Cameron Peters, a May 2018 graduate from the cybersecurity undergraduate degree program, was honored for high academic achievement at the university’s Annual Academic Honors Dinner in late April. He was named the 2018 Distinguished Scholar for the College of Professional Studies (CPS), one of a select group of nine graduating seniors singled out by each GW school to deliver brief remarks at the event.
The Distinguished Scholars are a subset of the 189 undergraduate students recognized university-wide for maintaining a grade point average of 3.94 or higher and performing in the top 2 percent of their classes. They were nominated by the faculty of their respective schools not only for achievements in the classroom, but also for their support of peers, their involvement in co-curricular activities such as research and internships and their contributions to campus life and student organizations.
The 2018 Distinguished Scholars from left: Cameron Peters, Sydney Merritt, Jacqueline Dyer, Ashley Alessandra, Siena Kramer, Provost Maltzman, President LeBlanc, Daniel Lyng, Kurtis Guy, Connor Forsythe and Rosie Hakim. (Logan Werlinger/GW Today)
“Cameron was an excellent student, well deserving of the College’s recognition,” said Dr. Scott J. White, program director and associate professor for his program. “In addition to his scholastic work, represented by a 4.0 average; Cameron was engaging and showed a unique generosity toward his peers. It was my pleasure to recommend Cameron for the Distinguished Scholars Award.”
Mr. Peters, who transferred to GW from Northern Virginia Community College, was part of the first graduating class for CPS’ cybersecurity undergraduate degree program. During his time at GW he became known for lending a hand helping other students “get things working.”
Mr. Peters said his experience with his professors at GW exceeded his expectations. “Every one of them was an experienced professional in the field working for years,” he said. “They were very dedicated and willing to answer questions, sometimes staying long after class was over.”
Mr. Peters says a memorable moment during his program was being asked to speak at The Atlantic Journal’s conference on cyber frontiers where he talked about the skills gap and the need for highly-trained cyber professionals, broadcast on C-SPAN. He doesn’t think he would have had this opportunity without the cybersecurity program and Professor Scott White’s support for his professional development. #onlyatGW