At NJIT, Shivon Boodhoo of Maplewood, is well-known, well-liked and well-respected. She works in the electrical and computer engineering department as an undergraduate advisor and curriculum coordinator. Boodhoo, say colleagues, selflessly and effectively advises more than 250 freshmen and sophomores. She helps with schedules and academic progress – noting students’ strengths and helping them overcome their shortcomings.
For these and many other reasons, she received on March 25, 2010, the Excellence in Advising Award from NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE).
She advises students about personal growth and helps them contend with academic problems. She also helps them with on-campus involvements and academic and career choices. Her dedication is such that she extends herself anytime to help students including weekends and holidays. Along with her advising role, she develops student programs and coordinates changes to the electrical and computer engineering curriculum. She has helped establish various ECE programs and has organized important department events. She is also the coordinator for the ECE Club, the Group Study and the Student Advisory Board and oversees the students who live on ECE residence floors in dormitories.
Additionally, she volunteers to discuss electrical and computer engineering with high school students during Dean’s Day, Open House, Career Day and NJIT Experience Day. Perhaps the reason she is so dedicated to students is because she’s one herself; she’s working on a PhD in industrial engineering at NJIT. She’s also a graduate of NJIT, having received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees here. As an undergraduate, she belonged to the Albert Dorman Honors College as well as the Educational Opportunity Program.
If you are advising students, it helps to be a good student, and Boodhoo is that: as a graduate student, she maintains a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.