Student Achievements

Student Achievements

Newest: Congratulations, Colleen Feeney!

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Colleen is among the recipients of the Fred Kastenbaum PreHealth Award.

  Over the past few years, she has shadowed several doctors from different specialties to get a firsthand look at the variety that the medical field offers. She will decide her specialty once in medical school.

The award is to be used for assistance with preparation for the required standardized exams associated with admittance to graduate health programs such as: MCAT, DAT,  OAT, GRE.   Recipients must have a clear indication of career goals and reasons for pursuing those goals, as well has having a record of academic performance that is competitive for admission to the indicated graduate program.


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Andrew Becker

Congratulations, Andrew and good luck!

The Ithaca College Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi invites outstanding seniors to apply for selection as the Chapter’s candidate for one of the prestigious National Fellowships for the first year of graduate or professional study.

This year’s recipient is Andrew Becker, a senior biochemistry major in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College.

Andrew plans to continue his study at one of the major medical schools in the country next year.  In Fall 2014 Andrew was selected as the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi John Bernard Presidential Scholar Award.  At Ithaca College, Andrew is the Director of Internal Communications for the Senior Class Cabinet, President of the Pre-Medical Society, President of the Diabetes Awareness Club, and a Group Leader for Ithaca College’s Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. He also serves as a Teaching Assistant at Ithaca College for chemistry courses and is an Academic Enrichment Services tutor for chemistry courses.  

Phi Kappa Phi national winners of the fellowships will be announced by June 1, 2014.  We wish Andrew all the best as his application goes forward for consideration at the national level.

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2014-15 recipients from our department include:

NM Morris Family Foundation Scholarship:

  • Ruby Benn, bioc ‘15
  • Siera Rosen, bioc ‘16

George A. Gonzales-Gallardo ’79 Scholarship: 

  • KathyAnn Lee, biol ‘15

Flo and Jack Bernard Scholarship:

  • Colleen Feeney, bioc ‘15

Jason Dickens Book Fund:

  • Valerie Ridgway, Biology BA (Teaching) ‘16

Larry Metzger, M.S. ’87, Memorial Scholarship:

  • Reyal Hoxie, bioc '15

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Sigma Xi Inductees

2014 Biology /Biochemistry Inductees

  • Haley Coleman, Biology
  • Alisha Linton, Biology
  • Joshua Messinger, Biochemistry
  • Emily Powers, Biochemistry
  • Sarah Rabice, Biochemistry

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is nonprofit membership society scientists and engineers who were elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters at universities and colleges, government laboratories and industry research centers.

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Elitsa Stoyanova

Elitsa Stoyanova (Biochemistry ’14) received a BBB Research Scholarship for her research project, “In vivo tracking of CART neuropeptide dynamics in Danio rerio”.  The results of the research will be presented at a future convention and may be published in BIOS.   Research conducted under the supervision of Ian Woods.  Award $250.


CART (cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript) is a neuropeptide with functions in behaviors such as food intake, body weight maintenance, and reward. The aim of this research project is to elucidate the in vivo dynamics of the expression, release, transport and receptor localization of the CART peptide. We plan to accomplish this through four main steps, using Split GFP as a reporter of CART localization. First, we will generate plasmid reagents that will enable an inducible cart-gfp11 (hs-gfp-11) and a ubiquitously-expressed gfp1-10 (actin-gfp1-10). Second, we will test the functionality of the hs-cart-gfp11 via established behavioral assays. Third, we will create transgenic zebrafish for the hs-cart-gfp11 and actin-gfp1-10 construct, confirm their fluorescence in transiently-transgenic larvae, and generate stable lines for these transgenes. Finally, we will generate reagents for genome editing via CRISPR or TALEN technologies to introduce the gfp11 label to the CART gene on its endogenous locus. Taken together, these experiments will elucidate the dynamics of CART signaling in the context of a living, functioning brain.

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