SRU biology majors win awards, scholarships at NSM banquet

Award winners

SRU’s biology department awarded more than $30,000 to biology majors at its annual Natural Sciences and Mathematics Banquet April 18.

April 23, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Biology Department presented more than $26,000 to biology majors at its annual Natural Sciences and Mathematics Banquet. The College of Health, Environment and Science awarded another $4,150 pushing the total figure of biology awards and scholarships to more than $30,000.

Other departments in the sciences and math also presented awards to their students at the banquet.

At the banquet, Grascen Shidemantle, a biology major from Slippery Rock, was named Outstanding Biology Senior and Jennifer Bauer, a junior from Tionesta was named the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists Outstanding Student.

Jerry Chmielewski, dean of the College of Health, Environment and Science provided the opening remarks and presented the CHES scholarships; David Krayesky, associate professor of biology, introduced the outstanding students; Paul Falso, assistant professor of biology, presented three incoming freshmen scholarships; and William Sigmund, professor of biology, presented 25 upperclassmen scholarships.

Scholarship and award recipients were:

Department of Biology
-Grascen Shidemantle, a senior from Slippery Rock, Outstanding Biology Senior Award.
-Jennifer Bauer, a senior from Tionesta, CPUB Outstanding Student Award.
-Aubrey Wiesner, a senior from St. Marys, Beta Beta Beta Senior Service Award.
-Maggie Motter, a freshman from Oil City, $1,500 Thomas W. Gaither Scholarship.
-Abigail Pogue, a freshman from Fox Chapel, $1,000 Wayne L. Miller, M.D. Scholarship.
-Madison Dupe, a freshman, from Butler, $500 Dr. Robert Felix Scholarship.
-Rosemary Myers, a sophomore from Fairview; Mackenzie Mountain, a sophomore from Edinboro; and Hailey Schaffold, a sophomore from Pittsburgh, $500 Sophomore Biology Honors Scholarship.
-Cortney Dean, a sophomore from Grove City, $500 LeAnn Penn Biology-Military Service Scholarship.
-Paxton Fetterman, a freshman from Apollo; Alexa Demetrios, a freshman from Canfield, Ohio; and Jacob Hockensmith, a sophomore from Poland, Ohio, $500 Achievement in Biology Scholarships.
-Emma Shychuck, a sophomore from Georgetown, and Alexus Nubani, a junior from Leavittsburg, Ohio, $750 Biology Honors Scholarship.
-Kathryn Skolnick, a senior from Fairport, New York, $500 William Ralston Scholarship.
-Victoria Pasquale, a senior from Salt Point, New York; Emily Fries, a junior from Kittaning; and Kaitlyn McNamara, a junior from Pittsburgh, $500 Biology Faculty Scholarships.
-Mackenzie Mountain, a sophomore from Edinboro, and Emily Shuffstall, a senior from Cochranton, $500 Leucojum Award in Botany.
-Nawang Lama, a sophomore from Kathmandu, Nepal, $1,000 Sonam Ruit International Scholarship.
-Annette Choi, a senior from South Korea, $1,000 Genevieve Tvrdik Scholarship.
-Austin Shirk, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, $1,000 A.P. Vincent Scholarship.
-Rosemary Myers, a sophomore from Fairview, $1,000 James Kell Scholarship.
-Mackenzie Mountain, a sophomore from Edinboro, $1,200 Beta Beta Beta Alumni Scholarship.
-Nichole Miller, a sophomore from Slippery Rock, $1,000 Wayne L. Miller, M.D. Upperclass Scholarship.
-Joshua Jones, a junior from Butler, $1,500 Frank A. Pugliese "Rock" Scholarship.
-Brianna Skiles, a senior from Beaver Falls, $400 William R. Sigmund PJAS Award and $1,500 John P. Phillips Scholarship ,
-Josiah Cole a senior from Emlenton, $3,000 John P. Phillips Scholarship.

Renewals of four-year scholarships
-Emma Shychuck, a sophomore from Georgetown, $2,400 James Steel Scholarship.
-Paxton Fetterman, a freshman from Apollo, $1,200 Thomas John Scholarship.

College of Health, Environment and Science
-Kathryn Skolnick, a senior from Fairport, New York, $1,200 Carolyn Steglich Endowed Scholarship.
-Emily Shuffstall, a senior from Cochranton, $1,000 Edward and Sophie Vincent Scholarship.
-Victoria Pasquale, a senior from Salt Point, New York, $1,500 Rhoda Evans Taylor Endowed Scholarship.
-Austin Shirk, a sophomore from Elizabethtown, $450 Leadership in Science Scholarship.

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