Student Achievements

Student Achievements

Newest: Cailin Harro ('17) one of the H&S Dean's Award Recipients! Summer Scholars are announced! Eva Chebishev received a prestigious summer research award! Colette Piasecki-Masters Received a PreHealth Award!; Vicki Wright and Cynthia Becker prested in Floridal this summer; Dallas Fonseca continues summer research in Texas; Erika Bucior Received the Fulbright Award; Sigma Xi Inductees

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On Friday, May 5, the School of Humanities and Sciences recognized a select group of students for outstanding academic achievement in the 2016-17 academic year.

The Dean's Award is granted annually to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in each of the four disciplinary areas in H&S: Social & Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Fine & Performing Arts.

  • Cailin will attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University.

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2017 H&S Summer Scholars and Dana Interns in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The H&S Summer Scholars Program for projects in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, and math is a competitive program, in which a faculty committee reviews student and mentor applications. This year, 21 students were selected out of 38 applications to pursue projects during the 2017 summer; four of these students received Emerson Humanities Collaboration awards. Several students with humanities and social science projects were also selected through the competitive Dana Internship program; the Interns are invited to participate in all H&S Summer Scholar activities.

Congratulations, to all recipients!

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Great news regarding a summer research fellowship for Eva Chebishev in Biology!! 

She has received a prestigious summer research funding award from the 2017 ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASM-URF) Program.  She will receive an additional $1000 stipend and $2000 travel funds to present her summer research at the national microbiology meeting next year.  

This is a competitive award and a significant honor for Eva!

View the article here.

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Congratulations, Fred Kastenbaum PreHealth Award Recipient!


Colette Piasecki-Masters, Biology, Honors Program (2018)

“My passion for medicine was ignited when I began my biology curriculum and joined Professor Susan Witherup’s research lab. Through shadowing in orthopedics, pediatrics, urology, emergency medicine, I realized that every good physician is both a student and a teacher.  Through these experiences my goal is now reaffirmed: I want to train as a doctor who supports both a patient’s body and mind.”

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Dallas Fonseca (Bioc ’18)  (Advisor, Te-Wen Lo). Conduct research in a lab at UT-Dallas for the summer of 2016. Partial funding was provided by the Thomas J. '02 and David C. '05 Metzger Undergraduate Research Fund and the Bernard Family Fund for Undergraduate Research in Biology.

My current research project works in collaboration with Dr. Zakary Campbell at UT-Dallas, so with the DANA I will be traveling to Dallas Texas to work with Dr. Campbell and extend my current research with Te-Wen Lo here at Ithaca College. My project focuses on studying RNA binding proteins essential for cell differentiation in the germline of Caenorhabditis elegans. During the early development of all complex organisms, their cells must undergo a differentiation from pluripotent stem cells into either somatic or germ cells. Germ cells are then faced with another critical decision, to become sperm or oocytes. However, this process is not a random occurrence and is highly regulated by a series of molecules in order to ensure proper differentiation, such as proteins and mRNA. This summer, I propose to us C. elegans to study the role of PUF domain proteins (one class of RNA binding proteins) in cell differentiation. Two PUF domain proteins, PUF-8 and FBF play a critical role in germline development in C. elegans. (Bachorik, 2005) Both proteins contain RNA binding domains but the RNA sequences preferred by each protein is different. Previous research has shown that alterations in the RNA binding domain of FBF can greatly alter FBF signaling specificity (Bachorik, 2005). Our hypothesis is that changes in the RNA binding domain of PUF-8 will alter its specificity such that it will no longer bind RNA usually bound to PUF-8, but will instead bind FBF specific RNA sequences.

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