UM-Dearborn is honoring the Class of Fall 2023’s leaders and best with 12 medallion awards. Chosen by faculty from their respective colleges, outstanding graduates are recognized with a Dean’s Medallion or a Chancellor’s Medallion. Three medallion recipients are awarded per college with one of those students receiving the Chancellor’s Medallion. Students will be honored at the Dec. 16 Commencement ceremonies. Here are UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences and Letters and the College of Business recipients. The awardees from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Education, Health and Human Services — including the Chancellor’s Medallion winner, who is a CEHHS Class of 2023 graduate — were profiled in a story on Tuesday.
Dean’s Medallion recipients
Samuel G. Caruso
College of Arts, Sciences and Letters
Samuel G. Caruso is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. With a focus on public policy and voting, Caruso served as a Turn Up, Turn Out research assistant at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and he earned a finalist spot in the 2022 UM-Dearborn Policy Pitch competition. Caruso has been heavily involved in campus activities, including serving as president of the Political Science Association.
His extensive civic engagement includes a stint at the Montgomery County Board of Elections in Dayton, Ohio, where he participated in operations for a special election. Simultaneously, Caruso held a successful fellowship at the Campus Vote Project, where he organized educational events and voter registration drives.
Caruso was a congressional intern for the U.S. House of Representatives’ 10th District and assisted with casework, Congressional Record statements and more. He significantly contributed to the 2020 Democratic Primary in Webster City, Iowa, and as an elected delegate for Ohio's 10th Congressional District.
The 2022 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker further immersed himself in social issues during his summer job at Etgar 36 in Atlanta, organizing a civil rights and social justice trip across the country. Caruso’s initiative and drive are also evident in various projects, including a TEDx talk on youth activism and an article in The Politic — Yale University’s undergraduate journal of politics and culture — about organizing Ohio’s largest March for Our Lives rally.
Caruso plans a career in public affairs, social justice and advocacy, with the goal of influencing policy. He intends to gain nonprofit experience and later pursue graduate studies.