Biology juniors and seniors honored by Chancellor Keon

Congratulations to the following biology juniors and seniors who were honored by Chancellor Keon as the 2011-2012 Purdue University Calumet Outstanding Students on March 25, 2012.

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Lauren Adduci is in the Pre-Veterinary program . Prof. Mania-Farnell said that Lauren made thoughtful contributions to class discussions and did a good job reviewing critical biology related issues in her papers in the Honors Seminar course in Fall 2011.  Lauren was also a mentor for Biology 10700 Freshman experience in Fall 2011.  She was a fine mentor and discharged all her responsibilities for this position with efficiency.



Lauren Avans, ecology major, is currently conducting a research project “Effects of nitrogen enrichment on formation of nodules in wild lupine in Lake Michigan sand dunes” under supervision of Prof. Young Choi.  She is a recipient of $7,500 Flora Richardson Foundation Student Research Grant in the academic year of 2011-2012.



Carolyn, a biotechnology major, has received numerous awards including “The Top Biology Student” in both Genetics and Cell Biology, the Ryerson-Tull Merit Scholarship, the Semester Honor, and is on the Dean’s List every semester. She serves as the Treasurer of Biology Club and has volunteered on many charity events in her spare time.  She is an active participant of research.  Recently, she was selected by the Department of Biological Sciences to participate in Howard Hughes Medical Institute sponsored 2012 Summer Research Program at West Lafayette.



Raymond majors in Biology Teaching.  He has been on the Dean’s list and received semester honors every semester.  He won the Top Biology Student Awards in Introductory Biology I and II as well as in Microbiology.  He is a biology tutor in order to assist in student learning as well as prepare himself for a career as an educator.



Bao has been on the Dean’s list and received Honor Student Award each semester.  As a member of Biology Club, he has done a lot of volunteer work.  He is an intern in a dental office and would like to become a dentist in the future.



Savannah is both an outstanding student and a PUC athlete.  In the Spring and Fall of 2011 she has continued to demonstrate academic excellence, receiving top grades in all her biology courses.  In addition, Savannah is working in the area of physical therapy with her ultimate goal to become a physical therapist, thus combining her knowledge of science with her athletics interests.



Kaneesha is in the Pre-Med Program.  For two semesters, she mentored at-risk kids at an organization called “College Mentors for Kids”.   She also served as a note-taker of a student in Physics 220.



Shirin is a student in the Honor program and has been on the Dean’s list every semester.  She received a scholarship to study abroad in Costa Rica last spring.  Recently, she has been awarded scholarships from both the Honor Program and International Program to study in Spain this summer.



Katie is the Pre-Med Program.  Prof. Mania-Farnell indicated that Kate did well in Developmental Biology in the Spring of 2011, scoring the highest overall percentage for an undergraduate.  Her overall record for the Spring and Fall of 2011 is strong.  Katie also works in the area of physical therapy, thus preparing herself for a career in the health professions.



Jelena is the president of Biology Club.  She has successfully organized many fund raising events for non-profit organizations and volunteered at the Food Bank of NWI.  “As a biology student, I have strived to help those in need and to make a difference in my local community through volunteering.” said Jelena.  She was also an excellent student mentor of BIOL 10700 Freshman Experience course.



Heather started at PUC in Fall 2008 as a Chancellor’s scholar.  She has managed to acquire and maintain Dean’s list status.  She will apply to veterinary schools this summer.



Ryan Mihalic has actively engaged in research during the past two years.  He is a five-time undergraduate research grant and two-time LSAMP scholarship recipient.  He was selected to participate in The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Program at Purdue University West Lafayette last summer and presented his research results at several conferences.  He also received numerous Dean’s List awards and multiple Honor Awards.  He is an active member of both biology club and chemistry club.



Anthony is an outstanding biology student and has been on Dean’s list for every semester.  He has also received numerous awards including semester honors, 2009 Outstanding General Chemistry Award, Top Biology Students in Cell Biology and Ecology in 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively, 2011 PUC Outstanding Student Award, and Fall 2011 Undergraduate Research grant.  In addition, he is a tutor and a Supplement Instructor.



Tara is a hard-working student.  She graduated from Munster High School last May and she was a National Merit Commended Scholar.  Although this is only her second semester at PUC, she has accumulated 64 credit hours by earning many AP credits.  She plans to go to Medical School after graduation.



Amy, a biotechnology major, is a recipient of the full tuition Chancellor Scholarship.  She has also participated in research and received undergraduate research grants in Fall 2010 and Fall 2011.



Clameirdre is a Chancellor Scholar.  She also serves as the Secretary of Black Student Union and works as a Community Assistant in the University Village.



Desiree is in the Pre-Physical Therapy program.  To gain real world experience, she currently works in a Physical Therapy Outpatient Clinic.  Previously, she volunteered at Munster Community Hospital.  As an active member of Biology Club, she has also participated in various fundraisers for charities.

2011-2012 PUC Outstanding Students