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Graduates recognized during 2012 Biology Undergraduate Research Conference and Awards Ceremony

Forty-six receive departmental awards

May 2, 2012 | Article by: Judy Holmes

students work with fruit flies in the laboratory of Professor John Belote

Students work in the laboratory of Professor John Belote


Forty-six graduating biology, biochemistry and biotechnology majors were recognized for their achievements in scholarship and research during the 2012 Undergraduate Research Conference and Awards Ceremony, April 27, hosted by the Department of Biology in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The awards ceremony included the presentation of the department’s highest honor to a graduating senior, the Donald G. Lundgren Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research. Lundgren was the first chair of the Department of Biology. Elizabeth Bonarigo and Marta Dzyadyk, both biology majors, will share the award.

During her undergraduate career, Bonarigo worked on a collaborative research project in the laboratories of Scott Erdman, associate professor of biology, and Vladimir Sirotkin, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology at Upstate Medical University, State University of New York. Bonarigo’s thesis addresses how a protein implicated in cellular stress response interacts with the mitochondrion. Dzyadyk is a student in the Renée Crown University Honors Program. Her Honors Capstone Project—investigating the role of progesterone receptors in mouse oocyte development—resulted from her work in the laboratory of Melissa Pepling, associate professor of biology.

Twenty graduating biology, biochemistry and biotechnology students received a Certificate for Academic Achievement for earning a GPA of 3.7 or above; 15 students received a Certificate for Research Achievement for significant achievement in research conducted with a faculty mentor; and nine students received a Certificate for Scholarship and Research for a GPA of 3.7 or above and achievement in research with a faculty mentor. Additionally, 10 of the students receiving awards will graduate with a degree in biology, biochemistry or biotechnology with Distinction. Students earning this honor have participated in research with a faculty mentor for at least two years and have written a thesis about their work. 

In addition to Bonarigo and Dzyadyk, the students honored during the program are:

Certificate for Academic Achievement:
Daniel S. Buck
Natalie R. Busby
Daniella M. Campanella
Amanda M. Gasper
Traci M. Hockeson
Amari S. Howard
Maureen M. Isenburg
Nadime S. Issa
Brian R. Lockwood
Mabel Mai
Jason R. Martinez
Vera S. Osafo
Lauren M. Paish
Je Youn Song
Ryan J. Spearer
Seungmo Suh (graduating with Distinction)
Michael D. Tichenor
Derek H. Turndahl
Bradley Weiler
Ismet Y. Yesilada

Certificate for Research Achievement:
Rohit A. Amarshi
Ryan P. Burns
Safiya I. Cesar
Winnie L. Chow
Peter F. Chuckran (graduating with Distinction)
Mari T. Couasnon (graduating with Distinction)
Soreen Y. Cypers
Donal M. Erickson (graduating with Distinction)
Dominic M. Grifo
Jennifer Y. Kang (graduating with Distinction)
Daniel J. Liddick
Lindsay J. Rechan
Cynthia A. Salazar
Steven J. Tomaszfski
Lauren M. Zalepeski

Award Certificate for Scholarship and Research Achievement:
Samantha Balakirsky (graduating with Distinction)
Arianna S. Brown
Amanda E. Cole (graduating with Distinction)
Sierra Filion
Bailey S. Fitzgerald
Kyle J. Smith
Margaret V. Spinosa (graduating with Distinction, Remembrance Scholar)
Florence Wen
Vivian Yaci Yu (graduating with Distinction)


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Contact Information

Judy Holmes
jlholmes@syr.edu
315-443-8085