May 8, 2008
The Rhode Island Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW) has named Brown senior Andrea Posa (Weston, MA) a Distinguished Student-Athlete of the Year. She was presented the award at a reception held at Providence College's Slavin Center on Wednesday, May 7, along with one student-athlete from each of Rhode Island's Colleges and Universities.
A four-year member of the field hockey team, Posa is the epitome of a true scholar-athlete. Throughout her time at Brown, she has excelled academically, athletically, and within the community. Andrea's character, work ethic, and accomplishments on and off the field set her apart from the average student-athlete. Indeed, she is a young woman of high standards and shines forth as one of the top young student-athletes to wear the Brown Field Hockey uniform in the last decade.
As a Neuroscience concentrator, Andrea will be earning her degree in May 2008 with a current GPA of 3.84. She has been involved in numerous research projects and internships including a Neurofeedback (NFT) in Aging and Alzheimer's Clinical research project (summer 2007) and a Neurophychology and Neuroimaging Research Internship (summer 2006). Since 2006, she has been actively observing several doctors in a variety of specialties in both private and public settings as part of Brown's medical shadowing program. Andrea has also served as a Spanish-English translator at the Rhode Island Free Clinic. In 2008, she was named Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, Associate Member.
Andrea has served as a volunteer tutor at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School for the past four years. She has also been a Peer Academic Advisor from August 2006-November 2007. Since September of 2007, she has been involved in the Brown Sustainable Community Development Project. She was selected to develop the newly formed Brown Sustainable Community Development group and traveled on the group's inaugural three-week service trip to the Dominican Republic. In addition, she has also been involved in designing and implementing art workshops for children from public housing sites in Providence with Community Outreach through the Performing Arts (COPA).
As an athlete, Andrea has been an intense leader since her first year. In her junior season, she was awarded several honors, including Second Team District I ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, Second Team NFHCA All-Northeast Region, and Second Team All-Ivy. She was second on the team in scoring with 18 points and led both Brown and the Ivy League with nine goals. She has consistently been named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad, earning the honor in each of her four seasons.
Throughout her career, she earned the respect of her teammates and was elected a captain for 2007. Despite a torn meniscus a few weeks into her senior season, Andrea still managed to rehabilitate and get back on the field for the final six games of 2007. As she worked to heal, she remained focused, positive, and strong. She was steadfast in her commitment to her teammates and was a leader despite her own hindered ability to play. When given the opportunity to get back in the lineup, her intensity and heart were truly inspiring. Although the 2007 squad only posted one victory, Andrea had the maturity and strength of character to maintain a positive outlook. She helped hold the team together and focus on the next opportunity to improve, while finishing as the team's leading scorer.