-mentioned criteria. For more information, visit or stop by the Library Building, Room 412 and speak with Ms. Lorraine O’Dea.

Tau Alpha Pi (New York Gamma Chapter), National Honor Society for Students In Engineering Technology Programs

To be eligible, applicants must have completed 36 credits with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4 or have maintained a minimum of 3.4 over two semesters.

Psi Beta, National Honor Society for Students in Community and Junior Colleges Majoring in Psychology

To be eligible, applicants must have

  1. an overall GPA of 3.1 or higher;

  2. completed at least one semester of a psychology course and 12 semester hours of total college credit;

  3. at least a B average in psychology courses;

  4. a genuine interest in psychology and high personal integrity; and

  5. approval by the chapter.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education

To be eligible, student applicants must be nominated by a faculty member and must have completed 32 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have completed EDUC-101 or IS-221, major in elementary or secondary education, intend to continue in the field of education, demonstrate leadership attributes, and provide evidence of significant educational service.

College Awards

President's Awards

Sponsored by The Queensborough Community College Fund, Inc.:

  • to the graduating student for outstanding achievement in the Associate in Arts degree

  • to the graduating student for outstanding achievement in the Associate in Science degree

  • to the graduating student for outstanding achievement in the Associate in Applied Science degree

John F. Kennedy Memorial Award

  • to the graduating student demonstrating outstanding College and community leadership

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award

  • to the graduating student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting racial harmony and appreciation of cultural diversity

To be eligible for any of the above-listed College awards, applicants can have no more than 15 transfer credits from another institution counted towards their degree from Queensborough and must have filed an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar no later than three weeks prior to the date of graduation. 

Special Awards 

  • The EVA Bobrow Alumni Awards

  • The Incentive Awards

  • The National Science Foundation

  • The Sidney Halper Award

  • The Arlene Check Memorial Award 

Department of Student Affairs

  • The Ray Ricketts Memorial Award

  • The Dr. Sarah Papier Scholarship Award 

Departmental Awards

Each department offers awards that recognize academic achievement in specific areas. Please refer to the departmental pages for information.